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TN Performing Arts Center

Chief Audio Engineer

TN Performing Arts Center


Job Summary

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) values staff diversity and actively encourages people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, perspectives, skills, and stories to apply in order to advance our nonprofit mission and enrich our organizational culture. All staff will work with others throughout the organization to implement and exemplify policies as part of TPAC’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, access, and equity. TPAC is a nonprofit performing arts organization and cultural anchor providing enriching arts experiences for all ages, empowering lifelong arts education programs, artistic expression reflective of our community, art connections that support the local economy, and sustainable support for professional resident companies and local artists.


The Chief Audio Engineer shall provide leadership and management to the Audio department that is positive, engaging, contemporary, supportive of the arts community, and representative of TPAC’s core values.  TPAC’s Audio department shall provide the highest quality service and support to our multi-venue performing arts complex while also maintaining and implementing safety protocols.  By providing outstanding service to our clients, this position is vital to TPAC and the execution of engagements.


The position encompasses maintenance, installations, project management, research, and evaluation of new products and technologies, training, and in-house customer support responsibilities. Must have experience with installing and programming various digital audio consoles, speaker systems, video switches, and digital signage media players. In addition, TPAC is investing in updates to our Master Audio Control System where experience and knowledge of fabrication and integration will be required.

Job Responsibilities


  • Provide professional audio expertise to running the audio department.
  • Create and implement maintenance projects of audio gear and spaces.
  • Oversees implementation and maintenance of lobbies, control booths, and master control equipment and systems of all 4 theaters and support areas.
  • Works closely with the Senior Audio Engineer and Director of Production in the management of audio staff and equipment related to the audio department.
  • Monitor and manage budgets related to audio equipment and department.
  • Monitor and manage audio inventories and usage among clients.
  • Plan for major, annual, and regular maintenance of audio equipment.
  • Maintains audio-related equipment and systems in the Master Control room.
  • Interfaces with personnel of other departments to provide services or route signals and information as required.
  • Provides event and facility technical support to the Technical Director and Director of Production per their requests.
  • Participates in production advance specific to audio and projection needs in theaters and support spaces.
  • Supervises crew in the running and maintenance of the audio department.
  • Ensuring and supporting compliance with all Covid-19 Policies and Procedures for BOH.
  • Supports TPAC’s Diversity, Inclusion, Access, and Equity (DIAE) program.

The responsibilities listed above are not all-inclusive. Other related duties may be assigned.



Required:  Must be 18 years of age or older. High school or general education degree (GED); and 5 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. In-depth knowledge and experience of theatrical systems & equipment specifically audio and video, have managerial and good communication skills to maintain interpersonal relationships with clients, various departments, and with full and part–time technical staff members.  Ability to problem solve and remain calm in stressful situations.

Bench Repair Work Skills: Wiring, Cabling Standards, Soldering, Component Skills. Daily email access. Consistent professional and neat presentation. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word and Excel. Flexible full-time availability, including evening, weekend, and possible holiday hours.

Preferred: Experience with Audio software (Pro-Tools, Smaart, Q-Lab, Dante, Compass) and Network Audio Signals, Customer Service Experience. Ability to work well in a group. Ability to problem solve and remain calm in stressful situations.

Encouraged: Bilingual, First Aid/CPR certified, forklift certified


ADP Workforce Now, Email, Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Concur and VenueOps


Frequent Functions:  Seeing, hearing, listening, and finger and hand dexterity. Standing and being stationary for long periods of time. Pushing/pulling.  Ascending and descending flights of stairs and ladders.  Face-to-face contact.  Working in the dark with loud noises and flashing lights.  Basic math skills. analysis, problem-solving/decision-making. Lifting and moving equipment up to 50 lbs.

Occasional Functions: Bending and stooping.  Ability to work outside in all weather conditions including hot and cold temperatures.  Working at a high elevation

TPAC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All aspects of the employment process will be merit-based and applied without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship, or other protected characteristic

Additional Information


Competitive health & welfare plan, 401K with match, paid time off, and holidays

How to Apply

Please visit our website and apply through our career portal



  • Date Posted: August 21, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture