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Assistant Director, Engineering / Broadcast Operations

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Broadcasting, Radio, and Television

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.

Reporting to and assisting the Chief Engineer, the Assistant Director, Engineering / Broadcast Operations, will manage engineering operations for multiple broadcast control room facilities and athletic venue fiber and cable infrastructure used for ACC Network and HokieVision productions. This position is essential to ensure successful non-interrupted revenue generating broadcasts for our Athletics events, corporate advertisements, and brand promotion of the University.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working independently to maintain fiber connectivity with all venues to control rooms and ESPN.
  • Provide broadcast engineering input and technical support of live events for ACC Network broadcast productions and in-house Big Screens/LED productions. Independently assess issues and correct them immediately in stressful situations during live broadcasts.
  • Work with Chief Engineer to maintain equipment inventory, including computer equipment, software, hardware, and local area network systems 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, including videoboards and LED screens at venues.
  • Serve as liaison to outside broadcast partners for Athletics venues.
  • Set-up, operation, and strike of remote and studio broadcast productions.
  • Independently set up Ikegami, Sony, and Marshall broadcast cameras with multiple lens types throughout different venue locations.
  • Continuously research broadcast industry trends and independently seek improved equipment workflow and new manufacturer trainings.
  • Execute related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Relevant experience with digital/linear level live remote or studio broadcast productions as Engineer, EIC, and/or Video Shader.
  • Working knowledge of fiber paths, termination and transmission; including Single Mode Fiber.
  • Knowledge of SDI and XLR termination.
  • Proficiency in soldering cables.
  • Knowledge of converting multiple video codecs and formats into broadcast specs.
  • Ability to work outside of typical business hours as needed, potentially including but not limited to evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Experience with video switchers, audio mixers, graphics platforms, LED displays and components, video instant replay systems, broadcast cameras, fiber, coax, and audio cable termination.
  • Commitment to diversity.
  • Exhibit strong work ethic, ability to work in a team setting, and have a desire to work in collegiate athletics.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 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 Dante, MADI, and AES67 industry trends..
  • Experience with remote camera control.
  • Ability to rapidly diagnose video system and IT problems; provide alternative solutions if needed to maintain deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of IT systems including trunked VLANs and switch-stack configuration.
  • Proficient in terminating single mode fiber.
  • Knowledge of technology and industry trends.
  • Certification as one or more of the following: Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT), Certified Audio Engineer (CEA), Certified Video Engineer (CEV), Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE), Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE), Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE).
  • Knowledge of Ross broadcast software including Acuity's Carbonites, Xpressions and Datalinqs.
  • Knowledge of EVERTZ Dream Catcher and Router including routing Multiview walls.
  • Knowledge of the Yamaha CL-5 audio mixer.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience.

Review Date


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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