Lighting and Sound Designer

  • South Orange County Community College District
  • 5500 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Apr 25, 2022
Full time Other Administrative Positions

Job Description



Lighting and Sound Designer


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Job Opening Date:

April 18, 2022


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Irvine Valley College


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Monday - Friday (8am to 5pm) May include evenings/weekends based on needs of department.


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Job Description:

CSEA Classified Bargaining Unit Salary Range 132

Starting Salary at $5,722.00 per month


Initial Screening Date: May 2, 2022


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.



Under direction from the Dean of Fine Arts or his/her administrative designee, oversees and participates in the design and engineering of lighting and sound elements for a wide variety of theater productions, college classes and other events as assigned; installs, maintains and repairs specialized theatrical lighting and sound equipment, stage machinery and scenic elements as required; and provides technical staff assistance to the Fine Arts Division.



The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.


Design and engineer the lighting and sound for assigned theater productions including the creation of special effects; research event to be produced, attend technical rehearsals and develop lighting and sound cue sheets; record and edit music and sound effects.


Provide technical lighting and sound support to various other District or College events as scheduled through the Fine Arts Division including concerts, awards graduation and commencement ceremonies, lectures and guest artist productions.


Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of temporary staff and students involved in sound and lighting production; work with employees and students to correct deficiencies.


Participate in and oversee the proper installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of all theatrical lighting and sound equipment including special effects equipment, microphones, amplifiers and mixers; hang and focus lighting equipment; set up and test sound equipment.


Communicate and negotiate with outside vendors and rental companies to obtain affordable and high quality sound and lighting equipment.


Oversee all lighting and sound needs for all guest artist events; assist in loading and unloading guest artists' equipment.


Oversee and participate in the disassembly and storage of sound and light equipment when production is complete.


Identify and prevent possible safety problems; recommend maintenance needs for the theater complex.


Provides technical staff assistance to the Fine Arts Division; perform special projects as assigned.


Attend all staff, department, division and other related meetings; take notes; comment as appropriate; take action as necessary.


Perform related duties as required.



The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.


Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of lighting and sound design, theatrical design and technical production.

Lighting and sound equipment usage, storage and maintenance.

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a college theatre arts program.

Principles and practices of theater operations.

Effective lighting and sound styles and applications for various theatrical productions and events.

Theatrical lighting instruments including optics, reflection, refraction, and performance characteristics.

Basic electrical wiring related to theatrical lighting and sound equipment.

State-of-the-art theater equipment and materials including, but not limited to, rigging, scenery construction and related machinery.

Office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Principles and practices of theater safety.

Principles of supervision and training.


Ability to:

Design and produce effective lighting and sound for theater productions and other College events.

Design, record, create and edit music or sound effects. Oversee the proper installation, operation and maintenance of all theatrical lighting and sound equipment.

Read and interpret plans, sketches, schematics and diagrams.

Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

Review technical contracts with visiting guest artists.

Oversee and train assigned staff and students.

Supervise and train student crews.

Plan and organize work schedules to meet division priorities and deadlines.

Participate in activities that accomplish the goals, objectives, and procedures of the division.

Oversee, prepare, and work within a budget as it applies to each production.

Work with a diverse student population.

Work collaboratively to establish and maintain effective relationships with artists, students, staff, faculty, and administrators contacted in the course of duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:



Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fine arts, design or a related field.



Four years of increasingly responsible experience in lighting and/or sound production including one year of supervisory or lead responsibility.



The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Environment: Work is performed primarily in a theater setting; work at heights on scaffolding and ladders; work with various sound and lighting equipment; exposure to electrical energy, noise, dust, smoke, fumes, noxious odors and gases. Occasional exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions. Positions may be required to work evenings and weekends.


Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in theater setting, to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift; carry; push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate a variety of sound and lighting equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.




Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.


The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. The Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, employees, and volunteers with allowances for medical exemptions and sincerely held religious beliefs as defined by law. More information can be found on our District website by visiting



The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.



A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.


Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS



If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to



Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.



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The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.


Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District's mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.



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