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NPR seeks a Bureau Audio Engineer to join our New York City (Manhattan) office. Bureau Audio Engineers work directly with journalists, producers, and other engineers at NPR and throughout the public radio system to ensure the production and delivery of high-quality audio in a timely and precise manner.
Primary duties include supporting live broadcasts of NPR programming, overseeing multiple studio events simultaneously, audio restoration and repair, podcast mixing, Master Control operation, troubleshooting technical problems, and collaborating with reporters and producers in a variety of settings. Our technicians work in broadcast studios, a master control facility, and throughout the networked newsroom to provide technical support and guidance in a fast-paced, deadline driven, 24x7x365 production environment.
Our ideal candidate is a proactive, courteous, customer service focused, audio expert who is passionate and curious about technology and believes in the mission of NPR. Only applications that include cover letters detailing your interest for this specific opportunity will be considered.
Assemble and mix complex live broadcasts and record pre-produced elements in NPR’s Lawo based production facilities, working with producers and directors in a high-pressure environment
Promote and maintain NPR’s quality standards by identifying and repairing impaired audio
Analyze, repair and mix audio on tight deadlines using common tools (equalizers, compressors, noise reduction, etc.)
QC, mix, and sweeten podcasts before publication using DAVID Systems MTE and AVID Pro Tools
Monitor inbound and outbound audio streams and associated automated play-out systems
Rectify technical outages and respond to programming schedule changes quickly and accurately
Schedule, connect, and route audio
Test and ensure preparedness of in-house and remote broadcast and production systems
Consult, train, and support journalists in the use of NPR technical facilities and production tools
Teach and encourage best production practices and workflows
Provide technical support for remote events including site assessment and venue coordination
Troubleshoot unexpected situations confidently, calmly, and effectively
Communicate clearly with both editorial and technical colleagues
Keep abreast of current and emerging audio broadcast equipment, systems, and workflows
Write and update documentation for user support guides
Degree in audio engineering or related field of study preferred. Commensurate professional experience and demonstrable expertise in audio engineering also accepted.
Two years’ technical experience with audio production (broadcast, live sound reinforcement, music recording, theater, post production, ENG)
Professional and courteous demeanor supporting a varied and demanding client base
Exceptional oral and written communication skills and ability to author training guides and operating procedures
Proven multitasking capabilities for fast approaching deadlines
Proven ability to identify and correct audio impairments and mix audio to established loudness standards
Broadcast experience, preferably within public media
Mixing while taking live direction from editorial staff (broadcast, sound reinforcement, etc.)
Advanced computer troubleshooting, networking, or software development abilities
Experience with IP and smartphone audio transmission techniques
Familiarity with AVID Pro Tools, iZotope products and a variety of mixing consoles
Operation of scheduling and audio routing automation tools and matrix routers
Field recording proficiency
Music recording, mixing, and mastering expertise
Audio for video, post-production, and sound design competence
Teaching or training experience
The onboarding process for new hires includes substantial training and opportunities to shadow our audio engineering staff. Solid understanding of audio fundamentals, signal flow, and universal audio concepts is more important than expertise with our specific systems
This is a union position (NABET)
New York Bureau Audio Engineers are required to work shifts that may include early mornings, late nights, and occasional weekends or holidays
This position is covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with NABET. The minimum annualized salary for this position is $82,998.
Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
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