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Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Audio & Video (AV) Supervisor

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College seeks an Audio & Video (AV) Supervisor to join our team in spring 2014.


The Fisher Center is a multi-venue performing arts center designed by Frank Gehry, located two hours north of New York City in the beautiful Hudson Valley.  The Center presents and produces programs in orchestral, chamber, and jazz music as well as theater, dance, and opera by American and international artists.  Acclaimed public programming includes the annual SummerScape festival and the Bard Music Festival.  The Center is home to the College’s Dance and Theater & Performance Programs and is at the forefront of the integration of professional artistic practice and undergraduate education through its multidisciplinary residency and commissioning initiatives. For more information on Bard College, visit and for the Fisher Center, visit


Reporting to the Production Manager, the AV Supervisor oversees and fulfills the audio and video needs of all programs and projects taking place in or produced by the Center. The AV Supervisor fulfills the role of A1 in the Center, serves as sound or video designer for any event not having its own designer, and may act as FOH engineer, monitor engineer, video operator, or deck sound supervisor to fulfill programming and show run needs. The AV Supervisor oversees student workers and professional seasonal and hourly over hire crewmembers. Working closely with other members of the Center’s production team, the AV Supervisor ensures a safe backstage working environment, provides training and mentorship to students, and provides high quality production support to all programs and projects of the Center.


The AV Supervisor is a hands-on member of the Center’s technical team whose primary responsibilities include: overseeing AV aspects (including backline, recordings, and production intercom) of show development, prep, load-in, run, and strike for all events in or produced by the Center; generating sound and video plots and paperwork; managing the Center’s audio shop and maintaining the shop facilities and equipment; training students on the operation of AV equipment; coordinating AV elements of props, scenery, and costumes; maintaining accurate inventories of the Center’s AV equipment; advancing AV needs of incoming productions and resident artists; coordinating with outside designers and engineers; developing time, labor and cost estimates for AV needs; ensuring a safe working environment backstage and in the AV shop; maintaining AV vendor relations; executing bidding and purchasing for AV equipment and services, and managing AV budgets; maintaining the Center’s AV equipment and infrastructure, including studio and classroom systems, assistive listening, CCTV, program monitoring, paging, and two-way radios; coordinating RF allocation; monitoring SPLs for all performances; and participating in orchestra shell & riser changeovers, orchestra pit changeovers, and seating setup changeovers.


The successful candidate will have: a minimum of 5 years experience as an Audio and/or Video Engineer in a multi-venue facility, producing venue, or touring company (academic experience is a plus); knowledge of CAD software and the ability to interpret and generate production drawings; knowledge of QLab and WATCHOUT, familiarity with digital audio consoles, knowledge of Microsoft Office; ability to manage and train student labor; cross train all Fisher Center staff in basic AV operations; strong knowledge of electrical safety practices and theatrical rigging systems; budget creation and management experience; strong multi-tasking abilities; basic familiarity with ETC systems; strong collaborative skills; experience with large-scale touring shows; ability to manage crews in multiple spaces; and familiarity with multiple disciplines (opera, dance, theater, and all forms of music) and international productions. The ability to drive a 24’ truck, handle AV equipment and tools, work at height and in dark conditions, operate theatrical equipment and machinery, sit, perform telephone and computer input functions, and to lift up to 50 lbs. is required.


Bard College offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, and a 403(b) plan.


Applications will be accepted via email only, and will be reviewed until the position has been filled. To apply, please send the following as one complete PDF file (Word documents will not be accepted):

1) Cover letter describing your qualifications for the position

2) Resume (2 pages maximum)

3) A list of 3 professional references (including name, position, nature of relationship, and contact info)

Name the PDF file "Lastname_Firstname_Application" and email it to:


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants will not be contacted individually to confirm receipt of application materials. Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted. No calls or in-person visits please. Applications will be kept confidential and references will not be contacted without the applicant’s permission.


Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.