Technical

Wage: Base: $10/hr.; Maximum: $14.30/hr.
-All Technical Staff begin as Stage Crew
-Specializations include: Audio Engineer and Stage Manager
-Upward mobility contingent upon advancement within specializations, performance, and tenure
-Work-Study required

Supervisor: Technical Services Manager

Functions: Technical and production support including stage set-up/set-change/strike, stage management, recording engineering, and live sound engineering.

Hours: Hours of employment for Technical Staff are in effect every week of the academic quarter, including Reading and Exam Weeks. Performance or activity hours occur regularly in the evenings and less frequently during the day throughout the week and weekend. Non-performance or activity hours may be scheduled with the Technical Services Manager and Technical Services Coordinator. Staff members are provided the flexibility to request specific hours in advance using the posted schedule, affording the opportunity to progress within particular specializations. Every member of the Technical Staff must work a minimum of 10 hours per week and are encouraged to seek additional hours. Quarterly availability is collected by the Technical Services Manager and Technical Services Coordinator before each academic quarter, but may be updated as necessary. Substitutions are permitted if conflicts arise, but it is ultimately the responsibly of each Technical Staff member to secure a substitute Technical Staff member. The need for or execution of a substitution must be communicated to the Technical Services Manager and Technical Services Coordinator as soon as possible.

Dress: Technical Staff Members are expected to adhere to the “stage blacks” dress code for all performances or activities. This dress code requires: a black collared shirt, black dress pants (no jeans), and appropriate, closed-toed black dress or work shoes. For non-performance or activity shifts such as maintenance shifts, Technical Staff members are permitted to wear non-dress collared shirts, pants (no jeans), and appropriate closed-toed shoes. Sandals may not be worn at any time. Every individual is responsible for the acquisition and cleaning of all clothing items needed to meet the dress code. A supplied nametag must be worn for the benefit of Bienen School of Music and Northwestern University faculty/staff/students, guest artists, renters, outside technicians, and patrons.

Responsibilities:

Public Contact: Moderate
Monetary Responsibilities: None
Cleaning: Light cleaning of venues, before, during, and after performances or activities; routine cleaning of stage and audio equipment; occasional dusting of keyboard instruments
Physical Labor: Moving stage and audio equipment up to 50 pounds; routine movement of keyboard instruments; working on catwalks and a tension grid
Maintenance: Regular maintenance and organization of stage and audio equipment

Specific Duties:

1. Represent the Concert Management Office (CMO), Bienen School of Music, and Northwestern University through professional-quality technical services support for performances or activities in all Bienen School of Music performance venues.
2. Actively assist all performers/Faculty/Staff/guest artists/outside technicians with their technical requirements.
3. Ensure the adherence to venue, Concert Management Office, Bienen School of Music, and Northwestern University policies and procedures.
4. Manage their schedule to ensure punctuality and attendance reliability.
5. Diligently take notes and complete all paperwork during shifts for submission to Technical Services Manager and Technical Services Coordinator.
6. Occasionally assist visiting technicians with the load-in, setup, strike, and load-out of audio/video equipment.
7. Check University e-mail for essential scheduling information.
8. Other duties as assigned.

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Members of the Technical Staff are encouraged to pursue two specializations: Stage Manager and Audio Engineer. All Technical Staff members may advance in both disciplines through training and certifications. Wage increases accompany the additional proficiencies, responsibilities, and eventual leadership roles earned through the progression of each specialization.

FILLED: Stage Manager

Specific Duties:

1. Ensuring the positive and efficient execution of performances or activities in all Bienen School of Music venues through stage and time management
2. Interacting with conductors, performers, guest artists, ensemble staff, Northwestern University faculty and staff, Bienen School of Music faculty and staff, renters, and outside technicians to obtain essential performance or activity information
3. Overseeing the coordination and execution of all stage setting, set-changing, and striking of stage equipment
4. Supervising and executing proper keyboard instrument care, movements, and lid configuration changes
5. Organizing, minor maintenance, cleaning, and monitoring inventory of stage equipment
6. Operating, configuring, and minor maintenance of theatrical lighting equipment
7. Assisting Audio Engineer, House Manager, Head Usher, and other CMO Staff as necessary
8. Occasionally assisting visiting technical staff and contractors in the load-in, setup, strike, and load-out of stage and audio/video equipment
9. Light cleaning of venues including backstage and storage areas

OPEN: Audio Engineer

Specific Duties:

1. Live sound engineering using a variety of mixing consoles
2. Recording engineering with Pro Tools HD/Native systems, compact flash, and CD recorders
3. Editing and mixing in Pro Tools
4. Mastering in Wavelab
5. CD label design, printing, order fulfillment, and distribution
6. Organizing, minor maintenance, cleaning, and monitoring inventory of audio equipment
7. Assisting Stage Manager, House Manager, Head Usher, and other CMO Staff as necessary
8. Occasionally assisting visiting technical staff and contractors in the load-in, setup, strike, and load-out of audio/video equipment

General Qualifications:         

Essential Qualifications

1. Enthusiastic and positive attitude
2. Punctuality
3. Reliability
4. Attention to detail
5. Interest in concert and event production
6. Ability to interpret and follow directions, policies, and procedures outlined by the Technical Services Manager and the Concert Management Office
7. Passion in presenting arts to the public
8. Physical capabilities necessary to move objects up to 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

1. Previous live sound and recording engineering experience
2. Previous experience with theatrical lighting
3. Previous work experience in concert halls, theaters, or other venues
4. Knowledge of classical music and jazz
​5. Demonstrated grace under pressure; ability to remain calm and focused while addressing issues during public performances or activities