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Director of News Technology

logo Location:  Seattle WA
Control #:  110014T

The Director of News Technology is responsible for ensuring the superior quality of KIRO 7 News video and audio presentation through: effective management of its technical operations and equipment; maintenance of high photojournalistic and news video editing standards; and the efficient planning and management of News operating and capital budgets.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • To coordinate photojournalist, news video editing, remote broadcast, and news engineering activities and productivity.
  • To be active and aggressive in maintaining high-quality product and conduct from work group members.
  • To initiate and approve requests as appropriate for the purchase, replacement, or repair of equipment and services.
  • To oversee staffing and supervisory duties, including hiring, discipline, scheduling, and evaluation of operations staff and work group members in accordance with KIRO policies.
  • To plan and manage the News operating and capital budgets.
  • To help to determine the future direction of KIRO News operations through regular and clear communications with News Director, other Department Heads, Senior staff leaders, and employees.
  • To provide logistical planning and technical coordination for News programming, projects, and special events.
  • To oversee the operation and regular maintenance of News equipment, including but not limited to: broadcast cameras, camcorders; video players, recorders and editing systems; audio systems and tape recorders; communications equipment, including two-way radios, cellular telephones, and scanners; news video transmission equipment, including satellite & microwave vehicles and gear; helicopter; news vehicles and other transportation equipment.
  • To plan, supervise, and track operational expenditures.
  • To plan and supervise purchases and installation of new and/or replacement equipment per manufacturer's specifications.
  • To coordinate and define activities of the photojournalist, news video editing, remote broadcast technicians, directing and maintenance engineering staffs.
  • To be totally conversant with KIRO's disaster recovery planning and the procedures in the KIRO Crisis Manual and to review the plans and policies on a regular basis for adequacy in relation to current operations and systems.
  • To be conversant with journalistic law and follow professional ethics.
  • To be conversant with general FCC policies and rules applying to equipment operated by TV News.
  • To work additional hours per day or week as necessary.
  • To be fully conversant with the newsroom computer system and KIRO voice and data systems.

    Qualifications:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • At least 10 years of hands-on experience in news acquisition, editing, journalistic desk and on -air production functions in a newsroom of similar market size. Market diversity is highly desired.
  • Broad knowledge of news ENG acquisition, editorial, assignment desk and control room technologies.
  • Experience in major enterprise-level technology and engineering construction or renovation projects is desirable.
  • Valid driver's license with good driving record required.
  • Able to effectively schedule a team of employees.
  • Experience managing a team of 15 employees or larger.
  • Knowledge of journalistic standards and ethics for news gathering.


  • The candidate should have a degree in technology with a focus in electronic media.
  • Factory training on newsroom systems is a plus.
  • Recent relevant experience as a News Operations Manager at a local station in a top 20 market is strongly preferred.


  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to work well with others and deal with employee issues appropriately.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee is frequently required to lift and/or carry up to 60 pounds of equipment.
  • Must be able to work in confined areas.
  • Specific vision abilities include close and color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, feel or handle objects, tools or controls.
  • Employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear and occasionally is required to walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Expected to work under deadline constraints and meet precise deadlines (including self-imposed deadlines)
  • Routine interruptions and unforeseen assignments are to be expected

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may work in outside weather conditions
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to have varying work schedules (including weekends, nights and holidays), and to travel as part of assigned duties
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

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    About Cox Media Group: Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company. The companyís operations currently include broadcast television stations, radio stations, daily newspapers, and digital sites. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps - the countryís biggest television rep firm - Gamut, and Videa. The company also offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services through its Local Solutions and Ideabar businesses. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly across all platforms. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at

    Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individualís age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Posted 9/20/18.

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