Director, Technology / CTO (UPDATED)

Tucson, AZ
Feb 13, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



AZ Public Media Admin Svcs

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

Note: This posting job title has been updated.

The Director of Technology / CTO serves as principal radio frequency engineer, broadcast, IT, and facilities management leader of Arizona Public Media (AZPM,) a non-profit public media organization that delivers radio, television, online, and digital content as a community service of the University of Arizona (UArizona) in Tucson. Directs the strategic direction and design, acquisition, management, and implementation of an enterprise-wide technology infrastructure. The Director of Technology / CTO is responsible for all technology-related matters in the organization including formulating technology visions and incorporating them in the technological developments of AZPM. The Director of Technology / CTO is a member of the Executive Management team at AZPM.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

The Director of Technology / CTO will:

  • Develop a broadcast technology plan and maintain engineering and IT standards for broadcast television and radio, IT infrastructure, web platforms, and digital streaming.
  • Direct the activities necessary to keep the technology infrastructure running seamlessly, efficiently, and effectively while ensuring compliance with regulatory and established standards and policies.
  • Set standards for organizational technological development and lead staff towards its fulfillment.
  • Identify, recruit, hire, and lead a creative and dedicated and talented professional team of twenty-three professional and thirteen student employees for achievement of strategic objectives. Direct reports include the IT Director, Chief Engineer, and Production Manager.
  • Guide and support the staff of the organization in all technological functions of the organization.
  • Develop technological workflows in collaboration with department heads to ensure efficient, high quality, and cost-effective outcomes for broadcast and digital audio, video, streaming, and production distribution.
  • Interface with other departments of the organization to ensure that all broadcast, production, and IT infrastructure related to software and hardware are in optimum working condition.
  • Manage, design, operate and maintain TV and radio transmitting facilities, assuring safe and compliant operations.
  • Develop and manage broadcast, production, and office IT systems and policies.
  • Be able to codify and implement technical policies and procedures for the organization, assuring a safe and efficient environment for the station and its employees.
  • Have the requisite skills to manage and perform analysis and maintenance of high-power RF transmission systems, microwave systems, content production and post-production systems, computer network systems, and remote-control systems.
  • Be able to manage digital editing systems, field acquisition systems and support a variety of AZPM productions.
  • Apply industry standards and practices; interpret and implement FCC rules and regulations.
  • Work with the community, peers, management, and Community Advisory Board, to ensure that the organization continues to operate in the public interest.
  • Ensure compliance reporting for the University of Arizona, FCC, NAB, PBS, NPR and CPB membership requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 9 years of related work experience, including 5 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Experience leading a team, project, program, or function is typically required.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science and/or related technical degree, plus exceptional commensurate experience.
  • Master's degree
  • FCC General Radio Telephone License and/or commensurate SBE Certification.
  • Advanced degree in a related area and/or at least fifteen years of experience in the broadcast RF or IP/IT technology fields.
  • Seven to ten years of management experience in a progressively complex RF broadcast technology or IP environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in upgrading, managing, and maintaining computer network and information technology systems in a complex RF technology environment.
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex technical projects, personnel, finances, and resources.
  • Experience keeping in touch with the latest developments in the field of technology and implement them for the organization.
  • Demonstrated expertise in a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Supervision of digital satellite systems operation; digital microwave operation, high power RF design and maintenance.
  • Computer network design and operations; technical database management and reconciliation.
  • Leadership of a multi-station broadcast facility.
  • Design and operation of high-performance radio and television editing systems.
  • Design and installation of analog and digital systems associated with radio operations.
  • Project management including the application of internal, external, and contracted personnel, detail timeline management, and budget administration and review.
  • Facility interconnection including signal type and routing, bypass and restore systems; microwave and fiber interconnection; etc. Implement and modify system documentation as required.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Broadcasting and Journalism

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

IT Architecture

Job Function:

Information Technology

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Alex Birch
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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