Kirkegaard Associates is seeking an AV leader to join our team as a principal consultant in AV/IT. The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to work in the performing arts and to grow the practice; a drive to develop and maintain client relationships; and a commitment to being a collaborative, efficient and effective member both internally and externally.
The position will be located in Chicago, Houston or Boulder. Responsibilities include:
Representing Kirkegaard as the AV Systems/Information Technology Design leader and primary point of contact with owners, architects, theater consultants and other design collaborators
Growing our AV/IT practice by expanding contacts and developing relationships with potential clients and project stakeholders
Developing and directing a team of designers and consultants to devise solutions that meet client needs and exceed expectations
Financial forecasting and control of projects to keep them within budget
Coordinating with the firm’s leadership to meet the company’s strategic and financial goals
Creating cost-effective and timely AV systems design solutions, tailored to the users and client needs
Coordinating work with internal team members, architects, engineers, theater consultants and other disciplines in the built environment
Developing and delivering best-in-class AV systems and infrastructure drawings, details, specifications and other construction documents
Managing construction administration and system installations for adherence to the design and Kirkegaard’s established best practices
Commissioning of AV systems at completion to ensure that work meets Kirkegaard standards and that clients are equipped with the necessary tools and information for operation
Providing technical guidance and mentoring to junior designers and interns
Leading the firm’s participation in industry events and conferences to grow the business and recruit talent
The ideal candidate will have
More than ten years of experience in the design and implementation of AV systems
Extensive knowledge in the design of AV systems including projection and display; music and speech reinforcement; control systems; and signal processing, routing and distribution
Proven experience with AV systems architectural integration and infrastructure requirements
Experience in business development, with P+L responsibility preferred
Experience with developing and managing technical staff
General knowledge of AV-related IT services, digital media delivery technologies and networking hardware, infrastructure and system architecture
High-level thinking and visualization skills with an orientation for design and creative problem solving
Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex issues and problems with clarity
A flexible, collaborative approach to work, within the firm and with design team members
Proficiency with AutoCAD is required, proficiency with Autodesk Revit is a plus
Have some experience with (or ability to readily learn) applications such as EASE, NS-1, R1, or Soundvision;
Experience with Smaart and common DSP programs is preferred.
CTS, CTS-D, CTS-I or other additional, industry certifications are a plus
Knowledge of and/or experience in theatrical production is a plus
Experience as a musician, public speaker, or actor is a plus
We offer a competitive salary with outstanding benefits that include health, dental, life, long term care insurance and more.
Our mission is to create acoustically wonderful spaces and AV systems for our clients and a supportive work environment for each other. Our vision is to add beauty to the world. If you share this vision, please apply here.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Kirkegaard Associates provides consulting services in architectural acoustics and audio-video systems design. Our work consists of over 2,700 projects in 24 countries since our founding in 1976. Our current staff consists of 14 inspired and experienced individuals with backgrounds in architecture, architectural engineering, physics, audio engineering, theater arts and technical design, information technology and performing arts production, who perform work in room acoustics; building acoustics, including sound isolation; noise and vibration control of building systems; and design and tuning of audio-video systems. Our expertise covers a spectrum of venues, including Concert Halls, Opera Houses, Theatres, Performing Arts Centers, Outdoor Music Performance, Conservatories of Music and Arts, Educational Facilities, Museums, Religious Buildings, and Recording and Broadcast Studios.