Audio Visual Manager

California, United States
15 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford Live is committed to developing a diverse candidate pool.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description


Stanford Live presents a wide range of the finest performances from around the world fostering a vibrant learning community and providing distinctive experiences through the performing arts. With its home at the Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live is simultaneously a public square, a sanctuary, and a lab, drawing on the breadth and depth of Stanford University to connect performance to the significant issues, ideas, and discoveries of our time.

Stanford Live presents approximately 130 performances annually, and a significant engagement program involving students, faculty and staff on campus and in the communities beyond Stanford.  Bing Concert Hall also supports Department of Music concerts and programs as well as various other types of Stanford events.

The Audio-Visual Technician serves as the lead audio and video engineer for all events and projects, coordinating with guest engineers and designers as necessary. This position maintains all AV infrastructure and equipment; works with outside vendors to rent/purchase equipment and coordinates over-hire labor as needed to assist with AV load-ins, performances, and maintenance calls. This position reports to the Production Manager and may provide additional support to the Director of Production, Director of Operations, and/or the Executive Director.


  • Serve as lead audio engineer on all events and projects, and facilitate the experience of guest engineers or artist crews when appropriate. Perform or oversee live sound, webcast/broadcast mixing, and archival/recording operations as needed for each event.
  • Serve as the audio and recording contact for the Department of Music regarding the technical needs of student and faculty users of the concert hall.
  • Maintain positive and productive relationships with outside vendors, including leveraging/negotiating favorable arrangements for our concert hall whenever possible. Participate in promoting general awareness and favorable impressions of our concert hall among staff, vendors, and external constituents.
  • Assist with the load-in of staging, lighting, backline, video, and audio for performances as needed. Periodically serve as Stage Manager for certain performances, as appropriate.
  • Maintain infrastructure and audio video equipment. Troubleshoot as necessary to resolve any audio video related issues. Perform regular maintenance and tuning of the audio video systems during project and maintenance periods.
  • Assist other concert hall staff with general venue and equipment maintenance and inventory activities, as assigned.
  • Assist marketing, programming and engagement departments with special audio-related projects, archival recordings, and on-site video shoots as needed and scheduled around concert hall duties.
  • Operates video equipment when needed and coordinates with over-hire video engineers when production requirements dictate.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as required or assigned, including audio video support for special projects.


Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Digital audio distribution including AES/EBU and Dante.
  • Audio embedding and distribution of digital video including SDI and DTV.
  • Maintaining analog audio systems including patchbays.
  • Transfer function FFT spectral/phase analysis such as SMAART or SIMM.
  • Programming Soundweb audio controllers.
  • Deploying large sound reinforcement systems including basic rigging and line array flying.
  • Concert audio system design including coverage patterns, low frequency control and tuning.
  • 3 phase AC distribution including load balancing and isolated/single point grounding systems.
  • Computer generated acoustic prediction modeling such as EASE, MAPP or similar.
  • Familiarity with Crestron/AMX automation systems.
  • Expert level experience with all mixer models from Yamaha particularly the CL/QL series.
  • Experience with DigiCo SD series mixers
  • Experience with d&b ArrayCalc and R1
  • Proficiency with digital audio workstations in a recording environment.
  • UHF band wireless microphones and mitigation of intermodulation and multi-pathing.
  • Digital Party-Line communications systems such as Clearcom, Reidel, RTS, HME.
  • All types of microphones including polar patterns and their proper utilization.
  • Live audio/video sequencing/triggering such as QLab.
  • Intermediate understanding of acoustics.


  • The successful individual will possess a minimum of seven years experience in audio video engineering.
  • Detailed knowledge of musical instruments specifically western symphonic instruments.
  • Strong events planning, project management, administrative and organizational abilities required.
  • Demonstrable ability to consistently meet deadlines with high accuracy, attention to detail, and follow-through on all assigned tasks. Must adroitly handle many tasks simultaneously in a competent, organized and unflappable manner.
  • Ability to work with artists, agents and managers in sensitive situations and maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Excellent verbal skills necessary, as well as ability to communicate with extreme diplomacy, professionalism, and graciousness.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and good driving record. Must also be able to lift and carry 50 lbs for short distances.
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel required. Experience with FinalCut, Photoshop, or other Adobe products a plus.
  • Understanding of accounting, budgeting and financial issues and ability to track and monitor expenses related to the performances and hall operations.
  • Demonstrable resilience and ability to handle long hours and fast pace with a positive attitude.
  • General proficiency in all major areas of concert production (stage management, backline, lighting, video, general venue operations).
  • Must be available to work extended and flexible hours and work schedules, including evenings, weekends and holidays based on production and event schedule requirements.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 45 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,