The primary function of the Technical Director is to coordinate and manage all technical elements of stage production for performances and other events; arrange staffing, lighting, sound, staging, and other necessary items for performances; as well as overseeing inventories, repair and maintenance of theatre equipment. This position requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the operation, with night and weekend work required. Potential candidates should be willing to relocate to Wickenburg, Arizona. The Technical Director reports to the Webb Center’s Director, but considerable latitude is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. Venue technical rider can be found at http://www.dewpac.org
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Oversees theatre technical operations and serves as site manager during events.
Advises Executive Director on the booking of events: researches technical riders to ascertain needs for the production, determines feasibility and makes arrangements for special staging, rental equipment, special effects, artist parking and security; monitors budget for same.
Liaison with production directors for visiting artists to advance all events; assures that lighting, stage preparation, sound equipment, lobby set-up and other pre-event preparations are completed to specification.
Coordinate and communicate with Executive Director to ensure artist needs are met or exceeded, all within financial goals.
Coordinate and communicate with Artist Services to ensure accurate scheduling, staffing, catering, rental equipment and other pre-event preparations are carried out for every event.
Insures operational readiness of all major technical systems.
Performs safety checks on equipment and facilities, and provides training and oversight of safe working practices, ensuring that safety/COVID-19 guidelines are met.
Coordinates the operation of, or operates the lighting, rigging and sound systems.
Recruits and trains technical staff; certifies individuals to operate specific equipment.
Schedules, coordinates and supervises the work of regular and temporary workers performing semi-skilled and skilled technical work, for performances, including load-ins, performances, and load-outs.
Actively supervises and participates in facility events.
Coordinates with the school district and serves as primary pre-production coordinator for annual school musicals and plays, district sponsored events, etc. Actively participates in set building and design for same events.
Works with high school drama teacher to develop technical theatre curriculum, provides hands-on learning experiences for students, and certifies students in operation of technical equipment.
Coordinates theater activates for Theater Ninja’s, the after school club for high school students.
Provides technical theatre instruction for Camp Imagination.
Performs maintenance (including preventative) and repair work as required for both the equipment and the facility; troubleshoots and repairs equipment breakdowns.
Maintains production area records: inventory logs, equipment information, warrantees, maintenance and repair logs, service contracts, equipment rental agreements, staff event hours, and billing information.
Maintains neat, clean and organized office, theatre and stage environment.
Responsible for all janitorial functions within the facility.
Is responsible for security of building and equipment, and serves as first response to after-hours security calls.
Coordinate schedule with school district maintenance department for proper maintenance and replacement of building equipment.
Coordinate schedule with Executive Director for proper maintenance, replacement and additions to technical equipment inventory.
Maintain fixed and non-affixed asset list in association with Executive Director.
Keeps time records of technical staff and submits requests for payroll.
Initiates and prioritizes budget proposals of operational and capital purchases and supervises purchases of supplies and equipment to meet production goals.
Develops scope of work for major purchases and services by vendors.
Provides data to Executive Director to assist in planning Center goals.
Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with applicable policies, procedures, and safety practices.
Standard practices in theatre operations;
Safe working practices in a theatrical environment;
Procedures and techniques required for installation, operation and maintenance of computerized stage lighting, electronic sound systems equipment and mechanical rigging as well as knowledge and experience with safety requirements associated with such equipment;
Principles and practices of high voltage electrical circuits including single-phase electricity, three-phase electricity, and cable wiring;
Supervisory techniques and practices;
Budgeting procedures and practices;
Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
Work independently and with little supervision.
Supervise regular, temporary, student and volunteer technical staff;
Envision a production and anticipate and plan for technical needs and preparations;
Modify and design equipment and systems to meet event requirements;
Design and run lights and sound for a production;
Research and prepare budget proposals;
Coordinate production area purchases;
Understand written and verbal instructions and apply them to the installation of sound, lighting, and scenery systems;
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; provide calm leadership under pressure;
Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
Demonstrate initiative, resourcefulness, integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly.
Experience and Training Required
Bachelor's degree in technical theatre production or related field supplemented by advanced technical courses in lighting, electronics or communications engineering; AND
Four (4) years’ experience in progressively responsible technical theatre positions at a managerial level, preferably as a technical director, including knowledge of electricity, electronics, mechanics, lighting, rigging, sound systems, carpentry and supervision of subordinate technical staff ; OR
Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the comparable knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Essential Physical Abilities
Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to discern verbal instructions, communicate effectively in person and on a telephone, hear sounds within normal range of conversation, distinguish emergency warning sounds, and determine the direction of sounds;
Sufficient vision or other powers of observation to comprehend written work instructions, review, evaluate, and prepare a variety of written/typed production materials, set up lighting, sound, and audio equipment, and direct a crew of workers;
Sufficient manual dexterity to operate theatre equipment and other related equipment;
Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, physical reflexes and strength to perform heavy work and to reach, stoop, bend, kneel, and climb stage equipment, work at heights of up to 45 feet, lift 50-100 pounds occasionally, 25-50 pounds frequently, and 10-20 pounds constantly to move objects, and continuously stand or sit for an extended period of time.
The principal duties of the position are performed in an environment where the employee may be exposed to risk or danger
Additional Salary Information: Full health care benefits, self contributed 401K
About Del E Webb Center for the Performing Arts
About the Webb Center
The Webb Center is a 600-seat proscenium theatre located in Wickenburg, Arizona. Established in 2001, the theatre annually presents 30-35 professional music, dance and theatre performances, from November through March, to educate and enrich the lives of its audience members. The organization is deeply committed to enhancing the local schools’ arts and culture curriculum by offering free student performances and in-classroom workshops, and a summer arts camp to inspire the next generation. In addition, the Webb Center curates the innovative “Made in Wickenburg” artist residency program. An artistic company lives at a local guest ranch for two weeks while developing a new work and offering open rehearsals to educate the general public about the creative process. In culmination of the residency, many companies world-premiere their new piece on the theatre's stage
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