Northern California Public Media (NorCal) seeks a Director of Engineering. Based in Sonoma County, CA, NorCal serves the San Francisco Bay region. Comprised of two public television stations, KRCB and KPJK, and one public radio station, KRCB FM, NorCal offers PBS and NPR programming to the community.


The Director of Engineering is the Chief Engineer for broadcast and supervisor of IT for the organization, responsible for the leadership, management, and technical aspects of the broadcast operation, including developing equipment systems specifications, systems design/integration, installation, proper operation and maintenance of a wide array of state-of-the-art computer-based systems used for modern-day television and radio broadcasting. In addition, the Director of Engineering is responsible for the organization’s administrative IT infrastructure and must be experienced with real-time and non-real-time digital video-audio technology, broadcast automation, traffic systems, and digital television delivery.


  • Meet with Engineering staff to review technical issues/concerns and formulate and manage solutions
  • Manage transmitter and translator operations, studio and broadcast origination site/equipment, antenna systems, transmission lines and/or microwave relays, satellite downlink, IP networking
  • Manage Emergency Alert System
  • Manage all ancillary systems responsible for supporting the on-air operation, such as HVAC, networking, electrical, generators, and mechanical
  • File FCC reports in timely manner and maintain knowledge of FCC rules and regulations to protect the broadcast licenses
  • Coordinate and oversee training program for station technicians and engineers
  • Develop and manage capital expense and operational budgets


  • Knowledge of digital television systems
  • Knowledge of digital radio frequency broadcast systems
  • Knowledge of Title 47, Part 73 of the Code of Federal Regulations
  • Solid understanding of high-power RF fundamentals and practices
  • Fluent understanding and ability to read and create wiring diagrams, flowcharts, and schematics
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards
  • Strong organizational skills; able to manage priorities and workflow and meet daily deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • Solid understanding of electronic theory and capability to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair a wide variety of electronic equipment and systems
  • Federal Communication Commission License First Class, General Radiotelephone, or Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) certification
  • Degree in Engineering (Electrical or Electronic) or a related field, BA/BS degree preferred, or minimum three years related experience or equivalent in broadcast and IT engineering management


This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. Apply via email with cover letter, resume (include

your physical address, not just an email), and salary requirements to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., subject line: Engineer—NorCal. Open until filled.

Non-profit. EEO. Northern California Public Media does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.


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