Multimedia Systems Administrator (Video Production Archives)

New York, NY
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Created: February 25, 2019


Multimedia Systems Administrator
Multimedia Division
New York Office
Application Deadline: March 8, 2019

The Multimedia Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a fixed-term, part-time Multimedia Systems Administrator for the New York office. The Multimedia Systems Administrator is responsible for maintaining HRW’s digital video systems, including the media archive. The position is part-time at 20 hours per week from April 15 until June 28. The Administrator reports to the Multimedia Director based in New York.


1. Manage digital systems for HRW’s Multimedia Archive and video production unit, including digital asset management system and NAS servers; 
2. Support technical workflow for the organization’s digital media production unit using Adobe Premiere/macOS;
3. Maintain and support global distribution platform, work with developers to resolve issues that arise;
4. Perform systems monitoring of servers and climate-controlled areas and work with HRW Operations and IT staff to resolve issues;
5. Troubleshoot and liaise with IT and third-party support as needed;
6. Oversee the continued ingest and processing of born digital assets into HRW NAS using pre-programmed BASH scripts;
7. Maintain Multimedia Archives backups and recover data upon request;
8. Field incoming footage requests from staff and search archives for material;
9. Order equipment for video production and researchers and perform basic equipment installation or setup; 
10. Field technical support questions from Multimedia production team and assist with video and audio transcoding for import into Adobe Premiere and/or for delivery for translation or transcription;
11. Provide consultation for freelance videographers and staff for efficient data transmission from the field, including upload to HRW’s NY headquarters;
12. Assist with technical emergencies as needed and work with Digital Systems Manager and IT to resolve unexpected issues; and
13. Perform other responsibilities as many be required.


Education: A degree in Information Systems, Information Technology, Media Archiving, Communications, or similar related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of two years of experience in digital media management for web and television broadcast, preferably in a media outlet is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Proficiency in administering digital systems used for video archiving and production is required. 
2. Familiarity with HD video acquisition, media management and sound recording are required. 
3. Familiarity with BASH scripting and/or use of command line tools is required. 
4. Understanding of compression formats and standards for broadcast television, Mac OSX, Adobe Premiere, and Compressor are required. 
5. Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English are required. 
6. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with external partners are required. 
7. Capacity to appropriately plan and prioritize and to manage multiple, sometimes competing demands efficiently in a challenging, fast-paced environment are required.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. 
How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by March 8, 2019 by visiting our online job portal at and attaching a cover letter and resume. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

Last updated: Monday, February 25, 2019 22:14 UTC