Senior Production Engineer

Washington, DC
Sep 09, 2021
Oct 13, 2021
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 and not seen or heard at all? The Washington Post is looking for a Production Engineer to manage and oversee the production and A/V for our Live Center, used for internal and public-facing events.

This role is based in Washington, D.C. and will REQUIRE the person to work in the DC immediately.

In this role you will:
  • Operate Newtek Tri-caster switcher and other related software and hardware
  • Technical direct and direct productions
  • Perform connection tests and guest check ins prior and during shows
  • 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
  • Manage production calendars, databases, booking of related live stream and transmission scheduling
  • 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
  • Assist with planning and budgeting for productions
  • Fill-in production positions as needed on live events as needed (TD, A1, A2, PTZ Op, V1, V2)
  • Maintain the control room and event space for The Washington Post Live Center, ensuring high quality equipment condition, accessibility, and maintenance scheduling
  • Recommend scope and technical capacity requirements for events and determine and implement appropriate production needs per event
  • 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

The ideal candidate will have:
  • 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 HDMI, HDCP, Dolby Atmos, Dante, NewTek Tri-Casters and familiarity with NDI Tools
  • Experience in directing live shows
  • Familiarity with REMI production setups
  • Understanding of streaming and recording digital formats
  • Experience using Crestron systems and Evertz 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
  • 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.

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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