Job Details

American Repertory Theatre
  • Position Number: 2424798
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Harvard University

Sound Manager
American Repertory Theater

Job Code
AR0556 Arts Management II

Job-Specific Responsibilities
Position Summary
Directs all aspects of sound for ART productions and advises on sound needs for undergraduate performances.

Position Responsibilities
Promote an inclusive and safe work environment:
Foster a culture of community, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism among staff and guest artists
Foster a culture of safety, and ensure safe work environment and practices are observed
Hire and supervise Sound Staff (Assistant Sound Manager, Sound Engineer, A2). Conduct biannual performance reviews and goal-setting sessions. Recruit, hire, onboard, and supervise overhire, and ensure compliance with union (HUCTW) and Harvard employment policies.
Oversee the daily operation of the sound department, including creating show paperwork, rigging plots, and communicating changes as they come up.
Support Artistic Vision and Goals:
Collaboration with Sound Designers to accomplish their designs within budget (materials, rentals, shipping, transportation, and labor) and timeline. Keep Production Management up to date on budget and timeline.
Collaboration with Stage Management and Sound Designer on sound cue lists, rehearsal support, and responding to sound notes in rehearsal and performance reports
Budget Management:
Manage cross-seasonal sound budgets for supplies and maintenance
Collaborate and maintain open lines of communication:
Collaboration with other production departments on cross-departmental projects
Attend production meetings, studio rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and previews as needed.
Maintain sound, and music equipment inventory. Rent or lend equipment to student groups or outside organizations as possible
Oversee and participate in the creation of an archival file containing all documents necessary to maintain or to recreate the sound design of ART productions
Represent Sound in building meetings as we design and build our new theatre, and work with theatrical consultants, architects, and other project staff to develop and implement the sound system for the new building

Basic Qualifications
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

  • Strong knowledge of theatrical sound system design theory, patching, and troubleshooting

  • Understanding of safe rigging practices

  • Live mixing experience with musicals and familiarity with a variety of consoles

  • Understanding of safe rigging practices

  • Knowledge of recording techniques and recording platforms

  • Familiarity with a wide variety of mixing consoles and wireless mics

  • Proficiency with MIDI and other show control systems (OSC, Time Code, etc)

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Ability to quickly and accurately budget and report the amount of time needed for the sound system, sourcing, design, installation, and show running tasks

  • Empathy, listening skills, and a strong ability to read body language and other nonverbal clues are essential

  • Conflict resolution skills - diffusing tension, navigating difficult conversations, mediating resolutions

  • Ability to adapt and quickly communicate changes throughout the production process

  • Must be capable of overseeing multiple projects happening simultaneously via delegating and collaborating with sound staff

  • Class D driver's license and comfort driving sprinter van preferred, but not a requirement

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite in Cambridge when the office reopens.

We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage:

Working Conditions
A.R.T. is a multistory building without an elevator, with work taking place on all levels. The Sound Manager will work at height on catwalks, genie lifts, and/or ladders during loading, strike, and when troubleshooting. The Sound Manager may be asked to assist with moving, installing, and removing sound equipment (speakers, consoles, racks, etc.) throughout the building. This position requires night and weekend work, particularly during tech and previews. It also requires occasional local and out of state travel, primarily for shop builds and support of rehearsals in NYC

Software Used: Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Dropbox, Vectorworks, AutoCAD, QLab, SMAART, Meyer Mapp, Meyer Compass, Meyer Cue Station (D-Mitri), Shure Wireless Workbench, Basic DAWs, Harvard-specific payroll software

Job Function

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge


Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening

Full time. Monday through Friday.35 hours per week.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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