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Concert Hall Technician

Creative Spaces & Event Services

Cornish is hiring a Concert Hall Technician to provide production management, stage management oversight, and technical services for the operation of student productions, as well as recording both concerts and performances. This position ensures the smooth operation of over 100 student and professional performances of music, theater, and dance each year. The CHT also assists in other campus-wide events and venues  when needed. This is a full-time, academic year staff position, typically September – May, and is represented by the collective bargaining agreement between IATSE Local #15 and Cornish College of the Arts.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.

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Responsibilities

  1. Facilitates communication with all users of College’s Concert Hall, including:
  • Working with all departments and the college Production Manager to ensure effective scheduling of all events in the space
  • Works as liaison to the music department students to ensure their recitals are successful
  • Advising users (mainly students) as to appropriate scheduling of rehearsals, sound checks, and set-up/tech time needed for different types of events
  • Ensuring smooth transitions between classes, performances and 3rd party rental events
  • Provides Cornish Facilities and Security Departments sufficient advance notice as to potential impact of events, such as parking lot needs, unusual custodial or security needs, extended parking for trucks during load-in/out of an event, etc.
  • Working with the Registrar of the College and the college Production Manager, in assisting scheduling use of the facility
  1. Provides operational and technical support for all events taking place in the College’s Concert Halls, including:
  • Serves as the primary technician for this space
  • Overseeing and coordinating staging of lighting, sound, video, and other equipment and assets as required for performances
  • Working with the Music Department chair, staff, and faculty to ensure that all audio and sound reinforcement needs are met; providing sound reinforcement support for daytime and evening events as needed.
  • Ensure all audio and sound recording and reinforcement needs are met for Music student Cornerstone (3rd year) and Capstone (4th year) projects.
  • Providing technical and material support as possible for curricular/pedagogical use in College’s Concert Halls alongside the faculty
  • Maintaining inventories of production materials and equipment
  • Identifying and assessing equipment and material needs; researching and recommending purchases as appropriate
  1. Provides training and supervision of employees and users of music facilities, including:
  • Hiring, scheduling and supervising work-study students to meet production needs; monitoring work-study budget, providing general instruction to student work-study and professional staff on safety protocols
  • Scheduling of sound engineers for live concert mixing
  • Oversight of overhire stagehands
  • Providing individual and/or group instruction and training on stage rigging techniques, lighting equipment operation, and sound equipment operation
  • Providing general instruction to students and professional staff on safety protocols.
  • Develops standard operating procedures for the venue, with the Playhouse Technical Supervisor
  1. Provides for maintenance and functional operation of the physical venue, sound, lighting, and rigging equipment such as:
  • Maintaining the physical space including periodically cleaning and painting the stage, road boxes, and other storage equipment
  • Helps with music and dance classroom tech needs
  • Maintaining, cleaning, and repairing theatrical equipment, as required
  • Working with the Operations Department to coordinate ongoing custodial requirements as well as annual cleaning
  • Reports any facility concerns
  1. Audio recording
  • Recording and mixing student, faculty, and guest performances in various venues.
  • Advising students on recording practices and equipment use
  • Maintaining audio equipment
  1. Musical Instrument oversight
  • Amps, Pianos, Keyboards, and Drum kits
  1. Reports to the Creative Spaces and Event Services Department
  • Maintains communication with the Rentals Manager and Technical Supervisor.
  • Helps oversee the operational budget alongside the CSES Department Technical Supervisor
  • Ensures adherence to established College and departmental policies, procedures, and safety standards
  • Provides support in any and all Cornish venues as needed
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre/Music
  • Background in concert halls or similar facilities
  • Experience in a management position
  • Strong technical theater experience, including:
    • Digital sound system set up and operation
    • Backline and other musical instrument set up
    • ETC light board programming
    • Theatrical rigging
    • Projection set up and operation
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Drive/Docs/Sheets
  • AutoCAD or Vectorworks drafting
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Self-motivated, responsible, collaborative and able to work with minimum supervision
  • Must be able to work well with students in an educational capacity
  • Commitment to maintaining a working atmosphere free of discrimination and bias, conducive to the training and nurturing of production personnel and performers (employee and student)
  • Attentive to detail
  • Understanding of basic equipment for the stage, including ability to set up, operate, and troubleshoot complex sound and lighting systems
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds, operate personnel lift and climb ladders
  • Sense of humor and a collaborative approach to the work

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in professional theater, concert halls, or dance companies
  • Experience working in higher education, not-for-profit, or arts environment
  • Certified in CPR and 1st Aid (training provided)

Department:  Creative Spaces and Event Services
Reports To:   Technical Supervisor
Supervises:   Work study students, overhire stagehands
Pay:  $26.55/HR (subject to change based on CBA)
Work Schedule:  32 hours per week; August to May for the academic year, 36 weeks. In addition to summer hours, as needed, to support summer classes and shows.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following items to our email, Careers@Cornish.edu:

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish Employment Application Form

Equal Opportunity Statement

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; to promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and to actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff and curricula.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment and community in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment and community comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

To apply for this job email your details to careers@cornish.edu.