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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F6004 / Chief Operator
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general direction, consults with staff and facilities users to coordinate the evaluation, acquisition, installation, operation, and overall maintenance and repair of KUNM-FM's technical systems, broadcasting equipment, and facilities. Provides 24-hour 7-days-per-week on-call coverage.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Inspects and directs testing of studio, remote, and satellite broadcasting equipment to ensure operational performance meets KUNM-FM standards and FCC regulations.
  2. Establishes procedures for the operation and maintenance of studio, remote control, and microwave transmission equipment.
  3. Directs or performs activities concerned with the layout and design of electrical circuitry to ensure conformance with codes and safety regulations.
  4. Maintains and verifies all necessary records, logs, and reports required by FCC and local and state agencies.
  5. Inspects, repairs, and maintains unstaffed station translator and repeater sites, and the Sandia Crest transmitter site.
  6. Plans, develops, and implements projects; recommends technical hardware and software improvements to enhance service delivery.
  7. Prepares annual budget requests and controls expenditures within budget limitations.
  8. Assists in proposal writing; ensures grant compliance.
  9. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  10. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of broadcast systems circuitry, design, and/or installation.
  • Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards.
  • Ability to interpret technical manuals.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to understand and follow safety procedures.
  • Ability to perform inspections and/or approve installations.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, methods, and techniques in area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of the operational characteristics and maintenance requirements of a range of broadcast transmission equipment.
  • Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of FCC and other federal, state and local broadcasting regulations.
  • Skill in developing policy and procedure documentation.
  • Knowledge of current availability of and developments in broadcast transmission systems and equipment.
  • Ability to work at altitudes above 10,000 feet.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid UNM driver's license is required to operate a State vehicle.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017