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NPR - Broadcast Recording Technician (Audio Engineer)

Posted On: 2019-10-7
Location: Washington, DC, USA

NPR seeks a Broadcast Recording Technician to join our audio engineering team. 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 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.
You must submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for this job.

Essential Duties Include:

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 transmissions (IP, ISDN, T1, etc.)
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


Bachelors or masters degree in audio engineering or related field of study
Five 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
Preferred skills and experience:
Professional 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
ISDN, IP, satellite, and smartphone audio transmission techniques
Familiarity with Lawo, DAVID Systems, AVID Pro Tools, and iZotope products
Operation of scheduling and audio routing automation tools
Remote transmission and field recording proficiency
Music recording, mixing, and mastering expertise
Audio for video, post-production, and sound design competence
IT service desk or networking experience
Teaching or training experience

What else?

This is a union position (NABET).
Broadcast Recording Technicians are required to work rotating shifts that include early mornings, late nights, overnights, weekends, and holidays.
The onboarding process for new hires includes substantial training and opportunities to shadow our audio engineering staff on a variety of shifts.
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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How to Apply:

1. Visit
2. Click on Job Category and select Broadcast Engineering
3. Select Broadcast Recording Technician (Audio Engineer)
4. Click Apply Now and follow the instructions to create an account and apply. Please include a cover letter and resume with your application.

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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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