Chief Audio Engineer

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY
Posted On:
November 7, 2023


Chief Audio Engineer Required Qualifications: (as evidenced by an attached resume) Master's degree or Tonmeister Certificate (foreign equivalent or higher). Three (3) years of practical work experience in recording and live sound engineering in an academic or professional setting. In lieu of a Master's or Tonmeister Certificate; a Bachelor's degree (foreign equivalent or higher) and a total of five (5) years of practical work experience in recording and live sound engineering in an academic or professional setting may be considered. Live-streaming and video-editing knowledge. Preferred Qualifications: Certificate or Degree in Sound Engineering, Tonmeister Certificate, SRT or Music. Additional years of practical work experience in recording and live sound engineering in an academic or professional setting. Experience with commercial recording. Broad knowledge of Western Classical and Contemporary Music, including the ability to read music. Brief Description of Duties: Stony Brook University seeks a full-time Chief Audio Engineer as an integral part of a large and active Music Department, supporting faculty and students in all aspects of audio/visual recording, streaming, live concert presentation, and education. The Engineer is responsible for overseeing the recording/streaming of approximately 300 concerts per year, directly recording/streaming major departmental concerts, and training and supervising a team of graduate assistants to record/stream the rest. Responsibilities also include recommending equipment purchases, the acquisition and installation of new equipment, as well as maintaining equipment in venue recording spaces, analogue and computer-music studios, and some classrooms. The Engineer must also coordinate audio and video concert support in consultation with the Director of Concerts and with the help of graduate assistants, as well as catalog and track a large inventory of audio and video gear. The position requires knowledge of Western classical and vernacular music, recording and sound-reinforcement techniques, audio/video internet streaming, and the ability to communicate effectively and timely, verbally and in writing, with faculty, students, staff, and relevant campus entities. The successful incumbent will frequently transport Audio Visual equipment weighing at least 25 pounds, will occasionally ascend/descend a ladder to service Audio Visual equipment and frequently remain in a standing position. The successful incumbent must: • Troubleshoot and/or repair analog audio equipment, electronic instruments, and other audio and video equipment. • Supervise a team, coordinate and track a large number of ongoing projects. • Work independently, and on a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours The Engineer has the option of teaching courses in their area of expertise. Please detail your experience with all required qualifications in your cover letter or CV. • Record and live-stream major departmental ensemble concerts in Recital Hall and on Main Stage (Stony Brook Symphony, Contemporary Chamber Players, Baroque Ensemble, etc.) as well as faculty concerts (special post-Emerson events, Starry Nights, etc.). Train and supervise recording TA's and interns to record other concerts including Final DMA Recitals and Composers Concerts. Post-produce concerts, and train recording TA's to post-produce concert, for archival purposes. • Maintain and/or upgrade (as appropriate) recording and streaming equipment in the Recital Hall and Main Stage of Staller Center. Maintain and/or upgrade (as appropriate) audio and video equipment for use in Recital Hall Concerts. Maintain and suggest improvements to a functioning analog studio with Buchla and Moog synthesizers and reel-to-reel tape machines, and the audio components of a multi-user digital audio studio, a multi-channel/ambisonic studio and a recording studio. Maintain, repair, and advise on replacement of other Staller Center audio/video equipment. • Advise on replacement of Staller Center audio/video equipment. Work with faculty to plan equipment purchases and development of studio and recording spaces. Install new equipment. Catalog and oversee inventory of 200+ items audio/video equipment to loan to students and faculty working on special projects. • Work with Music Department Concert Manager and TA's to provide audio/video equipment for concerts as needed, including very occasional off-campus concerts. Oversee system for making requests for this equipment. Oversee TA assignments to run equipment in concerts as needed (as distinct from recording concerts). • Hold workshops for performance students in recording techniques. Develop and publish protocols and instructions for student self-recording of non-final degree recitals. Assist faculty, undergraduate and graduate students with live electronic and recording projects. • Maintain professional and technical knowledge in the area of audio engineering by attending educational workshops, reviewing publications and establishing professional industry networks. • Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and department mission. Special Notes: This is a full-time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption. Evening and weekend work will be required at times. In addition to the employee's base salary, this position is eligible for $3,026 UUP annual location pay, paid biweekly. Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application. Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws. If you need a disability-related accommodation, please call the university Office of Equity and Access (OEA) at or visit In accordance with the Title II Crime Awareness and Security Act a copy of our crime statistics can be viewed Visit our page to learn about the total rewards we offer. Salary: $70,000-$80,000 Copyright ©2022 Inc. 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