Audio/Visual Supervisor (Temporary)


This position serves on the stage/technical team at Northrop, reporting to the Technical Director (TD) and working with visiting artists and rental clients on production and set up needs ensuring successful events. While the position will serve as a video, audio, lighting expert on the team, the successful candidate will be expected to perform all backstage duties.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong video, audio, lighting knowledge and be proficient in operating and programing sound equipment, including the Digico SD9 Sound board, and lighting systems ETC EOS Tl and modern lighting consoles. Candidate will have good people skills, be comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment, and have the ability to coordinate logistics surrounding multiple productions, performances, and events simultaneously. Good verbal and written communication skills as well as proficiency with computer applications are essential. Work schedule includes many evenings and weekend hours. 


  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least four (4) years of progressively responsible professional experience with video, audio, and lighting services at an arts presenting organization, or a combination of education and relevant professional experience totaling at least six (6) years.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct professional video, audio and lighting, production support for diverse programs and artists across the genres of music, theater, and dance, including professional national and international touring companies, student ensembles, local community arts organizations, and commercial/industrial productions.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct professional video and provide professional video, audio, and lighting.
  • Demonstrated ability to support programs and artists across music, theater, and dance, including the following: national and international touring companies, student ensembles, local arts organizations, and commercial productions.
  • Working knowledge of theatrical video, audio, and lighting technologies, and experience with audio control, basic recording, and intercommunications systems.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, including overtime based on Northrop’s event schedule.


  • Progressively responsible professional experience with video, audio and lighting services at an arts presenting organization.
  • Level of expertise associated with several years’ experience; often the senior-most individual in a department to whom other employees go to for technical guidance.
  • Experience at a major university presenting organization.
  • Experience with start-up of a new comprehensive theatrical video, audio, lighting systems in a multi-venue facility.
  • Experience in an additional technical area related to performing arts production.
  • Experience in life-safety procedures related to theatrical production.
  • Experience in advanced digital and multi-track recording.
  • Ability to effectively lead and supervise student, freelance, and vendor crews.
  • Strong written, verbal, organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic knowledge of common live streaming and conferencing protocols, including RTMP, RTMPS, SRT, and Web RTC (Zoom meetings and webinars).
  • Experience with live production camera equipment for broadcast, streaming, and/or IMAG.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a production team atmosphere.
  • Experience in working within the guidelines of an IATSE contract.

DUTIES INCLUDE (essential functions):

  • Advancing the video production aspects for events in all spaces of Northrop including, but not limited to, presented performing arts productions, university departmental programs scheduled at Northrop, community and commercial rentals, and public programs.
  • Working with the TD throughout the Northrop seasons to meet show-by-show video, audio, and lighting budget expectations.
  • Assisting TD and Production Team with constructive post-production reviews and operational revisions.
  • Assisting TD with development of video, audio, and lighting crew installation plans for events.
  • Supervising Northrop-hired freelance, IATSE, vendor, and student video, audio, lighting crews.
  • Assisting in training of crews in video, audio, lighting, and related technical and life-safety skills.
  • Providing overall production/crew supervision during Northrop events.
  • Managing upkeep of video, audio, lighting systems and equipment: repair or supervise/arrange for repairs/replacements; provide and/or arrange ongoing preventative maintenance.
  • Working in all Northrop spaces, assisting in convention service, setting up tables and chairs, portable sound, portable lighting, and portable video systems.
  • Setup of basic video mixing, signal distribution, and projection systems, including scalers, switchers, signal converters, and large venue projectors.
  • Ability to operate graphics and playback software, including QLab 4, Playback Pro, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Apple Keynote.
  • Working knowledge of basic networking equipment and protocols, including routers, unmanaged switches, DHCP, static IP device management, and HTTPS.

The Organization:

Northrop shapes Minnesota’s rich cultural environment through arts presentations that celebrate excellence and innovation, community engagement, and creative exchange. Considered a Minneapolis architectural treasure, Northrop is an enduring symbol of the University of Minnesota, and the focal point of the Twin Cities campus and community.

Salary range: $59,000-65,500

Contact information

Northrop - University of Minnesota
Megan Sangster
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Respond by
Thursday, September 30
Posted September 1