Assistant Director of Engineering

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN

Job posting number: #7081758

Posted: August 2, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
The Department of Media and Communication at East Tennessee State University seeks a full-time Assistant Director of Engineering to begin August 2021. Media and Communication is a professional and academic program that is hands-on and demands significant interaction with students. The department operates a student-run radio station, THE EDGE, and a TV Station, Buc-TV and other experiential learning environments.

The Assistant Director of Engineering is responsible for installing, maintaining, operating, and documenting all broadcast related systems and equipment to meet Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules and regulations and any other applicable regulations to also include standards set by the Department of Media and Communication. Equipment to maintain includes but is not limited to:
High Definition and 4K video cameras
still image cameras
video switchers
video servers
video and audio routers
linear and non-linear editing systems
Macintosh, Linux, and PC computer systems
digital and analog audio consoles
video and audio over IP systems
basic knowledge of IP Networks (LAN, WAN etc)
fiber transceivers and switches
satellite reception systems and
any other broadcast and instructional related equipment used in the instruction of technology related to the emerging media industry

The department has more than 300 undergraduate majors and is one of the fastest growing degree program on campus. East Tennessee State University is a state-assisted and Carnegie-classified Doctoral Research Intensive University of more than 15,000 students. It is a regional institution, serving East Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and western North Carolina. ETSU is located in Johnson City. The city is in Northeast Tennessee between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. From its main campus in Johnson City, ETSU serves a population of more than 1 million people in a 75-mile radius. The area enjoys moderate climate and a variety of recreational opportunities, such as camping, fishing, golfing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and snow skiing. Area information is available at

Description of Job Duty (Essential)

Performs preventative maintenance, installation and repair of many forms of audio and video equipment both analog and digital.
Implements practices for the setup and operation of new equipment and systems in addition to the current equipment and systems.
Assists in the management and administration of High bandwidth Video data network, SAN, NAN, and other server-based technologies.
Maintains a solid foundation in troubleshooting techniques and the implementation of those techniques in the repair of electronic equipment, electronic systems, and software-based systems.
Monitors and maintains analog and digital signals to meet FCC and other regulatory quality control standards.
Uses electronic testing equipment such as but not limited to; oscilloscopes, waveform/vector scope, function generator, VOM’s and optical power meters.
Troubleshoots fiber optic transmission and reception systems.
Distinguishes between hardware and software failures with ability to research and implement software-based solutions as well as troubleshoot to system and circuit level with occasional diagnostics on the component level.
Fist line of defense for student technical issues and inquiries
Responsible for the maintenance and installation of computer systems and software used throughout the Dept. of Media and Communication, including the 3 computer labs maintained and used by the department.

Description of Job Duty (Secondary)

Provides broadcast, radio, television, and film related technical support for faculty and staff.
Assists faculty and staff in diagnosing operator-based issues with both software and hardware.
Assists faculty in the development and implementation of the technical aspects in course curriculum.
Performs all other duties as assigned.

ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must have a good command of the English language and possess the ability to understand instructions and underlying principles of the broadcast and IT industries to include the installation, operation, configuration, and maintenance of broadcast related computer devices and server systems.
Must be able to visually distinguish colors. Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.
Electronics experience including ability to solder and terminate a variety of connectors.
Ability to read and interpret electronic schematics and service manuals.
Command a solid working knowledge of electronic principles, HD-SDI, Video and audio over IP, AES, analog component, analog composite, IP, POTS, and analog audio signal systems standards.
Strong organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills are essential; strong communications skills are a must as this position will require daily interaction and instruction of technology with students throughout the department and various concentrations.
Ability to evaluate and resolve or bypass equipment malfunctions during stressful situations.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Basic knowledge of single and three phase power systems.
Experience with Live Video production in a multi camera, live switching environment such as sporting events and concerts.
Experience directing live, in-studio productions.
Knowledge of studio and field lighting techniques and instrumentation.
Ability to speak in front of classes and teach technical aspects of gear and technology used throughout the department.
Knowledge of educational technology systems including presentation systems, lab computer configuration and setup.
In depth knowledge of the operations of media industry related gear such as video editing, video switcher’s, CG equipment such as Ross Expression, instant replay equipment such as Newtek’s 3-Play and Evertz Dreamcatcher.
In-depth knowledge and first-hand experience working with Radio and Television automation systems.
Experience shooting and editing for film and media.
Required Qualifications
AAS degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering Technology, Entertainment Technology, Media and Communication or closely related field.
Experience in broadcast television maintenance, television production, sports programming production, cable TV broadcast maintenance, or equivalent of education and experience (relevant GA/Student Worker experience may be considered; full-time preferred).
Ability to change priorities and handle last minute changes as need dictate.
Knowledge of analog and digital production technology, satellite RF technology and reception methods, data networks, servers, archive systems, distribution systems, analog and digital SD and HD SMPTE standards including streaming media data formats.
Knowledge of Apple OS 10.x Time-management, written and interpersonal skills. Must have a valid Tennessee driver’s license.
This is not a telecommute position.
Preferred Qualifications
First priority will be given to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a media- or communication-related field or 2-5 years of experience working with broadcast or A/V technology in higher education.

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