Posted: 9:11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015

KIRO-TV Employment Opportunities


IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN

The IT Support Technician will install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot IT hardware and software throughout KIRO-TV facilities, as well as assist the Information Technology Manager in research and planning of IT systems design. Scope includes complete compliance with station and Cox corporate IT policies. This position will be required to respond to emergency service requests on nights, weekends, and holidays as necessary. 

Primary Responsibilities and Essential Functions

  • IT Installation: Install IT hardware such as PCs, printers, accessories, server, networking devices, and Broadcast equipment such as non-linear editing systems, Graphics machines, and news room systems, as needed at any KIRO-TV facility. Install desktop software required by employees to properly satisfy their business requirements as directed by station management. Proper hardware and software installation includes adherence to KIRO and Cox security standards and best practices.
  • IT Maintenance: Troubleshoot and repair issues that arise with approximately 200 computer network, IT hardware, and IT related Broadcast equipment or software in a timely manner. Provide alternative equipment, software, or procedures if necessary to allow business to continue normally. Overall connectivity; local servers, internet, VPN, Wi-Fi, and corporate resources. Back-up, recovery, patching, update tools, and monitoring.
  • IT Configuration: Set up hardware and software to accommodate users and system needs properly and review to ensure that changing needs are recognized and handled.
  • Phones: Implement, maintain, troubleshoot, and configure the various phones used at KIRO-TV facilities. This includes VoIP, POTS, mobile phones and Tablets.
  • Networking: Perform basic network functions such as cabling end-user equipment and connecting to network switches, document network connections, and basic network connectivity troubleshooting.
  • Assist: Engineering Maintenance and Operations Staff The Technical Support Technician will also be called on to assist the Engineering Maintenance and Operations Staff with technical, but not necessarily IT issues. (S)he will do so to the best of her/his abilities and knowledge.
  • Security: Always work to maintain KIRO and Cox security standards and always be aware of vulnerabilities and take steps to minimize or eliminate those vulnerabilities.
  • Prioritize: Tasks When multiple tasks require attention, the Technical Support Technician must prioritize the jobs to ensure that on-air operations and on-air support receive priority.
  • Discretion: The IT Support Technician will necessarily have access to system, files, data, and information that is considered sensitive and confidential. (S)he will be required to maintain and protect the confidentiality of this information at all times.
  • Teamwork / Professionalism: The Technical Support Technician will be working with every department and group at KIRO-TV. (S)he shall do so in a professional manner and work within a spirit of teamwork.

Qualifications

  • Associates degree or Technical degree in related field preferred but not required.
  • Microsoft, Cisco, or other mainstream certifications are not required but beneficial.
  • Three years or more performing technical support functions (Television IT experience beneficial) with proficiency with the following:
    • Microsoft Windows 7, 8
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 / 2008/2012
    • Networking – LAN (Cisco), WAN, Wireless
    • Active Directory
    • Microsoft Office 2010
    • Desktop / Network Security
    • Software / Hardware Installation
    • Help Desk Support
    • Cisco CallManager VoIP Phone Configuration / Support
    • Troubleshooting all facets of desktop / network IT issues
    • Mobile Devices – Phones and Tablets
  • Dynamic, self-motivated individual who can respond to the fast-paced day-to-day IT issues in an efficient and effective manner while interfacing with our employees in a friendly, professional style.
  • The ability to handle more than one task at one time and establish effective priorities.
  • Possess ability to solve technical or procedural problems as needed. Know when to ask for help.
  • Possess ability to accurately document procedures and IT systems. Must be able to present and share information with other station employees.
  • Required to be of high standards. Adhere to KIRO’s Employee Code of Conduct.
  • Other duties as assigned by direct supervisor, department head or station management.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings and maintain an awareness of station goals.
  • Be on constant lookout for opportunities to improve operations and procedures and be willing to present to station management.
  • Be able to move PC’s and printers up to 50 lbs.
  • Work under and around furniture and equipment.


IGNITE DIRECTOR (PART-TIME)

 KIRO-TV is looking for an Ignite director who will also produce content for KIRO-TV’s digital platforms. Applicants must be comfortable directing in a fast paced, live television environment and be able to oversee all technical aspects of live broadcast. The applicant must be able to adapt quickly to changes and communicate clearly with staff and news management. The individual also must be willing and able to learn how to produce for KIRO-TV’s digital platforms including kirotv.com.

