Audio Visual Technician

Company Name: 

Oakland Museum of California


1000 Oak Street, Oakland CA 94607
Oakland, CA 94607

Contact Name: 

Human Resources




Job Description: 

Oakland Museum of California

Req No 2022-1413
Category Information Technology
Type Regular Full-Time
Closing Date
Targeted Job Start Date


The Audio Visual Technician, under the supervision of the A/V Supervisor, is responsible for set-up, production, and clean-up of audio visual equipment, amplification, and lighting for museum events. The Technician installs, oversees, and maintains audio-visual equipment for various live events - namely involving projection, live sound, and power drops.



The following reflects OMCA's definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


  • Support the Museum's mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement
  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement


  • Under the guidance of the A/V Supervisor, ensure that audio visual needs for Museum events are fulfilled in a safe, timely, and professional manner
  • Work with Event Leads and Production Technicians as needed to facilitate set-up and tear-down of museum sponsored and rental events including equipment such as: microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, lighting, connecting wires and cables, and sound and mixing boards. Related to production, moving tables, chairs, signs and other décor at various events
  • Work as part of the Friday Night @ OMCA audio visual team to ensure smooth operations. Work with Friday Nights Music Coordinator, performers, DJ's, and others to present high quality programming
  • Work with Event Leads and Production Technician as needed to facilitate set-up and breakdown of events of all types
  • Provides excellent customer service to clients to ensure we meet their A/V needs.
  • Test and operate sound equipment, projectors, computers, and lighting systems to ensure quality customer experience
  • Ensure equipment is installed safely according to designated layout
  • Receive presentation material, load onto computers, and test to ensure smooth production of presentations
  • Maintain inventory of equipment and supplies in conjunction with the AV Supervisor
  • Keep an accurate log of all troubleshooting and maintenance needed of AV systems
  • Work with internal staff and contract service providers such as musicians, rental companies, and caterers as needed
  • Support efforts of the A/V Supervisor and the Event Production Manager to improve workflow and communication surrounding events
  • Provide technical support for performances, conferences and meetings, receptions, and other Museum events for both internal and external rental clients
  • Stays current with technological advances and trends through ongoing
  • Assist Museum staff and perform light to moderate labor in a variety of OMCA work assignments
  • Provide basic computer technical support to staff on the weekends
  • Adhere to OSHA and ADA regulations when installing or moving equipment



  • Ability to display and encourage visitor and internal customer service, take and share responsibility and treat others with respect
  • 1-2 years of related experience
  • English language proficiency in both spoken and written form
  • Audio Visual equipment setup, operation, and signal flow knowledge
  • Proper cable-management techniques and a knowledge of audio & video cables (XLR, TRS, HDMI, DVI, etc.)
  • Experience with wireless microphone systems and professional presentation setups
  • Knowledge of the functions of large multi-channel audio mixers
  • Ability to operate, and maintain complex audio, video, and projection systems
  • Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with all Museum stakeholders, including customers, members, donors, staff, and volunteers
  • Stays current with technological advances and trends through ongoing research
  • A knowledge of Google apps or other software for collaboration and event organization
  • Take overall direction and work effectively as the member of a team
  • Knowledge of lighting equipment. Uplights, leekos, stage lightings and outdoor lighting


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment may include:

  • Museum environment involves both indoor and outdoor working conditions
  • Ability to travel between OMCA locations, and other travel as required by position responsibilities
  • Engage with diverse visitor populations for extended periods of time in the galleries or throughout the campus
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires strenuous physical work including lifting, pushing and pulling
  • Moderate to loud noise from production events, machinery, equipment or vehicles
  • Exposure to dirt, dust and fumes


The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, OMCA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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