WQAD, the TEGNA-owned ABC affiliate in Moline, IL, has an opening for an experienced, versatile Head of Technology and Operations. This position will report directly to the Regional Head of Technology and Operations.
We are looking for proven leader with strong technical judgment, effective communication skills, possessing an understanding of current and future technology needs with a passion for innovation.
The Head of Technology and Operations is responsible for leading the Engineering, Production, and Information Technology teams, which supports the overall WQAD broadcast technologies in a 24/7/365 environment. This position is responsible for (including but not limited to):
• Managing short-and-long term technology strategy.
• Day-to-day operations including equipment integration, maintenance for the core infrastructure, studios, control rooms, facility, post-production, and transmission for all live programming.
• Oversee compliance of FCC rules and regulations.
• Manage compliance of critical security policies, including Account, Password Security, Vulnerability Protection, Virus Protection, Untrusted Network, and IT Incident Reporting policies.
• Manage Business Continuity and Disaster Contingency plans.
• Maintain financial responsibility for the Engineering and Production Departments including – expense budgeting, approvals, and reviews.
• Monitors and creatively scrutinizes daily on-air technical quality.
• Leads workflow improvements for both on-air and online products.
• Manages vendor contracts including technology, building maintenance, security, and janitorial services.
• Leads capital planning and submission process for station.
• Leads project planning and project management for station wide initiatives.
5 – 7 years
• Strong customer service skills and unfailing professionalism. Demonstrate impeccable written and verbal communication and presentation skills for both technical and non-technical audiences.
• Demonstrated strong leadership with a focus on team management
• Understanding of IT processes including security, workflow, and management
• In-depth knowledge of broadcast technologies including: ENPS Newsroom Systems, Production Control Room Automation, RF Transmission, Broadcast Switchers, Router Systems, Field Cameras, Signal Path Workflows.
• Demonstrated strong project management experience.
• Ability to work well and make quick decisions under pressure.
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of experience and education and a minimum of five years’ experience in a broadcast operations/technology management role.
• Must be willing to work onsite at our facility in Moline, IL and must be willing and available to work flexible hours, including overnight shifts, weekends, holidays in order to meet the needs of a 24×7 operation.
Work Environment: Moderate risk
Physical Demands: Medium work
Travel: Occasionally: 10-25%
Work Environment Set: Moderate risk: involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions
Physical Demands Set: Medium work: Involves standing prolong hours, stooping, bending, lifting/pushing up to 25 lbs.
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