School of Visual Arts
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 30-35 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Date Available Ongoing

Job Title Technical Assistant (Projectionist, Sound Operator, Camera Operator)

Department SVA Theatre

Reports to: Technical Director & Assistant Technical Directors, SVA Theatre

Position Overview

Technical Assistants are part-time/temporary/contract employees who help execute the technical requirements for events at SVA Theatre including, but not limited to, those involving film/video projection, video camera operation/recording, lighting, and audio. Reporting to and acting in support of the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Directors of SVA Theatre, they will be responsible for executing audio/visual requirements during events.

You are welcome to apply whether you are experienced with one type of technology (e.g., film and/or digital projection, sound, video cameras, etc.) or multiple types.

Technical Assistants work an average of 6-25 hours/week, and can work up to a maximum of 40 hours/week. SVA Theatre cannot guarantee a set amount of hours per week or month.

SVA Theatre ( is the cultural center of New York's artistically-vibrant Chelsea neighborhood. The Theatre serves the School of Visual Arts (, the arts and entertainment industries, and the community at large as a stage for the presentation of noteworthy artistic work. From film screenings to artist lectures to design conferences and more, SVA Theatre hosts a variety of events year-round, many of which are free and open to the public.

Salary range is $30-$35/hour depending on experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Operate audio, lighting, and/or film/video equipment during events, which include film screenings/premieres, film festivals, lectures, conferences, presentations, etc.


  • Experience with operating theatrical/cinematic technology and equipment (digital and/or film projection), PA/audio systems (including mixing live sound), and/or video camera equipment is essential. In lieu of actual work experience, we will consider candidates who have educational certificates or degrees in the aforementioned categories.
  • The ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and remain calm in high-pressure situations.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to multitask/prioritize.
  • The ability to work unsupervised as needed and to make time-sensitive decisions.
  • Comfort with the use of Google Apps and Apple products.
  • Must be able to work in tight spaces.
  • Good availability to work events that last minimally 5-6 hours, on weekdays and weekends, during the day and in the evening.
  • Personable, friendly, and helpful - a team player with a positive attitude.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

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The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.

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