We seek an ambitious, energetic, and quality driven professional. The successful candidate will support the Technical Director (TD) in managing the daily operation of the Theatre and it’s respective programming. The Assistant Technical Director provides technical assistance for University and Quick Center for the Arts functions; ensures the safe and effective operation of all events in the presence and absence of the Technical Director; and assists in the supervision of student and professional personnel. The preferred applicant will maintain, operate and or manage the operation of all technical equipment within the Quick Center for the Arts.
The Assistant Technical Director is a full-time exempt position that (in conjunction with the Technical Director) manages all aspects of the production from pre-production to load out. This includes providing inventory and venue drawings to the designer(s), cross-referencing with Lighting and Sound drawings to check for conflicts, and managing the show’s needs during rehearsals, tech, previews, run, and load-out.
Assist Technical Director in:
Coordinating, administering, and supervising the day-to-day technical operations of all events
Maintaining stages and related equipment
Specifying the purchase of equipment
Overseeing physical improvements to theaters
Maintaining accurate records
Providing guidance and technical support within the facility
Interfacing technical requirements of touring companies with internal capabilities
Maintaining, repairing, or replacing broken equipment
Helping guest road crew solve any number of show-related problems
Coordinating with outside artistic and technical staff regarding technical requirements and details of event
Prepare and implement technical needs prior to each event, including:
Consulting with Technical Director on lighting-specific needs, particularly gel/gobo orders and scheduling of light hang
Advising Technical Director on staffing requirements
Moving and/or hanging soft goods on designated line sets
Conducting light hang and circuiting, and management of additional technical staff for such, if necessary
Setting up presentation laptop with desired videos/slideshows, if required
Management of camera’s and virtual studio in consultation with TD
Coordinate with guest artists, and event staff to ensure successful production of events, including:
Assess level of management needed for each event’s successful run onstage, and fulfill that role as needed during the event
Insure success of event within existing time restraints by coordinating technical staff and prioritizing the implementation of technical needs as necessary
Coordinate with Front of House staff to open doors, and begin event in a timely manner
Manage and organize technical personnel to facilitate the successful operation of event
Communicate inventory availability to Theatre Fairfield and coordinate usage during their facility use
Design lighting and other technical needs, as required
Oversee several events running multiple evenings
Train staff and temporary employees in policies and procedures
Develop priorities and monitor workflow
Recruit and train student crew members
Supervise students and professional theater technicians to prepare, run, and strike productions
Participate in the professional development of the department. This involves:
Promoting an image efficiency and courtesy throughout the University community and consistent with the department’s mission
Attending departmental staff meetings as required
Monitoring development in theater technical production through attendance at workshops and seminars and in the reading of professional literature
Communicating with supervisor regarding pertinent departmental matters
Promote safe and secure working conditions. This involves:
Promoting the proper utilization of equipment and materials
Notifying supervisor immediately of any unsafe working conditions
Perform other duties as related or dictated by responsibilities.
UNUSUAL WORK CONDITIONS: Early morning, late evening and weekend work hours
Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent (GED) and theatre related experience are required. Electrician experience; run and plot lighting, virtual and video production, theatre automation; sound design/technology experience are preferred.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL NEEDED:
Ability to program an ETC light board
Working knowledge to program and maintain automated and conventional lighting systems
Working knowledge of PowerPoint on both MAC and PC
Working knowledge of a professional sound system
Working knowledge of video projection systems
EDUCATION: High School Diploma required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
EXPERIENCE: 2 years’ experience in technical theatre/stage management preferably in a roadhouse setting; demonstrated interpersonal skills (w/Bachelor’s degree) OR 5 years’ experience as noted above (w/High School diploma).
REPORTS TO: Technical Director, Quick Center for the Arts and Executive Director, Quick Center for the Arts
Internal Number: JR0001095
About Quick Center for the Arts - Fairfield University
The mission of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is to create a dynamic and inclusive visual and performing arts center for the whole community that inspires intellectual curiosity, broadens perspectives and transforms the way we see the world and how we interact with one another.
Through high caliber artistic programs that each invite inquiry, experimentation and reflection, the Quick Center for the Arts aims to collaborate with dynamic performers, artists and experts to inspire, engage and involve audience members to enter into conversations with, journey with and even co-create the artistic experience.
As part of a Jesuit institution, Quick Center Programming aims to serve the intellectually hungry and perpetually curious, providing a space for the exploration of remarkable and inspiring performing arts opportunities for the Fairfield University community at large.