KPBS Broadcast Engineer

SDSU Research Foundation


The salary range for this position is $5,373.33 – $7,916.67 per month ($64,479.96 – $95,000 per year) depending upon qualifications and is non-negotiable. 



KPBS produces and distributes educational, cultural and informational public television, radio and web programming for the benefit of the San Diego community. KPBS TV/FM and KPBS.ORG also produce programs for regional and national distribution and engage in a number of related, non-broadcast, telecommunications activities.



The position of Broadcast Engineer will be part of a departmental team responsible for maintaining audio/video broadcasting, datacasting, and computer equipment used in the origination and reception of radio and television signals, and to insure that the transmissions with all associated ancillary data adhere to applicable Federal Communication Commission regulations, industry standards and guidelines.


Perks you’ll enjoy as a member of #teamKPBS

  • Working on a college campus & in public media: Access to campus facilities and staff discounts, farmer’s market Tuesday’s, tons of eateries, community events, entertainment
  • Hybrid schedule/ remote work flexibility options (varies by job)
  • Casual work attire
  • Paid time off on your birthday (can be taken on any day)
  • 10 vacation days and 13 holidays off (4+ days off over winter break)
  • Enjoy a ‘beautiful day in the neighborhood’ with local employee discounts
  • Opportunity drawings to attend SDSU basketball games, local concerts and events
  • Free wellness classes & programs
  • Monthly pop-up events for staff
  • Full benefits packages that are unmatched (medical, dental, vision, life)
  • Sick leave accruals and paid leave options
  • On-site childcare at a discounted rate
  • Opportunities for continued learning and professional development
  • Flexible spending account(s)
  • Employee assistance program
  • Matching and voluntary retirement savings plan


The following information is intended to be representative of the work performed by incumbents in this position and is not all-inclusive. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of position responsibilities. Job descriptions may be changed at any time based on the needs of the department.


The incumbent reports to the KPBS Senior Engineering Manager but must also be able to work independently and to exercise personal initiative in the performance of specified duties. At times, this position will require working odd hours due to the nature of KPBS broadcast operations. May require driving station owned vehicles. Position may require lifting and transporting heavy equipment, material and supplies.


  • Responds to plant emergencies resulting from equipment or facility failures. 10%
  • Maintains detailed inventory and repair records. 1%
  • Makes purchase recommendations for equipment, components and supplies. 4%
  • Maintains accurate communication with Supervisors and co-workers to exchange information, concerns, receive assignments and collaborate on projects. 10%
  • Other Duties and Responsibilities as assigned 5%


Minimum Education

  • Associates level college degree in a related field or a combination of technical training and experience

Minimum Experience

  • Three years of radio and/or television engineering experience.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • SBE certification is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of computer networks and systems used in broadcasting
  • Knowledge of AutoCad software
  • Knowledge of RF transmission systems


Additional Applicant Information:

  • Candidates must reside in California, or be willing to relocate, and live within a commutable distance to the SDSU campus at the time of hire.
  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results (including a criminal record check). 
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets/Title IX Employer

$5,373.33 – $7,916.67 per month

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