Job Description:



The Manager, Integrated Broadcast Systems manages a suite of digital media production systems, audio routing, and control systems unique to a media production environment. He or she provides primary support for broadcast IT operations, assists with broadcast engineering efforts, and plays an active role in the IT helpdesk operation. This role provides primary oversight of audio playout and automation systems, editorial content management methods and systems, audio-over-IP routing (AoIP / Axia), transmission monitoring and control systems, and video production infrastructure. The position provides direct support to WAMU content creators in their use of digital production tools and systems and provides key support for the multimedia systems used throughout performance and presentation spaces.




Work Environment


  • This is an essential staff position

  • Frequently on-call 24 hours a day

  • Required to monitor and reply to essential email after-hours

  • After-hours work required for scheduled and unscheduled transmitter, tower and studio maintenance, special broadcasts and emergency repair

  • Travel will periodically be required to remote facilities such as WRAU in Whaleyville, MD

  • Must have a reliable method for getting to all WAMU worksites, including the studio and DC area transmitter facilities, within a reasonable amount of time (typically within 2 hours of notification, for DC-based facilities)




Position Type/Expected Hours of Work


  • 35-Exempt
  • Project Leader/Advisor A




Salary Range


  • Commensurate with experience




Required Education and Experience


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience

  • This is a hands-on role that requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, differentiate colors, climb ladders, hear sound and distinguish audio quality, type on a QWERTY keyboard or touch screen, operate a motor vehicle, read schematics and fine text, and effectively communicate with others using both written and spoken word

  • The incumbent must also be able to follow broadcast industry-standard safety guidelines for working with electricity and Radio-Frequency generating equipment, periodically work in confined spaces, and communicate safety information to others




Preferred Education and Experience


  • Strong preference for experience in managing a digital audio routing and distribution system (AoIP or TDM)
  • Prior experience with administering Microsoft Active Directory, firewalls, news content management systems, metadata management systems, digital automation systems, or disaster recovery / business continuity planning
  • Experience with or exposure to the following technical systems a plus: Wide Orbit, KLZ Newsroom, Burli, NPR NewsFlex, Adobe Creative Cloud, ProTools, Comrex Access, Tieline/Report-It, Burli, Content Depot, Axia, Burk, Audemat, Blackmagic, Tricaster, Exterity, AMX/Crestron, Christie and others; general IT administration; Layer I/II/III network administration; end-user support; server maintenance; and expertise in both Mac and Windows environment
  • Familiarity with National Public Radio, its satellite system, and public broadcasting in general, is a plus. SBE Certification




Additional Eligibility Qualifications


  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check




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Job Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
Job Category: 
Job Type: 
Full time