Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) is an independent academy established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, to address a growing demand in Sharjah and the region for formal quality education and professional training in the performing arts. SPAA is the only UK model conservatoire in the region, offering quality undergraduate programmes taught in English.  The new purpose-built Academy comprising 2 theatres, construction, prop making and paint workshops, CAD suite, costume making and wardrobe, TV studios, rehearsal studios, library, café and gym. The first cohort of students began in September 2019. 

SPAA is inviting applications for the position of Sound Technician. This pivotal position is important for the continued successful establishment and development of the Academy and is an exciting opportunity to be part of the creation of a performing arts academy in a progressive and culturally supportive region of the Middle East. 

Sharjah Performing Arts Academy specialises in preparing graduates for work in the international professional performing arts industry. The faculty are professionals some of whom have teaching qualifications and others are highly experienced experts in their field. The focus of the Academy is vocational rather than academic and much of the work is practical. The most important outcome of the courses is placing graduates in professional work and the Academy’s reputation will be built on the extraordinary success of its graduates. The Facilities for teaching and training students must remain world class and be fit for purpose. There is a high expectation that the work environment functions effectively and efficiently to minimise distraction for the core objectives of the Academy.
Reporting to the Production Manager of the Academy, The Sound Technician shall execute the following tasks and responsibilities: 
• Reports to Production Manager and assist with rigs, run and strikes of productions, both internal and external. 
• Assessing the sound capabilities and possibilities of the performance venues and assembling, positioning, adjusting and operating the sound equipment.
• Consulting with the Production Manager to determine sound requirements.
• Maintaining sound equipment.
• Operation and programming integration of pre-recorded and live sound with video content.
Training and Tuition 
• Supervision and guidance of students fulfilling a sound role on Academy productions and projects, working with external creatives and the Academy Production Manager, Video and Lighting technician.  
• Feedback to tutors on students fulfilling a sound role on Academy productions and projects. 
• Close liaison with other departments, in particular those relating to production. 
• Supervising sound resources, the maintenance and allocation of.
• Supervising students on placements during their activities to fulfil a role.  
• Other related technical duties that may arise as a member of the Production Arts Programme Team.
• To spend and reconcile as designated. 
• To research and propose any capital expenditure to keep in line with current sound industry developments. 
Health and Safety 
• To engage with relevant Health and Safety training regarding the teaching and delivery of sound. 
• To be familiar with, and comply with current Health and Safety regulations relevant to the industry. 
• To ensure that personnel and students adhere to safe working practices. 
Salary and benefits 
Competitive tax free salary and packages commensurate with the qualifications and relevant experience of the successful candidate.
For more information or to discuss this post further please contact:
All applications, including a CV and cover letter, should refer to the position title and should be sent via email to:

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