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Chief Engineer / Broadcast Operations

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: President
Department: Athletic Department
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Other

Job Description

The Virginia Tech Department of Athletics embraces the core value of diverse and inclusive communities and respects the educational benefits of diverse ideas, peoples, and cultures in order to contribute to the equitable inclusion and just engagement of the world’s communities. Guided by our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics is committed to fostering a culture that accepts, affirms, and values all individuals and their unique contributions to the department, university, and broader community. We are committed to attracting and retaining student-athletes, coaches, and staff from diverse backgrounds while also fostering an inclusive educational and work environment free from any discrimination based on age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

The Chief Engineer (Director) / Broadcast Operations for Virginia Tech Athletics will oversee all engineering and broadcast operations for the athletics department and will report directly to the Assistant AD / Broadcast & ACC Network. The position will provide support for all HokieVision, ACC Network and In-Venue Experience productions, as well as maintaining and servicing all broadcast and camera equipment. Will also oversee day to day operations with but not limited to videoboard and LED display maintenance, service contracts, and setup and strike of all shows. The position will also supervise and manage all engineering staff.

Engineer-in-charge for multiple broadcast control room facilities and athletic venue fiber and cable infrastructure used for ACC Network and HokieVision productions.
Point of contact between the engineering department and ESPN.
Provide broadcast engineering input and technical support of live events for ACC Network broadcast productions and in-house Big Screens/LED productions.
Maintain equipment inventory, including computer equipment, software and hardware throughout the video production facilities and venues.
Perform preventive maintenance and troubleshooting on audio/visual equipment located in athletics offices, athletic venues and broadcast control rooms.
Assist with outside remote broadcast partners for Athletics venues.
Assist with set-up, operation and strike of remote and studio broadcast productions.
Manage student-engineering programs including recruitment, training, scheduling, and any other duties that may be involved.
Scheduling of all engineers and engineering positions as it relates to broadcasts.
Execute related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree and/or bachelor’s degree with Broadcast Maintenance Engineering training.
Relevant work-related experience including digital/linear level live remote or studio broadcast productions as Engineer.
Knowledge of ESPN transmission requirements and workflows.
Working knowledge and experience with Unity Server and Unity Connect.
Experience as an engineer for ACC or SEC Network linear productions or comparable.
Minimum of Audinate - Dante Level II certification.
Working knowledge of fiber paths and transmission workflows.
Ability to work outside of typical business hours as needed, potentially including but not limited to evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Commitment to diversity.
Experience with video switchers, graphics platforms, LED displays and components, video instant replay systems, broadcast cameras, fiber, coax, and audio cable termination.
Exhibit strong work ethic, ability to work in a team setting, and have a desire to work in collegiate athletics.
Knowledge of NCAA and ACC rules and regulations.
Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of technical facilities, broadcast A/V and IT production equipment and systems, including experience and exposure to file-based video recorders, production switchers, routing systems, intercoms, RF, cameras, audio mixers, transmission and encoding equipment as well as computer networks and subsystems including Danté, MADI, and AES67 industry trends.
Experience with remote camera control.
Ability to rapidly diagnose video systems; provide alternative solutions if needed to maintain deadlines.
Knowledge of LED and videoboard maintenance and best practices.
Knowledge of DVSport Official Review replay system.
Experience in terminating single mode fiber.
Knowledge of technology and industry trends.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience.

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Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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