Employment

From time to time, The Ark needs to add to its talented, hard-working staff.  Ark job postings will be found here when available.

 

TECHNICAL MANAGER

The Ark is seeking an experienced live sound engineer to fill our Technical Manager role.  This is a 30 hours/week position with benefits. In addition to serving as a professional sound engineer for The Ark, this position leads our Tech Crew in providing professional live audio, lighting, video, and livestreams to deliver a world-class concert experience.

The primary areas of focus for this position include:

  • Serving as our live audio engineer for 10-15 shows per month
  • Maintaining all club audio, lighting, video and broadcasting equipment
  • Managing and training technical staff and volunteers

Key components for the successful candidate include:

  • Understanding all aspects of the venue’s production set up and equipment;
  • Recruit, manage, and train highly skilled volunteer sound engineers, lighting designers, livestream technicians, videographers and loaders;
  • Reflecting The Ark’s world-class reputation in both public-facing interactions and behind-the-scenes work that supports the organization;
  • Overseeing and hosting high profile and/or large productions, special events and occasional educational programs

 

This position reports to the Operations Director and works closely with the Volunteer Tech Crew, Night Managers, and scheduled Artists. This position works primarily at the venue and requires mostly afternoon to evening availability, including some weekends.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Live Sound Engineer

  • Sound Engineer for 10-15 shows/month.
    • Greet artists and touring crew, assist artists with load in and load out (including heavy lifting), set the stage according to artist requirements (including but not limited to cabling and patching) and operate a sound check to the artist’s satisfaction, provide a professional quality live show mix while maintaining safe listening levels and/or assist a traveling sound technician, tear down the stage following the performance and restore equipment to pre-performance setting
    • A typical show day is approx. 6-8 hours. Longer shows days can run approx. 12 hours.
  • Provide sound, lighting, video and/or broadcast staffing for livestreams from The Ark

Tech Equipment Maintenance and Repair

  • Maintain all club audio, lighting, video and broadcasting equipment
  • Request production supplies
  • Identify and recommend production improvements and repair needs for annual budget
  • Inventory equipment quarterly

Tech Crew Management

  • Communicate with Volunteer Tech Crew via email group (show information, technical guidance, notifications, etc)
  • Schedule capable sound, lighting, video and/or broadcasting staffing for each event
  • Provide on-call phone/text support to Volunteer Tech Crew
  • Recruit, train and continually mentor tech volunteers
  • Host and participate in Volunteer Tech Crew meetings

Pre-Production

  • As needed, advance technical requirements with the artist/tour manager for shows identified by the Operations Director
  • Review show advance information, add show information to the tech webpage
  • Check that there are capable sound technicians, lighting techs, and/or broadcasting staff scheduled for each event.
  • Supervise select artist load-ins as identified by the Operations Director

REQUIRED QUALITFICATIONS

  • Proven expertise in live sound reinforcement including minimum 3 years experience
  • Ample and recent experience running digital pro audio consoles, such as the Yamaha CL3 used at The Ark, in live performance setting
  • Stage lighting and digital light board experience, such as The Ark’s RoadHog 4
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment
  • Flexible availability (days/nights, late hours, weekends, and holidays)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, written communications, and proven ability to work well with artists, touring crews, and others
  • Ability to effectively train and mentor other technicians
  • Experience working with local and nationally touring artists
  • Experience producing high quality performances for both simple and complicated stage arrangements
  • Confidence under pressure
  • Ability to test and repair broken equipment and/or coordinate repair work with qualified vendors
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • The person in this role will need to have access to a cell phone and email for prompt communications and maintain reliable transportation

PREFERRED QUALIFICATONS

  • Knowledge and experience in livestreaming, video, and digital platforms
  • Experience with Google Drive a plus
  • Experience working at a non-profit organization

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • This is a part time, non-exempt position paid on an hourly basis
  • Pay range is $25-$28/hr with starting pay based on prior experience
  • Benefit options include: generous paid time off, health insurance (Priority Health HMO with premium 100% employer-paid), retirement (SIMPLE IRA with up to 3% company match), and parking reimbursement

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Please submit a cover letter and resume through the following link for immediate consideration:

https://karenandrewsgroup.applicantpool.com/jobs/811789.html

The Ark is an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering equal opportunity for employment or advancement to all qualified applicants or employees without regard to age, religion, color, race, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, veteran status, height, weight, or non-job-related medical condition or disability, or any unlawful criterion or circumstance. The Ark is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.  Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

 

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NIGHT MANAGER

The Ark is seeking an enthusiastic, capable Night Manager to work 1-2 nights per week (5-12 hours/week).

The Night Manager represents Ark management at the venue during performances by providing excellent customer service to our audience and performers and creating a great work environment for our volunteers. Responsibilities include supervising volunteers and managing all “front of house” activities during Ark shows, including concessions, merchandise, membership, ticket scanning, and ushering.

This position reports to the House Manager and works closely with the Operations Director, Tech Manager, Sound Tech Volunteers, and Box Office Staff.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE

Manage Nightly Operations

  • Serve as an agent of The Ark and a representative of Ark management to patrons, performers, and Volunteers
  • Communicate effectively with Ark patrons, performers, and Volunteers
  • Complete regular nightly Manager tasks
  • Supervise bar and food service operations
  • Supervise all concession and merchandise cash handling operations
  • Complete cash register and merchandise reporting
  • Effectively manage emergency or crisis situations
  • Effectively communicate nightly details or challenges requiring follow-up attention

Supervise Club Volunteers

  • Assign and coordinate Volunteer staffing for nightly front-of-house operations
  • Train Volunteers and introduce new tasks and roles night of show
  • Understand, implement and effectively communicate Ark policies and procedures
  • Assist in facilitating clear and positive communication between Volunteers and Ark management
  • Understand those areas that need to be handled by other Ark staff and appropriately defer to Ark management as necessary
  • Maintain effective communication with the House Manager and other Ark management staff

Manage Nightly Show Details & Artist Communication

  • Interact with artists and touring personnel the night of the performance
  • Provide hospitality items to artists as reflected in performer contracts
  • Complete artist settlement sheet and provide artist payment after the show
  • Communicate with Tech Manager and/or Sound Tech Volunteer
  • Collect and share show details with Volunteers, Sound Tech, and Box Office Staff
  • Coordinate sponsorship announcements and special arrangements
  • Coordinate special event details on an as-needed basis

Other

  • Fill staffing needs for special events and offsite events as required and available
  • Complete certification or training requirements as needed in relation to house operations
  • Some lifting required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Required availability of 1-2 nights per week from approximately 6:00 pm-midnight; one weekend evening preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively manage and interact with a variety of people in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment
  • Ability to train, supervise, motivate, and delegate tasks to a diverse and always changing Volunteer staff
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Must be comfortable with cash handling, cash register operation, and merchandise sales
  • Strong math skills and attention to detail
  • Prior experience managing volunteers in a high-energy public setting preferred
  • Prior experience in a theater, food service or retail environment a plus
  • Must be able to complete and maintain related certification and training requirements

APPLICATION INFORMATION

The Ark is an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering equal opportunity for employment or advancement to all qualified applicants or employees without regard to age, religion, color, race, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, veteran status, height, weight, or non-job-related medical condition or disability, or any unlawful criterion or circumstance. The Ark is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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Mission Statement

“The Ark is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment of the human spirit through the presentation, preservation, and encouragement of folk, roots, ethnic music, and the related arts.  The Ark provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all people to listen to, learn about, perform and share music.”