Senior Audio Engineer - Digital (Digital Content Strategy)

Digital Division Washington D.C., District Of Columbia


Position at Al Jazeera Media Network


Al Jazeera Digital’s audio unit is seeking a full-time sound designer/engineer.

The person who fills this position will work closely with producers to shape the sound of our podcasts. This includes enhancing and building production workflows, sourcing music, sound design, scoring, and completing final mix on episodes.

They will also troubleshoot studio problems, including connection issues, offsite recordings, and issues with Adobe Audition.

We’re a nimble, DC-based team within an international journalism network. We’re effectively a start-up within a bigger organization, and you should be excited about that: ready to help build something in its early stages, and do what needs doing to make it great.

We have worked to build a team of producers who have broad skill sets; they play a big role in the sound design and audio editing of podcast episodes. The sound designer/engineer should be excited about stepping into that workflow, helping them hone their skills, and bringing mixes across the finish line.

We work Adobe Audition. While experience with other DAWs is great, proficiency with Audition is essential.

Key Responsibilities and Accountability:

● Help shape the creative development and execution of feature audio shows from a sound design perspective

● Oversee technical aspects of recording sessions in studio and during offsite mobile recording set-ups

● Maintain and help develop best practices for offsite recordings, file storage and management, and production workflow

● Work closely with producers as they create first mixes of podcast episodes so that creative sound design is built in early

● Score and complete final mixes for podcast episodes

● Help source and/or compose original music for podcasts

● Troubleshoot recording setups and Adobe Audition issues

● Develop and help train staff in studio procedures

● Maintain studio and help manage team audio software and plugin updates

● Provide expert audio technical support for producers

We need you to have;

● A love for audio

● 5+ years’ experience as an audio engineer

● Experience in sound design for podcasts

● Experience using music in narrative audio productions

● Proficiency with Adobe Audition

● Knowledge of studio and field recording equipment, as well as connection methods such as ISDN

● Organizational skills and ability to multitask

● Ability to troubleshoot complex issues with speed, calm, and creativity

● A collaborative attitude and excellent communication skills

We’d love it if you have

● An understanding of the current podcasting and creative audio-making landscape, and ideas for how and where to expand on existing and new platforms

● A global outlook, and an eagerness to think outside established audio conventions

● Proficiency in multiple languages

● A sense of humor