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Audio-Visual Technician

Royal Academy of Arts
Art Museums and Institutions, Digital
   Location: London
   Salary: £23,868
Experience: Mid Level
  Organisation: Royal Academy of Arts
Deadline: 28/10/2018

About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) has undertaken the most radical redevelopment of its central London site in its 250 year history. In 2018, we opened a new campus uniting Burlington House on Piccadilly with Burlington Gardens. This includes a new suite of galleries, our first dedicated Learning centre and a 250-seat lecture theatre. An enhanced public programme of exhibitions and debate will build on our already world-class reputation for promoting the practice, understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.

We are an innovative and forward-looking organisation, yet we’re also immensely proud and respectful of our two and a half centuries of heritage. Our mission is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists, and we are leaders in exhibiting, creating and debating the visual arts and architecture.

About this position

The Royal Academy’s Audio-Visual team are responsible for delivering the RA’s varied events and lecture theatre programmes as well as the installation of lighting and AV for exhibitions.

We are looking for a talented and proactive individual to help us continue our high-quality delivery of world class exhibitions and events.

About you

You will have a recognised qualification in lighting, video or music technology or sound engineering and, ideally, relevant professional experience working within the audio-visual field. You will have the ability to set up, operate and maintain a wide variety of equipment and related systems for permanent installation within our galleries and public spaces, and for temporary, live events, such as lectures, DJ sets and live music performances.

Highly IT-literate, you will be proficient with both Microsoft and Mac computers and operating systems, as well as mobile devices. You will be knowledgeable about various analogue and digital video formats, adept with video editing software, and familiar with a range of audio systems and control consoles.

You will be required to provide support for exhibition installations which will include lighting; you must therefore have a head for heights, as some of duties will require ladders, lifts or scaffold towers. You will also demonstrate a sound understanding of, and a commitment to, Health and Safety regulations.

A strong team player with excellent communication skills, you will build rapport with colleagues and external stakeholders easily, understanding their needs and supporting the successful delivery of their events. You will manage a varied workload proactively, prioritising your tasks accordingly and remaining calm and composed, particularly in pressured, live situations.

The team working hours for this position are flexible between 8.00am – 7.00pm, Monday to Friday, and AV support will be required for occasional early morning, evening and weekend events, so you must be able to work flexibly.                     



  • As a member of the Royal Academy’s Audio Visual team, the Lighting and Audio Visual Technician supports the RA’s learning, and events programmes as well as the design and installation of gallery lighting and AV equipment for exhibitions.
  • The Lighting and Audio Visual Technician delivers and maintains the highest standards in gallery lighting and AV provision for all exhibitions, lectures, presentations, performances and events at the Academy.


  • Plan and prepare the set-up of technical equipment for scheduled events such as lectures, presentations, DJ’s and live bands.
  • Understand and identify users’ needs and take part in the planning successful delivery of events.
  • Work unsupervised across the team’s shift patterns, providing cover to events requiring AV technical support throughout early mornings, evenings and weekends.
  • Undertake operational duties as video technician for recording events (audio and video), including live relays or streaming.
  • Assist with the preparation for and installation of galleries exhibition lighting.
  • Assist in the planning, installation and maintenance of audio visual systems for exhibitions and displays in public spaces.
  • Coordinate with external contractors on co-delivered events successfully.
  • Maintain orderly storage areas and care for the equipment.
  • Use CAFM system to track, manage and report on events and projects.
  • Maintain the design of exhibitions and permanent displays by completing regular inspections.
  • Check and rehearse all media sent to AV team for events.
  • Provide recorded content from events to relevant RA colleagues.


  • Must be able and willing to work at heights and from Elevated Working Platforms.
  • Represent the team at key operational meetings.
  • Report faults and potential improvements to the AV Managers.
  • Able to apply an ethic of continually refining processes and exploring the capacity to make improvements with the team.
  • Ensure that all tools, protective clothing, test equipment and monitoring devices are maintained in an effective and safe manner.
  • Ensure that all working practices comply with the relevant Health and Safety legislation and the Academy’s own health and safety policy and procedures.
  • Attend relevant training courses, as necessary.
  • Undertakes any other duty which may reasonably be allocated by the Audio Visual Managers or other senior officer.



  • Suitable industry specific or higher education qualification
  • Highly computer literate and proficient with Microsoft and Apple computers and devices
  • Good knowledge of various analogue and digital video formats (VGA, SDI, HDMI) and standards
  • Competency with presentation software such as Power Point and Keynote
  • Proficiency with Digital Audio Workstations and Video editing software
  • Good general knowledge and personal commitment to health & safety regulation relating to engineering work


  • Significant experience of operating live events incorporating sound and video
  • Familiar with a range of audio systems and control consoles (Roland M-200, Allen & Heath QU-16)


  • Strong team player with good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work cooperatively across all departments of the Academy as well with external contractors and suppliers
  • Comfortable with working at height
  • Able to cope with a varied workload, effectively prioritising important tasks

Personal qualities

  • Able to behave calmly and professionally in stressful, live situations.
  • Diplomatic and helpful with first class customer facing skills
  • Excellent initiative, a proactive problem solver bringing solutions to challenging situations
  • Ability to establish good working relationships across all RA departments
  • Ability to work flexibly – out of hours and weekend working
  • An interest in the work, aims and objectives of the Royal Academy of Arts

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