Kirkegaard Associates is seeking an experienced audio-video systems design consultant. The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to work in the performing arts and prior experience with higher education projects; an interest in developing and maintaining client relationships; and a commitment to being a collaborative, efficient and effective member both internally and externally.
The position location is flexible, however preference will be given to candidates living in or willing to relocate to Chicago or Houston. Responsibilities include:
Creating cost-effective and timely AV systems design solutions, tailored to the users and client needs
Conducting programming sessions to guide clients through AV systems planning, technology selection and cost analysis
Coordinating work with internal team members, architects, engineers, theater consultants and other disciplines in the built environment
Developing and delivering best-in-class AV systems and infrastructure drawings, details, specifications and other construction documents
Managing construction administration by reviewing and responding to submittals and RFI’s, in coordination with the design and construction teams
Observing construction and installation for adherence to the design and Kirkegaard’s established best practices
Commissioning of AV systems at completion to ensure that work meets Kirkegaard standards and that clients are equipped with the necessary tools and information for operation
Financial forecasting and control of projects to keep them within budget
Building client relationships, pursuing new projects and contributing to proposal and qualifications submissions
Providing technical guidance and mentoring to junior designers and interns
Participating in industry events and conferences to contribute to the business and the technical field broadly
The ideal candidate will
A minimum of seven years of experience in the design and implementation of AV systems
Extensive knowledge in the design of AV systems including projection and display; music and speech reinforcement; live video production; audio recording; control systems; and signal processing, routing and distribution
Proven experience with AV systems architectural integration and infrastructure requirements
General knowledge of AV-related IT services, digital media delivery technologies and networking hardware, infrastructure and system architecture
High-level thinking and visualization skills with an orientation for design and creative problem solving
Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex issues and problems with clarity
A flexible, collaborative approach to work, within the firm and with design team members
Some experience in business development with the successful preparation of proposals
Proficiency with AutoCAD is required, proficiency with Autodesk Revit is a plus
Have some experience with (or ability to readily learn) applications such as EASE, NS-1, R1, or Soundvision;
Experience with Smaart and common DSP programs is preferred.
CTS, CTS-D, CTS-I or other additional, industry certifications are a plus
Knowledge of and/or experience in theatrical production is a plus
Experience as a musician, public speaker, or actor is a plus
Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred
We offer a competitive salary with outstanding benefits that include health, dental, life, long term care insurance and more.
Our mission is to create acoustically wonderful spaces and AV systems for our clients and a supportive work environment for each other. Our vision is to add beauty to the world. If you share this vision, please apply here.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Kirkegaard Associates provides consulting services in architectural acoustics and audio-video systems design. Our work consists of over 2,700 projects in 24 countries since our founding in 1976. Our current staff consists of 14 inspired and experienced individuals with backgrounds in architecture, architectural engineering, physics, audio engineering, theater arts and technical design, information technology and performing arts production, who perform work in room acoustics; building acoustics, including sound isolation; noise and vibration control of building systems; and design and tuning of audio-video systems. Our expertise covers a spectrum of venues, including Concert Halls, Opera Houses, Theatres, Performing Arts Centers, Outdoor Music Performance, Conservatories of Music and Arts, Educational Facilities, Museums, Religious Buildings, and Recording and Broadcast Studios.