POSITION: Sound Supervisor
CLASSIFICATION: Seasonal - Full Time
REPORTS TO: Director of Production and Operations
SUPERVISES: Sound Staff
LOCATION: Williamstown, MA
COMPENSATION: $1200-$1500 Weekly
HIRING TIMELINE: Applications to be accepted until filled with a priority application deadline of 2/2/2024. Application review and interviews to be conducted starting 2/5/2024 with an anticipated start date of 06/03/2024 and end date of 8/17/24.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival, renowned for its commitment to artistic excellence, is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to join our team as the Sound Supervisor for the 2024 Season. As a department head within the production department, this position offers an exciting opportunity for an individual to lead and mentor a team of talented emerging designers who will take charge in designing for productions this summer.
Reporting to the Director of Production and Operations, the Sound Supervisor will play a crucial role in shaping the aesthetic of our performances and ensuring the seamless execution of technical aspects related to Sound design. This position will begin remotely on a part-time basis on March 3rd.
Sound Design and Execution:
- Collaborate closely with production directors to understand desired production aesthetics and determine design possibilities within the given constraints.
- Conceptualize and design repertory Sound plots for 3 theaters that will serve and enhance the artistic vision of multiple productions in each venue.
- Assign emerging designers to individual projects and oversee the design process between them and the production directors.
- Oversee the installation, programming, and operation of Sound equipment during load-in, technical rehearsals, and performances. Troubleshoot and resolve technical issues related to Sound equipment and systems as they arise.
- Coordinate any necessary Sound rentals for the season, including trucking to and from campus.
- Assist with the load-in and load-out of campus spaces including offices and workspaces, counting of equipment, and storage of items for off-season.
- Lead the hiring process for all Sound department staff and work in conjunction with other production department heads to assist as a second opinion for hiring decisions in other departments.
- Supervise and lead the Sound team, providing guidance and support to ensure a collaborative and efficient working environment.
- Coordinate with other production departments to integrate Sound seamlessly into the overall production designs.
- Provide training and mentorship to Sound team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning and skill development through reviewing and editing paperwork, providing guidance on best practices, and sharing professional experience.
- Set weekly working hours for Sound department staff, coordinate overtime needs and time off requests, and manage weekly staff hours approval.
- Track Sound department budgets, materials purchasing, and any required equipment maintenance.
- Ensure that safe working practices are maintained in any facilities used by the Sound department staff. Follow all festival safety protocols.
- Partake in season debrief meetings and create documentation of notes that will better serve the position and sound department next summer.
- Customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees, and whose suggestions and recommendations as to the advancement, promotion, or any other change of status of other employees are given particular weight.
- The Williamstown Theatre Festival does not require a specific number of years of experience or have a minimum for educational credentials.
- Proven experience in a sound role in a professional theatre setting with demonstrated success in designing and executing sound for a variety of theatrical productions with a keen eye for detail and a commitment to artistic excellence.
- Technical drafting. Must be proficient in Vectorworks.
- In-depth knowledge of a wide range of sound equipment and technologies.
- Strong leadership, interpersonal, and management skills, with a track record of leading diverse teams through a supportive and collaborative approach to management.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic production environment, with the flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and timelines.
- Must be able to work long shifts on feet.
- An essential function of this job is in-person work in Williamstown, MA.