The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) is seeking a Technical Director for our Headquarters office in Springfield, VA. MBN is a non-profit grantee of the federal government that directly communicates with the people of the Middle East and North Africa through television, radio, and digital media. MBN's mission is to provide objective, accurate, and relevant news and information to the people of the Middle East about the region, the world, and the United States in support of U.S. public diplomacy.
The Technical Director is responsible for providing technical operations support for fast paced news and entertainment broadcast networks.
The primary duties and responsibilities of the Technical Director include, but are not limited to:
* Executing video design and output of live or recorded programs and other MBN projects as assigned
* May be called upon to Direct simultaneously while performing Technical Director duties.
* Supervising and/or independently setting up and operating a control room and studio in order to facilitate productions.
* Managing video assets on server as required.
* Supervising or executing remote and studio live shots.
* Supporting a 24x7 facility, may require the ability to work various shifts, weekends, including holidays.
* Able to accommodate flexible work schedule to support 24/7 news environment.
Candidates are required to have:
* A four year degree in television or related field or equivalent experience; professional experience in lieu of education will be considered.
* 5 years' experience in television operations.
* Candidate must be a self-starter and a team player.
* Must have experience with Grass Valley production switchers.
* Candidate must have strong written and verbal communications skills, be well organized and capable of handling multiple assignments.
* An overall understanding of the news and programming production process is desirable and a strong sense of urgency in solving customer requests to ensure timely resolution is critical.
* Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours, including overnights and weekends.
MBN is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."