Lead Audio Engineer

Prairie Ridge Church
Ankeny, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 06/05/2018
Categories: Church Staff - Media/Technology - Non-ministry Jobs - Other
Denominations: Reformed
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

The Lead Audio Engineer’s purpose is to lead others and follow Christ as we seek to magnify God, echo the gospel, and inspire participation through our worship services.  The Lead Audio position addresses the crucial need for quality and consistent sound reinforcement as well as production support for Sunday night services at The Ridge.  The position offers part-time hours and a variety of work in learning and executing an excellent sound experience.


Reports To:  Creative Arts Director

Authorities: Point leader for Sunday Night AVL (audio, visual, and lighting)


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and empower volunteer teams involved with audio, video, and lighting teams.
  • Work closely with the Sunday Night Service Director, Creative Arts Director, Production Director & worship leader to support all worship services.
  • Assists in implementing AVL needs as they see fit to support Sunday PM worship.
  • Implement technical components essential for rehearsal as well as Sunday night worship.
  • Oversee the digital and technical preparations for Sunday night worship services, and sometimes other events, and services.  (Not to DO it all, but rather to empower and involve others to assist and even manage specific areas). This includes audio roles at FOH, monitor world, stage tech/backstage, and production booth.
  • Assists Production Director & Creative Arts Director on projects as needed.
  • Develop and manage best practices with digital prep (scenes/sessions), effective sound-checks, and engineer-interactions with musicians.
  • Lead and maintain regular contact with schedulers, team members, and any trainees in the areas of audio tech.
  • Serve as part of an on-call rotation that supports AVL for other services and special events.  
  • Participate in prod staff mtgs, team trainings, workshops, system maintenance, & updates.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • A devotion to following Christ, honoring God, and the pursuit of excellence.
  • Audio Technical skills - understanding of digital audio control, signal types, flow, and acoustics.
  • Ability to assemble and operate digital & audio components in both house & monitoring environments.
  • Developed methods for troubleshooting digital patching (Dante, MADI), channel assignments, presets as well as the physical equipment involved.
  • Versatility to make adjustments optimize and adapt to circumstances. 


  • Audio Engineering - experience in mixing live sound, adapting to a wide variety of applications. 
  • Computer knowledge & recording - working knowledge of digital control surfaces, and computer interfaces, for configuring and recording.
  • Must be a team player and have good people and leadership skills


Work Schedule:

  • Total work hours: 25-29 hours per week. (P/T)
  • Primary days/times required: Sunday mornings and evenings.  Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Thursday evenings.
  • Additional hours allocated: Some Wednesdays  
  • Trainings, and special events as arranged.
  • Most Good Friday, Easter, Christmas and the 2-3 weeks leading up to those holidays are prioritized but may be comp’d at other times/days.


Education and Training:

  • Balance having skills to execute responsibilities well and a heart for worship
  • Must have excellent hearing, a good ear for music, and differentiation in frequency ranges
  • Audio technical skills and experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of video, visuals, and lighting systems
  • Ability to lead practices and communicate to teams what is needed
  • Interact with a team of creative and technical volunteers and staff


FLSA Status: Non Exempt, availability for 25-29 hours a week


Other Specifics:

All available and shared tools, computers, and budget dollars are accessible to this position in coordination with the Production Tech Director.


Our Environment:

1 SD9 at FOH

1 Presonus 32.4.2 AI fed by Dante for musician monitoring

PSM900 In Ear monitor units

2 X ULXD4Q for microphone receivers

Up to date microphone selection (Shure B52, B91, 81s, and more. Audio D4, D6. Sennheiser e904s, e604s).

The main worship space utilizes Dante for recording, post production and to feed our monitor console.

Acoustically treated space by a qualified systems integrator.

Worship services are ran at an average of 90dB/A with peaks hitting 95 db/a measured at FOH

McCauley arrays In.Line 90s and 120s with centerfill and Alcon Sub

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