Audio Assist (A2)

  • Job Reference: 83238478-2
  • Date Posted: 22 March 2019
  • Recruiter: espn
  • Location: Bristol, Connecticut
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Journalism, Production, Studio & Facilities, Talent, Training
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description



Job Summary:

ESPN Production Operations is a unit within the Production division of ESPN Content. Our staff comprises Network Operations, Edit, Studio, Production Control Rooms, Operations Specialists, Facility Resources and Business Operations. Production Operations staffs the operational positions (camera, editing, master control, technical directing, etc.) that support domestic and international studio and event programming and network operations.

The Audio Assistant (A2) must be proficient in dressing talent microphones/IFB's for live and taped studio productions. This person acts as the liaison between the studio and production control room operations staff, configuring in-house intercom communications as necessary to meet the communications needs for Bristol based studio productions. The candidate will have proficiency in the use of all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to; microphone and IFB signal flows, wireless PL systems, mix minus, intercom devices and all associated hardware and software, broadcast routers, remote "crash cart", and trunking procedures.

Responsibilities:

  • Operates all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to audio signal flow and metering concepts, broadcast routers, intercom, microphone and IFB systems.
  • Measures audio signals to ensure quality control of ESPN endorsed standards on all operations using comprehensive knowledge of broadcast methods.
  • Performs proficiently under strict timelines and/or live conditions.
  • Files reports, as necessary, on specific working conditions and, equipment status at the request of management.
  • Prioritizes and disseminates complex information among the entire control room crew in a clear and concise manner to ensure seamless productions.
  • Participates in special event coverage and projects as necessary.
  • May train others in operational areas and if so, required to generate training documentation.
  • Problem solves and troubleshoots using effective communication to best convey any issues needing resolution.
  • Seeks out information in regards to the workflow of other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with Production Operations, and utilizing that information to enhance processes and/or educate others.
  • Participates in training programs, (physical, classroom, virtual, etc.) for self-career development and/or regarding any relevant equipment and workflow changes within the operation.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Minimum of 2 years practical TV Production or related experience at the large market or network level.
  • Proficient knowledge of all TV Production equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to; audio signal flow and metering concepts, broadcast routers, intercom, microphone and IFB systems.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Flexibility to alter shifts/days off and work overtime to accommodate projects and departmental objectives.
  • Must demonstrate ability to perform tasks under tight deadlines, work independently and lead simultaneous projects.
  • Solid understanding of workflow in other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with Production Operations.
  • Organizational, efficiency and planning skills are required.
  • Must be willing and able to adapt to a constantly changing environment.
  • Candidates must have good computer background (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc...) and solid communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (written and spoken) in both English and Spanish.


Required Education

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent


Preferred Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Studio Production, Journalism, or related field
  • Vocational School or related experience