Senior Broadcast Engineer

Merrifield, Virginia
Starting at $52,000 + bonus opportunities, retirement & full health/dental
Jul 10, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Engineer, IT
Full Time

Fairfax Public Access is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated individual who can respond to the fast-paced day-to-day issues of a broadcast facility while interfacing with our employees, public access volunteers, and visitors.

Starting Salary: $53,000


Job Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Assist Chief Engineer to ensure our three television and two radio studios are operating at peak efficiency at all times, that all redundant systems are operational, and that all channels are on the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except during scheduled down time.


    Install, maintain and repair or coordinate repair of broadcast and IT equipment


    Work with staff and public access volunteers to resolve technical issues


    Fabricate cables and perform small part modifications


    Evaluate, research, and recommend equipment and software acquisitions for staff and public access users to Chief Engineer


    Install and upgrade system components and software as directed


    Answer questions by the staff and volunteers about the correct operation of broadcast and IT equipment within the facility


    Participate in overnight on-call rotation with two other broadcast engineers and can respond promptly to off-hour high priority issues


    Other duties as assigned


Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:


  • Must have a strong work ethic and a “can do”, positive attitude.


    Must be a team player, but also must be able to work independently.


    Must have a solid working knowledge of PCs, networks, routers, and Windows and Mac client operating systems.


    Familiarity with the following broadcast systems & concepts a plus: Ross Carbonite, Ross Xpression, Newtek Tricaster, Ross OpenGear, Grass Valley Nvision Routing, Grass Valley Kaleido, Grass Valley iTX, Myers Protrack, SMPTE 2110, 2022 & 2059, Newtek NDI, Wheatstone AoIP networks.


    Familiarity with the following IT systems & concepts ideal: SNMP, VLANS, VoIP, Procurve Switches, Apple Xsan, Quantum StorNext, OS X Server, Windows Server 2012 & 2106, Active Directory, Final Cut Studio, Adobe Creative Cloud


    Working knowledge of hand tools and soldering


    Familiarity with broadcast video & audio cable / connector types


    Must be able to quickly isolate and troubleshoot engineering and IT issues.


    Must be able to dynamically develop work-around solutions to keep critical systems running and multi-channel network on air.


    Must take direction well and be able to work with vendor support over the phone.


    Familiarity with facility maintenance, HVAC, plumbing and basic construction a plus.


    FCC license or SBE certification a plus.


    Must be able to bend,  lift and carry 75 lbs, climb on step-stools, ladders, and other necessary equipment


    Must have current valid driver's license, and means to respond to station after-hours.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


• Minimum of 5 years broadcast or broadcast/IT experience required
• Must be flexible to work outside the normal hours as required, including a rotating on-call shift with availability 24/7.


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