Audio Visual Technician
Public Programming – Audio Visual
$16.65 per hour
Audio Visual (AV) Technician designs, safely sets up and operates in a sensitive art environment, maintains and repairs equipment used to enhance live events and gallery installations, including equipment such as computers, microphones, video recorders, projectors, LED and theatrical lighting as well as sound mixing equipment.
This position focuses primarily on a support role for maintenance as it relates to various sound, audio and computer related hardware as well as support for event production including setting up musical instruments and equipment.
GENERAL SKILLS NEEDED
The AV Technician records meetings and presentations with video cameras, operates lighting equipment, adjusts amplifiers and mixing consoles, coordinates graphics used in displays and provides technical support for webinars. The AV Technician also copies and stores video of various formats including VHS, U-Matic, DVDs, Blu-Ray as well as video files of various types, tracks inventory of equipment and orders supplies using the museum purchasing system. It is imperative that the AV Technician continuously works toward maintaining a high standard for production, ensuring that audiences experience high quality professional performances and presentations. The AV Technician must continuously familiarize themselves with evolving technologies and the related responsibilities that arise from maintaining and implementing new technology.
Inventory tracking, media archive and equipment repair experience are sought after traits for this position.
SPECIFIC SKILLS NEEDED
The AV Technician must be able to transport, assemble, maintain and repair equipment used in multimedia production. Knowledge of camera and lighting techniques is essential, and familiarity with editing equipment and software is required. The AV Technician must be creative and flexible with strong communication skills and the ability to interact with coworkers and clients, often under deadline pressure. In addition to being proficient with Mac and PC computer systems used in multimedia production, word processing, basic accounting and database skills are needed. The AV Technician must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time and must have good hearing and eyesight. Current software used for daily operations include, PowerPoint, Keynote, Final Cut Pro, Digital Performer, Wavelab, video conversion software, media authoring/duplication software such as Toast. The AV Technician must be able to utilize BrightAuthor software, display devices coupled with programmable timers and input devices to design and create durable and clean looking interactive video installations throughout the museum. Finally, it is paramount that clean and organized work areas are maintained.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Proficient with Mac and PC (Linux is used on Raspberry Pi)
- PowerPoint / Keynote
- Live Sound reinforcement
- Audio recording
DESIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Degree or equivalent experience: BA in Arts or Technology related fields
- Years of experience: 3+
- Specialized training in: audio reinforcement, video production
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The AV Technician must be able to operate microphones and be proficient in using graphic equalizers to achieve clarity of sound in highly reverberant spaces. The person in this position must be able to safely move grand pianos in sensitive art areas. The AV Technician must also be able to safely maintain audio levels below prescribed levels for musical presentations in accordance with conservation standards in order to protect the safety of the collection. This may require a technician to work with performers and a decibel meter to achieve safe listening levels. The museum is a large building and it is expected that you may walk a few miles on some days in your travels around it.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below. Applications will be accepted through 4:00 PM (ET) on October 18, 2018.
Employment applications and/or resumes will not be accepted in person or by mail, e-mail, or facsimile.
THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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