 Responsibilities:

  • Direct live news broadcasts through the use of Grass Valley’s Ignite
  • Maintain the upkeep of production studio
  • Oversee and direct content for KIRO-TV’s digital platform
  • Transfer elements into Airspeed servers for playback
  • Recognize and be able to troubleshoot problems with
    • Ignite
    • Vinten Robotics
    • iNEWS
    • DEKO
  • Post stories to KIRO-TV’s digital platforms, including proofreading copy
  • Maintain a positive, cooperative and professional attitude at all times

 Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 1 year television news experience preferred
  • Knowledge of the Ignite system or similar system preferred but not required
  • Live directing and/or switching experience and knowledge of switcher concepts helpful


DIGITAL SALES ASSISTANT

The Digital Sales Assistant is an important member of the Cox Media Group Seattle sales team. By supporting Media Consultants and coordinating sales-related activities within CMG, they contribute to achieving sales targets. Although they do not have responsibility for selling, the digital sales assistant plays an important part in maintaining good customer relationships by acting as an extension of the field sales force.

To help Media Consultants improve their productivity and spend more time selling, the Digital Sales Assistant provides a variety of support services in all aspects of the order process (creating sales presentations, entering new digital orders, revisions, billing etc...) as well as all other miscellaneous tasks assigned by management. It will be important for this individual to keep a positive attitude and be able to develop a working relationship with all Sales Operations teams, guaranteeing timely and precise order process. Ideal candidate will have effective verbal and written communication skills, strong project management skills, problem solving skills and will be proactive and work with attention to detail.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare digital elements of Sales Presentations for Media Consultants in timely manner
  • Understand digital capabilities and be able to communicate to Media Consultants and clients effectively
  • Assist Media Consultants in digital campaign order process
  • Data entry of digital insertion orders, digital production orders, digital billing
  • Apply excellent attention to detail and organizational skills, expertise in sales relations, ability to anticipate sales needs
  • Prepare and distribute weekly and monthly reports to DSM and sales team
  • Maintain positive attitude towards all work requests, internal and external customer service is a key part of this role
  • Provide back-up to Digital Sales Specialist as required
  • Provide back-up to Sales Assistants as required
  • Work with other departments (Marketing, Finance, Ad Operations) to ensure that sales support materials are up-to-date (Website metrics, App downloads, etc.)
  • Coordinate projects/events required by the Sales Management team (Digital training, etc.)
  • Prepare expense reports, make travel arrangements, and provide general administrative assistance to DSM
  • Relieve management of administrative detail on all projects
  • Interacting with clients to get contract signatures, provide campaign performance data and answer questions
  • Maintain digital procedures manual to ensure consistent performance of routines
  • Assisting with the reconciliation of invoice discrepancies
  • Handle overall administrative work for the ad sales department including order contract maintenance
  • Handle and resolve discrepancies
  • Prepare agenda in advance of meetings & arrange meeting facilities/food ordering etc. when needed
  • Act as recording secretary at all Digital Training sessions
  • Maintain utmost confidentiality & assure discreet handling of all business

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 4 year degree
  • Preferred experience in advertising, marketing and/or media sales environment
  • Experience in MS Office with very high proficiency in Excel and Power Point
  • Knowledge and interest working in digital
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people in a fast paced environment with frequent deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to handle multiple projects at once and effective communication skills are essential
  • Attention to detail and strong organization skills to prioritize and meet deadlines are a must


       ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

      The Account Executive is responsible for generating media revenues for the assigned market to meet or exceed predetermined goals. You will also create revenues by working collaboratively with Local Sales Managers, by making sales presentations and by directly selling to key primary and secondary accounts as assigned. You will service and secure mutually beneficial relationships with various local businesses, agencies or individuals that have a desire to reach their target audience through various advertising channels and services.

      Responsibilities:

      • Develop and manage revenue producing relationships with clients and agencies
      • Prospect for new business and build a full pipeline of sales prospects
      • Analyze client marketing goals and develop needs based solutions to achieve them
      • Oversee campaign execution and analysis
      • Provide consultation to sales managers, sales teams and clients
      • Work collaboratively with internal partners to drive revenue

      Qualifications 

      • Proven track record of sales success in local media setting
      • BA/BS degree with a minimum of five years of media sales, account management or buying experience
      • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
      • Excellent presentation skills
      • Excellent verbal and written skills
      • Hard-working, integrity, relationship-builder with a winning attitude
      • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
      • Work with brand teams, ad operations and finance to provide client satisfaction
      • Proficient with Microsoft Office and CRM tools
      • Some travel necessary
      • Valid driver's license with good driving record required
      • Must have good working knowledge of ratings, BAR reports, etc.
      • Co-op and vendor support knowledge helpful

