Lead Sound & Projection Technician at New Hazlett Theater

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Type: Part Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

*Please note that this role is for New Hazlett Theater.

Passionate about arts?  Looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to make a difference in your community?  We’re looking for creative, motivated people like you!  The Lead Sound & Projection Technician reports to the Production Manager and is responsible for all sound-related tasks at the New Hazlett Theater, including inventory tracking, equipment upkeep, and serving as a projection technician and/or sound engineer when necessary. The ideal candidate has multi-faceted technical experience in all aspects of theater and demonstrates commitment to safety and safe theater practices.

 

New Hazlett team members embrace the theater’s mission to create dynamic art through innovation and collaboration. We provide vital resources to creators from all backgrounds to enrich our cultural community, and respect and present diverse artists and ideas. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:      

  • Work all calls that require a sound/projection technician
  • Attend every space changeover, load in, and load out with sound/projection-related responsibilities, which may include restoring the sound board and monitor patch, setting up or striking projectors, confidence monitors, projection extenders, cameras, microphones, and audio monitors, among other duties.
  • Assist Production Manager (PM) with inventory of all sound/projection equipment
  • Operate, maintain, and safeguard the technical assets of the theater
  • Make recommendations to the PM regarding sound and AV equipment

Opportunities:

This position will be offered learning opportunities outside of their respective field, this may include:

  • Experience with a variety of AV equipment
  • Hands-on experience with EOS family consoles, specifically the ION
  • Theatrical carpentry and theatrical rigging
  • Working closely with the Production Manager on administrative duties as needed. This includes attending production meetings, scheduling, and troubleshooting/assisting client questions.

Not sure you meet all our qualifications? Don’t think of this job description as a mandatory, comprehensive list. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. Whether you’re new to a non-profit arts organization, returning to work after a gap in employment, or simply looking to transition, we would love to hear from you. Use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and what you could bring to this role.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Experience:

  • One year prior theatrical work or two years theatrical education experience
  • Experience with Yamaha digital sound consoles, Qlab, and Dante networking

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated commitment to safety and safe theater practices
  • Highly motivated and calm under pressure
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to multitask and reprioritize
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate with a broad range of clients
  • Ability to quickly identify and provide recommendations on issues
  • Commitment to eliminating bias with regard to race, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, heritage, culture, religion and tradition, both on stage and off, and willingness to interrupt behaviors that impede our DEAI efforts.  

Travel Requirements: Access to reliable transportation is needed

Physical, mental demands and working conditions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The New Hazlett will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • The position frequently requires the employee to communicate well with others both inside and outside the theater (e.g., in person, via telephone, via email).
  • The employee must be able to understand and solve problems, multi-task, prioritize, and meet multiple individuals to complete essential tasks.
  • An employee in this position is frequently required to move throughout the workplace, sit, stand and walk, possess gross motor skills (e.g., to carry items, shoveling, sweeping, etc.), reach with hands and arms, climb stairs and ladders, balance, stoop, kneel crouch or crawl, communicate effectively, and see, talk and hear.
  • This position will be required to perform basic interim cleaning as needed (sweeping, mopping, shoveling, etc.).
  • An employee in this position must be able to exert up to 50 lbs. of force frequently. Other physical demands may include climbing and the ability to work at heights.
  • This position requires a full and un-compromised ability to hear the full range of unaltered sounds without any measure of assistance. The employee will work in environments with amplified sound.
  • Must have the ability to judge distances and spatial relationships.
  • Office equipment, hand tools, power tools and vehicles may all be operated as part of this job.

Working Hours: Shifts will vary depending upon production requirements. This position will work a flexible schedule, including frequent nights and weekends.

Expectation: This is a part time position. This position is expected to work directly for the theater for 16 hours per week for approximately 43 weeks per year in addition to 40 hours per week for 5 weeks annually for the theater’s programs, and another approximately 200 hours per year for New Hazlett client productions. Schedules will vary based on production needs.  The Theater will provide a rough work calendar outlining expected needs with at least 2 weeks advance notice. Any outside engagements should be scheduled around the NHT work calendar. This position may turn down a maximum of three events during a calendar year; any more than three will result in re-evaluation.

Number of Direct Reports: Not applicable

Compensation: Pay rate $20.50 per hour. Upcoming graduates are encouraged to apply.

The New Hazlett Theater is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.

Employment is contingent upon your successful completion of a professional, educational, and criminal background check. At the time of employment, you must also present documentation indicating that you are legally authorized to work in the United States. Full Covid-19 vaccination is required, barring a legal exemption.

TO APPLY: Please submit a resume with cover letter, and three professional references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  

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