WHUT Job Opening: Crew Chief

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Job Title: Crew Chief - WHUT Television
Job ID: 32117
Location: Howard University
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Position Information
BASIC FUNCTION:


Provides guidance, supervision and technical oversight of the technical operations area, with particular
emphasis on production activities. Serves as a liaison between management and the operations staff for
all technical production and broadcast operational issues, with an emphasis on improving and
maintaining a high level of quality both on-air and in the studios.

DIMENSIONS:

Supervises and represents the broadcast technicians as Crew Chief for broadcast and production
operations.

NATURE & SCOPE:

Internal contacts include WHUT-TV directors, managers, engineers, broadcast operation technicians
and other support staff.
External contacts include: broadcast and digital equipment service representatives, producers, HU
faculty and staff, as well as other external broadcast clients.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

In addition to all duties listed under Broadcast Technician IV;
will also:

• Serve as point of contact to the technical operations areas (broadcast and production) for
management and staff.

• Maintains inventory of all production equipment, insuring that proper sign-in/sign-out procedures
are followed; must be proficient in maintaining and working with all camera, sound, lighting and
grip equipment and must be able to trouble-shoot problems quickly and efficiently; knowledge of
technical shoot guidelines for each program/series and insuring that all equipment is made
available to obtain that goal, organization of all camera and sound equipment for shoots,
recommendation and coordination of rental equipment, reviewing and examination of equipment
upon delivery and prior to return, immediate reporting of damages, tracking inventory of all in-
house and vendor equipment, etc.

• Monitor internal systems for incoming media requests, including but not limited to duplication,
encoding, file management, and tasks to move media to internal and external locations.

• Monitor workflow and processes throughout to provide assurance that delivery deadlines are
met.

• Pro-actively identify, recommend, and with management’s approval, implement solutions when
problems occur.

• Work with management to review and enforce standard operating procedures on a regular basis;
provide recommendations and assist with updating and/or editing the SOP policies and
procedures as it becomes necessary;

• Maintains discrepancy reports and provide ongoing checks and balances as to whether issues
were resolved and/or how they can be avoid future reoccurrences; reviews reports to identify any
patterns of difficulty that may arise in order to bring it to managements’ attention.

• Encouraging open feedback from colleagues to contribute to overall operational efficiency.

• Assist management with ensuring shift coverage.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

• Must be a team player, with strong communication and detail management skills;

• Must have demonstrated knowledge and ability in a variety of production and post-production
skills including, but not limited to camera, audio, technical direction, video engineering.

• Experience in non-linear editing systems (Final Cut and Adobe) and in encoding and transferring
multimedia files.; Well versed in the operational aspects of all broadcast equipment;

• Proficient in maintaining and working with all camera, sound, lighting and grip equipment to be
able to provide hands-on instruction to students and staff; and

• Must be able to trouble-shoot problems quickly and efficiently;

• Knowledge of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations;

• Knowledge of WHUT’s Engineering and Operations SOP and procedures.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting or related field and at least four years work experience in a related
field such as broadcast engineering, production techniques and technical operations systems. Or in lieu
of Bachelor’s degree and four years of experience, applicant must have six years of total experience
within an engineering or technical broadcast operations department in the operation of broadcast
equipment.

Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the
exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other
related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any
time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital
status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX
should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 202-
806-1316.