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Whether you’re a gearhead who was in the AV Club, grew up as a tech, or only learned the business in recent years, if you’re a superstar, we want to talk with you! What you know, and how you treat our clients and our team is what matters most. Your proven track record of outstanding technical skill and experience will continue to grow with AV Chicago®. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that continues to outpace industry growth. Please send us your resume, and we’ll explore the potential of you fitting in with the band.

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Project Manager - PM

Level: Full-Time Staff

Location: Chicago, IL

Alternative Work Eligibility: No

Organization Overview:

AV Chicago serves meetings and events nationally, both virtually and in person. Our team is made up of individuals who are client-focused and all-in to ensure each event is a successful one. We are Show Ready for all events, no matter where they are held.

Summary of Position:

At AV Chicago, Project Managers play a critical role in the execution of our events. This person is responsible for taking ownership and advancing assigned projects sold by the sales team through our core processes of execution. Project Managers are responsible for planning out project timelines, scheduling client stakeholder meetings, developing run of shows, hosting rehearsals, planning virtual elements, and managing other assigned needs of the project. They are also responsible for keeping projects on time, on-scope, and on budget. Ideal candidates have excellent time management and organizational skills, they enjoy working in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment, and they are both great individual contributors and work well within a team.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Project planning- manage sold projects from the sales team through execution of the event.
    • Delivering an exceptional customer experience- on-schedule and on-budget
  • Assist sales with any pre-sales support on resources and capabilities
    • Provide support on client’s needs, budget, and timeline
  • Production support- working on site with the operations teams to deliver
  • Logistics- coordinate transportation, sub-rentals, and labor needs with the operations team
  • Financial responsibilities- track and budget expenses to ensure projects are profitable and within the scope of work.
  • All In attitude- willing to jump in and help ensure we are delivering an exceptional experience for our customers
  • Ability to manage and balance multiple projects, live, hybrid, and virtual simultaneously
  • Self-starter with big-picture attitude, and well-rounded technical aptitude on current industry technologies
  • Management ability to supervise colleagues and crew both on-site and remotely to complete project goals and meet deadlines
  • Utilize our Project Management Process to facilitate the AVC experience

Qualifications:

  • PMP- preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of project management tools and processes
  • 3+ years experience in project management
  • Well-rounded technical aptitude in AV industry technologies and practices

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience

Other Skills:

  • Strong communication, organizational, critical thinking, and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as an integral part of a team
  • Experience planning or managing virtual or hybrid meetings and events
  • Any Infocomm course completions
General Tech

AV Chicago is a full-service production, rental, and staging company. We are seeking an experienced general tech. This position is based in Chicago, Illinois, but can involve travel across the United States.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

    • Set up, operate, and strike professional audio, lighting and video equipment.
    • Interact with clients in a professional manner and follow instructions from corporate headquarters
    • The ability to lift equipment and perform physical duties such as loading trucks
    • Work with other staff members in a polite and professional manner.
    • Knowledge of how to operate standard AV equipment (PA systems, projection systems, video switchers, LED walls, etc.)

    Qualifications:

    • At least 3-5 years of working experience in event AV or Production support role
    • Knowledge of audio and lighting signal processing, routing, and signal flow.
    • Working knowledge of audio and lighting consoles
    • Basic understanding of LED display systems, processing, and connectivity.
    • Working experience in av AV Technician or Engineering role.
    • Knowledgeable in current AV industry equipment standards, trends, and developments.

    Other Skills:

    • Strong communication skills, organizational skills, critical thinking skills, and ability to multi-task
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as an integral sales team member
    • Work according to our core values of All In, Show Ready, and Human
Director of Event Engineering and Productions

AV Chicago serves meetings and events nationally, both virtually and in person. Our team is made up of individuals who are client-focused and all-in to ensure each event is a successful one. We are Show Ready for all events, no matter where they are held.

The ideal candidate for this role takes a high-level approach to designing/ engineering and event project management best practices. This role is not only customer-facing for delivering solutions-orientated events but is also critical to the internal systems and teams to architect and engineer events. This role is responsible for creating and documenting the AV Chicago process for systems engineering and training both internal and freelance staff on best practices for a seamless customer experience every time.

