Columbia's Manhattanville campus is designed to bring together diverse academic disciplines while welcoming the wider community to experience a shared space for civic life. The Forum is a new multipurpose venue that provides a welcoming gateway to the campus. With its world class meeting space able to host an array of academic conferences and public forums, scholars and thought leaders from many fields come together at The Forum to share ideas. The upper floors feature a 430-seat auditorium, gathering spaces, and five meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology. The ground floor is utilized for a range of activities, from exhibits to University events as well as educational programming and other community functions.
Reporting to the Associate Director, Production & Technology, the Audiovisual Specialist provides operational support for all elements of technical production and audiovisual services at The Forum to ensure customer-focused service delivery and is responsible for the operation of audio, video, lighting, and other technical production systems during The Forum's live events. This position requires occasional evening and weekend hours.
Works in collaboration with other members of the production team and provides direct support to clients and participants to ensure successful execution of technical and multimedia elements.
Serves as an expert on all AV systems within The Forum, including conference and meeting rooms.
Trains staff members in system operation procedures.
Operates The Forum's technical systems during live events, including audio, lighting, video presentation, video recording and webcasting, video signage, and teleconferencing systems.
Assists with multimedia presentations in a variety of software and other delivery formats.
Responsible for system maintenance, inventory control, and documentation.
Maintains detailed records of production and technology expenditures and regularly provides reports on current and projected budget spending.
Researches and designs system and operational upgrades to recommend to management of The Forum.
Together with other AV staff, responsible for maintaining and safeguarding inventory of audiovisual equipment.
Responsible for proper handling and safeguarding of digital video and graphics assets, software, and other intellectual property.
Additional duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or its equivalent required.
A minimum of four years' related experience, including demonstrated excellence in the production of high-profile live events.
A knowledge of basic AV support for conference rooms including Zoom, Skype, and other videoconferencing technologies.
Knowledge and experience in video production for live events, including: graphics operation (PowerPoint, Keynote, Playback Pro), multiformat video switcher systems (Barco S3-4K), production camera switchers (Blackmagic ATEM), complex video/graphics matrix, routing and conversion systems, large-format projectors. Videography and web-streaming systems, technologies and procedures, including robotic cameras, Wirecast, and RTMP.
Experience with or aptitude for audio production for live events, including Yamaha CL-series consoles, Dante, Shure ULXD wireless microphones, assistive listening systems, and complex output routing schemes; as well as simple public address systems.
Experience with or aptitude for theatrical lighting, including ETC Source4 LED fixtures, and ETC Ion consoles.
Computer literacy, up to and including working knowledge of productivity and data management software (e.g., Filemaker, Excel, Word), graphics software (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, PowerPoint, Keynote), as well as knowledge of networking systems, cloud-based backup systems and digital file management.
Advanced working knowledge of the equipment, techniques, and practices of technical production for live events, including audio, lighting, video presentation, videography, and livestreaming.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and organizational skills.
Ability to exercise good judgment, work productively under deadlines and carry out multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
Excellent customer service orientation and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with diverse constituencies.
Desire to work in a collaborative environment that values innovation and creative problem-solving.
Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, as event schedule dictates.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.