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This bi-weekly, nine-month, 30 hour/week position provides logistical support for Music Department
events in Baldwin Auditorium, Nelson Recital Hall, Biddle Music Building, Duke Chapel and other performing spaces at Duke University.
Scope of Responsibilities: Setting up risers, microphones, music stands, chairs and other equipment related to performances and rehearsals. Stage management at events includes rearranging stage set-ups during concerts, cueing artists, dimming lights and other duties. Stage strikes include returning all stages to set-ups needed for rehearsals or next performance. Stage set-ups include moving and setting up instruments to and from Biddle Music Building at times. Work hours are irregular due to concert schedule, but usually occur in the evenings and weekends.
Perform a variety of technical tasks involved in the setting, operating, striking, and maintaining of systems used to support musical performances, rehearsals, recitals and events; coordinate and direct student technicians.
- Set up, operate, and strike audio systems to include placing speakers and microphones, running cables and wires, mixing sound for desired results, operating special effects equipment, and recording events as directed.
- Operate lighting, sound, video and stage equipment during events, rehearsals and performances, following audio or visual cues.
- Perform preventive maintenance on special events equipment; replace user serviceable parts as needed; diagnose malfunctions, repair equipment, or notify supervisor of need for repair as appropriate; maintain inventories of equipment and parts; inform supervisor of equipment and supply needs, assist in ordering or take other actions as directed.
- Confer with other staff members and with clients to ensure the correct provision of technical services for events.
- Coordinate and direct the work of student technicians; assist in the training of new personnel.
- Program and maintain computerized and digital lighting and sound equipment.
- The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Work generally requires experience in a technical theater or musical performance, recording studio or similar setting to become familiar with the maintenance and operation of a variety of equipment used in special events production.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and/or sit for an extended period of time, stoop, bend and lift up to 60 lbs.
Work requires a thorough background in theatre normally acquired through a four year course study of Theatre or closely related field.
No experience needed
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