Job Summary:

The Assistant Technical Director/Audio-Video Engineer (ATD/AVE) is responsible for the operation, and maintenance of all audio and projection systems in the Nave of the Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, Bethlehem Chapel, Virginia Mae Center, and other locations where Audio/Visual equipment may be required including outdoor events on the grounds.

Among the duties assigned to the position are the following:

  1. Confers with Technical Director, worship staff, producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for worship services, concerts, lectures, and other special events ensuring that all technologies provide outstanding performance and customer benefit.
  2. Meets with Technical Director, Worship and Music departments to plan and execute all audio and projection requirements for regular and special worship services. Includes creating audio plan, ensuring appropriate coverage, coordinating with videographers for internet web cast feed, adjusting level and equalization for maximum articulation.
  3. Responsible for operating and maintaining Audio Visual Systems and Streaming systems in Virginia Mae Center.
  4. Checks wireless microphone operation and coordinates wireless frequencies and determine number of participant microphones necessary. It is necessary to continually keep track of clear wireless frequencies so that Cathedral microphone channels remain free of interference. Periodic spectrum analysis is required.
  5. Prepares for sessions by performing activities such as selecting and setting up microphones for rehearsals and concerts.
  6. Orders additional equipment (video projectors, speaker systems, projection screens, etc) as needed and works with outside vendors to integrate rentals with Cathedral Systems.
  7. Coordinates with all external media and provides audio feeds.
  8. Responsible for mixing and editing voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances, prerecorded events and rehearsals, using sound mixing boards to ensure appropriate synchronization and equalization of all dialogue, music, and sound effects using control consoles.
  9. Helps to oversee operation, integrity and preventative maintenance of hearing assistance system including distribution of devices.
  10. Assists Technical Director with ongoing operation, repair, testing and appropriate configuration of all consoles, microphones, amplifiers, and other related equipment.
  11. Assists Technical Director to maintain Cathedral Audio Archives from the 1950’s to the present on various Digital Media. Work with Director of Video Productions to maintain video and film archives and create internet files for archive. Provide media editing and duplication services to staff and public.
  12. Works closely with Director of Video Operations and crew to provide video coverage to the plasma monitor system and internet/web cast/DVD content. This includes working with the video crew to integrate the audio from the sound console into the video recording and internet web casts.
  13. Assists with video recording in Cathedral as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in sound design or a related field of study is required. A MS degree or related experience is preferred.
  2. Must possess substantial knowledge of sound engineering techniques and technology.
  3. Must have 5+ years’ experience in audio/acoustics system development and/or technical direction.
  4. Must have previous supervisory experience.
  5. The Cathedral ATD/AVE should be proficient in computer based digital audio work stations and should be able to record and edit on: Pro Tools; Sound Forge; Wave Lab and other digital audio programs.
  6. Proficient in programming and operation of Digital Audio Consoles (Yamaha CL3)
  7. Proficient in operation of video and streaming technology.
  8. PECF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any boosters recommended and available to the general public, in the absence of eligibility for medical or religious exemptions.

The Cathedral systems responsibilities include the following:

  • Nave Sound Control Console
  • Auditorium Projection and Sound Control Room
  • Bethlehem Chapel Sound System
  • North Triforium Digital Control System
  • South Triforium Digital Control System
  • North Triforium Video Control Center (Shared responsibility with Video Director)
  • S3 Technical Director/Audio Engineer Office and Digital Editing Suite
  • 7th Floor Media Archives
  • Resurrection Chapel Media Patch Bay and Audio/Video Distribution Center
  • Great Choir PreAmp/Patchbay/Storage Room
  • Northwest Cloister Amplifier and Patchbay Room
  • South Balcony Press Feed
  • Three Portable Sound Systems, and Various Video Projectors, Monitors and other assorted A/V equipment.
  • Virginia Mae Center Audio, Video and Streaming Systems

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Background in electronics, audio engineering and music. Mixing choral and orchestral music from multiple microphones requires a keen musical sensibility in order to produce world class recordings, and to amplify the program in a transparent and natural fashion.
  2. The Cathedral ATD/AVE should be extremely sensitive to the liturgy and strive to find the balance between intelligibility and maintaining the beauty of the overall liturgical experience.
  3. Knowledgeable in many facets of electronics and computer technology. It is necessary not only to be skilled in the operation of the equipment, but also to be able to repair the systems in a timely fashion so that no worship services or events are impacted by equipment failure.
  4. Highly developed interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively in a high stress, fast paced, deadline-driven team environment.
  6. Ability to exercise independent judgment, balance competing responsibilities, and complete assignments in a timely matter.
  7. Initiative to develop and implement strategic and/or operational planning improvements.
  8. Proficiency with Video production and Streaming Technology.
  9. The position requires a flexible schedule, routinely working outside of normal business hours, including evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays.

Washington National Cathedral seeks individuals who are committed to our mission. We appreciate interest from those who will contribute to an atmosphere in which diversity is valued and supported. To apply, send a cover letter and resume, and please note job code C22-02, to [email protected]; or mail to Washington National Cathedral, Human Resources Dept., 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC  20016-5098.

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