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NPR - Audio Engineering Supervisor

Posted On: 2019-11-13
Location: Washington, DC, USA


A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.
The Audio Engineering Supervisor positions provide operational supervision and technical expertise to support NPR’s content creation. Primary responsibilities include staff scheduling in a 24x7x365 production environment, collaborating across the organization to assess requirements and assign technical resources, building and maintaining departmental tools and guides, testing and troubleshooting audio and broadcast systems, and generating reports, presentations, and documentation.
Our ideal candidates are solutions-focused, proactive, and collaborative individuals with backgrounds in media, broadcast, technology, and/or audio engineering. They must possess the poise and technical expertise to manage complex situations with tact, the ability and desire to learn new skills, tools, and technologies, and support the mission of NPR. A proven history of successfully managing teams, building and maintaining cross-divisional relationships, solving problems, and developing staff are key components of these leadership positions.


Shares responsibility for Broadcast Recording Technician scheduling in a 24x7x365 newsroom environment; responds to leave requests, last minute breaking news events, and staffing emergencies, provides regular feedback, and conducts performance reviews
Ensures technical quality and precise delivery of broadcast and on-demand audio programming in adherence with departmental policies
Provides technical backfill and troubleshooting assistance to Broadcast Applications Team (network automation) and IT Applications (content production tools, audio playout, etc.)
Builds, maintains, and enhances tools, services, and databases to improve or automate processes using open source programming languages and frameworks (e.g. MEAN stack, Java, Python, FFmpeg, etc.)
Researches, tests, and reports on new technology implementations and workflows
Evaluates requests for audio engineering support and allocates resources accordingly
Liaises with News Operations, content producers, and divisions across the organization to devise smooth technical transitions on special projects and new technology implementations
Provides regular reporting and data analysis of NPR’s on-air performance
Regularly embeds with audio engineering staff to evaluate workflow and training; provides feedback, recommends and advocates for system improvements, and provides gap analysis
Maintains and regularly updates departmental resource guides
Represents Audio Engineering division to internal stakeholders and outside partners
Identifies and collects requirements for complex broadcasts and remotes; assists departmental staff with all associated logistics (travel, shipping, inventory, etc.)
Recommends and, when appropriate, conducts staff training
Creates reports and presentations for a variety of stakeholders
Supervises 10+ union staff in full compliance with NPR/NABET collective bargaining agreement


5+ years of technology, production, media, audio and/or broadcast experience
3+ years of supervisory experience, team leadership, and/or product ownership


Demonstrable history of effective staff leadership, development, and delegation
Knowledge of broadcast systems and automation, routers, and production workflows
Thorough understanding of audio engineering concepts, principles, tools and workflows
Coding experience using open source programming languages and frameworks
Ability to work independently, multitask, prioritize, and thrive in a 24x7 deadline driven environment
Excellent communication skills (written, oral, documentation creation, etc.)
Adept at identifying and solving complex technical and operational problems with poise and expertise
Willingness to work off-hours and weekends as needed to support NPR’s programs and departmental staff
Customer service focused mentality
Ability to effectively translate technical topics and concepts to departmental staff, journalists, and executives
Ability and desire to learn new systems, tools, and technologies as required


Knowledge of audio transmission methods and protocols including: IP/ISDN, T1/E3 circuits, streaming, and AES67 AoIP
Familiarity with digital audio workstations, drivers, operating systems, and collaborative production workflows
Project management certification
IT networking and/or service desk experience
Familiarity with media asset management systems
Previous experience working in production, broadcast, or transmission facilities
Management / Leadership certifications
Management experience within a union environment
Familiarity with NPR’s content and the overall public media ecosystem

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive place to work 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, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.
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NPR's rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans every day—on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public—one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member Stations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners consider public radio an enriching and enlightening companion; they trust NPR as a daily source of unbiased independent news, and inspiring insights on life and the arts. On air, NPR reaches 28.9 million weekly listeners through more than 1,000 public radio stations. Online, attracts a growing audience of 38.8 million unique monthly users. NPR is also the number one ranked podcast publisher according to Podtrac

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