Audio Director, Center for Contemporary Music & Mills Performing Arts

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About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

Reports To:

  • Primary Supervisor: Performing Arts Facilities Director
  • Secondary Supervisor: Music Department Chair

    Supervises: Graduate Assistants and Student Employees

    Summary of Position:

    Under the direction of the Performing Arts Facilities Director and the Music Department Chair, the Audio Director will plan, direct and implement the technical management of the audio resources of the Mills Performing Arts facilities (Littlefield Concert Hall, Lisser Hall and Rothwell Theater) and the Music Department (classrooms, electronic music studios, recording studio). This work will include: ongoing maintenance of audio resources in all facilities; providing training and technical assistance to student workers, faculty and rental clients; supervising Music Department graduate assistants who staff the Center for Contemporary Music; participating in the planning, design and operation of all facilities; coordinating student worker/graduate assistant schedules; participating in the review, planning and installation of new audio, projection and connectivity technologies in all venues.

    Summary of Audio Systems:
    Music Building -

  • Recording Studio: 32 Channel API console, 24 Track Studer Tape Machine (with Dolby SR and time code), Protocols;
  • Hybrid Studio: Synthesizers, computers for synthesis, programming and editing. Extensive patching to the Recording Studio;
  • Electronic Music Studios: Modular synths (Moog IIIP, historic Buchla 100, Arp 2600, Serge and Eurorack system), DAWs;
  • Dubbing Studio: Protools, ¼" tape machine and other formats;
  • Check out equipment: extensive microphone collection, audio interface, speakers, mixers, digital and analog processing equipment;
  • Ensemble Room: Meyer Sound UP1-A with subwoofer. System configured for classes as well as presentations and performances;
  • Jeannik Mequet Littlefield Concert Hall: 7 Channel Meyer Sound system, Yamaha MC7L FOH console, computer audio interface, extensive patching.

    Lisser Hall -

  • Marilyn McArthur Holland Theater: Meyer Sound system, Yamaha TF5 FOH console, Yamaha TF1 mobile console, wireless microphone system, Q-SYS audio and video.

    Rothwell Center -

  • Rothwell Theater: experimental theater with basic sound system.

    Essential Job Functions:

  • Design, install, maintain, and repair digital and analog equipment and infrastructure including electronic music studios, recording studio, concert sound and video systems, and classroom sound and video systems;
  • Manage the operation and maintenance of Littlefield Concert Hall in the Music Building: sound, projection, connectivity, safety, and rigging systems; liaise with Music Department regarding Concert Halls technical needs; train faculty and students in operations and best practices;
  • Manage the design and maintenance of Lisser Hall theaters and Rothwell Theater: technical supervision and maintenance of sound, projection, connectivity; train faculty and students in operations and best practices of audio system;
  • Train and supervise graduate assistants and student workers in performance and studio operations;
  • Provide technical assistance to students and faculty on an ongoing basis, and visiting artists for special performances in all venues;
  • Maintain computer hardware and software utilized in Mills Performing Arts facilities; work with Director of IT to ensure compliance with Campus IT practices;
  • Research new music, dance, and theater technologies and make appropriate recommendations for equipment and facilities changes. Evaluate, price, and order new equipment upon approval of the appropriate budget managers;
  • Develop integrated project plans, implementation schedules, and cost estimates for technology projects in support of performances and academic activities;
  • Communicate regularly with executive management,administration, and appropriate faculty regarding the status of current project initiatives; obtain executive guidance and approval as required to advance initiatives;
  • Work with Campus Facilities and Campus Architect to ensure performance infrastructure and MD academic program infrastructure complies with safety, electrical, and seismic best practices;
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and systems; participate in professional development activities as appropriate;
  • Work with PAF Director to assist in defining work objectives for external vendors. Assist in supervision, securing employment documents, approving invoices, and following up on warranties;
  • Provide technical assistance to community rental clients, as necessary;
  • Provide expertise and consultation in audio, video, and multimedia to other Campus departments as requested;
  • Establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment;
  • Establish and maintain an effective customer service orientation towards all persons contacted during the course of job performance;
  • Maintain safe work conditions and comply with established safety policies, practices, procedures, and requirements;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


    Required Education and Experience

    Education and Training:

  • Bachelors degree, advanced degree preferred, in a related field, or the equivalent in experience and education with at least three years of directly related job experience.
  • Current drivers license, evidence of insurability, and ability to drive legally in California.

    Knowledge of:

  • Analog and Digital recording and mixing equipment and techniques.
  • Studio infrastructure, including wiring, interfacing a broad range of equipment,
  • Advanced live sound amplification techniques.
  • Acoustics for recording and performance, and for design of performance spaces.
  • Video systems and software for performance, documentation, and installations.
  • Computer networking.
  • Using computers and peripheral equipment for playback and live processing in theatrical, concert, and music production settings.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively in a team environment.
  • Project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools:
  • Preparation of written reports and correspondence;
  • Documentation and inventory creation/maintenance
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Repair, implement and maintain analog and digital audio, video, and computer systems for studios and performance spaces.
  • Oversee daily technical operations and carry out routine administrative procedures.
  • Operate computers and peripheral equipment properly and efficiently.
  • Assign and review the work of others.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Maintain inventory and repair history of equipment.
  • Establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment.
  • Establish and maintain an effective customer service orientation towards all persons contacted during the course of job performance.
  • Exhibit interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Follow safety policies, practices, procedures, and requirements of each venue and College, and Illness & Injury Prevention Plan.
  • Maintain productivity in rapidly changing environment.
  • Balance needs of multiple departments.
  • Other assigned duties as needed.

    Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands

    Work Environment:

  • Combination of office, studio, lab, classroom, and performance venues.
  • Evening and variable hours.

    Physical Demands:

  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information, and analyze sound issues.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other tools.
  • Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching, climbing.
  • Seeing to read and analyze lighting and video issues
  • Lifting and carrying moderately heavy objects (stage lights, set pieces, audio equipment, etc.)
  • Ability to work on ladders and catwalks at high elevations.


  • High voltages and currents in lighting and sound systems.
  • Chemicals used for cleaning electronic parts.
  • High sound levels at performances.

    Additional Information:

    This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 1.0. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, and 22 days of vacation per year, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

    Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to

    All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicants background check must be cleared.

    Application Instructions:

    To apply, submit the following documents at

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter and
  • Contact Information for 3 References and
  • Salary Requirements

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    Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 2/25/2019
    Application Due: 5/15/2019
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