Smithsonian Enterprises is seeking a Senior Projectionist for the National Museum of Natural History location. This position serves as the main point of contact for technical services within the Theater, the Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, the SC Johnson Conference Center, the Wallace H. Coulter Unity Square, and the Hall of Music. The position is responsible for presenting top-quality audio-visual experiences to theater guests as well as adjusting, maintaining and repairing the theater’s technical equipment. At certain times, the incumbent may also work at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater and/or Einstein Planetarium, National Air and Space Museum; at the Johnson IMAX Theater, National Museum of Natural History; or the Airbus IMAX Theater, National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following: • Develops and maintains knowledge and skills of operating existing and new theater technology; understands policies and procedures related to theater systems; understands and follows related technical and safety procedures. • Configures, operates, and maintains 2D and 3D film, digital cinema, planetarium and video projectors as well as various other audio/visual equipment (including a range of ADA equipment), PowerPoint or other live presentation computers, house lights, stage curtains, wireless microphones, audio mixing consoles, theatrical lights, and theatrical and live audio reinforcement systems and similar equipment. • Notifies supervisor immediately in the event of issues or problems; solves or helps to solve and document such problems as instructed. • Troubleshoots, evaluates, and performs minor repairs on all theater equipment as authorized by supervisor. • Participates in and monitors each program to ensure that the highest technical standards are met. • Coordinates with contractors, building maintenance workers or others to allow needed work. • Proactively communicates with supervisor and other stakeholders to insure that all duties and theater performances are presented with the highest technical standards. • Creates and maintains documentation as assigned. Candidates must be available weekends, holidays, and evenings, and to stand for long periods of time. EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or three to five years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. . • A minimum of three to five years of experience in the operation and maintenance of audio/visual equipment in a high-quality setting, including but not limited to standard theatrical film systems (16mm, 35mm, and 70mm), Digital Cinema Initiative-compliant digital cinema systems (2D and 3D), PowerPoint and other live presentation computers, live sound reinforcement systems with wired and wireless microphones, audio mixing consoles, digital cinema audio systems, analog and digital theatrical lighting systems with programmable consoles, ADA auxiliary equipment, and other related equipment and systems. • At least one year of experience configuring and operating computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems) as related to show presentation equipment. • Ability to learn and use new skills on the job. • Ability to technically program and manage a timed operation, including but not limited to staffing oversight and technical operations of all show and A/V equipment required to turn the theater over before/after each show. • Ability to work at any time (day, evening, or possibly overnight when needed) to ensure that the theaters and planetarium provide the highest standards of show quality for guests. • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 100 pounds or more (using a mechanical lift). This position requires the incumbent to travel at some times between Smithsonian Theaters’ locations in Washington, D.C, and Chantilly, Virginia. Applicants, who wish to qualify based on education completed outside the United States, must be deemed equivalent to higher education programs of U.S. Institutions by an organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and should be included as part of your application package. We offer excellent benefit programs including Health, Dental and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Transit/Commuter Benefits, Annual and Sick Leave Accrual, Family Friendly Leave, 403b Retirement Program, Discounts for Smithsonian Memberships, Museum Stores and Restaurants, Flexible Spending Account (Health & Dependent Care) Salary: $42,000 - $55,000 commensurate with experience. To apply, please email resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to: SERetailJobs@si.edu Please include job title in the subject line. Application materials received without salary information will not be considered. Applicants whose work experience and qualifications do not meet those required will not be considered for this job. No phone calls, please. Relocation expenses are not paid. Final candidate selection will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a pre-employment background check and subsequent background investigation. Employees are required to serve a one-year probationary period and participate in Direct Deposit for salary payment. EOE This is not a Federal Service position. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US.
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