Assistant Sound Engineer

St. Paul, MN

The Ordway: The Ordway is the arts epicenter of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and one of the leading nonprofit performing arts centers in the country. Founded on the belief that performing arts should be wide-ranging and accessible to all, the Ordway is home to a variety of performances that encompass the finest in Broadway musicals, concerts, dance and vocal artists. Known as the most comfortable place to catch a show in Minnesota, the Ordway includes a magnificent 1,900-seat Music Theater, a state-of-the-art 1,100-seat Concert Hall and spacious lobbies. The Ordway aims to reflect the communities it serves and address barriers to ensure everyone can experience the power of the performing arts.

Position Purpose: The position of Assistant Sound Engineer is a full-time, non-exempt, position with the production sound department, and shall work together with the Head Sound Engineer in the accomplishment of responsibilities pertaining to the department. This position requires the crew member to directly interact with clients and Extra Crew members and requires a positive and supportive attitude as well as a strong work ethic both when working with the clients and Extra Crew members. Primary work venue will be the Music Theater.

The work responsibilities, conditions of employment, and wage conditions of the Assistant are governed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local No. 13, St. Paul, Minnesota and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The position is also governed by all Ordway and Oasis HR Deg. personnel policies for full-time employees, where such policies do not conflict with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Position Details:

  • Posting Date: 8/18/22
  • Closing Date: The Ordway is dedicated to building an equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates. This position will remain open until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Employee Type: Hourly, full-time, union
  • Pay: $30.17 per hour
  • Department: Production   
  • Reports to: Director of Production   

Key Performance Areas:  

  • Assist Head of Sound on productions in the Music Theater, providing pre-production paperwork, production, post-production including show archiving and maintenance services.
  • Possess a working knowledge of and be responsible for the proper operation, maintenance and installation including supervision of the following: Meyer Galileo systems, DiGiCo SD family of consoles (specifically SD9 and SD7 Quantum), Dante Certification Level 1 and Level 2, Analog Consoles and interfacing of outboard I/O equipment, wireless microphone systems (specifically Shure ULX and Workbench), wireless IEM systems, Q Lab, closed circuit video systems running under digital routing and control, Clear Com Systems (specifically HelixNet and FreeSpeak II), page and program systems QSC QSYS System.
  • Assist other production department personnel when engaged non-jurisdictionally in the set-up, operations, technical production, and strike of concerts, recitals, and events.
  • Supervise and delegate work responsibilities to other production personnel working within the department, either with or in the absence of the Head or Associate Head Sound Engineer.
  • Provide technical support for clients and users of the Ordway, as well as artists engaged by the Ordway, in the production and presentation of events as it pertains to the sound department. Such support would include the interpretation and coordination of sound design plots and concepts; the engineering and supervision of concerts, presentations, and theatrical productions; the determination, layout, and coordination of sound system specifications; the supervision and coordination of electronic shop work; the engineering assistance and coordination of audio broadcasting, recording, and transmission; and other necessary and/or appropriate areas of support.
  • Work with Head Sound Engineer to accomplish the following: maintaining inventory of department systems and equipment and related spare parts, tools and supplies; and assist with repair of the department inventory
  • Provide recommendations to Production Department management regarding personnel required, both in number and skills, to meet department schedules and responsibilities.
  • The Ordway is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the organization through their communication skills.

 Other Qualifications:

  • College degree required (B.A. or B.F.A.) or proven equivalent work experience and certifications where applicable.
  • Must possess a working knowledge of audio for the professional theatre, as well as a professional skill level, and trade "craftsmanship" associated with the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the sound department.
  • A minimum of five years working experience as a professional theatrical (ability to mix large scale musicals) sound technician/engineer is preferred.
  • Experience with digital and analog mixing consoles and onstage wedge and “in-ear” monitor mixing is required. Must be able to accept constructive criticism regarding the “mix” from management and Sound Designers or clients in regard to quality and level.
  • Membership in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) is highly desirable. Must be able and willing to become and remain a member of Union Local 13. Must possess ability to work cooperatively with a variety of clients, and serve as liaison with departments to coordinate and plan efficient work schedules.
  • Must be able to use and understand various kinds of test equipment, tools, and meters such as volt, ohm, and amp meters including Rational Acoustics Smaart systems.
  • Must be able to work independently.
  • Must have working familiarity with all other standard theatrical equipment.
  • Must successfully pass practical test for audio capabilities.

The Ordway requires all employees to present proof of either full COVID-19 vaccination* or a negative COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours prior to entering our building. The Ordway is an equal opportunity employer and will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for employees and applicants based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs.   

* Full vaccination is defined as two-weeks or more past a COVID-19 booster.

To Apply: For more information or to apply, visit ordway.org/employment.

Ordway is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, marital status, familial status, public assistance status, age, local human rights commission activity, national origin, and veteran, or disability status. The Ordway Theater and administrative office are wheelchair accessible and service animals are welcomed. All applicants who have questions or needs regarding access accommodations or interpreting assistance for job interviews are encouraged to reach out to Human Resources.

We know there are great candidates who may not fit into the criteria we’ve outlined here, or who have important skills we haven’t listed. If that’s you, please don’t hesitate to apply anyway and tell us about yourself.