OPB is looking for someone with broadcast experience who can lead a team to leverage new technologies to maintain and improve OPB’s broadcast distribution. The position is based in Corvallis and covers territory along the Oregon coast and inland through Western Oregon. This is an exempt, full-time, regular status position with benefits.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

This position provides the leadership and technical ability to keep OPB broadcast operations in the Western region running smoothly. Works in conjunction with Director of Engineering to ensure smooth coordination between the Western Region and other work groups; also works with Chief Technology Officer, Technology Operations Manager, and other Chief Engineers to ensure smooth communication and standardization within the department. Manages a Field Engineer to form a productive team dedicated to the achievement of OPB’s goals. Serves as FCC-designated Chief Operator for transmitter sites in the Western region. As with all management roles at OPB, the Chief is responsible for understanding and operationalizing OPB’s equity strategy within their team and work.

Working Conditions:

This work is primarily based out of OPB’s Corvallis office and works throughout the Western Oregon regions, but may require work in other OPB regions. Much of this work will be at transmission facilities and involves the ability to respond to technical emergencies including evenings, weekends and holidays with possible periods of being on-call for 24 hours. Travel and work at remote sites will require the operation of (and possibly the need to perform, in the field, basic emergency mechanical repairs to) 4-wheel drive vehicles and tracked snow vehicles. On occasion, operation of forklift, boom lift, or other heavy equipment will be required. The work will require the use of hand tools, electronic test equipment, power tools, and may involve working alone.

Exposure to very high voltages and RF non-ionizing radiation is possible at most sites. The work may require challenging physical activity, including lifting up to 50 pounds and moving up to 75 pounds, working in inclement weather, walking or hiking around 2 miles (possibly in snowshoes), and possible tower climbing.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, administrative and planning work that would typically be completed at OPB’s Corvallis facility may take place remotely.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five (5) years combined broadcast experience, maintenance, and supervisory experience.
  • Experience in high power RF, microwave and fiber distribution, and remote site management.
  • Possess knowledge of planning, technical design, construction maintenance and operation of a wide variety of RF systems, including transmitters, microwave systems and fiber distribution network.
  • Experience with IP-based networking, VPN, and Windows OS management.
  • Strong demonstrated experience leading a team focused on collaboration with diverse groups of colleagues and non-technical co-workers to meet organizational goals, fostering a strategic mindset with the ability to drive both strategic and tactical efforts.
  • Extensive technical skill, specifically regarding the transmission and distribution of microwave, television, and radio signals.
  • Must be a creative problem solver with ability to translate ideas into action.
  • Ability to explain highly complex technical projects in easy to understand terms to non-technical colleagues.
  • Strong supervisory, management and interpersonal skills, including the ability to guide others through difficult, high stress equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience effectively managing complex projects, large budgets, setting and accomplishing goals while managing dynamic priorities.
  • Demonstrated skill and successful experience in change management, including creating efficiencies, and implementing new and emerging technologies, including new/revised work processes.
  • Experience operating 4WD off-road vehicles, including knowledge of safe operation on unimproved, muddy, or snowy roads.
  • Knowledge of outdoor safety and best practices when working in challenging remote conditions.
  • Skilled at providing customer service to a wide variety of colleagues, stakeholders, contractors, etc.
  • Understanding of federal regulations governing television and radio broadcasting.
  • Ability to champion collaborative efforts, anticipating the impact of problems and providing options for contingency solutions in relation to business and service needs.
  • Enthusiasm for working in public media, and dedication to providing high-quality engineering services to a public service organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ten (10) years combined broadcast experience, education, maintenance and supervisory experience.
  • Experience maintaining AM radio transmission systems.
  • Experience operating tracked vehicles and other heavy equipment.
  • Tower climbing experience.
  • Cold weather survival skills and wilderness first aid.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.

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Application Deadline:

Position open until filled.

OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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