Lead Audio Engineer – Johnson University – Knoxville, TN

Johnson University

Johnson University Tennessee invites applications for a full-time Lead Audio Engineer. Applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references via email to , Director of Media Services. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Summary

The Lead Audio Engineer oversees a variety of creative and technical areas of production with a focus on audio. This position serves as the primary audio engineer for live events, worship services, and online broadcasts. This position also oversees and manages department resources in the campus auditorium and broadcast facilities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary audio engineer (A1) for all major live events and online broadcasts
  • Manage and maintain all live audio production equipment and systems
  • Manage and maintain PW auditorium and ARC broadcast production spaces
  • Manage and maintain portable production equipment
  • Oversee creative staging and lighting design for live production events
  • Manage and oversee student workers for regular productions
  • Train student workers in audio, lighting, and portable production

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Mix audio for post-production projects for special occasions
  • Assist with maintenance of Media Services computers and software systems
  • Participate in the creative process and planning for special events
  • Assist with design and installation of systems integration projects
  • Work with Assistant Director to manage and maintain work rooms, tools, and inventory of supplies for campus production

Knowledge and Skill Requirements
  • Expert skill and knowledge of live audio production
  • Auditory ability to articulate and manipulate complex layers of sound in precise detail
  • Ability to recognize frequency and sonic characteristics to quickly diagnose and troubleshoot live and post-production mixes
  • Intuitively mix various types of audio with appropriate musicality, tone, and dynamics
  • Sensitivity to dynamic requirements of various types of audiences including volume and system response
  • Working knowledge of live digital console and DAW workflows including Pro Tools, Dante Protocol, and Waves Sound Grid
  • Basic IT networking skill required for managing modern production systems
  • Cable termination skills of all types of standard low voltage connections
  • Production of common digital audio formats for distribution
  • Competency in creative and technical lighting fundamentals
  • Working knowledge of lighting consoles and basic programming workflows for both worship and corporate functions
  • Organizational skills
  • Concise and effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to delegate effectively
  • Ability to execute and adapt under pressure
  • Ability to remain calm, communicate effectively, and act swiftly and precisely during productions and other high-pressure situations
  • Understanding of the use of different live production technologies (i.e., audio, video, lighting, projection) and how they integrate into a live worship production environment
  • Knowledge of safety practices and mechanical awareness when using lifts, tools, and other equipment
  • Self-motivated and committed to improving one’s craft
  • Basic knowledge of high and low voltage electrical wiring and safety

  • Bachelor’s degree in live production or related field
  • Experience in a variety of live production environments including worship, corporate, and athletic events
  • Willing to work an irregular schedule including evenings
  • Willing to provide occasional on-call support after business hours
  • Detail-minded and able to carry out complex tasks with precision
  • Able to operate independently in environments with minimal information or instruction
  • Able to analyze, organize, prioritize and coordinate a variety of work assignments
  • Service-minded, proactive, and willing to take ownership in the vision of events and duties as assigned
  • Flexible and willing to adjust to rapid change
  • Excellence must be a habit

Working Conditions

This position primarily works in the field with occasional time spent at a desk. Extended periods of standing and physical exertion are often required due to the nature of the work. High-pressure situations are common during live events that may require a rapid mental and physical response. 12–16-hour days with minimal breaks are not uncommon.

Equal Employment Opportunity Provider

Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.

Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.

The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions based on religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.


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