External Application

Where: Starkville, MS

Who: Mississippi State University

Field: Live Broadcast / Sports / TV News / Technical Operations

Salary: $65,000.00 — $75,000.00 per year

Type: Full Time


Mississippi State University Athletics is seeking a Director of Broadcast Technology and Engineering to work within its Broadcast Operations Department.

Mississippi State Broadcast Operations Department produces events on ESPN and SEC Network platforms including linear and digital networks, as well as in-venue displays. The Director of Broadcast Technology and Engineering should be a self-starter who is extremely organized, able to work effectively alone or in a group, and can bring a positive attitude to work each day. Exceptional trouble shooting skills will be required and innovative solutions to complex problems will be necessary. This individual will collaborate with full and part-time staff to oversee that all broadcast equipment is in good working order, is setup in the proper manner, and is being operated appropriately.
Additional duties will include:

• Managing the day-to-day technical support, installation, repair, and maintenance of key infrastructure components of Mississippi State Broadcast Operations control rooms.
• Ensuring all cameras and on-site setups are operating and transmission paths and feeds are functioning properly for each broadcast.
• Work as a member of the live production team to identify, analyze and resolve system problems as they arise.
• Providing operational assistance and instruction to full and part-time staff, as well as student workers.
• Working closely with ESPN and SEC Network to maintain technical knowledge for live broadcasts.
• Preparing and maintaining various technical records and engineering logs pertaining to broadcast equipment performance and discrepancies.
• Performing modifications according to engineering specifications and determining priorities regarding repair, maintenance, and modifications.
• Monitoring inventory of replacement parts and other engineering supplies; providing equipment specifications and ordering equipment according to university and department procedures.
• Participating in training and development to keep abreast of the latest technological advances and working in tandem with the production staff to develop and implement training programs for other technical staff in all aspects of broadcast standards, practices and basic electronic theory and troubleshooting.
• Assisting with the acquisition of capital equipment and preparation of maintenance budgets.
• Ability to work nights and weekends as required by events.
• Proficient skills related to installing, repairing, and terminating various types of cables.
• Extensive technical knowledge of control room systems such as routers, servers, switchers, replay, graphics, cameras, and other video related equipment.
• Strong troubleshooting skills with ability to precisely identify problems and solutions on-the-fly.
• Effective oral and written communication skills.
• Performing other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility:
Supervises the Assistant Director of Broadcast Technology.

Minimum Qualifications:
A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at two to three years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary. A minimum of four years in television broadcast engineering with one to two years in a supervisory capacity.
Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (or similar equipment):
• Ross Video Acuity and Carbonite Switchers & XPression Graphics Systems
• Evertz Router, Timing, Multiviewer and DreamCatcher Replay System
• RTS Adam-M Intercom and AZEdit Software
• DiGiCo Audio Mixing Console
• Ikegami, Sony PTZ and Marshall POV Broadcast Cameras
• Fujinon Broadcast Lenses
• Fiber optic transmission paths and feeds
• Studio Technologies Announcer Consoles & Intercom/IFB modules
• KVM System

Physical Requirements:
Regularly involves lifting, bending or other physical exertion. Often exposed to one or more elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc. with one to the point of being objectionable. Injuries may require professional treatment.

Job frequently requires standing, walking, sitting, reaching, stooping/kneeling/ crouching/ crawling. Talking. Hearing, handling objects with hands, and lifting to 50 pounds.

Job occasionally requires climbing or balancing and lifting more than 50 pounds.

Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.


A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary. A minimum of three years in broadcast television engineering with one to two years in a supervisory capacity.

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