Broadcast / Recording Technician
NPRCulver City, CA
Full Time Job
Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.
NPR seeks a Bureau Broadcast Recording Technician to join our audio engineering team. Bureau Broadcast Recording Technicians work directly with journalists, producers, and 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, audio restoration and repair, 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.
• 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
EDUCATION: Degree in audio engineering or related field of study preferred.
• Two years’ technical experience with audio production (broadcast, live sound reinforcement, music recording, theatre, 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 on a variety of shifts. Solid understanding of audio fundamentals and universal audio concepts is more important than expertise with specific systems
• This is a union position (NABET)
• Bureau Broadcast Recording Technicians are required to work rotating shifts that include early mornings, late nights, overnights, weekends, and holidays
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, religious belief, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, gender non-conforming status, intersex status, sexual stereotypes, nationality, citizenship status, personal appearance, marital status, family status, family responsibilities, military status, veteran status, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, genetic characteristics of yourself or a family member, political views and affiliation, unemployment status, protective order status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.