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NOTE: Members of the Technical Staff are encouraged to pursue two specializations: Stage Manager and Audio Engineer. All Technical Staff members may advance in both disciplines through training and certifications. Wage increases accompany the additional proficiencies, responsibilities, and eventual leadership roles earned through the progression of each specialization.

Overview

Wage: Base: $12.00/hr.; Maximum: $16.50/hr.; Work-Study preferred, but not required for candidates with relevant experience

  • All Technical Staff begin as Stage Techs
  • Specializations include Audio Engineer and Stage Manager
  • Upward mobility contingent upon advancement within specializations, performance, and tenure

Supervisor: Technical Services Manager and Technical Services Coordinator

Functions: Technical and production support including stage set-up/set-change/strike, stage management, recording engineering, and live sound engineering.

Hours: Hours of employment for Technical Staff are in effect every week of the academic quarter, including Reading and Exam Weeks. Performance or activity hours occur regularly in the evenings and less frequently during the day throughout the week and weekend. Non-performance or activity hours may be scheduled with the Technical Services Manager and Technical Services Coordinator. Staff members are provided the flexibility to request specific hours in advance using the posted schedule, affording the opportunity to progress within particular specializations. Every member of the Technical Staff must work an average of (2) shifts per week, which is typically around (10) total hours, and is encouraged to seek additional hours. Availability is collected before each academic quarter by the Technical Services Manager and Technical Services Coordinator, but may be updated as necessary. Substitutions are permitted if conflicts arise, but it is ultimately the responsibility of each Technical Staff member to secure a substitute Technical Staff member. The need for or execution of a substitution must be communicated to the Technical Services Manager and Technical Services Coordinator as soon as possible.

Dress: Technical Staff Members are expected to adhere to the "stage blacks" dress code for all performances or activities. This dress code requires: a black collared shirt, black pants (no jeans), and appropriate, closed-toe black dress or work shoes. For non-performance or activity shifts such as maintenance shifts, Technical Staff members are permitted to wear non-dress-collared shirts, pants (no jeans), and appropriate closed-toe shoes. Sandals may not be worn at any time. Every individual is responsible for the acquisition and cleaning of all clothing items needed to meet the dress code. A supplied name tag must be worn for the benefit of Bienen School of Music and Northwestern University faculty, staff, students; guest artists; renters; outside technicians; and patrons.

Responsibilities: 
Public Contact: Moderate
Monetary Responsibilities: None
Cleaning: Light cleaning of venues before, during, and after performances or activities; routine cleaning of stage and audio equipment; occasional dusting of keyboard instruments
Physical Labor: Moving stage and audio equipment up to 50 pounds; routine movement of keyboard instruments; working on catwalks and a tension grid
Maintenance: Regular maintenance and organization of stage and audio equipment

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Technical Staff: Stage Tech

Specific Duties:

  1. Represent the Concert Management Office (CMO), Bienen School of Music, and Northwestern University with professional-quality technical services support for performances or activities in all Bienen School of Music performance venues
  2. Actively assist all performers, faculty, staff, guest artists, and outside technicians with their technical requirements
  3. Ensure adherence to venue, Concert Management Office, Bienen School of Music, and Northwestern University policies and procedures
  4. Manage personal schedule to ensure punctuality and attendance reliability
  5. Diligently take notes and complete all paperwork during shifts for submission to Technical Services Manager and Technical Services Coordinator
  6. Occasionally assist visiting technicians with the load-in, set-up, strike, and load-out of audio/video equipment
  7. Check University email for essential scheduling information
  8. Other duties as assigned
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Technical Staff: Stage Manager

Specific Duties:

  1. Ensure the positive and efficient execution of performances or activities in all Bienen School of Music venues through stage and time management
  2. Interact with conductors, performers, guest artists, ensemble staff, Northwestern University faculty and staff, Bienen School of Music faculty and staff, renters, and outside technicians to obtain essential performance or activity information
  3. Oversee the coordination and execution of all stage setting, set-changing, and striking of stage equipment
  4. Supervise and execute proper keyboard instrument care, movements, and lid configuration changes
  5. Organization, minor maintenance, cleaning, and monitoring inventory of stage equipment
  6. Operation, configuration, and minor maintenance of theatrical lighting equipment
  7. Assist Audio Engineer, House Manager, Head Usher, and other CMO staff as necessary
  8. Occasionally assist visiting technical staff and contractors in the load-in, set-up, strike, and load-out of stage and audio/video equipment
  9. Light cleaning of venues including backstage and storage areas
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Technical Staff: Audio Engineer

Specific Duties:

  1. Live sound engineering using a variety of mixing consoles
  2. Recording engineering with Pro Tools HD/Native systems and solid-state recorders
  3. Organization, minor maintenance, cleaning, and monitoring inventory of audio equipment
  4. Assist Stage Manager, House Manager, Head Usher, and other CMO staff as necessary
  5. Occasionally assist visiting technical staff and contractors in the load-in, setup, strike, and load-out of audio/video equipment
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