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Audio Visual Technician

  • Job title: Audio Visual Technician
  • Job Type: Full time, 40 hours per week, Permanent
  • Salary: Circa £30,000 dependent on qualifications and experience
  • Department: Information Technology
  • Reporting to: IT Services Director
  • Location: Highgate, North London
  • Start: ASAP
  • Closing Date: 31 July 2023 at 5:00 pm
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The Department

Highgate’s IT team supports teaching, learning and the management of the School within a modern and challenging environment. The Department is responsible for all aspects of information technology and audio-visual services at Highgate, including desktop equipment, infrastructure, network and training. The IT facilities provide support for the following:

  • The use of IT and AV in the teaching of all subjects, and for a wide range of School events
  • The teaching of information and communications technology.
  • School administration and leadership.
  • The use of IT by teachers for lesson preparation, departmental administration etc.
  • Communication with parents.
  • To support all members of the school community in their use of information technology.

There are four interlinked teams within the Department – Desktop Services, Infrastructure and Development, Audio Visual Services and Data management.

The AV Services team comprises two members of staff, who report in to the IT Services Director.

 

Job Description
  • Support of all audiovisual services throughout the Foundation, including hands-on maintenance, arrangement of repairs and liaison with third-party support suppliers
  • Working with managers in the scheduling and implementation of all AV requests.
  • Setting up, taking down and operating (where required) AV equipment for presentations by staff, pupils or visitors.
  • Supporting School events, including open days, music and drama performances, school chapel services, etc.
  • Recording and duplicating media (all formats).
  • Participation in the conversion of material and development of new media services.
  • Managing the live streaming of School events.
  • Filming and audio recording, and responding to calls for assistance relating to such work.
  • Maintaining the safety, security and good working order of equipment and materials.
  • Advising on AV equipment around the School.
  • Demonstration of AV equipment to staff and pupils.
  • Carrying out such other duties within the post holder’s capabilities as may be reasonably requested from time to time.
Person Specification
  • Sound – live/programmed/recording, including installation, setup and maintenance.
  • Video – recording/editing/streaming, including installation, setup and maintenance.
  • Stage lighting inc. installation/ operation/maintenance (requires working at height using ladders and towers).
  • Good IT skills, including the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to explain technical matters in very simple language to staff and pupils.
  • A responsible and conscientious approach, especially with regard to health and safety matters.
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure and multi-task.
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team
  • A polite and friendly manner.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Physically fit.
  • Ability to understand and adapt to the culture of an independent day school.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders in the School.
  • Flexible with a ‘can-do’ approach and able to work effectively without supervision.
  • An exemplary attendance record in his/her present and previous employment.

Benefits

Location | Highgate Village, adjacent to Hampstead Heath, with quaint shops and easy connections across London.

Pension | AVIVA workplace pension scheme offered – 21% employer contribution, with the ability to flex up to 11% of this as additional non-pensionable salary, employees contribute a minimum of 5%.

Personal development | Comprehensive induction support for new staff. Focus on continued professional development for all employees.

Leisure facilities | Free access, at stipulated times, to our sports facilities, including a fitness suite and swimming pool (recently refurbished).

Holidays | Generous holiday allowance of 33 days (including bank holidays) for full-time staff. Most holidays will be taken during school holiday periods.

Lunch | A complimentary lunch including hot meals, sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and dessert.

Help with sustainable travel  | Access to the Cycle to Work Scheme and a Season Ticket Loan scheme for public transport.

Family-friendly policies | Highgate appreciates that employees sometimes have family commitments so we try to be as supportive as possible, for example with enhanced maternity pay (8 weeks’ full pay, then 10 weeks’ half pay) and paid dependant leave.


Working at Highgate

A culture of community, kindness and belonging

Highgate is a caring, open-minded community, where we promote kindness, empathy and friendship. Everyone who works and studies with us deserves to feel they are part of a welcoming environment that enables them to be themselves and to thrive as individuals.

Our community extends beyond the school, through partnerships, charity work and our commitment to equality, inclusion and sustainability. All members of our school community are encouraged to look outwards and play an active role.

In a recent ISI inspection (Dec 2021), it was noted that “Pupils show exceptional respect for, and appreciate diversity within the school and wider community, and their own and other cultures, demonstrating sensitivity and tolerance to those from different backgrounds and traditions.”

Staff wellbeing

Highgate is committed to staff wellbeing, which we promote by encouraging a strong work-life balance; trying our best to support flexible working requests; providing a nutritious complimentary lunch in the dining hall; and offering access to sporting facilities including our recently renovated swimming pool.

The Staff Wellbeing Committee, with representatives across the School, meets regularly to drive forward initiatives, and a selection of staff have been trained as Mental-Health First Aiders.

We encourage an open culture throughout our school, with regular staff surveys, action committees and opportunities to feedback. We strive for continual learning and improvement, and staff training and development is paramount. There are opportunities to participate in the wider life of our school, such as taking part in trips or societies and getting involved in partnership projects.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

Work with us    Aims + Ethos


Charitable work and sustainability

As an independent school, we want to use our position as a charity effectively: to make high-quality education accessible to as many children as possible – through our bursary programme at Highgate and through our work with local state schools. We have partnerships with over 60 state schools across 7 London boroughs, and we are the principal educational sponsor for London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham – an academically-selective state sixth form in a community where such opportunities are lacking.

Alongside this, our staff and pupils undertake charitable activities throughout the year. These range from staff giving up their time to neighbourhood schools and charitable organisations, focused fundraising campaigns, to pupils undertaking community work in the local area or further afield.

As a school, we have a central role to play in educating our pupils, staff and parents about the importance of environmental sustainability. We are taking positive action to adapt our operational performance to tackle the negative effects of climate change. We encourage all our staff to reflect upon their personal and professional practices, to support our environmental agenda and to make positive changes wherever possible.

Application procedure

  • Closing Date: 31st July 2023
  • Timing of interviews: w/c 17th July

Contact: Recruitment Team are happy to answer any questions about this post.

Early Application: Applications will be considered ‘as and when’ received and we may close the vacancy if we appoint before the closing date.

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