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Audio/Visual Technician

Thornton School of Music - Contemporary Music Division Los Angeles, California

Audio/Visual Technician

The USC Thornton Division of Contemporary Music invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Audio/Visual Technician.  This is a year round, full-time, non-exempt position that begins on or around August 1, 2018 or until filled.  This position is a key member of the Division of Contemporary Music staff and production team.

The USC Thornton Division of Contemporary Music is comprised of six academic programs: Popular Music, Jazz, Music Production, Screen Scoring, Music Industry and Guitar.  The Division is very active in presenting a wide range of concerts, showcases, rehearsals, classes and recording sessions in styles ranging from rock, R&B, EDM, pop, hip-hop, jazz and film music.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervise, mentor and train student staff on audio, lighting and video equipment
  • Work collaboratively with the Production Manager and faculty to advance, set-up, operate, break-down all related equipment and systems for concerts, rehearsals or classes
  • Maintain, update and oversee all live venue technology including audio, lighting and video
  • Maintain, update and oversee recording studio and technology lab equipment including analog and digital consoles, outboard equipment, cue systems, microphones and all auxiliary equipment
  • When assigned, serve as FOH or Monitor engineer for concerts, rehearsals or classes
  • Effectively troubleshoot and quickly resolve technical issues in both live and recording environments
  • Manage inventory and maintenance of all audio related equipment
  • Maintain assigned budget for equipment procurement, maintenance and staffing
  • Advise on strategic upgrades, new technology and best practices

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and skills:

  • Experience supervising a staff, effective delegation skills and monitoring progress of work
  • Experience as FOH and Monitor engineer
  • Experience with recording studio technology including software (ProTools, Ableton, Waves Track Live, Ableton) and hardware
  • Basic lighting and video projection experience
  • Effective trouble shooting, problem solving and maintenance of equipment
  • Excellent collaboration and ability to work as a member of a team
  • Punctual, very well organized, professional and able to maintain positive attitude in times of stress
  • Ability to manage multiple activities concurrently
  • Ability to establish priorities to meet deadlines and maximize effectiveness
  • Ongoing demonstration of outstanding interpersonal skills while working with staff, faculty and students.
  • Participate in annual professional development to remain familiar with new technologies and applications in the field in the live and recording environments
  • Stylistic understanding of jazz, pop, rock, R&B, EDM, hip-hop and other contemporary musical genres

Additional and preferred qualities:

  • Internet Broadcasting Knowledge
  • 3 years' experience in the audio/visual technology field

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to work in high places
  • Lift, carry, push and pull 50 pounds safely

Hiring Range: $23-25/hour

In order to be considered, all candidates must complete the online application.  Candidates are asked to provide a résumé. Do not send other supporting materials unless requested.

Minimum browser requirements for this application: Google Chrome 11, Firefox 13, Internet Explorer 9, Safari 5.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Specialized, responsible experience and training in applicable performing or visual arts.


REQ20060840 Posted Date: 06/12/2018

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