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JOB TITLE:          Director of Engineering

DEPARTMENT:   Engineering

REPORTS TO:      President and CEO

STATUS:             Exempt

SUPERVISES:     Chief Engineer and all technical/maintenance personnel

SALARY RANGE: TBD upon experience

Summary of Job:

This position fulfills a defined leadership and management role for MLPBS and requires a strong working knowledge of a wide range of broadcast and content technology.  The Director of Engineering is responsible for managing operational resources and for ensuring the technical viability and success of all MLPBS Broadcast, multimedia and online platforms. In this role the Director of Engineering is a key member of the management team who provides vision and leadership for the entire organization. The Director of Engineering manages one transmitter, four translators and a complex studio facility which includes full HD and SD capabilities for Master Control, Studio Control, Editing and field acquisition, automated content storage and retrieval systems and master and production control rooms.  Mountain Lake PBS is also transitioning to and is a partner in a central master control for broadcast services.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Note: This position is classified as essential and as Director of Engineering, working on state and federal holiday and during times of emergency may be required.

  1. Maintain all technical/physical plant facilities for studio, transmitter, translator and microwave to highest attainable quality standards.

  1. Proficient IT skills related to networking, communication systems and modern broadcast automation, encoding, and video play out systems.  Strong PC computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.

  1. Supervise engineering department within budget allocations and station policies.  Be an active part of the Executive staff management team, and assume primary responsibility for the station's engineering strategic and planning/goals.

  1. Plan budgets relative to the technical and staffing needs of MLPBS, as well as over seeing bid specifications and budgeting for Federal and State grants.

  1. Good communications and interpersonal skills are essential as this person will work closely with the Senior Staff, clients and members of the viewing audience on a regular basis. 

  1. Demonstrated ability to adjust to competing demands from multiple directions, and balance shifting priority across a range of stakeholders.

  1. Demonstrated ability to manage through difficult and stressful situations, work under deadline pressure.

  1. Be proactive in insuring MLPBS carriage by alternate distribution mediums e.g.: cable, direct broadcast satellites, and internet.

  1. Keep abreast of and implement changing technologies to keep MLPBS current, competitive and indispensable to the community.

  1. Be fully cognizant of FCC regulations and insure compliance.

Required Qualifications

Minimum 5 years of experience in broadcast engineering at a broadcast, video production or cable television facility, performing hands on work on productions and live events, maintaining and updating infrastructure. 

Minimum of 5 years experience managing technical staff and projects including part-time and contract staff with demonstrated ability to improve performance, output and quality.

  1.  Proficient IT skills related to modern automation, encoding, and video play out systems.
  2. Experienced with TV transmitters and traditional microwave links.
  3. Skilled in all facets of project management.
  4. Knowledgeable of FCC Broadcast rules and regulations.
  5. Proven ability to successfully plan, coordinate, and execute tactically and strategically.
  6. Experience with live studio and field production.
  7. Strong PC computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
  8. Be available, on call, for station emergencies.


Education & Training:

B.S. degree in electrical engineering specializing in television broadcasting.  Management degree desirable.  Good mechanical aptitude.

Work-Related Experience:

Knowledgeable about digital transmission and production and computer network systems as they pertain to broadcasting. General knowledge and ability to perform basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical tasks as needed.


A valid New York State Driver’s license and good driving record is required for all MLPBS positions.


Must be able to hike 2.2 miles to the transmitter site via the existing trail.  Comfortable flying as a helicopter passenger.  Ability to lift and carry equipment up to 50 lbs, carry out frequent reaching, stretching, twisting and bending.  Standing for up to two hour at one time, and sitting for extended periods. Adequate hearing and vision. 

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email or mail your cover letter and resume and any other supporting documents to:

Mountain Lake PBS
ATTN: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

JOB TITLE:              Associate Producer/Editor

DEPARTMENT:      Production

REPORTS TO:         Director of Production & Content

STATUS:                   Exempt, Full Time

SALARY RANGE:  $27,000 – $35,000

Summary of Job:  Primary responsibility is creative video editing and creation of broadcast graphics for projects that include rapid turn-around, short and long-form non-fiction television for broadcast and other purposes. Also responsible for operating a variety of studio TV production equipment in the production of live and taped broadcasts.

Act as creative lead editor on existing and future television programs and series, documentaries, and video segments designed for broadcast, web, mobile video and other uses.

Create original broadcast graphics and effects for edited programs, promotional spots, title sequences, teases, etc. Also integrate pre-existing graphics, elements, artwork and images into programs.

