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AV Engineer

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Multimedia and Audiovisual
Harvard Medical School


Position Description

Independently support the IT infrastructure environment and/or facilities. Role may focus on upgrades, maintenance, tier III support and documentation/troubleshooting. Typically work as part of a team to implement IT solutions to business problems. Participate in projects.

As a member of the HMS Media Services group, the Audio Visual Engineer will participate in the implementation, installation, and tier III support of all AV systems for classrooms, meeting/event spaces and video production studios. 
The position will maintain and support effective and easy to use AV solutions that solve business problems for a dynamic community through content sharing, web/video conferencing, on-demand and live streaming, and video recording/production. The position will support teaching, learning, communication, as well as in-person, remote and dynamic collaboration across HMS. 

In addition, the position will contribute to the engineering effort to evaluate, define, and document HMS audiovisual standards, and best practices. The AV Engineer will partner with other IT groups to ensure interoperability. Additionally, the AV Engineer will work effectively with AV vendors, consultants, and integration providers.


  • Participate in the build, configuration, and documentation of IT infrastructure.
  • Occasionally oversee contractors in support of smaller projects and system maintenance, ensuring systems are fully commissioned and as-built documentation is provided
  • Maintain physical AV inventory and inventory database 
  • Maintain AV project plans and documentation
  •  Provide Tier III, advanced technical support for in-room AV systems, as well as cloud video solutions such as Zoom and Panopto
  • Maintain and support other IT and AV infrastructure, ensuring adherence to standards and service level objectives
  • Troubleshoot and manage escalations
  • Collaborate with IT colleagues in planning and performing regular system maintenance across all systems in support of AV
  • Support and collaborate with customers, internal and external partners
  • Monitor systems performance and make recommendations
  • Maintain knowledge of new and emerging AV hardware, software, and cloud platforms
  • Collaborate on the development of documentation and training content for students, faculty, staff, and hospital affiliates
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct
Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of two years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Experience with one of the following: audio and video systems, web conferencing platforms, live streaming, and on-demand streaming platforms
  • Experience in managing multiple tasks
  • One or more of the following certifications: Crestron Core, Extron AV Associate, Biamp Tesira
  • Knowledge of service management software
  • Skill in reading technical drawings
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with a variety of leading AV manufacturers such as Legrand, Bi Amp, Crestron, Sony and others
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to share information effectively and confidently to internal and external audiences of varying levels of technical knowledge
  • Customer service experience
  • Experience with cloud and on-prem video platforms such as Zoom, Cisco, Panopto
  • Demonstrated "can do" work ethic coupled with effective time management and ability to overcome ambiguous or under-defined problems, simplify and clarify objectives
  • Experience working in a life sciences or higher education environment
  • Experience with video broadcast or video production preferred
  • Excellent time management, organization, planning skills and ability to operate with minimal supervision
  • Participate in off hours on-call schedule
  • Participate in off-hours coverage for major events, upgrades, and other duties related to the position
Certificates and Licenses
  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred
Physical Requirements
Ability to lift and transport objects less than 70 pounds

Working Conditions
Occasionally required to work outside of normal business hours, and may be called during off hours

Additional Information
This is a 14-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Work Format Details
This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston. 

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function
Information Technology

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
I0956P IT Infrastructure Prfsnal II

Work Format


Salary Grade

IT-Teaching and Learning Technology

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

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