Production Lead

Job Title:                     Production Lead

Reports to:                  Lead Minister

Status:                        Hourly, Non-Exempt, Part Time

FTE:                             5-8 hours per week

Job summary:

The USSB Production Lead delivers a high-quality audio/visual experience for the congregation and manages the technical production of Sunday morning services, both onsite and livestream. The Production Lead collaborates with the Lead Minister and the Worship Arts Team to create a meaningful and accessible online experience and ensures that the technical elements work smoothly for congregational services and events, both in-person and online.

Work Schedule:

Sunday mornings 8am -12pm and flexible weekday hours, to be arranged in consultation with the Lead Minister.

 Essential Functions:

  • Serves as technical lead for the production of worship services and other multi-platform events (memorial services, etc.) with direction from Lead Minister and in cooperation with volunteers, musicians, and staff.
  • Manages all aspects of Sunday morning technical production: mic setup, video setup, sound and video checks, running the livestream during the service and integrating pre-recorded elements.
  • Manages audio/visual volunteers; welcomes, trains, and coordinates volunteer leaders to manage appropriate pieces of our technical needs; helps to build capacity and enthusiasm within our volunteer AV Team.
  • Supports Music Director in quality audio set up for Sunday morning and occasional choir recordings.
  • Records and/or edits elements for USSB programs, including music videos, guest speakers, or other video needs.
  • Suggests new audiovisual ideas and strategies for continuing to improve USSB’s Sunday multi-platform services. Attends professional trainings as needed.
  • Researches and suggests appropriate new technology (hardware and software) and assists in budget development for technical needs.
  • Edits Sunday service recordings and other USSB videos for posting online (YouTube, Facebook, etc.)
  • Creates and edits slides and videos as needed.
  • Works with individuals of diverse identities, ages and backgrounds, and demonstrates patience with diverse levels of technical skill.

Essential Qualities & Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to take direction from and collaborate with worship leaders.
  • Production Sensibility: understands the role of camera positioning, sound mixing, and transitions in audience experience. Helps create a moving worship experience for congregants.
  • Technical savvy: skilled with video/audio editing software (possible examples: e-camm, OBS, kdenlive), Zoom, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, WordPress, YouTube, and social media platforms. Familiarity with both Mac and PC systems.
  • Skill with AV hardware; controllers, audio mixers, video distribution, soundboard, cameras, speakers, wireless and hard-wired microphones.
  • Creative approach to online community: fosters a sense of meaningful connection through virtual engagement.
  • Curiosity: always learning about new technologies and seeking out ideas that will improve the worship experience.
  • Grounded in Unitarian Universalist Values: Supports the USSB mission as well as Unitarian Universalist principles and values. Willing to learn about basic UU theology and traditions in order to create services that reflect and supports the USSB religious community. Commitment to accessibility, antiracism, and inclusion of diverse identities.

To see the USSB mission:

For more on Unitarian Universalist principles:

Education and/or experience in film studies and digital media preferred. Congregational experience a plus.

Work Environment:

The Production Lead will be regularly onsite. Some tasks may be performed remotely. Full vaccination required for employment.

Physical Requirements:

Moving and managing audio/visual equipment; working in diverse physical locations for filming; deskwork. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds, bend, stoop.

Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara as an Employer

We are a community that welcomes people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds, wherever they are on their spiritual journey. We encourage all applications, especially those from members of traditionally marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ+, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color), neuro-diverse people, and people with disabilities. We welcome applications from those whose skills and talents for this work are not reflected in a traditional educational or career path.

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Applicants are encouraged to apply before December 15. We are not reviewing applications until mid-December.