Live Sound Engineer
- Experience Level
JOB TYPE:NON-EXEMPT, PART-TIME, HOURLY
ACCOUNTABLE TO:Technical Director
OVERVIEW:The Video Webcast Technician is responsible for collaborating professionally with the Technical Director and other members of the Audio/Visual team to ensure quality live streaming content is produced for all worship services and other requested services and events. The incumbent will work to facilitate optimal sound and visual excellence that supports viewers watching with ease and clarity through encoding and monitoring of live, pre-recorded, and on demand video footage. In conjunction with the Technical Director, the Video Webcast Technician will uphold and carry out the vision and values of the church and the Minister of Worship and the Arts.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Records and provides live webcast production support for all Sunday worship services, mid-week services, and other special services and events as requested.
- Initiates and monitors live event encoding processes.
- Mixes live audio and ensures proper balance for services at a professional level.
- Evaluates the status of the sound board, tests video sources, reviews requests, prepares needed equipment, and ensures all technical systems are working efficiently prior to the streaming of live events. Reconfigures as needed. Tests archives after webcast concludes.
- Provides technical direction for the planning and execution of all live webcast events.
- Provides technical support for video streaming quality, hardware functionality, general A/V equipment maintenance, encoder, and computer hardware.
- Maintains present-day knowledge of live streaming/webcast platforms, technologies, and changes across leading social networks that can impact product delivery and best practices.
- Applies significant knowledge of industry trends and developments to add value to livestream products.
- Tests regular improvements in the digital media production environment.
- Works with IT staff on the maintenance of the webcast control room. Works with IT to install and maintain production and post-production hardware and software as required.
- Participates in rehearsals and reviews the production schedule to fully understand worship service details and practice transitions, audio cues, and adjustments as needed to minimize distractions and improve production flow during the worship service or event.
- Assists with the set-up and break down of all equipment for each service and special event.
- Maintains, organizes, cleans, and secures all A/V equipment, ensuring proper handling and storage when not in use.
- Maintains a neat and orderly appearance and maintains a warm demeanor with the highest level of hospitality toward members, visitors, and guests at all times.
- Participates in professional development through ongoing training, and attends creative team meetings.
- Assists the Technical Director in the weekly operations of the department.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Technical Director.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Significant experience in live event production
- Significant understanding of IP networks
- Experience in a broadcast environment
- Experience with live video encoding hardware
- Deep understanding of video codecs
- Deep understanding of live video delivery systems
- Two to three years of A/V experience including handling software.
- Working knowledge of Apple Computers.
- Possess good verbal and written communication skills.
- Possess excellent time management skills.
- Possess keen attention to detail.
- Ability to prioritize workflow and juggle multiple projects at once.
- Ability to independently execute tasks with little to no oversight.
- Possess great interpersonal skills and the willingness to maintain great working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to defuse and resolve difficult situations, and exercise keen discernment in decision making.
- Upholds honesty, confidentiality and discretion at the highest level.
- Minimum of two years of live video production and mixing experience
- Minimum two years of experience and demonstrated skills with technical equipment setup, preventative maintenance, and troubleshooting
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
- 2 or more years of experience in systems integration with video walls, LCD/LED/plasma displays, projectors, and video
- Ability to read A/V design documents
- 2 or more years of experience with hands-on A/V installation/service
- Experience working with a church or in worship environments
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
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.
While primarily operating indoors, this job occasionally operates in outdoor environments and in varying weather conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee could potentially be exposed to fumes or airborne particles and is always required to operate heavy A/V equipment both indoors and outdoors. The employee must occasionally lift, move, and load equipment into vehicles and trailers up to 60 pounds unassisted and 120 pounds assisted. This position has a combination of active and sedentary working styles, and will require frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing during the duration of work hours. The employee will occasionally work in cramped spaces and may also be required to use a ladder at varying extreme heights.