31 Oct 2022


Production Technician, Audio Specialist

Princeton University  Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Job Description

Campus Support Services, a division of University Services, provides a broad range of event, performance, and venue support services for the Princeton University community. The Performing Arts Services unit manages a historic concert hall, Richardson Auditorium, and dedicated student performing venue, Frist Theater, and provides support for multiple University theaters and venues.


The Production Technician, Audio Specialist, working in collaboration with other Production Technicians and Audio Engineers, provides daily operational support for events, rehearsals and productions in Richardson Auditorium and other spaces. The Technician specializes in audio support, providing live sound engineering and recording services. In addition, the Technician may provide lighting, video, staging, and stage management support.
In advance of performances, the Technician supports the logistical planning for events. The Technician participates in load-in and load-out of equipment and supports the setup of the technical in-house and rented equipment. During rehearsals and performances, the Technician will work closely with presenters and performers to meet their needs. The Technician provides support as an audio engineer, operating live sound for rehearsals and performances, and serving as the front of house audio engineer.
The Technician ensures that all audio equipment is working properly. The Technician must be capable of troubleshooting and resolving technical issues. The Technician helps maintain a safe and compliant environment, which meets the OSHA and University requirements for worker, performer, and patron safety. The Technician ensures that all stage elements are secure and safe. The Technician understands that the expertise level of the presenters varies and is capable of being flexible and supportive throughout all phases of the production process.
With an emphasis on service excellence, the Production Technician, Audio Specialist provides excellent support for students, faculty, staff and external clients.



  • Provides technical operational assistance for events in Richardson Auditorium, with an emphasis on audio support, including the setup of audio systems and operation of live sound during events.
  • Provides supplemental production support in venues across campus, including Taplin Auditorium, Frist Theater, Lewis Arts complex, Frist MPR rooms, Class of 1970 Whitman Theater, Wilson Black Box, Forbes Black Box Theater and outdoor spaces.
  • Assists with the repair and maintenance of the audio production equipment in Richardson Auditorium and Frist Theater and other campus venues as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The Production Technician, Audio Specialist must interact effectively with individuals at all levels within and outside the University, possessing good judgment and discretion. The Technician must provide a high level of service.


The Production Technician, Audio Specialist is part of Performing Arts Services, a division of Campus Support Services, in the department of University Services.
The Production Technician, Audio Specialist reports to the Senior Production Manager of Performing Arts Services.


  • University Advancement
  • Conference and Event Services
  • Department of Music
  • Facilities
  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students
  • The student-run Performing Arts Council (PAC) and all student groups and presenters
  • Residential Colleges


Annually, the Senior Production Manager of Performing Arts Services will provide a performance review of the Production Technician, Audio Specialist, as well as ongoing professional development.



  • Minimum of three years of experience in live audio production, preferably in a University setting or comparable experience in the live event industry
  • Minimum of three years of experience with Digital Audio Workstations
  • Demonstrated proficiency with large format audio digital consoles
  • Demonstrated experience mixing live music, spoken word presentations, etc.
  • Willingness and ability to work with a flexible schedule, including early mornings, late nights, weekends, holidays and long hours
  • Working knowledge and demonstrated abilities of providing live audio support, including microphone selection and placement, signal routing, equalization
  • Strong computer skills (Mac and PC)


  • Strong experience using digital platforms including Allen & Heath D-Live, Avantis and SQ, Midas X32/M32 series consoles
  • Familiarity with Digital Audio Software: Pro Tools, Logic, Studio One
  • Strong understanding of digital audio transmission systems including Dante, MADI and AVB protocols
  • Experience other areas of production operations including stage management, lighting instruments, control and setup, video system setup and presentation software (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to assist all levels of student, departmental, and external performers and presenters, from professional to novice
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical stakeholders
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues in a timely manner
  • Experience mentoring students is highly desirable


The physical requirements 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.

  • Stand or walk 2 – 4 hours at one time, up to 6 -8 hours per day;
  • Sit for less than 2 hours during an 8 hour day, except a technician may sit for up to 6 hours during an 8 hour day when operating a production console;
  • Lift or carry up to 70 pounds occasionally (less than 33% of the workday);
  • Lift or carry up to 25 pounds frequently (34 – 66% of the workday);
  • Lift up to 70 pounds to waist height and up to 25 pounds in a range of motions from floor to overhead;
  • Frequently use hands for simple grasping, fine manipulation, pushing or pulling (34 – 66% of the workday);
  • Occasionally push or pull with forces up to 100 pounds, squat, reach overhead, kneel, knee stand, lie down, crawl, or lift overhead (less than 33% of the work day);
  • Frequently push or pull with forces up to 50 pounds, bend, climb ladders or stairs, (34 – 66% of the work day);
  • Work in a variety of temperatures and environmental conditions, including hot or humid attic spaces, or occasionally shoveling snow;
  • Possess ability to work at heights, full range of body motions and physical agility, and ability to maintain balance.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Production Technician, Audio Specialist
Princeton University
 Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: audio, performing arts, production, technical theatre, and university. States: New Jersey.
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