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Post Production Audio Engineer at WGBH in Burbank, California

Posted in Health Care 30+ days ago.

Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.


The Media Access Group @ WGBH creates captions, subtitles and audio description (AD) for a variety of media clients, including PBS, television networks, movie studios, online distributors and environmental installations. The Media Access Group (MAG) is a pioneer in making media accessible for people with sensory disabilities. The Caption Center (TCC) was the first captioning agency in the world. We helped pioneer the development of line-21 closed captioning for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing, and we remain on the forefront of caption technology. Our audio description unit, Descriptive Video Service (DVS), provides important information about the visual elements of a program through the use of an additional narrative audio track for those with visual impairments.


As a member of the MAG team, The Post Production Audio Engineer operates Avid Pro Tools to record, edit, and mix a voice-only Audio Description track into the production audio for TV programs, online content and feature films. Upon completion, a finished Audio Description track is created that will be used to give access to programming to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Additionally, this position is responsible for the I/O of all media received for MAG Production during shift hours. This includes ingest coordination and management for all source files, scripts and digital reference material. This includes working with MAG LA production members and Management, broadcast clients and MAG contractors; through monitoring, logging and processing all incoming and outgoing media files, DVD media and download links. Candidates should demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, communication and team building. Applicants will be expected to prioritize and multi-task in a deadline-driven environment. This position will include weekdays and weekends and additionally will require schedule shifting due to production needs.


  • Working alongside the post production supervisor; record, edit and mix a voice-only track into production audio using Pro Tools.

  • Provide support to management and administration which may include, transcoding and digitizing programming for production use.

  • Manage all Audio Description assets and maintain archives.

  • Perform offline Audio Description reformatting, including conforming AD tracks to new masters and editing AD tracks for downstream uses.

  • Encode, transcode and ingest of all source files, digital media and DVD references.

  • Log, organize and group content according to MAG policy and procedures for maximum facility input and output.

  • Confirm and track all incoming deliveries and facilitate internal documentation and communication.

  • Provide discovery and analysis of I/O workflows to collaboratively achieve metrics-based improvements.

  • Manage deliveries between MAG partners, contractors and operations department. 

  • Troubleshoot file delivery issues and regularly audit production tools, workflow processes and communication, implementing optimizations and changes as needed.

  • Oversee video storage/archives, providing regular and ad hoc maintenance.

  • Assist in planning and implementing of I/O enhancements and efficiencies.

  • Support the entire MAG team including Captioning and DVS Department.


  • Experience recording, editing, and mixing dialogue and/or, voice-only tracks in a production environment.

  • Experience with Avid Pro Tools and iZotope Plug-ins.

  • Understanding of post-production audio/video including editing standards and best practices.

  • Advanced knowledge of video encoding and software, frame rates/sample bit rates, and various file attributes associated with audio and video file creation.

  • Basic Mac/PC hardware knowledge with experience installing internal computer components including, upgrading memory, and A/V cards etc.

  • Detail-oriented, possess excellent organizational and communication skills, ability to work rapidly, excellent problem-solving skills

  • Innovative attitude and approach towards new business workflows and solutions.

  • Knowledge of video/audio equipment and computer software packages used by the Media Access Group. Thorough understanding of MAG LA procedures, media routing, computer systems, and administrative/production systems.

  • Ability to meet short deadlines as a member of a highly organized team.

  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.

  • Good leadership and interpersonal skills.


Formal education in audio engineering, Pro Tools certification or equivalent experience.

WGBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve is diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, WGBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment or promotion on the basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.