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The Assistant Technical Director is responsible for assisting the Theatre Director in managing the shop and coordinating and implementing the design and technical operation of all productions, rentals, and special events held within the theatre facilities according to safety codes, budget constraints, and department policy.
The Assistant Technical Director (ATD) is a full-time 12-month professional support staff appointment on a schedule coordinated with the Theatre Director and the Department Chair of Fine and Applied Art in accordance with operational needs of the theatre. Internal and external events will require an altered work schedule with some nights and weekends expected. Limited supervision is provided; the ATD must demonstrate effective leadership skills and the ability to work independently and accurately prioritize tasks and supervise staff and students in the scenery shop.
Essential Job Functions:
Supervise and/or lead part-time staff and students, setting schedules, coordinating work, and identifying lines of communication.
Coordinate with the Theatre Director, FAA Department Chair, theatre faculty, department and division staff, students and volunteers to ensure smooth operation of the theatre facilities as an academic lab and community venue.
Assist with Parkland theatre productions and theatre rentals.
Consult with Theatre Director to determine goals, objectives, budgets, production schedule, and design expectation.
Assist Theatre Director in planning upcoming seasons including providing budget estimates and scheduling recommendations.
Use independent judgment to evaluate the equipment and technology needs for the theatre.
Assist Theatre Director in managing scenic budgets, constructions, installation, and dismantling of all scenic elements. Recommend budget items, and coordinate with Theatre Director and Department Chair in order to purchase supplies and other materials needed for productions or facilities.
Report and assist with needed maintenance, repairs and improvements to ensure that the theatres are maintained in an orderly, clean, sanitary, and safe condition. Perform annual equipment maintenance as needed.
Assist the Theatre Director in assigning production duties and responsibilities for all part time staff members.
Coordinate with theatre faculty to monitor the work of students to ensure maximum educational opportunities.
Help maintain inventory of properties owned by the theatre facility.
Assist guest directors and designers with budgets and purchases.
Attend Parkland Theatre production meetings as needed as well as technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, crew view and strike.
Build scenery and build or repair materials for the Fine and Applied Arts department as needed.
Study specifications in blue prints, sketches or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and material.
Install and maintain scenery during and after load in.
Adhere to safety codes, budget constraints, and department policies.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Theatre (Technical or Design)
Four years of experience as theatrical technician
Experience in wood and steel construction, health and safety, and stage automation in the context of a performing arts theatre
Verbal and mathematical abilities sufficient for execution of technical responsibilities required by the position
Experience with theatre equipment including lighting, sound, rigging, and construction/fabrication equipment
Ability to operate a single purchase fly system
Ability to operate a personnel lift, climb ladders, and carry equipment weighting up to 50 pounds without assistance
Ability to push and pull wheeled items weighing up to 200 pounds without assistance
Use fine motor skills for manipulations of sound and light board, remote controls and dimmers.
Shop management experience
Knowledge of CNC Shopbot
Experience working with students in an academic theatre environment
Application Close Date: November 29, 2021
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Competitive salaries and robust benefits, including medical insurance with no monthly premiums, dental, life, disability, retirement plans, flexible spending, dependent care, EAP, tuition waiver, vendor discounts.
Work/life balance with generous paid time off.
Collegial community of faculty and staff united in our passion for serving students, on a campus with a panoply of lifestyles, with cultures as diverse as the communities we serve.
Professional support and deep commitment to career growth and development.
Opportunity to contribute to an organization with a national reputation for excellence and a growing international presence.