Head Sound Engineer
Company: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: January 25, 2023
The Ordway: The Ordway is the arts epicenter of Saint Paul,
Minnesota, and one of the leading nonprofit performing arts centers
in the country. Founded on the belief that performing arts should
be wide-ranging and accessible to all, the Ordway is home to a
variety of performances that encompass the finest in Broadway
musicals, concerts, dance and vocal artists. Known as the most
comfortable place to catch a show in Minnesota, the Ordway includes
a magnificent 1,900-seat Music Theater, a state-of-the-art
1,100-seat Concert Hall and spacious lobbies. The Ordway aims to
reflect the communities it serves and address barriers to ensure
everyone can experience the power of the performing arts. Position
Purpose: The position of Head Sound Engineer is a full-time,
non-exempt, position with the production department of the Ordway
Center for the Performing Arts. The position will collaborate with
the Assistant Sound engineer and Overhire Audio department IATSE
technicians. This position directly interfaces with Ordway
management, other Ordway production departments, visiting company
members and rental clients to provide audio support for a diverse
schedule of shows and events. Candidates should have a positive and
supportive attitude as well as a strong self-motivated work ethic.
Primary work venue will be the Music Theater. The basic work
responsibilities, conditions of employment, and wage conditions of
the Head Sound Engineer are governed by a Collective Bargaining
Agreement between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage
Employees, Local No. 13, St. Paul, Minnesota and the Ordway Center
for the Performing Arts. - The position is also governed by all
Ordway and Oasis HR Deg. personnel policies for full-time
employees, where such policies do not conflict with the Collective
Bargaining Agreement. Position Details:
- Posting Date: 12/9/22
- Closing Date: The Ordway is dedicated to building an equitable
environment and strongly encourages applications from Black,
Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary
candidates. This position will remain open until a diverse and
qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from
populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly
encouraged to apply.
- Employee Type: Hourly, full-time, union
- Pay: Currently $40.93 per hour
- Department: Production - -
- Reports to: Director of Production - - Key Performance Areas: -
- The Head Sound Engineer supplies pre-production, production,
post-production, and maintenance services to users of the
- Have a working knowledge of and be responsible for the proper
operation, maintenance and installation and supervision of the
following: proven understanding of multi-way digital audio system
architecture and networking, DiGiCo SD family of consoles
specifically SD9 and SD7 Quantum, Dante Certification Level 3
(Level 1 and Level 2 preferred), wireless microphone systems
specifically ULX-D and Wireless Workbench, wireless IEM systems, Q
Lab, recording software, (Pro Tools, Audacity, Logic), and closed
circuit video systems running under digital control.
- Proven mixing skills for Broadway scale Musical Theater,
concerts (all genres of music), corporate meetings and other
presentations from Front of House and Monitor positions.
- Create and maintain working inventories of equipment.
- Create and maintain accurate, verifiable system documentation
(as built and currently wired).
- Work with other production department personnel when engaged
non-jurisdictionally in the set-up, operations, technical
production, and strike of concerts, recitals, and events.
- Supervise and delegate work responsibilities to other
production personnel working within the department.
- Supply technical support and "customer service" for clients and
users of the Ordway, in the production and presentation of
- Supply recommendations to Production Department management
regarding personnel required, both in number and skills, to meet
department schedules and responsibilities. - - - - - - - - Other
- Must have a working knowledge of audio for the professional
theatre, as well as a professional skill level, and trade
"craftsmanship" associated with the ability to perform the duties
and responsibilities of the sound department.
- A minimum of five years working experience as a professional
theatrical (ability to mix large scale musicals) sound
technician/engineer is preferred.
- Experience with digital and analog mixing consoles and onstage
wedge and "in-ear" monitor mixing is required.
- Must be familiar with and keep up to date with professional
theatre practices and techniques, as well as equipment operation
- Membership in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage
Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) is highly desirable. Must be able and
willing to become and remain a member of Union Local 13. Must have
ability to work cooperatively with a variety of clients and serve
as liaison with departments to coordinate and plan efficient work
- Experience with large staffs and complex schedules are
- Must be available to work nights and weekends, as needed.
- Must be able to use and understand various kinds of test
equipment, tools, and meters such as volt, ohm, and amp meters
including Rational Acoustics Smaart systems.
- Must be able to solder.
- Must have working familiarity with all other standard
- Must be able to lift to 50 pounds.
- Adhere to OSHA and standard Theatrical Safety practices.
- Must be proficient with Microsoft Office, Teams, and have
general computer literacy. The Ordway requires all employees to
present proof of either full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR
COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours prior to entering our
building. The Ordway is an equal opportunity employer and will
consider requests for reasonable accommodation for employees and
applicants based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs.
- To Apply: For more information or to apply, visit
ordway.org/employment. Ordway is an -equal opportunity employer.
All applicants will be considered for employment without attention
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
creed, marital status, familial status, public assistance status,
age, local human rights commission activity, national origin, and
veteran, or disability status. The Ordway Theater and
administrative office are wheelchair accessible and service animals
are welcomed. All applicants who have questions or needs regarding
access accommodations or interpreting assistance for job interviews
are encouraged to reach out to Human Resources. -We know there are
great candidates who may not fit into the criteria we've outlined
here, or who have important skills we haven't listed. If that's
you, please don't hesitate to apply anyway and tell us about
yourself. - - - - -
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