Position: Head Audio Technician
Reports to: Technical Director
Location: Charleston, SC
Hours: Full-Time, Hourly, 27.55/hour, non-exempt
Evening and weekend hours will be required.
The Charleston Gaillard Center is entering a new phase of focus, with the development of local and national partnerships and the producing and commissioning of work, taking a greater role alongside our continued commitment to presenting high quality touring artists.
A leader in the performing arts in the Southeast, The Charleston Gaillard Center commissions, supports, and presents ambitious, multidisciplinary cultural programming and provides access to the best local, national, and global artists and companies on its stage. Deeply rooted in the community, the Gaillard Center is committed to elevating local and regional voices and partnering with Charleston institutions to reflect the city’s diversity, both on stage and off. Through programming on its public campus and extensive arts education initiatives, the Gaillard Center serves as a platform to participate in community building and essential dialogue.
Located in the heart of the Inspiration Corridor, Charleston’s cultural hub, the Gaillard Center was established as a non-profit in 2015. It’s campus includes the world-class 1,818-seat Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall, a 16,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom, and a park space that is increasingly being activated for artistic presentations.
The Charleston Gaillard Management Corporation (GMC), doing business as The Charleston Gaillard Center, is a non-profit 501c3 organization responsible for managing the facility. For more information about the Charleston Gaillard Center, please visit https://www.gaillardcenter.org.
The Charleston Gaillard Center seeks a skilled audio and video systems supervisor for a multi-venue environment. The Head Audio technician will be responsible for the operation, maintenance, and safe use of all house owned audio and video equipment as well as integration of third-party rental equipment and mixing of certain events and productions. This role oversees all audio and video elements for the venue which includes the Performance Hall (theater) and the Exhibition Hall (ballroom). This employee will assist with audio advance work, equipment rentals, and assisting touring crews, renters, and outside vendors with set-up, integration, and operation of all audio related production elements. The successful candidate will work well with full-time teammates and union crew members; will have proven prior success managing a complex audio network in a multi-space facility; and will be skilled at troubleshooting problems as they arise. The ideal candidate will be willing to jump in and help wherever needed to make a show or event a success.
This position is covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local 333; however, the successful candidate is not required to be a member of IATSE. The position is a full time, year round permanent staff position paid hourly, with a weekly guarantee of no less than 35 hours per week.
- Supervising crews of stagehands and/or technicians during load-ins, show runs, and load-outs.
- Mixing events (both performances and special events) as needed.
- Maintaining in-house audio and video equipment, and a/v network infrastructure.
- Administrative and event related advance work as needed.
- Keeping accurate equipment inventories.
- Communicating with outside vendors to coordinate audio/video equipment rentals.
- Conducting audio and video training sessions as needed.
- Coordinate Audio/Video Dept. projects as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- 5+ year(s) experience in a related role.
- Dante Certification Level 2 required.
- Well versed in the following audio networking and control software:
- London BSS
- Rane Halogen
- Familiarity with Clear-Com systems including HelixNet and Freespeak.
- Experience with FOH mixing and Monitor mixing.
- Experience mixing on Midas Pro series, and Yamaha QL/CL series consoles.
- Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays as dictated by the show and event schedule of facility. Overtime may be required.
- Proven leadership and supervisory skills.
- Customer-service focus with all clients, both internal, external, and touring personnel.
- A teamwork-driven attitude with a desire to find solutions to problems.
- Excellent organization and interpersonal communication skills necessary.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field
- Dante Certification Level 3
- Ability to move, transport and/or position up to 50lbs of various equipment and materials.
- Activities may require sustained periods of movement, traversing, and positioning to meet facility and event demands.
The Gaillard Center provides a competitive benefit package that includes:
- Fully paid medical insurance, at the employee level
- Optional vision, dental, life, and disability insurance
- 4 weeks of paid time off, accrued annually
- 6 weeks of paid family and medical leave
- 403(b) with up to a 4% company match
- Free and/or discounted tickets to performances
- Employer paid parking
The Charleston Gaillard Center is an equal opportunity employer. Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Gaillard is critical to our mission. To be a leading performing arts center in the Southeast, we need to have a highly diverse staff, a workplace where individuals are encouraged to retain their uniqueness and can feel a sense of belonging. For us, equity means that our staff members, our patrons, and our clients can experience the transformative power of the arts, no matter their starting place.