Assistant Technical Director - Audio (Audio Head/Engineer) (JID 8689)
Performing Arts Tech
Full Time / $3717- $5600/mo.
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About the University
One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor's degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.
About the Department
The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) includes two venues, a 500-seat auditorium, and the new 1700-seat state of the art proscenium theater/concert hall. The Soraya presents about 50 performances per year of world-class artists of all genres and disciplines. Located in the nation's second largest market, Los Angeles, The Soraya operates at the highest level of professional and artistic excellence.
Under the General Supervision of the Technical Director or designee, assumes responsibility for leading and training a team of professional technicians in providing stage and backstage technical support within the core production areas of audio and video for events occurring at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) and Plaza del Sol Performance Hall. Works to maintain and improve the integrity, condition and value of the facilities as world-class performing arts and cultural centers for the campus and larger community. The ATD-Audio is responsible for the proper installation, maintenance, inventory and safe operation of all audio and video system equipment at The Soraya complex. The incumbent must be experienced in live audio mixing on digital consoles to include the DiGiCo and Yamaha family of systems and be familiar with their system architecture. Will perform duties as Front of House engineer for performances and events as needed or as assigned.
BACKSTAGE OPERATIONS - Oversees productions in the area of audio and video beginning with the advance preparations and budgeting, meeting and communicating with visiting production staff, interpretation of drawings and documentation, audio systems setup, load-ins, performances, load-outs and all post-performance activities. Productions include presented events, rentals, and originally produced productions. Oversees and trains a team of professional audio technicians to accomplish equipment rental needs, system configurations, console programming, and console operations for productions. Serves as resident expert of the audio consoles and related complex system setups and programming. Maintains audio and video data networks and troubleshoots equipment and cable issues. Provides on-deck over site to technician teams during work calls and over site to lead electrics positions.
ON DECK SUPERVISION / OVER SITE - Oversees audio and video crews and provides over site of lead technicians. May act as the onsite supervisor for Production Services Department in the absence of the Technical Director or as assigned, this may include over site of all technical and backstage operations beyond audio and video. This will include responding to decision-making requests or fielding such questions up the chain of command, representing the facility in interaction with visiting production leadership, making design and scheduling decisions, and responding to emergencies.
ADVANCING / PLANNING / PRE-SETS - Advances productions within the scope of responsibility of the position to include all audio and video needs and others for all performances in the Great Hall and/or the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall. Meets and communicates with visiting production staff to plan production needs and schedules. Prepares budget forecasts for productions within their scope of supervision and contributes to department financial tracking. Prepares for and participates in pre-event and post-event facility activities to include pre-sets, setup changes, and general facility upkeep. Works to maintain effective relationships with vendors. Serves as primary liaison to piano technicians and tuners in support of maintaining the performance and rehearsal piano inventory in the facility. Responsible for generating budget forecasts for audio and video operations for the fiscal year.
STAFF ON BOARDING / TRAINING - Oversees and trains a team of audio and video staff (Part Time and Temporary staff and Lead staff) used to support productions. This includes training teams in standard operating procedures, standard setups, work practices, and maintaining effective workflows and communications. Participates in overall production staff training and facility preparations. This includes ensuring safety and standard operating procedures are followed and that facility documentation is maintained. Participates in training's and the training of staff on an ongoing basis.
DESIGNING / QUALITY CONTROL - Designs and maintains audio systems and configurations for standard facility setups and productions as well as on the fly setup needs as needed for productions or the coordination there of. Keen attention to maintaining a consistent level of production audio quality and intelligibility is required. This quality, as well as level control, is especially important during sound checks and performances. Communicates with visiting productions and their design staffs to develop estimated costs and plans of actions in executing design and production needs. Recognizes that quality is a byproduct of processes, communication and collaborative and can-do spirit among backstage personnel and its work with artists and their representatives.
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a job-related field; Master's in Fine Arts preferred. Four years of progressively responsible experience working with performing arts organizations operating and providing technical maintenance of theatrical lighting, sound, and video equipment. Additional experience in job-related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required education, on a year for year basis.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Comprehensive knowledge of the methods and problems in multiple production specialties. Comprehensive knowledge of design theory and principles and how they are executed in various production specialties. Knowledge of technical theatre and operating theatre technical systems that includes a strong leadership and experience concentration in audio; use of QLab software; demonstrated competency in mixing live audio on a digital sound board; read and interpret stage plots; identify problems and trouble shoot audio systems; guide staff in the operation of audio consoles; make minor equipment repairs; maintain records. Knowledge of theatre etiquette, standards, and protocol. General knowledge of methods and techniques related to theatre facilities; principles and techniques of design and production; and safety requirements and standards related to the core production areas of audio, electrics, carpentry, and stage rigging. Have good customer service and public relations skills, with the ability to work under pressure of deadlines and with a wide variety of personalities in the execution of events. Have the ability to work with minimum supervision and as part of a team under general supervision. Must be outgoing and enjoy working with people. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to lift and handle equipment weighing up to 65 lbs. Comfortable working at heights above six feet.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
The university offers an excellent benefits package.
The salary range for this classification is: $3717- $6726 per month.
The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $3717- $5600, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
HOURS: Full Time; 40 hours per week; will include many evenings and weekends. The position is eligible for approved overtime.
REG: This is a Regular position with a one-year probationary period.
Applications received through December 27, 2019, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
How To Apply
Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application utilizing: http://bit.ly/HRCSUN link. NOTE: Internal candidates should apply through the portal by accessing the View Job Openings/Apply link on the Human Resources/Employee pagelet.
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This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.
The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Equal Employment Opportunity
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled
Los Angeles, California