Chief Media Engineer

Job description

About Hofstra:

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). At Hofstra, students get the best of both worlds. Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.


Hofstra University has an opening for a Chief Media Engineer within the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, reporting to the Dean. The School’s facilities are extensive, consisting of television and sound recording studios, studio lighting systems, audio production rooms, screening rooms, student equipment room with an extensive collection of media production equipment, film finishing lab, Foley lab, vertical video lab, editing rooms, an on-air radio station, newsroom, remote television/film production and grip equipment, computer labs, and classroom multimedia presentation systems.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • SYSTEMS INTEGRATION: Design and construct all technical facilities. Maintain database of design and construction documentation.
  • REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE: Manage repairs of equipment. Determine priorities, assign repairs to engineers, purchase parts and supplies, perform repairs.
  • STAFF MANAGEMENT: Manage staff of 2.5 - two full-time engineers and one part-time audio/radio engineer. Maintain employee records. Liaise with University-level IT and Engineering teams.
  • PURCHASING: Research and purchase major equipment and systems and maintain records. Write specifications for bids. Meet with sales representatives and attend trade events.
  • SHOP MANAGEMENT: Establish procedures and policies with respect to construction and maintenance of facilities and equipment. Manage library of technical manuals.
  • FACILITY: Work closely with the Facility Director on building issues: safe use of equipment, facility access, security, and general environmental issues. Advise on physical space renovations with Facility Director and University Architect and Plant Department.
  • SUPPORT: Respond to outage and technical assistance calls from faculty and students; lead initial response to technical issues.
  • PLANNING: Serve on school-wide technical committee. Continually assess and advise on hardware, software and facility needs to support curricular and extra-curricular work.
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS: Advise and assist other University departments (PR, IT, Media Services, Special Events, Sports Facilities, Public Safety) with technical projects and equipment installations. Work on selected Special Events (Open Houses, Debates, studio events, etc.) as technical advisor and/or crew person.

    This is an on-site position, work for this role will be performed on campus.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Ability to physically perform construction work for Systems Integration, which includes connector fabrication, wire pulling, ceiling and trench cable installation, general knowledge of hand and power tools and knowledge of basic machine shop operations.
  • Knowledge of television and radio industry practices, procedures, and terminology.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to function with patience and professionalism in a teaching and learning environment with students and faculty who are new to technology.
  • Ability to analyze and troubleshoot complex systems.
  • HD-SDI and HDMI video workflows, analog audio, IT networking as it applies to current Television and Radio industry products.

    Experience and/or Familiarity with some or all of the following technologies:
  • Evertz Routing Switcher/Multiviewer with Magnum control system
  • Avid Central Storage and Playout Server systems and networks, particularly with respect to interface with the ios Mac computer platform.
  • Wheatstone Wheatnet BLADE audio networks platform.
  • Tektronix/Grass Valley/Cobalt Digital terminal equipment.
  • Soundcraft digital audio console operations.
  • AC power distribution and power conditioning practices.
  • Telex intercom and IFB systems, tally systems, basic RF/CATV theory.
  • Home Theatre, Presentation and Event technologies and equipment.
  • Fiber optic signal transmission.
  • Ross Video switchers and Ross Xpression graphics systems.
  • CIAB (Rushworks) Channel Playout system.
  • Hitachi Broadcast studio camera chains and control system.
  • KVM routing systems (Vertiv, Guntermann & Drunck).
  • Associated Press ENPS News management system.
  • Adobe Suite.

Application Instructions:

Please email a letter of application, resume, and three references to:

Mark Lukasiewicz, Dean
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
c/o [email protected]


Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.




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Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 8/8/2021
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