Audio-visual Technician, Surbiton, London

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Surbiton High SchoolSurbiton, London

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

Audio-visual Technician

Location:  Kingston upon Thames, London   

Tenure:  Permanent; Full-Time Hours (37.5 per week), Part-Time Weeks (38 weeks/year) 

 A flexible schedule and some evening and weekend work will be required 

Surbiton High School’s Outstanding  Drama  Department seeks an Audio-visual Technician,  to deliver quality technical support within the Drama and Dance Department.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain the audio-visual equipment used for presentations across the School
  • Manage and maintain the Drama Department’s technical equipment
  • Technical support of practical exams, events and presentations held across the School
  • Design sound and lighting solutions for presentations, events and exams
  • Program lighting and sound equipment for presentations and events
  • Liaise with the Director of Drama and Dance and the Network Manager in order to plan and undertake a routine maintenance schedule of all Audio-visual and Performing Arts equipment, including regular Portable Appliance Testing
  • Monitor and maintain stock items (lamps, gels, gobos, tape, screws, timber, etc.) and all stores and general day-to-day equipment as needed
  • Order and obtain supplies as required in agreement with the Director of Drama and Dance or the Network Manager (as applicable)
  • Ensure all Health & Safety requirements are met with regards to the performance spaces, which are in daily use
  • Review and implement the School’s Health & Safety policy, advising the Director of Drama and Dance and the Network Manager (as applicable) on all Health & Safety concerns which may affect the facilities and how any Heath and Safety directives issued, should be implemented
  • Compile and maintain all necessary Risk Assessments for use of equipment, rooms, venues, activities, events and productions
  • Run a Technical Theatre Club that will feed into a production technical crew
  • Support other School events, including (but not limited to) the annual Fashion Show and Prep School Productions, as agreed with the Director of Drama and Dance and the Network Manager
  • When able, assist with painting and building sets, source and build props and support in organising spaces for events and productions
  • Assist the IT and Drama and Dance Departments when available
  • Some evening and weekend work when required

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile: 

  • Theatre industry experience in relevant aspects of live performance and events
  • Working knowledge of IT including: projector set-up, PowerPoint presentations, computer system set-up, and specific theatre industry design programmes
  • Design, building and crewing experience in all aspects of Performing Arts
  • Knowledge of lighting systems, lighting control apparatus, lighting equipment and its maintenance, refurbishment and use.
  • Experience of rigging lanterns, scrollers and fixtures
  • Knowledge of audio and audio-visual equipment and its use relating to live, recorded and playback techniques, maintenance and refurbishment
  • Knowledge of theatre scenery, safe rigging and staging equipment
  • Knowledge of electrical principals and electrical safety
  • Conversant in theatrical operation and conventions
  • A working knowledge of current Health and Safety Law and how it applies to a theatrical environment
  • Evidence of relevant professional development
  • Excellent organisational, administrative and ICT skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, effective time management and self-motivation
  • The ability to work in a team in a successful and dynamic School as well as take personal responsibility over key areas
  • As the position will involve manual handling, working at height, and the use of electrical equipment, candidates should be physically capable of fulfilling daily rigging and layout changes across multiple spaces
  • High levels of personal and professional integrity and the ability to exercise discretion
  • Personal warmth to gain the confidence of pupils, staff and parents
  • High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends when required
  • Committed to Surbiton High School’s ethos

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email 

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More about Surbiton High School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Address: Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2JT, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8546 5245
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