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AV Engineering Manager

We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. The Academy is looking for candidates who do great work, and we know they may come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every one of the qualifications for the position.

Please note: Beginning Friday, August 27, Academy employees and volunteers will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or undergo testing and provide negative test results before they are able to work on-site or off-site with others.


We are looking for an AV Engineering Manager who will be responsible for leading a team of AV Engineers and Technicians across our audio visual (AV) events and operations. The AV Engineering Manager will be an inclusive leader who is motivated to lead a high-performing group focused on delivering exceptional AV solutions for our business. This individual will lead the AV technical representation for our cross-functional partners and vendors to help, design, manage, and execute.

Reporting to the Director of Experience Engineering, the AV Engineering Manager maintains the team’s roadmap from design/consultation to execution. They are responsible for hiring and developing team members, maintaining 100% systems and venue readiness and monitoring our health and safety initiatives. They will utilize metrics to measure success, customer satisfaction, make strategic decisions, and help the team scale. The AV Engineering Manager will partner with cross-functional teams and senior leadership to ensure a consistent and exceptional AV experience across all of our venues. Come join a team dedicated to the Academy’s mission, vision and values!

We are committed to ensuring diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are intrinsic to Academy culture and operations, from recruitment and retention to science and advocacy. Explore Our Commitment to Racial Equity to learn about our intentional engagement of traditionally excluded groups in an effort to spark interest in or foster pathways to scientific careers.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Hire and develop high-performance team members.
  • Craft and manage team schedules to ensure adequate coverage.
  • Organize and manage daily workflow for the team.
  • Craft and manage routine maintenance schedules to ensure 100% readiness for all AV systems and venues.
  • Estimate and prioritize projects to maximize efficiency and cost savings.
  • Design and implement audio-visual peripherals, systems and applications to meet client needs.
  • Review all hardware and software acquisition for audio-visual to ensure compatibility and effectiveness.
  • Develop tools, applications and methods for calibration and maintenance of AV systems.
  • Conduct ongoing research and development to maximize effectiveness and minimize costs for AV productions.
  • Collaborate and support departments throughout the Academy with their AV needs.
  • Facilitate correction and act as contact point for any system failure/improvement related to events AV.
  • Install/de-install and operate AV equipment.
  • Generate and maintain documentation of equipment performance history and implement system(s) to improve equipment performance.
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Select, train, manage and evaluate staff.
  • Schedule and manage adequate resources to support events, exhibitions and the Planetarium.
  • Responsible for disciplinary action if necessary.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required or preferred.

  • Experience in strategic planning and execution.
  • Knowledge of multi-media presentation systems, software, and the ability to manage the entire spectrum of operations.
  • Experience with implementation of audio, video and audiovisual systems integration.
  • Work requires professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality products within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several events.
  • Ability to participate in and facilitate group meetings.


A qualified candidate will possess a combination of the following experience and/or equivalent education:

  • 5+ years of experience in hands-on systems engineering/services, including designs, installations, and maintenance. With strong emphasis in audio visual engineering.
  • 2+ years of experience in technical staff management.
  • Bachelor Degree in Visual Art or Electronics Media or equivalent training
  • Must be able to work weekends/holidays and evenings.


  • Knowledge of electronics engineering tools and test equipment.
  • Computer and presentation software literate.
  • Ability to perform well before a live audience in a fast-paced, high stress environment.
  • Ability and creativity to successfully undertake complex designs, repairs, and fabrication of electronics to enhance the museum experience.
  • Must know how to generate and read schematics/diagrams (CAD).
  • Ability to read and fully comprehend documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, technical drawings, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports, correspondence, and speak effectively before groups.
  • Ability to follow supervisor’s instructions and ask for direction and assistance when necessary.
  • Ability to multitask, perform detailed work, and successfully complete assignments in a timely manner.


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities who meet the job’s essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to communicate, work in dark confined spaces and high areas, stand, sit, walk, climb a ladder, and work from an elevated lift.  Must be able to perform repetitive motions 50% of the time and transport up to 50 lbs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Please upload your resume and complete the brief online application.

The California Academy of Sciences will give full consideration for employment to all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.