  • Be a key part of our Leadership Team to help drive and influence the direction of the organization
  • Lead the Event Engineering Team and the Project Management Team as well as the pool of freelance project managers and freelance video editors
  • Assign, and assist project managers based on the needs of the events and the experience of the team members
  • Day-to-day management of the event engineering team
  • Mentoring and training staff on the various systems
  • Oversee and work with team on growth needs and prioritization
  • Consulting warehouse manager on handling, storage and quality control of equipment for best deployment
  • Consistently train up event engineering team and technical team to the highest level of needed skills and show production possibilities across the technical scope of the work we do
  • Work with AVC digital team to establish and continuously execute file handling and storage process for show assets
  • Be a subject matter expert by staying informed on new products and best practices and engage in the audiovisual technical community
  • Research and recommend products, services, & best practices to advance the company’s offerings and efficiencies
  • Design and configure deployable systems with the engineering team for quality, consistent, efficient deployment by AV Chicago and outsourced technicians of varying skills
  • Lead and oversee that we document & label all configured equipment systems
  • Lead and oversee the team to document key processes & checklists for production & equipment handling
  • Review and modify project needs/ details prior to an event including:
    • Equipment
    • Labor
    • Logistic information
  • Assist project managers on the process to take sold projects from sales through executions.
  • Oversee and ensure that projects are delivered with an exceptional customer experience- oh schedule and on-budget
  • Assist sales with any pre-sales support on resources and capabilities
  • Work closely with Director of Operations to make sure process is followed for the coordination of transportation. Sub-rentals and labor needs
  • Interact with clients on-site and in advance of events with professionalism and as a SME as necessary by event
  • Work with clients to develop event schedules, set-up plans and show scripts
  • Assist sales with the pre-sales process as needed.
  • On large and complex events, work onsite with project managers and technical teams to support the needs of the event.
  • Be available to remotely support the needs of events. This includes taking calls from technical staff as issues arise.
  • Experience with working a varied level of corporate & social events
  • Experience planning the technical and logistical aspects of an event
  • Proficiency planning labor calls both union and non-union.
  • Experience with developing and rolling out best practices for event execution
  • Strong knowledge of audiovisual system components and system design.
  • Computer network systems design, configuration, monitoring, & troubleshooting
  • Experience building and configuring LED video walls
  • Knowledge on broadcast signal flows and formats
  • Experience working with stream technologies including vMix and Vimeo platform preferred
  • Managing technical and project management staff preferred
  • Vector Works or CAD experience preferred
  • 5+ years audiovisual experience with an emphasis on event engineer and project management
  • Degree and/ or certifications in audio and system engineering, film production, communication or Information Systems
  • Strong communication skills, organizational skills, critical thinking skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as an integral leadership team member
  • Ability to lead and manage a team
  • Working knowledge of Office 365
  • Knowledge of Flex asset management a plus
Video Engineer

Summary of Position:

This role is not only customer-facing for delivering solutions-orientated events but is also critical to the internal systems and teams to engineer events. This role is responsible for creating and documenting the AV Chicago® process for systems engineering and training both internal and freelance staff on best practices for a seamless customer experience every time.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Video Engineer – Providing support to the AV Chicago® video department, including:
    • Acting as a video designer and support specialist
    • Day-to-day management of video department inventory
    • Research and evaluation of new products and technologies
    • Suggesting new products for the AVC inventory
    • Mentoring and training other in-house staff on video equipment
    • Leading an on-site crew or working under the direction
    • Overseeing video department organization
    • Consulting warehouse staff on handling, storage, and quality control of video equipment
  2. Project Review – Reviewing and modifying project details prior to an event, including equipment, labor, and logistical information
  3. Client Facing – Interacting with clients on-site and in advance of events
  4. Working with clients to develop event schedules, set up plans, and show scripts
  5. Equipment Operation – Neat, accurate, and efficient setup and operation of all AVC equipment

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years audiovisual experience with an emphasis on video engineering
  • Experience with working corporate events
  • Managing technical staff required
  • Experience working with vMix,
  • Experience with presentation and broadcast video switchers
    • Analog Way preferred
    • Black Magic ATEM
  • Experience with virtual and hybrid events
  • Experience working on corporate events
  • Ability to communicate with people at all levels of an organization
  • Working knowledge of AV and event technologies
  • An all-In mindset to help the team out whenever needed
  • High attention to detail and accountability
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excels working in a fast-paced environment

Other Skills:

  • Strong communication skills, organizational skills, critical thinking skills, and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as an integral sales team member
  • Working knowledge of Office 365
  • Knowledge of Flex asset management a plus
Driver

Summary of Position:

Drivers are responsible for transporting clients or handling deliveries in a timely manner, and they may have to work nights and weekends to accomplish their duties. Transport clients and/or packages to and from destinations. Arrive at destinations on schedule.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Equipment Delivery
    • Safe and efficient operation of AVC vehicles while maintaining the assigned schedule by arriving on time at all events and equipment deliveries
      • Abide by all traffic laws while operating AV Chicago vehicles
      • Operate assigned vehicles with care
      • Be aware of vehicle conditions and fuel levels
  • Equipment Return
    • Work independently or as a team member to unload and load trucks
  • Project Review
    • Timely review and modification of project details prior to dispatch. This includes specified equipment, labor, and logistics plans for the project.
  • Client Interaction
    • Interfacing with clients both on site and in advance to discuss and develop details of events including but not limited to event schedule, setup plans, content, and logistics.
  • Licensing
    • Obtain/Maintain a Class C non-CDL operators permit to safely and legally operate any vehicle that you may be assigned to complete your duties
  • Reporting
    • Timely reporting of field issues using current communications platforms (Teams, Outlook, Lasso, Flex)

Other Skills:

  • Strong communication skills, organizational skills, critical thinking skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as an integral part of the operations team
Freelancers

AV Chicago® is in need of passionate AV freelancers who are ready to work! Click our link to get added to our list of freelancers! Share this with family and friends too!

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Why Join AV Chicago®?

AV Chicago® recognizes our success is dependent on the success of our people. We are Chicago’s top event production company for meetings and events. We have the most knowledgeable, passionate, and performance excellence employees in our business. Our Company offers our employees a selection of robust benefits. We aspire to find the best employees in the Audio Visual industry – individuals with integrity and enthusiasm for performance excellence.

Our Competitive Compensation Package Includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 401K
  • Transit Program
  • Life and Long Term Disability Insurance

AV Chicago’s Livable Wage Promise

“At AV Chicago we believe there is a responsibility to support our team, the team that makes AV Chicago great a place to work. One of the ways we do this is to ensure our team can afford to live. With that, we have instituted a living wage policy to ensure no one on our team is unable to support themselves and their families.”
– Andrew Brode, President

We commit to and promise the following:

  • We pay no full-time team member less than $50,000 a year
  • We will continue to evaluate livable wage standards in Chicagoland
  • We value our team members and their skills no matter their race, age, sexual orientation and commit to equitable pay