Theatre Consultant - Audiovisual Systems Design (US)


Thank you for your interest in Charcoalblue.

To apply please complete the online application form and submit a short resume (1-2 pages max.) and a covering letter addressing the questions below:

  1. Why do you consider yourself to be a suitable person for the post and what you would like from the job?
  2. Which of your previous experience would you highlight as being particularly relevant to this role?
  3. Describe your experience and competency using CAD and BIM drawing tools for designing, including any specific software capabilities.
  4. Please highlight the elements of the role requirement where you feel you have the least experience.
  5. Please state your salary expectations in line with your experience.

*Should you require the application form in a different format, please download it via the link below and submit it via email to, along with your CV and covering letter. Application Form 2021.docx 


We look forward to receiving your application by 6pm EST on Sunday May 9th, 2021. We will only accept applications via our online system. 

Interviews will be held remotely (via Microsoft Teams) during May 2021 - time and date will be confirmed for shortlisted candidates.


Company Overview

Charcoalblue is the world’s leading multi-national theatre, acoustic, and digital consultancy. Founded in 2004, we now have around ninety team members across North America, Australia and the UK. Our team members currently work remotely across the globe. 

Charcoalblue provides guidance and designs for a broad range of buildings and events, including theatre, live performance, music, culture, education, workplaces, entertainment, and sport. We engage with all members of a project team - the clients, architects, engineers, cost consultant, and contractors - on how the design choices they make affect the functionality of the building. 

We strive to be the first and best choice for architects and clients who are designing new theatres or refurbishing existing ones. We want to recruit the finest and most capable people working in the arts or construction sectors today and are actively working to attract and retain a globally diverse team.


Equity & Diversity Overview

Charcoalblue is an equal opportunities employer. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive working environment across our practice, and we work consistently to ensure elimination of unfair and discriminatory practices within the company. Recruitment opportunities are open to all, but we particularly encourage applications from women, members of minority groups, people with disabilities, and anyone who doesn't currently see themselves significantly represented in our teams.

If you require this application in a different format or need support during the application process, please contact Gracie Becker via email ( or telephone (212-645-0790). Equally, please contact Gracie if you have any questions in relation to access, or how the role might need to respond to your personal circumstances.

Charcoalblue aims to provide a service that does not discriminate against its clients and customers and works to ensure all can access our supplied services. We believe that all employees and clients are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity.


Job Description 

We are currently seeking an experienced Audiovisual Systems Design Consultant with specific expertise in systems design in North America. You will be responsible for all aspects of design, documenting, and commissioning AV systems on our projects, working as part of our project teams which can include theatre designers, lighting designers, stage equipment designers, and acousticians to deliver holistic, client-focused design solutions.

You will report to one of our US Principals, who will manage your project assignments and workload along with Charcoalblue’s Operations Coordinator. You will have the chance to meet regularly with your line manager to ensure you are fully supported in your role and since theatre consultancy is a specialist field, we will provide role-specific inductions and ongoing training to help you succeed.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Meet with clients to evaluate their needs for a project as they relate to audiovisual systems (and beyond).
  • Propose audiovisual systems solutions which meet project requirements including accurate budget setting, and impact of AV equipment on other building systems. 
  • Provide all aspects of system documentation including sketch illustration, written narrative description, architectural drawings, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and specification writing. 
  • Work with our internal design team to present a holistic design solution which balances all aspects of performance functionality and budget.
  • Communicate the functionality and purpose of audiovisual systems while adjusting communication styles for different audiences - client teams, other creative designers, experienced AV technicians, or electrical engineers, among others.
  • Work with architectural and engineering teams to ensure that each of the design disciplines includes the required infrastructure, support, and accommodation for all elements of the audiovisual systems.
  • Apply client’s requirements and standards to projects, where provided, and adapt documentation to these standards as required.
  • Provide cost projections throughout a project for audiovisual systems integration.
  • Conduct value engineering; adapting and revising designs to reduce cost while maintaining as much value and performance as possible.
  • Participate in site visits for commissioning, witness testing, construction progress, and other purposes as required. This position will require occasional travel, including international/overseas travel. During the pandemic, all flight travel has been put on hold.
  • Work with our Team Leaders to set out project work plans, goals, and deliverables. 
  • Contribute to the continual development of our internal design, technical and training resources.


Key Skills

Charcoalblue is open to receiving applications with a variety of levels of experience. We are seeking a broad candidate pool, with no set education or experience requirements. If you meet most of the qualifications below, we encourage you to apply.

  • Served as primary audiovisual systems designer for completed projects in the design, documentation, construction, and commissioning phases.
  • Can demonstrate the creation of contract documentation for the audiovisual systems on new construction or architectural renovation projects in North America. 
  • The ability to self-manage and set work plans for the successful delivery of work against deadlines with minimal input from management. 
  • A detailed knowledge of audiovisual technology and systems integration including broadcast system design. 
  • A practical knowledge of audio, video and acoustic theory.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in producing design and contract documentation in both REVIT and AutoCAD.
  • Familiarity with the standard suite of Microsoft Office, GSuite products, Adobe Acrobat and/or Bluebeam.
  • Experience and interest in live performance, broadcast, and/or events.
  • Knowledge of contractual issues and the AIA project stages and associated levels of work output.
  • CTS certification is a plus, but not required.


Employment Details

In response to the pandemic, Charcoalblue is operating a remote working model with team members working primarily from their own homes but affiliated with a geographical team. You will not be required to work from a Charcoalblue studio, but you must be able to travel to one of our studios from time to time, when the company deems it is safe to do so in line with federal/state advice. At that time, our studio spaces will be available to employees and clients as collaborative, social spaces, with quiet working areas if required.

We will consider applicants from all locations without the need to relocate.

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position and employment at Charcoalblue is at will.

We are offering this role on either a 32 hour or 40 hour working week basis to encourage applications from as wide a range of candidates as possible. Please state your preference within your covering letter.



  • We currently operate an ‘unlimited vacation’ policy* – meaning that you are entitled to a minimum of 15 days’ vacation per year to support your personal wellbeing. This is in addition to federal and some local Public Holidays. *Should you wish to take additional days’ vacation, you may request these through your line manager and approval will be given subject to the demands of your projects and the company’s needs at the time.
  • We traditionally close our studios between Christmas and New Year, resulting in an additional average 4-5 days’ holiday per annum. 
  • Following 60 days of employment, you will be eligible to join our 401K scheme (employee contributions only). Charcoalblue will provide 5% annual employer contribution following two years of employment.
  • Following 60 days of employment, you will be eligible to join our company health insurance policy subject to the terms and conditions of the policy which are subject to alteration from time to time.
  • Charcoalblue operates a bonus scheme which is subject to the Partnership’s performance year on year and is not guaranteed.
  • Two free theatre/ live performance tickets per month to enable you to immerse yourself in the industry as far as possible.
  • Monthly contribution to your home internet service and home utilities to enable you to work from home effectively in line with our remote working model. 


Start Date

As soon as practicable, ideally June 2021.