Posted 23 May 2024, 8:00 pm

Audio Engineer at NPR

NPR seeks an Audio Engineer to join our Engineering Division. This position will 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 engineering 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 engineers 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.

This is a union represented role covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with NABET.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assemble and mix complex live broadcasts and record pre-produced elements 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 over a variety of IP audio transmission methods
  • 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 remote recording and transmission equipment
  • 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
  • Cultivate, promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in one’s work and in the workplace
  • Demonstrate awareness of intersectional identities and ability to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds

The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties and skills. Other duties may be assigned, and this job description can be modified at any time.

QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Two years’ technical experience with audio production (broadcast, live sound reinforcement, music recording, theater, post production, ENG)
  • Very strong grasp of fundamentals of audio engineering and signal flow
  • 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

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • 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 varied 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

ADDITIONAL:

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.

EDUCATION: Degree in audio engineering or related field of study preferred.

WORK LOCATION: This is an on-site role based in Washington, DC.

JOB TYPE: This is a full time, non exempt position.

Salary Range: The U.S. based anticipated salary range for this opportunity is $87,200.14  - $98,344.88 plus benefits. The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.

Benefits: NPR offers access to comprehensive benefits for employees and dependents. Regular, full-time employees scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week are eligible to enroll in NPR’s benefits options. Benefits include access to health and wellness, paid time off, and financial well-being. Plan options include medical, dental, vision, life/ accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, short-term disability, and voluntary retirement savings to all eligible NPR employees. 

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