Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N1062 / Broadcast Operator
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 09

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 supervision, sets up, operates, and monitors a range of television broadcast equipment for the television station KNME TV, in compliance with Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules and regulations. Works on roster within a 7-day per week, 19-hour per day operating schedule. Ensures continuity of broadcast signal and operation of equipment during operating hours. Maintains all required program and operational logs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs set-up, calibrates, operates, monitors, and maintains television broadcast equipment to produce, switch, receive, record, edit, and reproduce the DTV color television signal, in compliance with FCC rules and regulations.
  2. Maintains accurate logs and records, and prepares discrepency, test, and security reports, as stipulated by FCC regulations.
  3. Conducts functional and operational tests of uplink and air control television broadcasting equipment; evaluates quality and performance of video and audio reception, production, and transmission.
  4. Provides operational support for studio and remote site television productions, post-productions and duplication services, state microwave networking transmissions, cable services, and institutional distribution of program materials.
  5. Maintains and enforces building security during after-hours station operation; submits facility usage reports.
  6. Broadcasts emergency public service announcements, to include information regarding dangerous weather or other community-related emergencies, as necessary.
  7. Provides functional supervision and training, as appropriate, for student employee broadcast operators.
  8. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; 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

  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule on a regular basis.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations pertaining to the transmission of broadcast signals.
  • Ability to provide operational support for studio and remote site television production and post-production activities.
  • Knowledge of DTV color television signal standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to acquire knowledge of on-air and remote broadcasting processes and procedures.
  • Ability to test and evaluate audio/visual signal quality at the point of production, transmission, and reception.
  • Skill in the setup, operation of state-of the-art commercial audio-video broadcasting equipment.
  • Ability to operate computer-controlled satellite, KU, and C-Band downlink and uplink equipment.
  • Knowledge of building security policies and procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) routine support for broadcast operations; b) maintenance of accurate logs and records regarding broadcast operations; c) compliance with FCC rules and regulations.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

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

Revised Date: 05/06/2019