CUNY Broadcast Associate, Level 1 (Provisional) - Graduate School of Journalism in New York, New York


Under supervision, Broadcast Associates perform technical work in a broadcasting operation and/or production environment. Such duties include designing, installing, operating, maintaining and/or modifying all types of broadcast equipment and related software.

There are three Assignment Levels for Broadcast Associate (Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3). All personnel perform related work.

Assignment Level 1: Under direct supervision, performs technical and operational tasks of ordinary difficulty related to the dissemination, duplication and broadcasting of video and audio signals. May perform work with either existing or emerging media technology as needed to operate station. Takes direction/instruction from the director and producer. Interact effectively with other members of the broadcast operation including actors and interviewees.

Assignment Level 2: Under general to limited supervision, performs complex technical work requiring considerable knowledge of studio and production operations. Functions as part of the production team as a video or audio technician and/or lighting grip. Works in remote field production locations, establishing field production systems and operating units.

Assignment Level 3: Under limited supervision, performs the most complex technical work associated with broadcast operations. Manages designs and implements all aspects of work performed by Level 1 and Level 2 Broadcast Associates. Directs technical staff. May function as general shift manager or as manager of a specific technical area.

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Broadcast Associate




The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, founded in 2006, has quickly become nationally recognized for its innovative programs. The only public graduate journalism school in the northeastern U.S., it prepares students from diverse economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to produce high-quality journalism. As the profession rapidly reinvents itself for the digital age, the CUNY J-School is at the forefront of equipping the next generation of journalists with the tools to find stories and tell them effectively - using print, broadcast, visual, interactive, and social media.

The school offers three master's degree programs: a Master of Arts in Journalism, the nation's first M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism and the nation's first M.A. in Social Journalism. In Fall 2016, the J-School launched a unique Spanish-language program to train bilingual students interested in covering Hispanic communities in the U.S. and abroad.

Reporting to the Broadcast Associate, Level 2, duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducts planned maintenance (e.g. applies upgrades, installs hardware and replacement gear, etc.) as a preventative/precautionary measure;

  • Aligns, adjusts, and calibrates equipment according to specifications;

  • Creates pre-production backups and system configuration updates;

  • Drafts rack elevations for planning and installation purposes;

  • Optimizes the placement of rack equipment based on heat generation, functionality, and overall workflow;

  • Maintains the cabling infrastructure to better facilitate troubleshooting, installation, and removal of broadcast and IT equipment;

  • Creates cables and connectors, tests signal flow to ensure proper functionality;

  • Runs cable while optimizing the cable pathway between spaces (rooms, floors, etc.); dresses cables to maximize air flow, minimize heat, and simplify maintenance, replacement, and repair;

  • Does physical racking and unracking of equipment; needs ability to lift equipment of 50lbs overhead;

  • Communicates to supervisor any issues impacting system functionality; and

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Assignment Level-1

  • A high school diploma or equivalent and two (2) years of full-time satisfactory related experience,


  • An Associate Degree and/or 60 college credits from an accredited college in a related field and one year of full-time equivalent experience in a television broadcast environment,


  • A BA degree from an accredited college with a baccalaureate major in a related field.

Assignment Level-2

  • Qualification requirements for Level 1 plus the following: Two additional years of directly related full-time equivalent experience,


  • A Master's-level degree (such as MFA or MS) from an accredited college in a related field and one year of directly related full-time equivalent experience.

Assignment Level-3

  • Qualification requirements for Level 1 and Level 2 plus the following: Three additional years of directly related full-time equivalent experience.

All Level

  • Some positions may require a current, valid New York State motor vehicle license.


New Hire: $36,895* Incumbent: $41,693 *This amount reflects a 13% salary suppression in effect for the first 24 months of employment only.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on December 5, 2016


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Location: School of Journalism

Job Title: Broadcast Associate, Level 1 (Provisional) - Graduate School of Journalism

Job ID: 15990

Regular/Temporary: Regular