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Assistant Engineering Director

Baltimore, MD
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Assistant Engineering Director - Hearst Television Careers

Assistant Engineering Director

🔍 Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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WBAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland, is searching for an effective manager and passionate leader for the position of Assistant Director of Engineering. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to organize, plan, manage, document and execute assignments within a demanding live broadcast environment. The individual will be directly responsible for supervision of the installation, operation, and maintenance of all studio and field equipment and the supervision and motivation of the technical and operational staff responsible for the highest quality television product in the market. The position will also provide oversight of facility integrity and infrastructure, serve as the point person for logistics planning of special events and projects, and will assist the Director of Engineering in achieving station and departmental objectives and priorities.

We are looking for a results-oriented leader with the ability to motivate, communicate, and interface with various departments. A Hearst Television station, WBAL-TV is a proven leader in local news and has a rich history of public service to our community. We seek an individual to join a management team committed to excellence.
Job responsibilities:
  • Assist Director of Engineering in daily departmental managerial tasks and on-going projects.
  • Manage and support broadcast maintenance engineering and associated technical staff in their daily work assignments.
  • Assist in maintaining transmitters, satellite antenna systems, microwave antenna systems, signal distribution and routing systems.
  • Exhibit a good working knowledge of television systems maintenance and IT systems, as well as FCC requirements and licensing.
  • Oversight of all studio and field equipment.
  • Assist IT department in support of systems as needed.
  • Document and maintain engineering operational policies and procedures.
  • Ability to adapt to multiple priorities and tasks and follow through until successful resolution is achieved.
  • Requires excellent judgment and ability to effectively handle complex issues under pressure and during emergencies.
  • Assist with capital budget planning and execution, with collaboration from other departments.
  • Manage implementation of capital projects.
  • Assist with oversight of engineering operations budget.
  • Establish and maintain operational technical standards policies.
  • Train and educate staff to understand all relevant systems.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required skills:
  • Attention to detail, strong organizational and communication skills are imperative.
  • Computer and technical literacy.
  • Lifting 50 pounds, climbing ladders and other physical activity associated with equipment installation.
  • Must have current driver’s license.
  • Aptitude for operating electronic equipment for broadcast transmission and production.
  • The ability to work with other departmental leaders.
  • Experience working in a union environment.
  • Working knowledge of data networks, data communications, computer systems and equipment.
  • Understanding of computer operating systems.
  • Ability to follow drawings and schematics and troubleshoot systems and equipment.
  • Working knowledge of audio and video technologies, both digital and analog.
Preferred experience:
  • 5 years in television broadcast operations and maintenance, or military equivalent.
  • 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Multi-channel television station automation and servers.
  • File-based newsroom workflows and non-linear editing.
  • Video routers, switchers, cameras, and robotics.
  • Television transmitters and broadcast encoders.
  • Understanding of various audio and video encoding types. 
  • ENG and SNG transmissions.
  • Knowledge of VizRT and BitCentral.
  • SBE certifications.
  • Other relevant educational experience.


About Hearst Television

We are Hearst Television, a national multimedia company. We own and operate 30 local television stations and two local radio stations, serving 26 television markets across 39 states, reaching approximately 21 million US television households. Our mission is to be No. 1 in broadcasting, achieving that status with integrity, respect and community spirit.

That’s the bigger picture. But there’s another story here too. A story of an award-winning, diverse, stable, supportive employer, guided by strong principles and engaged, involved professionals who believe in what they do.


Television is a high profile medium, and most people will recognize the Hearst name. But, within Hearst, Hearst Television has a distinctive culture of our own and a track record to be proud of in our own right. Our success is built on how we support our people, support our communities and always place integrity at the center of every action we take.

Because Hearst Television is an established, stable organization with real history and heritage, we have values, a vision and a leadership style that are firmly embedded in our operations. There’s definitely an identifiable ‘Hearst Way’ of doing things: supporting your colleagues, acting with integrity, and always thinking about the bigger picture when making decisions.


Our Leadership Values set a code of standards for our employees in their relationships with colleagues, customers, audiences and the communities we serve. Our values include:

Set the highest standards of integrity, character, honesty and fairness. Articulate a clear vision of what is to be accomplished. Communicate effectively. Help others succeed. Respect and trust your colleagues. Value different skills, talent and ideas. Recognize good performances. Be customer focused. Be passionate and take pride in what you do. Have fun and WIN!


We recently conducted focus groups with employees from more than 50% of our stations – with the objective of better understanding our culture, our shared ways of working and the features of Hearst Television that people prized the most. The findings were genuinely fascinating. People who work here love the way that they have a voice and opportunities to express themselves. While we may be part of the wider Hearst Corporation, we still have a family feel and a collaborative, supportive environment. There’s a sense of community, and an appreciation of the stability that comes with life in a big organization. At the same time, everybody recognizes that we’re ambitious too. We’re established, but not set in our ways. Big, but never slow to move. Above all, it’s our integrity that counts the most. We’re renowned for bringing the news to our communities with sincerity and transparency. People trust us – and that makes our employees proud to work here.


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Hearst Television, Inc. comprises 29 television stations, and two radio stations, in geographically diverse U.S. markets. The Company's television stations reach approximately 18% of U.S. TV households, making it one of the largest U.S. television station groups. The Company owns 13 ABC affiliated stations and 10 NBC affiliates, and among both networks' largest affiliate owners; and it owns two CBS affiliates.

Hearst Television’s stations are recognized news leaders. The station group has been honored with six consecutive Walter Cronkite Awards, presented by the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, for excellence in television political journalism. Hearst Television stations also are the recipients of many of television's other highest awards for excellence in journalism, programming and community service, including the Peabody, the duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award, the Gabriel, the Ad Council Silver Bell, the National Headliner Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Emmy.

Hearst also is a leader in the convergence of local broadcast television and the Internet through its partnership with Internet Broadcasting, and in the application of digital broadcast spectrum for new local informational services.

Hearst Television is wholly owned by the Hearst Corporation.

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