Head of Technology & Operations

Date Posted: 8/31/2020

Job Description

WOI/KCWI, the TEGNA-owned ABC and CW affiliate in Des Moines, IA has an immediate opening for an experienced, versatile Head of Technology and Operations.  This position will report directly to the Regional Head of Technology and Operations.

In this role, you will:

  • Manage short-and-long term technology strategy
  • Handle day-to-day operations including equipment integration, maintenance for the core infrastructure, studios, control rooms, facility, post-production, and transmission for all live programming 
  • Oversee compliance of FCC rules and regulations
  • Manage compliance of critical security policies, including Account, Password Security, Vulnerability Protection, Virus Protection, Untrusted Network, and IT Incident Reporting policies
  • Manage Business Continuity and Disaster Contingency plans
  • Maintain financial responsibility for the Engineering and Production Departments including – expense budgeting, approvals, and reviews
  • Monitor and creatively scrutinize daily on-air technical quality
  • Lead workflow improvements for both on-air and online products
  • Manage vendor contracts including technology, building maintenance, security, coffee/snack vending, and janitorial services
  • Lead capital planning and submission process for station
  • Lead project planning and project management for station wide initiatives​

Job Requirements

  • Strong customer service skills and unfailing professionalism
  • Demonstrate impeccable written and verbal communication and presentation skills for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership with a focus on team management
  • Understanding of IT processes including security, workflow, and management
  • In-depth knowledge of broadcast technologies including; Avid iNews and ENPS Newsroom Systems, Avid and BitCentral Media Management Systems, RF Transmission, Broadcast Switchers, Router Systems, Field Cameras, Signal Path Workflows.
  • Demonstrated strong project management experience
  • Ability to work well and make quick decisions under pressure
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of experience and education and a minimum of five years' experience in a broadcast operations/technology or equivalent management role
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule in support of a 24x7x365 operation


TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 62 television stations and four radio stations in 51 markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching over 38 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks Justice Network and Quest. TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS) offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.


TEGNA Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.

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