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Position Location: Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON, Canada, L2R 3M2

Job Type: Contract (10 month)

Please note this is an I.A.T.S.E Union position. Member in good standing or permit is required to be maintained.

Hours of Work: Seasonal Guarantee – 1400 hours (September – June)

Salary Range/Wage: $30.02 / hour

 

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) is building a team committed to strengthening

our understanding of, and our relationship with, our diverse public.

 

ABOUT THE PAC

Opening our doors in 2015, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (the PAC) is a 95,000 square foot arts and culture hub located in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, serving the Niagara region. The centre features 4 separate venues under one roof as well as an outdoor performance space, and is supported by a team of 25 full-time, and 40 part-time staff and over 100 volunteers. Events showcase music, dance, theatre, film, comedy, speakers, meetings and community gatherings, ranging from 200-800-person capacity. Built as part of a downtown revitalization and cultural renaissance plan, the PAC has become a home to local arts groups and organizations throughout the Niagara region. The PAC is also in a rich, long-term programmatic and operating partnership with Brock University.

The PAC provides a platform to share the artist’s unique voice, showcasing diverse stories, history and lived experiences. We believe that healthy communities are built through arts and cultural engagement and that our individual and collective identities are shaped through the stories told.  We engage audiences across the Niagara region and beyond by showcasing local, national and international artists, engage youth through school programming and work with social service organizations to remove barriers for under-served community members to experience the arts. Our community partnerships are built with Equity, Diversity, Inclusion at the forefront: partnerships with Brock University and various community organizations support work with local Indigenous, Black, Racialized and 2SLQBTQQIA+ artists.

Our mandate includes being a presenter and curator of live performing arts, film and entertainment, an economic driver for our City and region, and providing a vital support network for Niagara artists and arts organizations.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Production Supervisors, the Venue Technician takes care of all the technological needs for live performances by setting up, working with, and taking care of the necessary lighting, sound, video, staging, equipment and tools. They will work with users of the venue in the set-up, running, and take down of shows; ensure that all health and safety regulations are maintained.

Other duties include meeting with producers or performers to determine the desired lighting or sound for a performance, monitoring equipment for needed repairs and setting up and testing gear. To be successful in this role, the Venue Technician will need to demonstrate a commitment to customer and team member care, model health and safety principles in work execution and keep audience and client experience top of mind at all times. The Venue Technician will be open to ongoing learning and skills development provided through on the job training at the PAC.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

(As they pertain to each area of expertise)

  • Work with the Production Supervisors to facilitate all required lighting or sound needs of performances.

Lighting

  • Work from the production advance to properly prepare, plot and hang all lighting elements and lighting connectivity required; inclusive of any required follow spots, special effects lighting, moving lighting and theatrical effects.
  • Confer with producers, performers, and PAC team, in order to determine, and achieve the desired lighting for a live production or presentation.
  • Program all required lighting control inclusive of moving lights and conventional lighting.
  • Perform any required lighting cues.
  • Perform equipment and system maintenance as directed by the Production Supervisors.
  • Busk shows live with little direction to enhance performances on stage when requested.
  • Perform other related duties as directed.

Audio

  • Work from the production advance to properly prepare, patch, and provide all audio connectivity required. This is inclusive of any stage requirements such as mics, electrical drops, risers, steps or any show related items.
  • Confer with producers, performers, and PAC team, in order to determine, and achieve the desired sound for a live production or presentation.
  • Perform any required audio cues.
  • Play any show related playback as require.
  • Regulate volume level and sound quality during live performance or presentations, using control consoles.
  • Load and operated from QLab as required.
  • Mix shows live as applicable with little or no direction to properly showcase artist talent and enhance audience experience when requested.
  • Perform equipment and system maintenance as directed by the Production Supervisors.
  • Perform other related duties as directed.

Other

  • Set up and focusing of projectors.
  • Set up and strike all stage equipment as required ie. Risers, backline, chairs.
  • Assist with load and load out.
  • Operation of in house PTZ camera system.
  • Perform Stage hand duties as required when necessary.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A College Diploma in Technical Theatre or equivalent, or five years directly related experience.
  • Must possess a valid working at heights certificate and an elevated work platform certificate.

