Audio Visual Manager

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #913
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences. Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

As an essential member of the Art Preparation & Installation department and Collections & Exhibitions Division, the Audio Visual (A/V) Manager will support the media needs for installations, CMOA Theater, and programs across the museum of art. The position will provide an expert range of audiovisual technical services as well as support and supervise the Preparator, Lighting & A/V. They will serve as an essential member of the museum’s Time-based Media Taskforce and work closely and collaboratively with Collections, Conservation, and Curatorial teams to assess the media equipment and preservation needs for the museum’s film and video, time-based media collection. The A/V Manager will oversee the planning and implementation of all time-based media installation-related activity. The A/V Manager will be a collaborative problem-solver and an open communicator. This position will have physical work, as needed, in time-based media art installation and preparation and museum lighting.


  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required, bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 5+ years working in A/V, 3+ years working at a museum, gallery, artist studio, or related field with proven expertise in A/V installation and time-based media art handling, at least 3 year of experience with increasingly higher level of responsibility, leadership, and team management.
  • Proven excellence in leadership, collaboration and showing creativity, aesthetic sensibility, ingenuity, and problem-solving.
  • Familiarity with architectural and design plans.
  • A valid Pennsylvania driver’s license is required.


  • Candidates must have a working knowledge of a wide variety of audiovisual hardware used for exhibitions (e.g. projectors, mounting hardware, Media Servers, BrightSign media players, amplifiers, speakers, HDBaseT transmitters and receivers, CRTs, and flatscreen monitors); and have proficiency in PC and Mac OS. Additional experience with networking, media servers, assistive listening systems, and modeling software is a plus.
  • Candidates must have knowledge of media arts history and technology, including various film, video, and sound formats.
  • Candidates mut be able to prioritize and compartmentalize duties, demonstrate the ability to work in a team and without close supervision, have excellent communication and time-management skills, experience organizing, leading, and managing staff, working with living artists, and collaborating with colleagues across departments.
  • Candidates must be able to communicate problems clearly to a supervisor and have the capacity to work quickly, precisely, and efficiently under deadlines.
  • Candidates with previous experience working in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of attention to accuracy and detail is desired.
  • Candidates must have a willingness to be trained on and use OSHA approved safety equipment such as respirators and protective clothing, have flexibility to work a variable schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays, and have a commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.


  • Ability to use specialized equipment, climb and work on ladders and hydraulic lifts for extended periods of time, intermittent walking, standing, and stooping, must have good dexterity, hand-eye coordination, be able to reach works of art above shoulder level, be able to lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds); and to stand or to walk for an eight-hour workday.



  • Serve as an audiovisual specialist for exhibitions, installations, projects, and specific programs.
  • Be responsible for researching developing technologies and implementing technologies for all exhibition and project needs.
  • Support and manage the CMOA theatre
  • Assist in planning and managing the execution of technically complex and/or artistically demanding projects.
  • Create and maintain project documentation including schedule, budgets, labor plans, and schedules in museum’s project management system, Asana.
  • Work closely with Curatorial, Exhibitions, Conservation, Education, and other teams to understand exhibitions or programs, and recommend strategies for using media to present artwork within an exhibition, installation, or program.
  • Work closely with Facilities, Planning & Operations (FP&O), IT, Web and Marketing Managers, and various outside vendors to ensure the proper installation of works.
  • Supervises, coaches, and trains the Preparator, Lighting & A/V
  • Assists in onboarding, scheduling, and supervising any part-time A/V technicians as needed for installation or deinstallation and maintenance for exhibitions and programs.
  • Train staff in proper equipment use and procedures.
  • Supervise repairs, as well as any service contracts related to equipment.
  • Maintain and update organized equipment inventory.
  • Identify needs or gaps in equipment infrastructure.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.   

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional guidance on essential functions follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources. A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential. B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function. C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis. E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.  G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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