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JOB TITLE:  Chief Engineer

REPORTS TO:  Staff Manager                                                                  

FLSA CLASSIFICATION :  Full Time - Salary/Exempt


Responsible for the operational readiness, maintenance, installation, and testing of all broadcast equipment. Also responsible for the installation and maintenance of station IT network and office computers. Successful candidate must relocate to Austin, MN area and work on site. This is not a virtual or remote position.
The job also requires a thorough understanding of Master Control and technical production processes, workflow, signal flow, and operational proficiency with job-related equipment and software.


  • Install, operate, and maintain all broadcast equipment, including but not limited to: Studio and field digital video cameras, video servers, routing and switching systems, automation systems, satellite earth-station controllers and receivers, UHF NTSC/ATSC transmitters, microwave radio links, and camera video control panels, and programming.
  • Perform as a production, operations, maintenance, or transmitter engineer as needed.
  • Troubleshoot, perform software and hardware maintenance and install all production and broadcast related equipment.
  • Maintain quality control of recorded materials and take responsibility to discern the issue to correct it.
  • Monitor and log transmitter status.
  • Perform all broadcast related job functions required by the FCC and maintain broadcast signals within FCC guidelines.
  • Responsible for FCC license renewal, maintenance, and integrity.
  • Provide set up and operation of video and audio for live remote broadcasts.
  • Set up recording equipment, both audio and video, for production and broadcast (e.g., shading cameras, configuring microphones, timing devices for seamless switching…)
  • Respond to viewers’ phone calls and e-mails regarding reception problems and other technical concerns.
  • Attending training sessions relevant to the job function at the station.
  • Implement technical infrastructure and provide systems integration for present needs and provide on-going research and vision for future needs. -2- Engineer/IT
  • Install and maintain office computers and networking equipment. Provide upgrades and repairs as needed.
  • Manage and maintain station IT network and server platforms and manage data recovery procedures and operations as needed.
  • Maintain the integrity of the station’s digital facilities and contents, including e-mail services, firewall(s), and FTP server(s).
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to the mission and goals of public broadcasting.



 EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE REQUIRED (An equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered):

  • Undergraduate degree in engineering or related field required.
  • Minimum two years Master Control operations and maintenance and broadcast experience, or five years related experience. Transmitter operation and IT administration experience preferred.
  • Must be able to lift a maximum of 50 lbs and have the ability to perform physical functions as required.
  • Must have the ability and flexibility to travel to ancillary studio and other locations as required.
  • Must be willing to work a varied, flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess a strong commitment to providing excellence in a finished product.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to meet deadlines and timelines as required. Must be detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while shifting priorities as required.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and also to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Must be able to handle stress in an appropriate manner and be able to manage projects in a manner that is both collegial and productive.
  • Strong PC and MAC computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, …), Windows XP/Vista/7, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, and related software.
  • Willingness to learn new specialized software tailored to specific broadcast applications (e.g. Logo insertion, intercom routing, video routing, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of Digital Video codecs and intricacies therein.

If interested, send resume, salary requirement and two professional references to:

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Or by U.S. Mail:
Human Resources
KSMQ Public Television
107 W Oakland Ave
Austin, MN 55912



Values of our Organization:

KSMQ Public Service Media, Inc. respects diverse points of view and cultural backgrounds. Successful candidate must do the same in the workplace and will embrace working directly with associates regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political, religious, or socioeconomic background. Successful candidate must wholeheartedly support the concept of taxpayer funded media and be willing to advocate for same.                                                     

New employees of KSMQ Public Service Media, Inc. must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or document, to our satisfaction, a legitimate medical or religious reason for not getting the vaccination. We will accommodate a vaccine exemption by requiring regular employee-paid testing at a frequency of our choosing and proof of a negative test result. 

KSMQ Public Television offers a wonderful working environment: public television is fun! We also offer a competitive salary and full benefits package including health and dental insurance, savings plan with company match, paid vacation and more.

KSMQ Public Service Media, Inc. is an EOE/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT employer.