Share responsibility with project lead producers, and team members for successfully completing projects on time and within budgets.

High-definition ENG/EFP video equipment operation on an as-needed basis.

Display ability to rapidly and effectively light studio and field locations in a manner consistent with PBS broadcast standards.

Take the lead in performing and supervising studio and field audio engineering including use of wired and wireless microphones, studio mixers, and multi-channel audio recording equipment.

Operate other studio control room equipment including teleprompter, audio and graphics interface, video decks, monitors and other as needed.

Operate studio video switcher and/or act as director for studio recording and live broadcasts.

Ability to coordinate with clients and outside producers on Production Services/corporate video projects.

Other duties as assigned

The following qualifications are needed to perform this job successfully:

·            Ability to use creativity and innovation to enhance productions editorially and with original broadcast graphics.

·            Ability to meet aggressive deadlines and coordinate other editors in compiling weekly public affairs programming.

·            Ability to record top-quality audio in interview, studio and field production.

·            Excellent knowledge of television production techniques, including studio and location production and recording.

·       Detail oriented with an eye for visual and audio presentation in talent, sets and studio.

·           Organized with strong written, visual and oral communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Comfort and familiarity with social media platforms (ex. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube) and an ability to upload and manage digital assets on and FTP servers.

Minimum qualifications

Education & Training: Bachelor's degree from four-year College or university; or 3-4 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Preferred qualifications

Education & Training: degree in a television-related field and

Work-Related Experience: 5+ years as a editor/sound engineer at an established television station or production facility.  Final Cut Pro and Photoshop editing ability. Studio production experience. Familiarity with professional audio engineering equipment and techniques.

Required certification\registrations or licensure

Valid US driver’s license with good driving record.

Physical requirements

Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.

Applicants who provide demo reels and work samples will be given priority. Reels and samples should be submitted online via a link to youtube, vimeo or other common video platform.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email or mail your cover letter and resume and any other supporting documents to:

Mountain Lake PBS
ATTN: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Mountain Lake PBS is an equal opportunity employer, and offers employment opportunities in a variety of disciplines including production, programming, development, communications, engineering, information technology and many other areas.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email or mail your salary requirements, cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
ATTN: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

2014 New York State Broadcasters Association Intern Program.

DEADLINE IS March 31, 2014.

Attention high school seniors and undergraduate college students interested in a career in radio and television broadcasting - would you like to work at Mountain Lake PBS? If you’re between 17 and 22 years old and a career in broadcasting sounds interesting, send us a letter and resume telling us why you’d like to work for us. We’ll review your letter and perhaps call you in for an interview. The intern will be expected to complete up to 180 hours at the station and will be paid $8.00/hour for their time. At the conclusion of the internship the intern will be expected to complete a written evaluation of the experience including the intern’s intentions to further a career in broadcasting. Send your letter to the NYSBA Intern Program, WCFE- Mountain Lake PBS; One Sesame Street; Plattsburgh, NY 12901.


- at least 17 years of age, but less than 22 at time of entry;

- high school or undergraduate college students;

- resident of New York State or attending school in New York State;

- first time entrant into the program;

- relatives of station or NYSBA employees are ineligible to participate.


Production Assistant

Duties may include studio setup and camera operation, logging video, transcribing field interviews, working for production during live studio events (debates, specials, fund raising, etc.) Flexible hours but must work agreed minimum per semester.


This position is coordinated through the SUNY Plattsburgh Mass Communications Department and is full time for one semester. An academic internship is dependent on department approval, required courses, and GPA, and is normally done in senior year. Interns assist in local productions as production assistant, videotape editor, videographer, or researcher. When appropriate and in collaboration with a producer interns serve as writer or field interviewer. This internship is for credit hours only and is unpaid.

Marketing & Promotions

Opportunities to become involved might include assisting with the writing press releases, researching media opportunities, creating and placing advertising, planning and executing special events, assist with mailings, as well as handling details of a wide range of projects and activities related to the promotion of Mountain Lake PBS. Minimum 6 hours per week. This internship can be for credit hours or as a volunteer position.


Internships in this field allow you to expand your knowledge of non-profit administration and improve your communication skills in various forms. As an intern you would assist with: letter writing and/or design for appeals, thank you letters to donors and volunteers, budget development, revenue analysis, information and data management, expanding the overall mission of Mountain Lake PBS with creative ingenuity, and events and member drives.

If you are interested in an internship with Mountain Lake PBS, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
Attn: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY, 12901

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