Chief Bureau Engineer, Georgian Service, Tbilisi
Radio Tavisupleba is looking for Chief Bureau Engineer. Reporting to Manager, Field/Bureau Engineering in Prague and coordinating engineering activities with the Managing Editor, the Chief Bureau Engineer is responsible for a variety of tasks associated with maintenance of Bureau information technology and multimedia equipment, including its day-to-day maintenance, troubleshooting, upgrades, user support, security, disaster recovery and data backups, as well as for the bureau basic facility infrastructure (i.e., utilities).
• Provides full technological support to the Language Service and is familiar with its content. The support may include overtime and late shift work and discussing / agreeing on daily priorities between News and Technology, as well as coordinating on potential security risks.
• Installs, tests, operates, and maintains hardware, network, communication/telephone systems, software, electric power supply and HVAC in the Bureau.
• Ensures high availability of all ENG (Electronic News Gathering) equipment by maintaining and operating digital and analog multi-media equipment such as studio consoles, recorders, NLE’s (Non-Linear Editors) such as digital audio & video workstations, still and video cameras, and other equipment, to ensure that programs are of a high audio and visual quality.
• Records, processes, and transmits audio and video material for broadcasting as directed.
• Administers local email and IT systems such as anti-virus programs within professional guidelines and ensures that all software licenses are legal and up to date.
• Performs local User Support/Help Desk functions and provides training to the Bureau staff on information and broadcast technology, as needed.
• Makes sure the Prague TOC (Technical Operations Center) is informed of the operational status of the bureau on a regular basis, reports technical deficiencies and problems in a timely manner, and suggests the speediest and most cost-effective solutions.
• Ensures successful implementation and compliance with Standard Operating Procedures and all safety regulations and uses Industry Best Practices when performing duties and tasks assigned.
• Is responsible for monitoring basic facility infrastructure in the bureau, especially pertaining to issues such as life safety.
• Observes and reports on the status of electrical systems (properly wired, well-grounded, no exposed cables, burn marks, etc.), backup power systems such as a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) and generator, structural integrity (identify and report water leaks, cracks in the foundation or walls/ceilings, roof, etc.), and any other bureau infrastructure issue that may arise.
• Cooperates closely with the Bureau Administrator and Prague-based supervisor in terms of issuing requisitions for technology and multimedia equipment and ongoing technical operations maintenance.
• Keeps abreast of relevant technical developments.
• Interfaces with local telecommunications and IT companies as necessary.
• Assists the Bureau with expert knowledge in maintaining, in terms of technology, the output’s competitiveness in the local media environment.
• Contributes to creating and maintaining a positive work environment.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
• Completed secondary (high school) education.
• Specialized training in maintaining modern radio/TV equipment (or equivalent professional experience).
• Certification of formal education and/or proof of equivalent professional experience.
• Five years minimum required.
• Experience with maintaining digital and analog ENG (Electronic News Gathering) equipment.
• Skill set and experience to be able to maintain IT systems (hardware & software).
• Experience with networking techniques.
• Knowledge of telecommunications systems, familiarity with VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) and MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) technology is a plus.
• Knowledge of power systems, including UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supplies) and backup power generation equipment.
• Working speaking, reading, and writing ability in English
• Native level Broadcast language (Georgian), Russian language ability is a plus.
Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.
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