|The Assistant Director, Integrated Broadcast Systems manages the digital media production systems, audio routing, and control systems unique to a media production environment. He or she is the bridge between the IT discipline and what is often seen as the “traditional” broadcast engineering discipline. The focus of this position is the management and evolution of the audio playout, content management, audio-over-IP routing (AOIP / Axia), transmission control and monitoring systems (such as Burk, Audemat), and video production infrastructure. The position is responsible for implementing and maintaining the systems used to create and manage audio/video content, facilitate newsgathering and production, and curate content to ensure that the content producers of WAMU have the digital tools they need to produce content in a modern multiplatform world. This position plays a key role in the implementation of modern control and distribution systems used to manage and connect transmitter sites, multimedia systems used for performance and presentation spaces, as well as support for content gathering systems used in the field. |
|Educational Requirements: |
|Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, or related field or demonstrated success in similar positions that establishes the necessary skills and abilities required for the job. |
|Minimum Requirements: |
- At least four years of broadcast IT experience including administration of a broadcast automation and/or newsroom production system
- Strong preference for experience in managing a digital audio routing/distribution system (AOIP or TDM)
- Must have basic knowledge of FM transmitters, analog and digital audio equipment, Studio-to-Transmitter Link systems, contribution links, and satellite systems
- Must have a willingness and ability to communicate effectively across the organization
- Ability to be a mentor and teacher to technical staff and coach of non-technical staff
- Will be required to develop training programs from time-to-time and ensure effective implementation of systems through training
- This is a hands-on role that requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, differentiate colors, climb ladders, hear sound and distinguish audio quality, type on a QWERTY keyboard or touch screen, operate a motor vehicle, read (and understand) schematics and fine text, and effectively communicate with others using both written and spoken word
- Ability to follow and implement broadcast industry-standard safety guidelines for working with electricity and Radio-Frequency generating equipment, periodically work in confined spaces, and guide others through such work
- Must possess valid driver’s license
- This is an essential role at WAMU that will frequently be on-call 24-7.
- Must have reliable means for getting to all WAMU worksites, including the studio and all transmitter facilities, within a reasonable amount of time (typically within 2 hours of notification, for DC-based facilities)
|Preferred Requirements: |
- SBE Certification a plus. Vendor certifications on particular systems (automation, routing, etc.) a plus
- Experience with Axia, David, Wide Orbit Automation for Radio, KLZ Newsroom, Burli, or similar systems strongly desirable
|Additional Information: |
|This is an essential staff position. On call 24 hours a day. Required to monitor and reply to essential email after-hours. After-hours work required for scheduled and unscheduled transmitter, tower and studio maintenance, special broadcasts and emergency repair. |
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
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