I Need a New ATD

I knew this day would come; I had hoped it wouldn’t be so soon, however. They grow up so fast. I’m talking about my ATD, Isaiah Franco of course. He’s been “promoted” in a sense, and will soon be “the man” at Sandals Church in Riverside, CA. You can read more about his journey to this new position on his blog. While I’m bummed that I lose my right hand, custom fabricator and top-notch technician, I’m excited for him.

What this means is that I am in need of a new Associate TD. And since Isaiah will be leaving at the end of August, I need one quickly. Here are some particulars.


The church is Coast Hills Community Church, which is conveniently located about 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Aliso Viejo, CA. For those of you suffering through mid-west summers, it’s about 75 degrees and sunny almost all year ‘round. 

Our worship arts staff is the best I’ve ever worked with. We get along very well, and everyone is insanely talented and good at their jobs. We’re all pretty mellow, but work really hard. Ideal candidates will have similar properties.

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know we have a completely new FOH/Monitor system, a new lighting infrastructure and are constantly upgrading our systems and processes to make them better, easier to use and more effective. 

While our production values are very high each weekend, we don’t kill ourselves trying to outdo last weekend. Our goal is consistently excellent services that facilitate worship. 

So, what are we looking for? Here’s a full job description. In addition, here are a few general personality traits that are going to be important.

But What About You?

You should be technically competent. This is an ATD position, so I don’t expect you to know everything. However, having a pretty solid understanding of how professional A/V/L equipment works is a gold star.

You should have a deep desire to learn. As TDs, we can never know everything, but we should always be learning. If you think you already know it all, you probably should go to work for someone else.

You should have a good attitude. We don’t always get to do what we want in this job, and it’s important to stay positive even when you don’t get your way. The tech department is the first in, and last out, and you need to be OK with that.

Finally, it’s important that you are convinced you are called into this crazy ministry. This is the toughest job I’ve ever had, and the only way to do this for any length of time is to be called into it.

Brown M&Ms

I don’t have time to babysit someone, so I need a self-starter who can figure stuff out, take the initiative and follow directions. So as part of the application process, successful candidates will be able to tell me a little about the famous tale of Van Halen, brown M&Ms and why that might be I might be asking about that in an ATD job interview.

I’ve set up a special e-mail address for any and all applications, so please send your resumé and cover letter to atdjob@churchtecharts.org. Based on the volume of resumés I received last time, I may not be able to get back to everyone.

As this is an associate director-level position, we may not have relocation funds available, so know that going in. Also, the pay isn’t that great, and you have to put up with me as a boss. If you’re still interested, send me your info, and perhaps we’ll talk.

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