5 Oct2021


  • National Arts Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Job ID : 32579
  • Category : Professional Services
  • Job Type : Full-Time
  • Salary : $41.31 Hourly
  • Anticipated Start Date : 2021-11-01
  • Posting Date : 05 Oct 2021
  • Expiry Date : 04 Nov 2021


Competition number:              J1021-0063      

Department:                            Production

Status:                                     Full-Time continuing

Hours:                                     40 hours per week as per IATSE Collective Agreement

Annual/hourly salary:              $41.31 per hour as per IATSE Collective Agreement

Closing date:                           October 31, 2021

Anticipated start date:             Immediately


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:


It is the National Arts Centre’s goal to be a more welcoming, inclusive, accessible, and diverse organization for all Canadians. We believe that the basis of this inclusivity requires a socially and culturally diverse workforce and, therefore, we actively seek to recruit candidates who identify as women, Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from the LGBTQ2+ community and persons with disabilities. We encourage you to self-identify in the recruitment process.


COVID-19 pandemic


The NAC recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. Therefore, an offer of employment shall be conditional upon receipt of written confirmation that the selected candidate has been fully vaccinated. Certified medical conditions will be accommodated as well as exemptions based on established religious objection.


The above information will be filed in keeping with the Privacy Act.


Introducing the National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams—the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety—and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada.  


Curious to learn more? We invite you to read our strategic plan for 2020-2023 in The Next Act  


Collaboration, innovation and community-led engagement are only some of the many initiatives the NAC will leverage to help shape a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for the performing arts in Canada. One that embodies our slogan and loudly proclaims that Canada is our stage. 



Key activities:

Reporting to the NAC’s Technical Directors and responsible to the Executive Director of Production, the Head Audio Engineer, Babs Asper Theatre will be responsible and accountable for the set-up, preparation, operation, and maintenance of audio department activities held in the Babs Asper Theatre. The Head Audio Engineer will be responsible for coordinating the work of the Audio Department, including the allocation of duties, the supervision of crew and the troubleshooting and resolving of issues with audio equipment and network systems. They will attend meetings, provide expertise and suggestions on audio system layout and content design as required. They will be willing to commit to the long-term development of their own technical, leadership, interpersonal, and managerial skills. The Head Audio Engineer’s team skills are of critical importance in their dealings with workers, heads of department, Production staff, artists and clients.


Required qualifications:

  • Must be a member in good standing of IATSE local 471;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both official languages;
  • Experience with networked digital audio devices, including the ability to program and operate high end audio consoles, automated audio control systems and playback devices;
  • A high level of experience with automated and digital audio devices, including but not limited to automated audio control systems, playback devices, digital communication systems;
  • Must possess valid certificates for: Working at Heights, Forklift, and Elevated Work Platforms;
  • Experience in the direction and supervision of crews;
  • Ability to maintain a positive working environment and a positive attitude is essential;
  • Ability to develop and maintain a good working relationship with artists, clients and colleagues;
  • Good organizational skills and initiative;
  • Ability to coordinate and deliver multiple concurrent projects within schedule and financial constraints;
  • Ability to work with artists and clients of varying experience levels;
  • Thorough knowledge of the coordination, setup and running of touring productions;
  • Thorough knowledge of theatrical and recorded audio, as well as live vocal and instrumental engineering;
  • Thorough knowledge of digital audio system and the network protocols they operate including the capabilities and limitations of the various data transport methods;
  • Demonstrated ability to set up, troubleshoot and operate a variety of complex digital audio systems;
  • Ability to realize, understand, manage, and troubleshoot the infrastructure, framework, and equipment governing multiple integrated network systems, with minimal external support;
  • Ability to mix live audio for a remote streaming, broadcast audience, and live audience at the highest level of proficiency
  • Must possess the expertise to fill any role within their department including front of house, monitors, broadcast engineer, and RF;
  • Ability to complete and maintain any required certifications;
  • Possess computer skills to be able to monitor and program various audio and communication devices via software;
  • Knowledgeable in the current practices and techniques in a variety of performing arts disciplines;
  • An ability to read and interpret plans;
  • A good knowledge of safe working practices in a performing arts environment;
  • Completion of recognized audio or recording courses is an asset.


How to Apply

Who can apply:

Must be a member in good standing of IATSE local 471;

Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

All communication will be conducted through email and interviews via videoconferencing. Please ensure to have the most up-to-date information on your resume including your current email address.  

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation for an interview or written exam, please advise us when initially contacted.

The successful candidate will be required to provide the original or a certified true copy of their education credentials as appropriate, along with proof of a valid Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment. 


While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted by us.


How to apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume online through our ‘Careers Opportunities’ website at https://nac-cna.ca/en/careers.


Job Categories: Professional Services. Job Types: Full-Time. Job expires in 9 days.

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