The Texas Tribune, the state’s go-to source for Texas politics and public policy news, is hiring an Audio Visual Engineer to serve as lead on all audio visual needs with a primary focus on live events. Each year we host 50+ on-the-record, open-to-the-public events — virtually and in-person. Events are often available via livestream video, for those who can’t attend in person, and following the conversation we publish and archive video online. Our signature annual event, The Texas Tribune Festival, is one of the largest editorial events in the nation, boasting hundreds of the biggest names in politics and public policy and attracting thousands of attendees to participate every September.
We are looking for a high level of experience in live production, management, and execution for virtual and in-person events. The Audio Visual Engineer establishes and upholds best practices for obtaining high quality audio, video, and lighting throughout events, Festival and live recordings. The primary area of operation is Studio 919, housed in our downtown office, however this position also requires travel across Texas to execute live events. The Audio Visual Engineer works closely with our Events & Festival team and Technical Director and is also a contributing member of the Texas Tribune Festival production team.
The salary for this position starts at $60,000 + depending on qualifications.
As the Audio Visual Engineer, you will:
Secure, install and test all production equipment for events such as microphones, speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, audio consoles for events, interviews, and presentations
Execute and maintain high-quality live streams while broadcasting to multiple social media platforms simultaneously
Lead the recording and production of Texas Tribune podcasts
Maintain and inventory audio/video equipment
Manage the successful recording of virtual sessions/events with support from the events team
Deliver high quality production files to post-production teams and ensure safe storage of data
Work directly with events and Festival talent for broadcast and recording events
Travel to events across Texas with the events team to manage the on-site execution of all audio/visual production needs (approximately 15 - 30 nights each year)
Work closely with the Tribune’s technical director to provide guidance on event production capabilities and best practices
Additional responsibilities as assigned
BA/BS degree and 3 - 5 years event audio visual production experience, with virtual event experience preferred OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
Expert knowledge of audio, video, streaming and lighting equipment
Highly proficient with broadcast audio and video consoles
Basic understanding of video and audio editing software
Proficient with file organization and archiving of media assets
A valid driver’s license for in-town and out-of-town travel
Excellent project and time management skills, excellent writing and communication skills
Organized and detail-oriented, highly effective at juggling multiple projects on time and on budget
Willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed, approximately 15 - 30 nights each year
Facility with Google Suite, YouTube, Zoom, Mailchimp, Airtable and Basecamp
Strong discretion and courtesy when dealing with all Tribune contacts and relationships
Proven ability to remain cool and calm under pressure and work well both independently and on teams
Possess a high degree of adaptability to a continually changing environment
Energized by working in a fast-paced, non-profit journalism environment and have a sincere interest in going above and beyond to further a mission that you believe in
Willingness and ability to adapt to increased demands during Festival planning/production (aka be in “Festival Mode”)
Committed to working with intentionality and rigor, have a great sense of humor and view yourself as someone still learning and growing
We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of the boxes below, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2021.
About The Texas Tribune Here’s what you should know about the Tribune. From day one we’ve had disruption, innovation and risk-taking in our DNA. We’re ambitious as all get out but still have the punch-above-your-weight mentality of a scrappy start-up. We believe we can meet the demands of our audience and our own expectations for excellence without breaking the bank — or our staff. We understand not everything is a story for us — we have to make choices — but we’re always looking to expand our boundaries. We’re nonprofit because the challenging economic reality for media these days obligates us to find a different way, reliable and sustainable, to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan because we live in the United States of Confirmation Bias — and we don’t need to be part of the problem. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives that are already in people’s heads. At the same time, nonpartisan is not non-thinking. We call B.S. when B.S. needs to be called. All of us at the Trib believe the best way to achieve that mission is to resemble the state we cover. We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this role, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. Location The Texas Tribune office is located in downtown Austin, steps away from the Texas Capitol building. This position is based in Austin, but we will consider candidates who are based elsewhere in Texas. We have colleagues in the organization that come into the office on a regular basis and colleagues that are based in various cities throughout the United States. Benefits This job is full time and has the following benefits:
Medical, vision and dental insurance
A cellphone stipend
20 days of paid time off each year
Up to 16 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
Support for professional training and attending industry conferences
Remote working flexibility
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
How to Apply Submit your application here by January 31 with a resume and examples of your work, please submit a cover letter detailing your vision for this position and how you would approach the work. We can't wait to hear from you. The Texas Tribune is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for all, and we encourage applicants of all identities, backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply. Learn more about The Texas Tribune here.