       


      DIGITAL SALES MANAGER

      The Digital Sales Manager’s responsibility is to identify and drive digital strategies in order to attain revenue and share goals through development of overall direction, product and service launches and training. The DSM reports to the General Sales Manager and will strategize and work collaboratively with the sales management, and the entire sales organization to successfully execute the digital and business development needs of the station. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional leadership, communication and project management skills. The primary objective is to meet or exceed digital revenue and share goals (monthly, quarterly, annually) through a team-based, consultative approach to sales.

      The DSM is accountable for development, focus, and momentum of digital sales efforts and revenue generation. The position is responsible for all facets of digital product development, deployment and sales execution of new initiatives including pricing, inventory, ad delivery, online billing and digital metrics to measure effectiveness. The DSM works in partnership with sales to identify clients’ digital marketing needs and integrate them into sales solutions. Solutions are multi-platform in nature, integrating the traditional television platform along with non-traditional, digital assets and new media platforms. Digital assets include across all screens, kirotv.com, seattleinsider.com, Live Streaming, SEO, SEM, Social Media.

      Essential duties and responsibilities:

      • Attain digital revenue goals, monthly, quarterly and annually and grow CMG Seattle market share
      • Be the internal expert and resource for all things related to digital media
      • Influences, trains and motivates the development of the sales staff on growing our digital revenue and business development streams and introducing new products during sales meetings
      • Conducts individual coaching sessions and performs mid-year and annual reviews for all AE’s and direct reports
      • Accurately forecasts digital revenue for the station and the Seattle market in order to identify key strategies for increasing market share and product usage
      • Conducts weekly, monthly and quarterly sales reporting as needed
      • Sets monthly, quarterly and annual goals for the team and individual AE’s. Tracks performance and determines accountability measures.
      • Responsible for focus and momentum of digital media strategies, product mixes, sales efforts and revenue generation, working with sales managers, AE’s, Marketing, Research, News, Creative Services on ways to continually increase revenue and market share
      • Works closely with other Sales Managers and Department heads to integrate online sales options for our multi-platform client offerings
      • Coordinate sales efforts, develop multi-product marketing solutions and communicate changes in direction, products, expectations, processes and standards as they pertain to digital media
      • Drives sales, pricing, packaging and launch of new digital products
      • Responsible for inventory management control
      • Responsible for pricing strategy and presentation development
      • Partner with Research and Marketing to ensure that all Digital Media information is current and accurate
      • Analyze market trends and competitive initiatives
      • Continually tracts digital media metrics to ensure growth and the utilization of the full product set
      • Conducts continuous research on the latest industry trends, preliminary tests and consumer behavior analysis in order to develop new ideas for the Seattle market in order to generate further revenue
      • Develops strong relations with internal department heads and external customers including key relationships at local and national agencies as well as direct clients
      • Develops Digital Media sales materials to market appropriate services and opportunities to buyers of advertising at local, regional and national accounts for both Direct and Agency business

      Qualifications:

      • Bachelor’s degree (B.A) from four-year college or university in marketing, advertising, sales and/or broadcasting; and 2-3 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
      • IAB and/or Google AdWords certification required.
      • Minimum 5+ years of sales management experience preferred.
      • Must have good working knowledge of broadcast television industry, internet and mobile media platforms, terminology, and analytics.
      • Proven track record of building, developing and training strong digital sales teams.
      • Strong problem solving and communication skills.
      • Must have or be willing to obtain a driver’s license.

      The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      Ability to prioritize and work in a results oriented, rapidly changing, dynamic and fast-paced environment that requires collaboration across multiple stakeholders and constituents

      • Proven track record of strong management and leadership ability
      • Demonstrated history of success in a goal-oriented, highly accountable environment
      • Must have strong interpersonal and relationship building skills with the ability to create solid business relationships and develop a sense of team with the AE’s and managers
      • Must be able to establish strong relationships within multiple departments and across the group
        Extensive knowledge of digital sales processes, digital platforms, technical markets, pricing models, channels of distribution, technology trends, customer buying patterns and budgeting
      • Must have knowledge in local media advertising, competitive strategies, product marketing, product management and team management
      • Action-oriented, effective communicator with strong leadership and development skills
      • Confident personality and strong sense of urgency
      • Able to think strategically, act tactically and effectively manage multiple projects
      • Must be analytical, detail-oriented and possess strong project management, organizational, problem solving and time management skills
      • Must be a creative and innovative thinker
      • Must be highly proficient in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills

      Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America's leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.

