Director of Broadcast IT

New York, NY

Onsite  -  Niche  -  Direct Placement  -  Job ID: 23-03617

Title: Director of Broadcast IT 
Location: New York, NY (On-Site)
Duration: Direct Hire
Compensation: $150,000 – $175,000
Work Requirements: US Citizen, GC Holders or Authorized to Work in the US

General Description: The Director of Broadcast Information Technology will assist the Vice President of Engineering and Chief Information Officer with technological innovation, support, and maintenance of production systems, including all the interconnected hardware and software intended to sustain and improve the daily work of content creation and management. The network has a full matrix of systems designed to ingest, record, edit, organize and playout live and edited video and audio using a comprehensive set of systems found in most network television environments.

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, this position will require oversight of the configuration and ongoing management of the connectivity and interoperability of these systems to ensure optimized performance of each, seamless operation, and security. The Director role will provide technical leadership and guidance across all broadcast-related technology platforms which integrate with IT functions, as well as project planning and budgeting, overseeing related equipment purchases, installation planning and documentation efforts.


Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and oversee the activities of 24 x 7 Broadcast IT support staff.
  • Assist the Vice President of Engineering in development, preparation and implementation of department capital and operating budgets along with long range project planning.
  • Conceive and manage the IT component of Engineering department capital projects, including systems design, equipment selection, purchasing, installation and implementation.
  • Implement and oversee network signal distribution over IP (OTT and Satellite).
  • Collaborate with cable, MVPD, OTT and FAST channels for easy facilitation of network content.
  • Prioritize technical projects and system upgrades according to Engineering resources and considerations in impact to systems integrity and availability.
  • Work with editorial partners and engineering leadership in developing new systems, processes, and procedures to ensure project success.
  • Recommend, evaluate, and monitor current and future broadcast technologies to accommodate hardware and software solution transitions.
  • Manage integration of OTT programmatic ads and SSAI (server-side ad insertion) with vendors.
  • Assist VP Broadcast Engineering to maintain newsroom systems such as AP ENPS, teleprompter software, network infrastructure, and edit systems.
  • Collaborate with Chief Cyber Security Officer to maintain security on all broadcast IP systems.
  • Work with broadcast engineering to efficiently manage graphics and video editing systems and workflows.
  • Oversee monitoring systems and alerts to ensure full redundancy of operations.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, Electrical Engineering, or similar technical field and/or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in all facets of broadcast information technology.
  • Minimum 5 years of IT-related project management experience.
  • Minimum 3 years of team management experience.
  • Effective and positive interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and proficiency in establishing priorities with multiple projects under tight deadlines.
  • Proven troubleshooting and analytical skills.


Highly Valued Knowledge Base

  • Advanced ability to architect and implement forward-thinking, innovative, and flexible procedures, processes, and systems designs.
  • Advanced working knowledge of (including, but not limited to):
  • Newsroom Control Systems
  • Graphics and Video systems
  • MOS
  • Switchers, Routers, Playout, and all related interconnected resources
  • Bonded Cellular transmission devices
  • Video encoding/decoding, multiplexing
  • Digital Asset Management systems integration and support
  • Storage Area Networks and file systems
  • Metadata Controller management
  • File Archiving procedures and support
  • Fiber Channel infrastructure, switch fabric configuration and management
  • Industry standard post-production video and audio file formats
  • Remote-to-studio fiber and IP connectivity (best-of-breed)
  • Local and Cloud-based services, worklows, and applications for post-production editing
  • Complex media systems and workflows encompassing file ingest, transcoding and delivery
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux workstations and servers
  • Commonly used IP, SD/HD/UHD SDI video and digital audio protocols and standards
  • IP Network and Ethernet connectivity including TCP/IP, UDP, VLANs, and multicasting


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