Technical Instructor in Sound/Music
Bennington College seeks a technical instructor in sound/music for a full time appointment to work closely with faculty, staff, and students. For 33 weeks per year, responsibilities include providing technical assistance to students and faculty in support of the sound and music curriculum, which includes concerts and a weekly music workshop. The technical instructor provides safety training and oversight as well as 1:1 instruction on software, equipment, processes and techniques, oversees audio equipment, inventory, and studio scheduling, trains and oversees student workers, performs minor repairs to equipment as needed, and responds to faculty requests. The technical instructor also works with faculty and students on audio related needs for drama and dance productions, including sound equipment set-up and maintenance and mentoring/oversight of student sound designers. The candidate must have a strong background in both analog and digital audio, experience with studio recording and sound systems for live performance, and working knowledge of Protools and Qlab. Experience with other sound related software is desirable, prior experience with Dante is highly desirable.
Outside the academic terms, the technical instructor will report directly to the Director of Information Technology. The position will coordinate with the Media Services department within IT to strategize for, design, build, and deliver classroom AV support services. This may include, but is not limited to, helping to support the AV needs of Field Work Term and summer programs, working with AV vendors to upgrade classroom systems, helping to coordinate systems optimization in preparation for upcoming semesters, helping with video conferencing/webinar support, and other duties as assigned.
A high regard for personal and work-place safety, willingness and ability to work across disciplines with a diverse body of students and faculty, strong communication and interpersonal skills, mechanical aptitude and an interest in contemporary music and sound design practices are required; previous work with students and a Bachelor’s degree or higher are preferred. Bennington serves a diverse student population - inclusive of ethnically/racially minoritized individuals, international and global constituents, the LGBTQA community, and various social classes, among other identities. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values. The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.
The review of applications will commence in late April and continue until the position is filled. An offer is contingent upon successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.
Bennington College is a laboratory for innovation in higher education. At Bennington, learning and making—on campus and in the field—are inseparable, and its graduates are noted for their outsized impact on the world’s stage. This campus celebrates the ongoing making of work—shared on walls, in shows and performances, in lectures and readings, and in conversations and believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are vital to a collaborative community. This position captures, contributes to, and reflects the ethos of this creative community.
Bennington College affirms the intersecting identities of all its community members—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—and recognizes their contributions to the vitality of our unique living and learning environment. The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, and power through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.