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Full-Time: Venue Technical Operations Manager

As a leader in KQED’s Technology department, The Venue Technical Operations manager will play a critical role in the management of our event/production venues, particularly the Commons.  The Commons is our large redesigned and newly renovated theatre/events venue.   

This management position is technical, as well as supervisory.  The successful candidate will enjoy the challenge of participating in the creation and execution of events and productions while curating and managing a team of A/V technicians.

This position will manage and operate the A/V systems in the Commons.  The Commons is outfitted with a 4k projector, two video switchers, an audio console, lighting systems, routing systems, PTZ cameras, streaming and ingest capabilities and more.  It will be the premiere event venue at KQED’s new headquarters. KQED’s new live event series will be a key part of KQED’s vision to connect our audience to KQED and each other. Our new building will be a beacon for civic and cultural vitality, serving as a hub for thought-provoking events, spirited discussions and educational projects and programs.

The Venue Technical Operations Manager will work closely with teams across the organization in the planning of events and productions.  Determining A/V needs and staffing, with the goal of executing technically flawless events, will be key.  The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills and will enjoy collaborating with others in fast-paced live production environments.   Many of our Commons events will be live-streamed or captured for later for video distribution. Some expertise in video production preferred

Essential Functions:

  • Manage technical operations for event venues at the new KQED headquarters
  • Curate, lead and manage a team of primarily on-call A/V operating technicians for events
  • Manage the maintenance of A/V equipment in the Commons theatre venue, including:
    • Switchers
    • Audio Consoles, microphones, etc.
    • Projector
    • Lighting systems
    • Video capture technology
  • Maintain inventory of equipment
  • Manage studio expendables supply
  • Configure A/V equipment in accordance with the needs and technical demands of event productions
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the events team and other stakeholders to determine and execute technical needs for events
  • Operate A/V equipment as needed
  • Ensure that A/V requirements are met and properly staffed for each event taking place in the Commons theatre space.
  • Oversee staff represented by NABET-CWA.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • 5-7 years A/V production experience
    • Live events
    • Shows
    • Other A/V production
  • Proven management/leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to function at a high level in stressful ‘live show’ situations
  • Proficient in the configuration and operation of A/V equipment
    • Video switchers
    • Audio consoles
    • Wired and wireless microphones and coms systems
    • Lighting control systems (DMX)
  • Competent with computers and basic IT skills

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Hands-on Studio Operations experience
  • Production management experience
  • TV production experience
  • Experience as a production director a bonus


Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    

We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.


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