Job no: 228664-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications, Editing, Broadcasting, Media, Engineering, Information Systems/Technology

Position Summary:

The Special Projects Engineer (SPE) develops and implements engineering and computer systems and workflows that integrate broadcast, media and IT systems used by PBS Wisconsin to create and disseminate content to our statewide audience. This person works closely with staff engineers and producers to create the most effective technical solutions to production challenges. The SPE has a strong understanding of traditional broadcast systems, IT skills outside of the traditional broadcast sphere, and a deep drive to stay up to date on the latest evolving consumer and professional media technology. As part of a multi-faceted media organization, this position reports to the Chief of Engineering and Production Technology and is key to advancing the mission of PBS Wisconsin in serving the people of the state.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree or technical certification in Broadcast Engineering, Electronic Technology or related field preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- Two years of hands-on technical experience with video and audio production including in-depth knowledge of audio and video recording and engineering for broadcast and/or digital distribution systems, and ability to setup and diagnose technical problems.
- Professional experience working with digital media formats related to capture, transport, post-production and broadcast standards.
- Professional experience working with video, audio and control systems for a television broadcast and digital dissemination production facility.
- Professional experience with IT hardware and software as required for the design, configuration and operation of audio and video production systems; knowledge of computer-aided design tools.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to non-technical staff.
- Strong organizational skills as evidenced by experience documenting systems and workflows, or experience multi-tasking while maintaining accuracy, efficiency and attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, work independently and work in teams.
- Professional experience in media production environments that depend on tight deadlines and content delivery to audiences or stakeholders.

- Project management experience including PM models, software and systems.
- Experience operating studio or field production equipment
- Ability to lift up to 30 pounds, climb ladders and work on elevated surfaces, pull and install wiring, and work on small electronic components.
- Experience with live event or performance productions
- Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations pertaining to broadcast compliance
- Ability to possess and maintain an unrestricted Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Additional Information:

Expected salary range for this position is mid to upper 50,000's to mid 60,000's for highly experienced candidates who exceed the qualifications. Actual pay and title will depend on experience and qualifications.

The occupant of this position is expected to comply with the Ethics for PBS Wisconsin Staff found at pbswisconsin.org/about/ as well as the UW Madison Code of Ethics.

This position also requires the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a resume and a letter of interest that show how your experience and skills relate to the specific Principal Duties and Relevant Work Experience for this specific position.

As applicants progress to interviews, they will need to provide at least three professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (including at least one supervisory reference).

Questions? Contact: Erin Cook, PBS Wisconsin, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706;
608-263-0477; erin.cook@pbswisconsin.org.


Erin Cook
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Nov 4 2020 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Nov 29 2020 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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