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AV Technician

Portland Art Museum

Job - Technology

Close Date: 12/17/2018


The Portland Art Museum invites applications for the position of occasional Audio Visual Technician within our Audio Visual Department. This position works under the direction of the AV Supervisor to provide hands on technical audio-visual expertise and top of the line customer service to the Museum and independent event producers. If you have a flexible schedule and can provide technical audio-visual assistance, then apply today!

The Portland Art Museum (PAM) strives to be an inclusive institution that facilitates respectful dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas. With a deep commitment to artists – past and present – and freedom of expression, the Museum and Northwest Film Center’s collections, programs and staff aspire to reveal the beauty and complexities of the world, and create a deeper understanding of our shared humanity. We are a Museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys. The Northwest Film Center (NWFC), a sister organization to the Museum, is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. PAM and the NWFC are committed to advancing equity and inclusion by creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We will continue learning as we work to evolve as an Institution, recognizing that this journey has no end and our commitment must remain. We have an active equity team currently engaged in a year-long journey to examine our internal culture and the work we do through an equity lens. We look forward to having all colleagues join and contribute to this important work. Learn more at

PAM and the NWFC are equal opportunity employers, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief, disability or any other legally protected status. We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, PAM and the NWFC will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process. Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at or 503.276.4358.

Essential Functions:

• Operation, inventory, and maintenance of Museum A/V Equipment (projectors, lighting fixtures, speakers, cabling)
• Setting lighting looks for various events (focusing fixtures, gel fixtures, setting uplights, clean cabling)
• Programming audio consoles, lighting consoles, and video switchers to prepare for events
• Operate audio consoles, lighting consoles, and video switchers during client presentations, band performances, live auctions, weddings, and various other events
• Assist presenters with Power Point, Keynote, and slide presentations
• Work with clients on event day to answer any technical questions and provide excellent customer service
• Report gear maintenance needs and show feedback to AV Supervisor
• Keep AV spaces clean and organized to ensure great workflow
• Promotes equity and inclusion goals and supports the work

Additional Job Functions:
• Building cabling such as NL4, Powercon, Cat6
• Building and striking of broadcast video cameras
• Aerial rigging and load calculations
• Gear troubleshooting and repair
• Installation and upkeep audio-visual gear around the Museum.


• Proven technical expertise in live entertainment and corporate A/V with at least one of the following disciplines:
o Digital Audio and wireless systems.
o Conventional and LED lighting including ArtNet.
o Video switching and directing, and advanced PowerPoint knowledge.
o Broadcast video camera operation with IMAG experience.
• Collaborate effectively with volunteers, Museum staff, clients, and the general public.
• Accuracy with attention to detail.
• Confident in troubleshooting signal flow issues, sometimes while under pressure.
• Comfortable to operate and work in aerial lifts (lift training provided on-site)
• Remain calm and composed in challenging environments, including high profile shows and clients.
• Work collaboratively in an equitable and inclusive framework with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
• Proven working knowledge of theatrical and corporate AV terminology and documentation.
• Comfort working at heights (i.e. on ladders and/or lifts up to 40 ft.), sometimes for extended periods of time.
• Willing to work a flexible schedule, including holidays, evenings, and weekends. Willing to work long shifts and late nights, occasionally for multiple shifts at a time
• Adaptable to last minute changes and technical expertise to make them happen.
• Work in a physically demanding role; including frequent lifting, climbing, squatting, and standing for long periods of time.
• Approachable demeanor with a people-first value and strong sense of customer service.
• Works well independently, as well as on a team.

Application Process:

This position is occasional (0-18 hours per week) depending on business needs. Schedule may include working evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed. The compensation is budgeted at $18.00 per hour. This position is eligible for a variety of perks such as free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, and screenings at the NW Film Center. Please see our website for more details.

To apply online visit: follow the link to create a profile. Resumes received without completed employment application will not be considered. Please no drop ins. For questions or accommodation please contact

The Portland Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing Date: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 4 pm

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