Technical Assistant-SVA Theatre

School of Visual Arts
New York, NY 10010

Job Details


Job Title:  Technical Assistant

Department :SVA Theatre

 Reports to:  Technical Director & Assistant Technical Directors, SVA Theatre

Position Overview

 Technical Assistants are part-time/temporary employees who help execute the technical requirements for events at SVA Theatre including, but not limited to, those involving film/video projection, video camera operation/recording, lighting, and audio. Reporting to and acting in support of the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Directors of SVA Theatre, they will be responsible for executing audio/visual requirements during events.


You are welcome to apply whether you are experienced with one type of technology (e.g., projection) or multiple types.

 Technical Assistants work an average of 6-25 hours/week, and can work up to a maximum of 40 hours/week. SVA Theatre cannot guarantee a set amount of hours per week or month.

 SVA Theatre ( is the cultural center of New York’s artistically-vibrant Chelsea neighborhood. The Theatre serves the School of Visual Arts (, the arts and entertainment industries, and the community at large as a stage for the presentation of noteworthy artistic work. From film screenings to artist lectures to design conferences and more, SVA Theatre hosts a variety of events year-round, many of which are free and open to the public.

 Starting salary is $30/hour.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Duties & Responsibilities

–        Operate audio, lighting, and/or film/video equipment during events, which include film screenings/premieres, film festivals, lectures, conferences, presentations, etc.



–        Experience with operating theatrical/cinematic technology and equipment (digital and/or film projection), PA/audio systems (including mixing live sound), and/or video camera equipment is essential.  In lieu of actual work experience, we will consider candidates who have educational certificates or degrees in the aforementioned categories.

–        The ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and remain calm in high-pressure situations.

–        Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

–        Excellent attention to detail and ability to multitask/prioritize.

–        The ability to work unsupervised as needed and to make time-sensitive decisions.

–        Comfort with the use of Google Apps and Apple products.

–        Must be able to work in tight spaces.

–        Good availability to work events that last minimally 5-6 hours, on weekdays and weekends, during the day and in the evening.

–        Personable, friendly, and helpful – a team player with a positive attitude.



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