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Manager, Sound Department


School of Cinematic Arts: DMT - Sound Los Angeles, California

USC’s School of Cinematic Arts is seeking a Manager of our Sound Department to join its Digital Media and Technology team.  The School of Cinematic Arts is the premiere school for the study of cinematic arts and provides instruction in production, post-production, game design and development, interactive media, animation, writing, producing, and cinema studies.  The facilities include state-of-the-art scoring and mixing stages, editing labs, interactive studios, animation labs, visual effects labs, film stages, and theatres, including a 55-seat IMAX theatre.

The Sound Manager is a senior level position and will play a key role in overseeing sound technology as it is used in the SCA curriculum.  They will supervise Sound staff and engineers, oversee the use of student workers in our equipment center, and be a key point person for all classes that utilize sound technology.  They will make departmental purchases, manage financial accounts, and prioritize expenses.  They will research new and emerging technologies and collaborate with faculty and supervisor on purchasing and strategy for upgrades. 

The successful candidate should have at least 5 years of experience in Film and Television Production and Post-Production.  They should have basic knowledge of production and post-production sound for film, television, games, and multi-media.  This includes location sound, Foley, ADR, Sound/Picture Editorial, Dubbing, and Music Scoring.  An advanced expertise in post production audio is desired.  Proficiency in production sound equipment and re-recording mixing is a plus.

The candidate should have technical skills that include Avid Pro Tools software/hardware, Microsoft Office (especially Excel), Apple OSX, Microsoft Windows, and digital media hardware and software that is used in the entertainment industry. 

The candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.  They should have a proven track record of managing a team, providing leadership, building consensus, and communicating effectively to stakeholders.  They must have a demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and be extremely detail-oriented.  They must be able to make decisions independently, prioritize and work efficiently and under pressure in a deadline-oriented, fast-paced, and ever-changing technology-based environment. The candidate should display a passion for technology and an interest and commitment to following technology trends and incorporating changes and innovations into the SCA production environment.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Directly supervises all assigned subordinate staff. Recruits, screens, hires and trains staff, as needed. Evaluates employee performance and provides guidance and feedback to assigned staff. Counsels, disciplines and/or terminates employees as required.
  • Provides leadership and collaborates with staff and faculty to identify, research, test and purchase sound equipment that best serve curriculum. Identifies and researches new and emerging technologies. Collaborates with other managers in group to create technical parameters and procedures.
  • Makes recommendations to supervisor, tenured faculty, and senior management regarding technology changes based on developments in field and business needs.
  • Works with Sound Faculty to recruit, evaluate, and hire sound department student assistants.  Manages student workers; recruits and hires outside sound mixers as needed for student projects.
  • Oversees budgets and accounts, including equipment, materials/supplies and student wages.  Includes planning, purchasing, and reconciling and other account and budget-related tasks. Responsible for planning for facility upgrades and improvements and supervising in-house and outside technical personnel for these projects.
  • Manages sound department support activities covering consulting, planning, and end user training, including instructional handouts/videos, training of sound engineers, providing technical advice to students, and troubleshooting technical issues as needed.
  • Oversees the scheduled use of sound department facilities and equipment in all SCA facilities.  Resolves requests from faculty, staff, and students when other staff cannot resolve. 
  • Interacts with hardware and software vendors to establish or maintain supportive relations.  Supports donor relationships.  May attend conferences or trade shows as needed

The salary range for this position is $75,000-$78,247 annual.

Job Specific Information
Preferred Education:
Bachelor’s Degree or MFA degree in Film/TV Production

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles.  As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is. 

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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