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Media Systems Architect

The Media Systems Architect is responsible for the architectural system design and deployment of the key production systems through all continuous technology upgrade cycles. The Media Systems Architect is a union position under NABET.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with project management of strategic systems upgrade projects through the entire project lifecycle from concept inception, solution design, system deployment through to its transition into operation
  • Assist with  interaction and tight coordination with internal cross-functional resources, spanning all organizational departments and levels as well as the third parties/vendors/integration teams for the flawless execution of projects
  • Assist with creation and maintenance  of comprehensive system design drawing packages, workflow and procedural documentation
  • Assist development of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility. 
  • Assist development of a detailed project plan, timeline, resource allocation and coordination; establish metrics to measure and track progress, set up a reporting structure to effectively manage changes with the ability to communicate efficiently with project stakeholders across the organization.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry technology trends to identify, evaluate and select technologies required for solution delivery as well as integration with existing technologies and migration paths for full adoption
  • Perform risk management to minimize project risks

Other Job Functions:     

  • Supports current systems as needed

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • MS/BS in Broadcast Engineering or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience in Broadcast systems design and systems integration in the industry
  • Extensive knowledge of current broadcast video standards; SDI, ASI and various codecs (MPEG-H, MPEG-4, MPEG-2), DVB standards, ATSC standards, audio codecs such as MPEG-H, AAC, AC-3, MP3, MP2. 
  • Working experience in deployment of asset management and automation systems for broadcast and post production facilities
  • Working experience in design and deployment of shared content exchange and heterogeneous storage architecture for production environments; including but not limited to content ingest, editing, playout and archiving
  • Strong working knowledge of AutoCAD, Visio design applications
  • Proficiency in MS Project; MS Office
  • Proficiency in Telestream Vantage, Adobe CC, Evertz Magnum and VistalinkPRO, StorNext, Cisco IOS, Image Video TSI-4000, etc.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, consultation and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills with the ability to efficiently communicate across various levels of subject knowledge and understanding

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Experience in launching automated Master Control, Production and Asset Management Systems
  • Experience in setting up post production edit suites in fully integrated content sharing environment
  • Working knowledge of video/audio over IP standards; SMPTE-2110, AES67.


Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family friendly workplace offering 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) with employer match. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.  
Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.  
We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.


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