The USC School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) seeks an experienced Sound Supervisor to join its Production Area.Â We are looking for an energetic colleague to oversee sound design labs and implementation of designs on School of Dramatic Arts productions.
Reporting to the Head of Sound Design and Director of Production, an individual in the Sound Supervisor role will show a history of success in setting goals and completing projects with a high degree of independence while exercising good judgment.Â The individual must work well under pressure and multi-task in a fast-paced environment, especially during peak times of the year.
The Sound Supervisor aids in implementing theatrical production in a multi-stage and multi-use environment with a special attention to sound equipment. Sound Supervisor is responsible for the safe and timely implementation of sound inventory in SDA performance spaces and oversight of student crews and inventory management. Sound Supervisor will also teach portions of THTR 131 and 236 classes; and will mentor students in THTR 397 & 497 design assignments as needed. Sound Supervisor will oversee the operation and maintenance of the sound design lab spaces. Sound Supervisor will oversee recording of voiceover (VO) students in the MCC VO Lab.
BA or BFA in theatre and experience in theatre stagecraft and theatre production or equivalent professional work in theatrical sound production.
Knowledge of theatrical production, stage management and stage equipment such as fly systems, rigging, electricity, lighting, and sound.
Q-Lab, Vectorworks, Pro-Tools experience as well as familiarity with Yamaha Digital Mixers is a plus.
Communicate effectively, both verbal and written, with a diverse population of staff, facility users, and student stage crews
Prioritize tasks to complete different projects with various deadlines
Self-motivation and autonomy are essential
Ability to lift and carry 70 pounds
Safely use and work on ladders, personnel lifts, and catwalk areas
Safely work in low-light or no-light environments
Safely operate departmental vehicles with a valid State Driverâs license
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Support sound design students and guest sound designers in implementing designs for SDA shows.
Some sound design teaching and mentorship work
Maintain a clean and safe workspace
Oversee the operation and maintenance of SDA sound design labs, and SDA sound equipment inventory
Assist designers and sound operators during run-throughs and technical rehearsals
Oversees recording of voiceover students in the MCC VO Lab
The University reserves the right to add or change responsibilities at any time.
This position is required to work evenings, weekends and holidays, depending upon the production schedule. Regular work hours during the production season are Thursday through Monday 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., though subject to change as necessary. Off-season work hours are Monday through Friday10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Overtime will be required.
The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education.Â The School offers innovated programs and curricula in acting, playwriting, design, critical studies, sound design, stage management and technical direction.Â With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees and has an active production program of more than 20 shows with a population of 550 undergraduate and graduate students combined.
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the âTrojan Family,â which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.
USC is proudly pluralistic and committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding individuals. USC actively seeks nominations of applications from qualified persons and from the broadest possible community. The School of Dramatic Arts is interested in receiving applications from those who enhance the diversity of its workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. However, we are unable to sponsor employment visas for this position.Â Please note the following visa categories do not qualify for unrestricted work authorization: B, H-1B, TN, E-3, E-2 Principle, O-1, P-1, nor L-1.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Specialized, responsible experience and training in applicable performing or visual arts.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.