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EVAN SCHECK
Job Title Suggestions?
on Mar 26, 2008 at 9:06:26 pm

I have a quick question regarding a job title I need to create for a position I've just been promoted into. I work at the in-house post facility for an ad agency and am replacing the old broadcast engineer. I will be IT supporting 3 Avid suites, 3 Final Cuts, 2 After Effects artists, an XSERVE that ties them all together, Avid Unity, FTP Servers, and a few other odds and ends. I will also be doing some creative work in and among all those facets of the department as needed. The last main task will be interfacing with all the editors in the various rooms to make sure all their workflows are up to snuff and smooth.

Essentially I am the #2 in the department to my manager, but I cannot have any managerial aspect in the actual title or I lose my overtime. Any thoughts on this would be really helpful. TIA!



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Mark Suszko
Re: Job Title Suggestions?
on Mar 27, 2008 at 1:54:29 pm

"Post-Production Technical Supervisor"?


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EVAN SCHECK
Re: Job Title Suggestions?
on Mar 27, 2008 at 2:00:25 pm

thanks for the suggestion, but the "supervisor" part would make me lose the OT. I know it's stupid, and I wish they would just compensate me enough to not need the OT, but that's the spot I'm stuck in. Also the Technical part might border a little too close to IT, in which case I could potentially be pilfered by the IT dept which is just computer geeks that know nothing about post/broadcast.



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Tom Matthies
Re: Job Title Suggestions?
on Mar 27, 2008 at 5:21:14 pm


How about:

EVAN SCHECK
"Generally-In-Charge-Of-A-Lot-Of-Stuff"?

Pretty generic but it says it all.



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Chuck Reti
Re: Job Title Suggestions?
on Mar 27, 2008 at 5:40:09 pm

Any place I've been, a technical supervisory position did not imply Management duties, the "technical" part indicating that those responsibilites do not cover staffing or HR/personnel matters, just "supervision" of the facility's equipment and its utilization. This is also true in many Union shops as well, where a strictly technical Supervisor may carry that title, and remain a Union-represented hourly employee, eligible for OT or penalty payments.
It seems silly that "Technical" would suggest to IT that this is their territory. Don't you have Technicians or Engineers who perform maintenance on transmitters and studio gear, most of which uses embedded or external computers, without IT intervention? Your, and their, job descriptions should be very clear as to who works on what. Your respective area Managers should be the ones responsible for clarifying job duties and jurisdictions.
How about "Post-production Systems Specialist?" or "MBA-speak" it up a bit and go for "Broadcast Post-Production Solutions Optimization Synergist." :-)


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EVAN SCHECK
Re: Job Title Suggestions?
on Mar 27, 2008 at 7:35:14 pm

I like these suggestions a lot, thanks...think it's getting very close. And yes, the nature of how my dept. works makes no sense. A lot of weird hands touching things, or at least trying to. Everyone wants a larger piece of the pie I guess. Still open to other ideas if folks have them too, thanks.



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Bob Zelin
Re: Job Title Suggestions?
on Mar 31, 2008 at 5:24:54 pm

Hi Evan -
I have been doing this since 1978, and long before I got into the business, there has been only ONE NAME that is related to what you are going to be doing. It's the same name that has been used for years, and every chief engineer in any TV station or broadcast facility in the US will know exactly what this means.

You title is MAINTENANCE ENGINEER. This name has not changed in decades, and it will allow you to maintain your overtime without managerial status. It won't help you impress hot chicks at the bar, however.

bob Zelin




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Devin Crane
Re: Job Title Suggestions?
on Apr 1, 2008 at 2:36:10 pm

How about "Editing Custodian" : )



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Simon Roughan
Re: Job Title Suggestions?
on Apr 4, 2008 at 2:39:32 pm

[Bob Zelin] "It won't help you impress hot chicks at the bar"

HA HA! I had a friend who used to wash dishes at night while at uni, and he would tell girls he was an "Underwater Ceramics Technician"



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