Senior Production Engineer

Washington, DC
May 24, 2023
Sep 12, 2023
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Job Description

Do you love all things Audio/Visual? Have you led A/V production for live, high-profile events where sound and video quality make the difference in an event being streamed by millions? The Washington Post is looking for a Senior Production Engineer to oversee the production and A/V for our Live Center and control rooms used for internal and public-facing events.

This role is based in our Washington, D.C. Live Center.

  • You have natural curiosity to learn about our business and can provide insight into new opportunities for innovation and improvement
  • You demonstrate a pro-active approach to task-based work assignments and time management skills
  • You strive for operational excellence
  • You are a proponent for having backup systems, processes, and solutions in place. You have a plan A, B and C for any situation
  • You are organized and have an eye for detail

  • Manage and internally staff the A/V production of all events in The Washington Post Live Center, such as town halls, meet-ups, leadership development workshops, cultural events, etc
  • Maintain the control room and event space for The Washington Post Live Center, ensuring high quality equipment condition and accessibility
  • Create and maintain SOPs, guides, inventory and maintenance schedules
  • Recommend scope and technical capacity requirements for events and determine and implement appropriate production needs per event, leading communication with internal and external stakeholders
  • Make suggestions and recommendations to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and overall quality within the A/V operations
  • Consult and ideate with the event teams and executives for future enhancements for the live event experience
  • Test and ensure preparedness of broadcast systems prior to scheduled use
  • Fill-in production positions as needed on live events (TD, A1, A2, PTZ Op, Lighting Board Op)

Additional Duties Include:
  • Technical direct/operate NewTek Tri-caster switcher and direct productions as needed
  • Coordinate with vendors as related to external A/V production, manufacturing, and installation companies
  • Set up, trouble-shoot and operate all Live Center A/V and production equipment with assistance from internal and external crew
  • Assist in the setup and breakdown of necessary equipment on an event-by-event basis
  • Assist with virtual programs as needed (Remote guest manager, TD)

  • 5-7 years of experience overseeing live A/V productions
  • Understanding of broadcast signal flow, live streaming and encoding
  • 5+ years of live production experience in a specialized role
  • A good working knowledge of current A/V standards and equipment such as Dante, codecs, file formats, video standards, NewTek Tri-Casters and familiarity with NDI Tools
  • Experience using Crestron systems and video routers
  • Strong analytical and proven technical problem-solving skills, along with the ability to convey decision making to senior managers and customers
  • Network understanding including but not limited to IP camera technologies
  • The ability to problem-solve in fast paced and high-pressure situations
  • The ability to work alone and in a collaborative environment
  • The flexibility to work evenings and weekends, based on event schedules
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom - dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator - how will you Impact Tomorrow?


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