Audio Visual Technician

Hiring Organization: 
Simons Foundation
City and State: 
New York, New York


The Simons Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 in New York City. With assets of approximately $2 billion and an annual grants and programs budget of $230 million, the foundation is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

Simons Foundation programs in Mathematics & Physical Sciences support mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics, and the foundation’s Life Sciences programs have focused on research that promotes synergy between biology and mathematics.

The foundation is also committed to advancing autism research. Launched in 2005, the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a research campaign within the Simons Foundation’s overall suite of programs whose mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the greatest quality and relevance.           


The AV Technician's role is to operate, support and maintain in-house audio-visual equipment. Reporting to the Director, Business Technology, responsibilities include operating, maintaining, installing and configuring equipment used in the auditorium, conference rooms and offices. The AV Tech will troubleshoot problems, identify and conduct staff training as needed and provide real-time assistance as required.

As a member of the Simons Foundation staff, the AV Tech will collaborate and cooperate with other AV staff to ensure optimal performance of all audio-visual equipment for a variety of organization-sponsored conferences, workshops, meetings and lectures. The AV tech will have primary responsibility for use of AV equipment in the auditorium and conference rooms.


  • Participate in planning for all events with the events director and event organizers to define AV needs/requirements
  • Advance preparation of presentations and testing to troubleshoot any problems
  • Event day operation of equipment include set up, adjustments as needed including record and display of live events, technical support during webinars and use of remote presenters
  • Assisting guest with Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Post event publication or distribution of files, videotapes and the like
  • Provide routine maintenance and storage of microphones, cameras, projectors, lighting and sound equipment.
  • Program and maintain digital signage


  • Assist in developing long-term strategies and capacity planning for meeting future AV equipment and corporate technology needs
  • Collaborate with organizational policy makers to establish and enforce proper AV practices and procedures
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of AV equipment contracts and supervise contract-based installations
  • Capture and log footage of needed lectures
  • Edit footage of needed lectures and send finished film to appropriate parties


  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent is required, as well as 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • Familiarity with usual equipment, software, and standard concepts, practices and procedures
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills


  • The AV Tech must have the following skills and experiences:
  • Working knowledge of teleconferencing systems (Tandberg, Polycom, Life-Size)
  • Working knowledge of signal flows and troubleshooting
  • Understanding of control systems such as Crestron
  • Basic computer knowledge (PC & Mac)
  • Familiarity with PowerPoint, Keynote, Adobe
  • Service oriented
  • Team member
  • Willing to perform a variety of tasks with diverse participants/users
  • Works well under pressure
  • Active learner
  • Effective time manager
  • Experience in academic settings is a plus
  • Must be willing to work occasionally on weekends and long hours on event days


Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

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