Lighting

  • Working knowledge of the ETC series of consoles inclusive of dimming and connectivity.
  • Working knowledge of conventional, moving light, and LED lighting elements.
  • Working knowledge of proper lighting technique across different musical and theatrical platforms inclusive of orchestral presentation.
  • Ability to read and interpret a standard lighting plot and facilitate the hang and programming of the plot.
  • Working knowledge of Q-Lab programming and operating.
  • Proven ability to work with different artists needs at the highest level of customer service.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Professional, proven customer service skills with demonstrated interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • The ability to work in a team environment, liaise with key external and internal stakeholders at all levels of the organization and the public.

Audio

  • Working knowledge of the Avid series of consoles.
  • Ability to operate in an analog capacity as required.
  • Working knowledge of proper mic technique across different musical platforms inclusive of orchestral presentation.
  • Set and patch a stage according to provided stage plot and input lists.
  • Experience working with QLab and recording.
  • Proven ability to work with different artists needs at the highest level of customer service.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Professional, proven customer service skills with demonstrated interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • The ability to work in a team environment, liaise with key external and internal stakeholders at all levels of the organization and the public.

 

CORE BEHAVIOURS

  • Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
  • Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
  • Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
  • Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.

 

KEY CANDIDATE COMPETENCIES

  • Willingness to grow professionally through ongoing education and continuous learning.
  • Ability to actively embrace a safe, inclusive and diverse culture.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and exceedingly high standards, always ensuring compliance with PAC standards, policies and procedures.
  • Willingness to perform other related duties as directed.
  • In accordance with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy, proof of all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Canada are required.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Availability and willingness to work evenings, weekends, holidays and long calls, asrequired.

 

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

At FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. As an employee, I am committed to a non-discriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in my departments and programs, and well as my worksite. I will respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices within my team and the FirstOntario PAC are valued and heard.

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

All employees will be expected to follow all company policies and procedures with regard to Health & Safety. A worker shall work in compliance with the provisions of this Act and the regulations; use or wear the equipment, protective devices, or clothing that the worker's employer requires to be used or worn. A worker must report to his or her employer or supervisor the absence of or defect in any equipment or protective devices of which the worker is aware and which may endanger himself, herself, or another worker; and report to his or her employer or supervisor any contravention of this act or the regulations or the existence of any hazard of which he or she knows. No worker shall remove or make ineffective any protective device required by the regulations or by his or her employer, without providing adequate temporary protective device and when the need for removing or making ineffective the protective device has ceased, the protective device shall be replaced immediately; use or operate any equipment, machine, device or thing or work in a manner that may endanger himself, herself or any other worker; or engage in any prank, contest, feat of strength, unnecessary running or rough and boisterous conduct. A worker is not required to participate in a prescribed medical surveillance program unless the worker consents to do so. (OHSA Sec. 27)

 

OUR PAC EMPLOYEE PROMISE

Working at the PAC means embracing the values of collaboration, creativity, care and continued learning. The PAC is a casual, creative environment that offers an open-concept, pet-friendly workplace, supports flexible work schedules and believes in the importance of a healthy work-life balance.

 

HOW TO APPLY

If you think your experience and career aspirations are aligned with this opportunity – please send your resume to hiring@firstontariopac.ca

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe that our organization is stronger when we have a team that reflects our region’s diversity.

At the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. Managers commit to a non-discriminatory leadership and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in their department, programs, and work environment. All the PAC employees will respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices within their team and the FirstOntario PAC are valued and heard.

We encourage applications from all qualified individuals and will consider accessibility accommodations to applicants upon request.

Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, R.S.O. 1980, c.302 (as amended), and will be used to engage the individual in all recruitment and employment related functions at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Director of Finance and Administration, 250 St. Paul Street, Ontario, L2R 3M2, (905) 322.9833.

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Additional Details

Category: Audio / Music
Location:
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
250 St Paul St
St Catharines, ON, CA
L2R3M2
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Posted: Jan 09, 2024
Deadline: OPEN
Type: Full-time
Experience: Intermediate
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