      The company's operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 57 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.

      CMG currently operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 32 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 14 million radio listeners.


      ASSIGNMENT EDITOR (PART-TIME)

       This individual is responsible for assignment desk news coverage on a variety of shifts, including weekends and overnights, and especially breaking news. The Assignment Editor will be a dynamic and energetic person who can help manage the news gathering process from the Assignment Desk. The person should break news stories, develop sources and communicate clearly. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: monitoring scanners, answering newsroom phones, making calls to people involved in news stories, dispatching field crews, and assisting other newsroom staff. The assignment editor is required to write and post breaking news stories to the newsroom website, KIROTV.com.  This position will also be responsible for publishing social media updates to KIRO’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.   The assignment editor must work well with other managers in achieving newsroom goals. Qualified applicants must demonstrate leadership.  Other requirements include the ability to multi-task, strong computer skills, good news judgment, and ability to clearly communicate. Experience on major market assignment desk and some college is preferred.  Knowledge of the Puget Sound region’s geography, politics and history is a definite plus.


      EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

       POSITION SUMMARY:

       Manages show producers and writers. The EP crafts the look, manages story count, flow and placement of every story. They set the coverage expectation and manage repetition. The EP manages our position and brand on a daily basis in every show. The EP manages breaking news and the speed and style in which we get it on the air. Assists in managing the schedules, hiring and firing of all writers and producers.

       JOB DUTIES:

       90% - Newscast & Brand Management

      10% - Administrative

       JOB TASKS

       Newscast & Brand Management – 90%

      • Crafts newscast look by working with the graphics department.
      • Manages story count and placement. Must be intimate with the rundown. Manage story count vs. big story coverage.
      • Copy edits all copy in the newscast. Ensures that it is on target with the research.
      • Set the coverage expectation by holding meetings with producers and conducting newscast critiques.
      • Manage repetition within newscasts and from newscast to newscast.
      • Ensures the product stays on brand. Holds producers accountable on story selection and ensures anchors and meteorologists stay on target with delivery.
      • Manages breaking news. Ensures that we are on the air quickly. Monitors the execution in the control room. Facilitates drills to ensure talent is up to speed.
      • Holds writing seminars and trains new employees.

       Administrative – 10%

      • Assists in scheduling, hiring, firing of all writers and producers.


      ENGINEERING MANAGER/CHIEF ENGINEER

      Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Planning and completion of projects and maintenance while ensuring compliance with all FCC, FAA, and Company rules, regulations, and guidelines. Assist and advise the Director of Engineering & Operations.  Maintain, maximize, and service station’s transmitter, studio, and station facilities.  Recommends and oversees the purchase of equipment necessary to produce a quality product and maximize efficiencies.  Assist management in the long range planning of replacement equipment of the station.  Supervise and train the maintenance engineers and broadcast specialists, as necessary, on the repair of the electronic and mechanical equipment of the station.  Responsible for the planning, implementation, installation, and maintenance of station-wide capital projects.  The Engineering Manager is responsible for improving operational capabilities and supporting all revenue and audience producing efforts.  To work closely with the other departments in the maintenance and operation of their equipment as well as additional duties as necessary.

      Education and Experience:   Requires minimum 5 years of related experience in television engineering systems and/or college degree in Electronics or equivalent combination of education and experience.   SBE Certification desirable. 

      Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

      • Must be able to deal confidentially with sensitive information.
      • Stress superior service, foster teamwork, and lead by example. 
      • Understand the operation of station equipment; Use/knowledge of specialized & std broadcast test equipment.
      • Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the FCC.
      • Must possess good IT skill-sets as they pertain to Broadcast equipment.  
      • Advanced knowledge of RF & UHF transmitters, ENG, SNG and microwave systems.
      • Valid Driver’s license, good driving record.
      • Requires on call status when emergencies or failure of critical equipment occurs to the operation of the station.
      • Maintaining a spare parts inventory and/or ordering replacement parts as needed.
      • Requires the ability to work with and negotiate with vendors and suppliers to the station.
      • Must have the ability to make decisions and take prompt action.
      • Must have attention to detail with a great degree of accuracy.
      • Operation of company vehicles must be done with the safety of the operator, other personnel and general public in mind, according to the guidelines of the station.
      • Some travel may be necessary.
      • Must be capable of working with all other engineers within the department and with all other station personnel.
      • Must be capable of effectively leading a team of maintenance engineers and broadcast specialists.
      • Ensure consistent and comprehensive training for engineering staff members.
      • Heavy computer usage; some lifting required; some climbing and crawling may be required
      • Work performed primarily in Engineering Shop, studio, transmitter outside, and in an office environment

       Job description subject to change based on the future needs of the station; Salary based on experience.


