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Job Opening: Digital Video/Audio Engineer


Position: Digital Video/Audio Engineer
Company: AARP
Location: Washington DC US

Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Integrated Communications is a multimedia, service-focused communications operation that leads in shaping the impression of AARP by providing communications planning, support and execution for AARP’s strategic business units.

Summary Statement

The Digital Video / Audio Engineer works with the Chief Audio and Video Engineer to ensure the proper acquisition, installation, operation, maintenance and upgrade of all AARP – wide professional level audio and video recording and transmission equipment and facilities, including – but not limited to – two (2) TV studios, one (1) radio studio, a Technical Operations Center (TOC), a satellite transmission facility, multiple edit suites and various remote production facilities.


  • Plan, Assemble, Operate, Maintain and Repair on-site and remote broadcast equipment used for live, live-to-tape, recorded and ENG content gathering, as well as maintaining equipment for broadcast, satellite or other transmission, and interactive media, including live streaming and Virtual Reality.
  • Work with the production and post-production teams in studio and remote productions – setting up, breaking down and troubleshooting cameras, audio, editing systems, graphics systems, replay servers, cables, switchers, upload/uplink, power, networking and all other related infrastructure.
  • Adjust the clarity, fidelity, brightness, contrast and other key parameters of camera and audio signals, video transmissions, and other streams using production tools, boards and control panels. Record camera feeds, audio feeds, and broadcast programs.
  • Establish and maintain satellite, microwave, fiber, broadband, MPEG and any other transmission links, ensuring clearest signal for broadcast transmission or other distribution. Monitor and adjust clarity, reliability, and strength of operation, incoming and outgoing frequencies and signals.
  • Work with all users to anticipate, determine and satisfy technical needs and concerns.
  • Train users, crew members and others on how to operate systems efficiently, effectively and safely.
  • Evaluate research and recommend equipment and software acquisitions.
  • Install and upgrade Broadcasts specific systems components and software as needed.
  • Maintain equipment inventory, spare parts inventory, tools and storage areas. Fabricate cables, adapters, and small part modifications as needed.
  • Routinely review broadcast equipment, software, and work stations, and develop and carry out regular maintenance schedule that will reduce damage and loss due to everyday wear and tear. Troubleshoot equipment and recommend appropriate solutions including vendor repair, in-house repair or equipment replacement.
  • Document and maintain equipment maintenance history database and generate status reports for both users and supervisor.
  • Ensure that disaster recovery methods are accurate and accessible (Back-ups.)
  • Work closely with Building Engineer, IT Manager and peers to develop proficiency resolving engineering and IT issues.
  • Quickly isolate and troubleshoot engineering and IT issues in a demanding, deadline-driven work environment. If necessary, develop work-arounds to keep systems running and content on air, minimizing loss of service when equipment or systems fail by quickly identifying and implementing alternative methods of service provision.
  • Take direction well and be able to work with colleagues, freelance vendors, and external vendor support to resolve issues. Interpreting and implement instructions and requests from producers, directors and other colleagues in a collaborative manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Requirements

    • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or a related discipline, and 2-5 years of related experience, including experience in a professional, commercial television and radio environment; or an equivalent combination of related training and relevant experience.
    • Wide understanding of Broadcast Television technologies from Studio & Post Production to Master Control & Distribution.
    • Experience with virtualization software and hardware.
    • Familiarity with video encode/decode process, and understanding of format differences.
    • Experience in building/maintaining a variety of file storage systems, as well as archive solutions.
    • Ability to handle a multi-project work environment and manage time accordingly. Strong attention to detail and appreciation for accurate documentation.
    • Proven understanding of baseband video signal flow, standards, and common video infrastructure.
    • Good understanding of IP infrastructure and topology.
    • Self-motivated independent worker who performs well in a collaborative environment.
    • Positive and professional attitude
    • Strong written and verbal communications and reporting skills
    • This position is based in Washington, DC and may require local or other travel to support planned productions.
    • Will be required to work regardless of inclement weather.

    Benefits Offered

    AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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