Audio Supervisor, Center for the Arts
VA Tech - Virginia

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The Audio Supervisor reports to and works closely with the Director of Production Services (hereafter DoPS) to provide supervision of audio production/technical operations in support of the Centerâ??s presented programs throughout the facilities including the Performance Hall, Galleries, Collaborative Performance Laboratory, and occasional outdoor/offsite venues. Areas of responsibility include audio production advance planning and execution, audio equipment upkeep and repair/replacement, supervision of audio crew and vendors, liaison with tour audio and production personnel, and occasional overall event production supervision. Key responsibilities include: - Advancing the audio production aspects of all events presented in the Center including, but not limited to: presented performing arts productions, visual arts programs in the centerâ??s galleries, university departmental programs scheduled in the center, community and commercial rentals, and public programs associated with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) which is housed in the Center. - Assisting DoPS in development of annual production services budget in collaboration with other Center production staff to ensure that resources are maximized and that costs are controlled. - Proactively striving throughout Center seasons to meet or exceed show-by-show audio budget goals. - Assisting DoPS and Production Team with constructive post-production reviews and operational revisions. - Assisting DoPS with development of audio crew and audio crew staffing plans for events. - Supervising Center-hired freelance, vendor, and student audio crews. - Assisting in training of crews in audio and related technical and life-safety skills. - Occasionally providing overall production/crew supervision of Center events. - Operating/engineering for events as necessary for skill, schedule or emergency reasons. - Managing upkeep of audio systems and equipment: repair or supervise/arrange for repairs/replacements; provide and/or arrange ongoing preventative maintenance. - Assisting in developing, implementing and renewing the Centerâ??s production and technology strategy, including: 1) Researching new audio and related technologies directly applicable to the centerâ??s mission; 2) Collaborating with ICAT research faculty; 3) Advising equipment and technology acquisitions; 4) Promoting general technological research and innovation within the Center; 5) Providing performance supervision to ensure the highest level of quality of program implementation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Progressively responsible professional experience with audio services at an arts presenting organization and a level of expertise generally associated with several years of experience. - Demonstrated ability to direct and provide professional audio production support for diverse programs and artists across the genres of music, theater, and dance, including professional national and international touring companies, student ensembles, local community arts organizations, and commercial/industrial productions. - Working knowledge of all aspects of theatrical audio services, audio technologies, and experience with a variety of audio reinforcement, control, basic recording, and intercommunications systems. - The ability to effectively lead and supervise student, freelance, and vendor crews. - Strong written, verbal, organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. - Demonstrated ability to work within a Production Team atmosphere. - Willingness and ability to work evening and weekend hours. - Bachelorâ??s degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and related professional experience.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience at a major university presenting organization. - Experience with start-up of a new comprehensive theatrical audio system in multi-venue facility. - Experience in an additional technical skill area related to performing arts production. - Experience in life-safety procedures related to theatrical production. - Experience with Ether-distribution systems as related to Audio needs. - Experience in advanced digital and multi-track recording. - Advanced degree in an arts related field.
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