Bethel University

Director of Event Technologies

Reporting to the Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Director of Event Technologies provides excellent service, oversight and management for audio, video and lighting needs of the University. The Director is responsible for supervising, training, and developing the BU and student staff members. The duties include set up, operation of audio and video equipment, budgeting, design and upgrading new and current systems, and ticket office operations. This position also acts as the Scene Shop Foreman. Within the Scene Shop Foreman duties, the foreman will work with student supervisors, technical director, and production manager to meet build schedules. Will also keep the scene shop appropriately supplied and assist with load-in and load-out of sets. The position works closely with the Physical Plant department in maintaining the Everst Rohrer building.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Manage and direct audio/video needs of University events
  • Oversee and occasionally run audio/video/lights for events
  • Oversee scene shop to produce sets for university theatre productions
  • Maintain budget, research, purchase and advise supervisor of new equipment.
  • Hire, train, schedule and supervise employees and student workers.
  • Maintain and organize audio/video/lighting equipment.
  • Run and manage all technical aspects of events as needed.

Performance Measurements:

  • Exemplify and promote a strong customer service environment.
  • Oversee selection of appropriate audio/video/lighting setups for events.
  • Maintain audio, video, and lighting equipment and keep in a clean and organized manner.
  • Work with departments and outside contacts with excellence and in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as a collaborative team.
  • Ability to multi-task and assign duties.
  • Serve as a Christian role model for students and other employees.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced deadline-oriented environment while fulfilling the customer service requirements of the position.

A University degree and 2 - 5 years of professional audio/video/lighting experience is required.

Other Skills

  • Experience in managing projects and creative personnel.
  • Extensive experience with mixing / engineering sound for performing arts (theatre, worship and choral music).
  • Extensive experience with digital consoles.
  • Excellent technical knowledge in setting up systems, components, patching, and troubleshooting.
  • Working knowledge of lighting, multimedia, and rigging.
  • Strong customer service skills and professional manner to successfully build and maintain positive customer relations and provide quality service.
  • Ability to maintain yearly budget and new audio and/or video projects budgets.
  • Knowledge and experience with studio and live recording environments.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift 65lb overhead and lift 100lb
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time.

Work Environment

  • Outside and inside
  • On call when building and/or equipment is in use.
  • Works days, weekends, split shifts, early mornings, and late nights.
  • On occasion, 16 or more hours per day are required.

About Bethel University

The mission of Bethel University, affiliated with the Missionary Church denomination, is to be a community of learners building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and world. Bethel's liberating academic programs challenge the mind, enlarge the vision, and equip the whole person for lifelong service.

Launched in 1947, Bethel is urban-situated in the northern Indiana region hosting 250,000 residents, seven colleges (including Notre Dame), the 2nd largest shopping district in the state of Indiana, 15,000 businesses, 50 parks, and beautiful riverwalk developments in South Bend and Mishawaka. Resort venues on Lake Michigan are 45 minutes away. The university community is composed of about 1,500 traditional and adult/graduate students from 35 states, 90 students born outside the United States, and 225 full-time employees. Bethel also hosts more than 8,000 guests annually to arts productions, 25,000 annually in conference services, and many thousands of community members in support of 40 national athletic championships.

Outside organizations recognize Bethel's quality: it is ranked as a Top Tier Midwestern College for 15 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report; ranked No. 7 in the Midwest on the Washington Monthly "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges" list; No. 1 on Christian Universities Online 2016 list of "Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations." Bethel has also been named to Money Magazine's "Best Colleges for Your Money 2018" list.

Bethel's 20,000 alumni occupy 49 states and 64 world areas, and enjoy a medical school acceptance rate double the national average, 100% job placement rate in Nursing whose program was ranked No. 7 in the United States, a Top 4% finish nationally in competitive math performance tests, and 100% pass rate every year on the national performance standard for a unique academic major in American Sign Language.

Alumni professional achievements include the No. 1 rated School Superintendent in Indiana, the No. 1 rated School Principal in Indiana, a Top 1% pediatric surgeon in North America, the former Executive Director of the largest Youth for Christ district in the nation, the Chaplain of former President Barack Obama's childhood school, the lead in "South Pacific" off Broadway in Chicago, a laboratory director in sustainable energy, MLB All-Star Team representatives (Cleveland Indians Justin Masterson; MLB pitcher for the San Diego Padres Eric Stults), a senior Midwest manager for Blue Cross / Blue Shield, and among others the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Midwest Region, Don Clark.

Faculty accomplishments from Bethel include: an average of more than 100 scholarly presentations and performances each of the last five years, reaching every corner of the United States (California, Oregon, New York, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Texas, etc.) and across the globe (e.g. Kenya, Greece, Israel, Jamaica, France, etc.), including elite sites such as Oxford, Cambridge, Aberdeen, and Carnegie Hall. Academic disciplines are deepened by Bethel projects on suffering, shame, the logic of forgiveness, Islam, mentoring, culture shock, health care among the Amish, eating disorders, home births, monotone mathematical triangles, top predator conservation, adolescent readers, capitalism, gene segregation, Great Lakes fisheries, social-linguistic patterns among the LGBT deaf, deviance in American political allies, ecological imagination in American fiction, Russian education, Latino values and education, theater sound and stage design, leadership pressure, the ethics of a Library Bill of Rights, non-violent resistance, simulation learning in Nursing, Shakespeare, depression in cancer patients, race-based tension, art exhibits in every medium, choral and instrumental productions of great variety, and more.

In recent years, Bethel saw the strongest series of financial ratios in 25 years (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), increased admissions visits by 60% and applications by 20%, doubled the number of fully online students and saw surges in programs like Math-Engineering (+24%), Christian Ministries (+53%), Biology (+118%), Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy/Sport Management (+177%), and total Graduate Program increases of +47%. Students of color moved from 19% to 28% of the total population, with increases in retention and graduation rates.

Traditional college-age students now rank mentoring as one of the most prominent traits of the environment, seen in part by a shift from 5 in 10 to 7 in 10 residential students voluntarily engaged in small group or one-on-one coaching by faculty-staff, and through alumni surveys showing very high faith-integration retention after their Bethel years (e.g. understanding Biblical texts, feeling equipped for the essential questions of life, strong critical thinking skills, etc.).

Also during this time, $12M was applied to endowment, scholarships, and facility upgrades such as Academic Support Services Center, School of Nursing Simulation Lab, renewal of the largest lecture hall named for Brian & Paqui Kelly (Notre Dame head football coach), new entrances for the East campus and Athletic Park with three additional intramural fields, a new Softball stadium, and refreshed Weight Room, added a Kindergarten Lab School, refreshed Art Gallery, Acorn restaurant, Wi-Fi network and phone systems, and more.

Work culture at Bethel also thrives, now meeting or exceeding industry average scores on 47 of 55 variables annually tracked by Best Christian Workplaces, who surveys 15,000 workers in Christian organizations annually. The employee experience at Bethel now leads national norms, to a statistically significant difference, in commitment to excellence, an environment for creativity and innovation, solving problems through supervision, the habit of receiving and using input, and demonstrating spiritual gifts throughout the workplace.

Bethel University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal laws. In keeping with the mission of the institution, Bethel University seeks applicants with a strong commitment to the values and lifestyle of evangelical Christianity and who profess a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a Christian institution, we require faculty and staff to adhere to the University's Lifestyle Covenant and to enforce a religiously based statement of responsibilities for all University employees. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Bethel University, as an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Missionary Church, reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended).

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