Production Technician (1099 Contractor)

Washington, DC
Apr 04, 2023
Apr 21, 2023
Specialty Trades
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 and not seen or heard at all? The Washington Post is looking for a Production Technician to assist with the management and operation of all production and A/V for our Live Center, used for internal and public-facing events.

This role is based in our Washington, D.C. Live Center, with some remote work required.

  • 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
  • You enjoy the fast-paced environment of live production

  • Set up, trouble-shoot and operate all Live Center A/V and production equipment with assistance
    from internal and external crew
  • Operate Newtek Tri-caster switcher and other related software and hardware
  • Operate audio mixers (Yamaha QL5 and Behringer X32) for live events
  • Operate camera PTZ controls for live events
  • Operate lighting board (DOT 2)
  • Make suggestions and recommendations to increase efficiency, effectiveness and overall quality within the A/V operations
  • Consult and ideate with the event teams for future enhancements for the live event experience
  • Test and ensure preparedness of broadcast systems prior to scheduled use
  • Maintain the control room and event space for The Washington Post Live Center, ensuring high quality equipment condition, accessibility, and maintenance scheduling
  • Coordinate with vendors as related to external A/V production, manufacturing, and installation companies
  • Maintain and update production related databases, operating instructions and SOPs.

  • Understanding of broadcast signal flow, live streaming and encoding
  • 3-5 years of live production experience in a specialized role
  • A good working knowledge of current A/V standards and equipment such as HDMI, HDCP, Dolby Atmos, Dante, NewTek Tri-Casters and familiarity with NDI Tools
  • Understanding of streaming and recording digital formats
  • Strong analytical and proven technical problem-solving skills, along with the ability to convey decision making to senior managers and customers
  • A natural curiosity to learn about our business and be able to provide insight into new opportunities for innovation and improvement
  • 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
  • A pro-active approach to task-based work assignments and time management skills

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.

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