Chief Engineer



Chief Engineer


Technology and Operations


Vice President, Technology and Operations


Full-Time, Exempt 


  1. Oversees all facets of the daily operations of the air operations unit, ensuring compliance with WXXI policies and FCC regulations. 

  2. Provides the supervision of operations personnel, which includes scheduling, work allocation, training, enforcement of internal procedures and controls and problem resolution.

  3. Evaluates performance of operating personnel, prepares and administers performance reviews and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance. 

  4. Authorize overtime and scheduled time off changes of operating personnel according to work requirements.

  5. Designs and/or oversees the design, installation and integration of technical equipment into broadcast systems; resolves technical installation and operational issues, trains operating personnel and develops technical procedures. 

  6. Plans, organizes, and manages engineering projects; researches and advises management of capital requirements, and participates in the development of project budgets, grants, and bid specifications. 

  7. Develops or assists with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization to ensure efficient and safe operation of the unit. 

  8. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals, including the development of Standard Operating Procedures to insure best use of WXXI facilities and operations personnel.

  9. Responsible for training personnel in correct operating procedures per WXXI PBC Standard Operating Procedures.

  10. Develops processes and procedures for improving productivity and services through preventative maintenance. 

  11. Works with other departments in the development and implementation of special projects; participates in interdepartmental operational and planning discussions. 

  12. Maintains current knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment and systems and advises others as to implementation possibilities.

  13. Serves as the Designated Chief Operator of WXXI-TV, FM & AM, WRUR, WEOS, WITH-FM and WXXY as required by FCC. Reviews and signs transmitter logs.

  14. Interview prospective operator candidates and make hiring recommendations to VP Technology & Operations.

  15. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. 


Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field.


Minimum 10 years experience in the television broadcasting with a prior supervisory experience.


Working technical knowledge of all equipment used in the television production and the digital television broadcasting, including video and audio encoding and transport stream multiplexing. Working knowledge of IT systems utilized in broadcast television and radio, digital ENG and analog/digital Ku uplink operations Working technical knowledge of all equipment used in analog and digital radio broadcasting including analog and digital Studio to Transmitter links, analog, digital and hybrid transmitters. Working technical knowledge of audio automation systems, especially ENCO server systems and IP or TDM audio distribution systems.


SBE certification preferred.


Ability to work with people; ability to communicate fully and to the point, work closely with other staff and programming personnel.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to: [email protected] 
or mail to: WXXI HR Dept., 280 State St., Rochester, NY 14614.

WXXI is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. (EOE).