      REPORTER/ANCHOR

      KIRO 7  is looking for an experienced Anchor with a passion for reporting. An Anchor at this station must be able to drive the KIRO 7 brand on-air, on-line, and on social media. The Anchor/Reporter who comes to KIRO 7 will join a newsroom of experienced journalists working in America’s most beautiful city. KIRO 7 is part of Cox Media Group, a company that excels in growing its people

      Here are the traits of a successful KIRO 7 anchor:

      • Ability to narrate, ad-lib and add value to live breaking news and severe weather coverage.
      • Investigative reporting skills that add depth to the newscast.
      • Strong writing and editorial skills.
      • Thorough understanding of social media and demonstrated ability to move audience between all platforms.
      • Curiosity that drives an understanding of current events in Seattle and beyond.
      • Desire to connect with local communities by meeting with local groups and representing KIRO 7 at important events in and around Seattle.

      Qualifications:

      Preferred: B.A Degree in Journalism, Communications, or Other
      Required 1-2 yrs. experience as a Reporter/Anchor


      Please attach copies of your resume and video links to your application for review.


      CREATIVE SERVICES WRITER/PRODUCER

      Seattle’s KIRO7 is seeking a promotion Writer/Producer who lives and breathes local news and wants to sell a great news brand!  The ideal candidate loves writing, editing, and thrives in a newsroom environment.  You will be surrounded by a team that wants to win, that values your expertise, your passion, and your creativity.  Whether you’re a veteran or a relative newbie, we’re in search of someone with a positive, can-do attitude, and a willingness to learn from a talented and supportive group of producers.  Whether you want to find a fun and exciting new place to call home, or take your career to that next level, we’re the place for you!  Come experience the incredible beauty of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, the exciting atmosphere of a winning station, and the support of THE BEST media company in the country!

      Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Production, Marketing or Broadcast-related field preferred.  Excellent communication, organization, and writing skills are required.  The successful candidate will have a minimum 1-2 years of experience working in Creative Services or the newsroom at a television station. Must have hands-on experience with a local news product.  You must be a creative writer and video editor. Must have experience in graphic design, as it relates to producing compelling/eye-catching promos maximizing graphic elements in the production. Prefer Avid, After Affects, and Photoshop experience, as well as videography experience. Prefer experience using Avid iNews and DekoCast software.

      Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

      • Champion the writing/producing of daily news topicals
      • Write and Produce Investigative Special Report Promos and Proof of Performance (POPs)
      • Part of the creative team responsible for writing and producing PSA’s, station sponsored events, sales promotions, and syndicated promotions
      • Will assist Client Services in the writing/producing of commercials, and other sales projects when necessary
      • Must produce compelling, targeted, and research driven promotion at all times.
      • Embrace the use of process language, and sell brand distinction in Topicals, Special Report and Image Promotion
      • Integral part of a collaborative team, including the Creative Services Director, Promotion Manager, Senior Writer/Producer and Design Director, to develop and execute the overall graphic design of the News brand
      • Must be able to have flexible hours to meet high volume demands in and out of sweep periods.
      • Must be willing to work extended hours when necessary  to meet tight deadlines
      • Required to maintain valid driver’s license

       


      To apply to an open position at KIRO-TV, submit your application via the Cox Media Group Careers website at: http://jobs.coxmediagroup.com  Internal applicants must apply through InSite or CMGConnex.

      KIRO-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the FCC's EEO regulations, any organization that regularly distributes information about employment opportunities to job seekers or refers job seekers to employers may request that it be provided notice of KIRO-TV job vacancies as they occur. If your organization would like to be notified of such vacancies, please contact Human Resources at KIRO-TV, 2807 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 or hr@kirotv.com. Each organization that wishes to be given notice of job vacancies must provide its name, mailing address, telephone number, and contact person, and identify the category or categories of vacancies of which it requests notice. (An organization may request notice of all vacancies).

      Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. will be required upon employment.

       
       

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