The Mondavi Center supports the University's mission of teaching, research, service and outreach via cultural programming integrated with the campus' outstanding academic tradition, a professional laboratory for performing arts students and lifelong arts education opportunities. The position supports the strategic goals of the unit through serving as a Senior Stage Technician and performing or leading technical support activities in carpentry, rigging, electrics, audio, video or stage management as assigned and by contributing to the Production Department overall, actions that are essential to the continued operation and success of the MC.
Under supervision from the Production Manager, serve as a Senior Technician at the Mondavi Center including Jackson Hall, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre and other event spaces on and off site. Responsibilities includes load in, set up, operation, and strike of lighting, video, and sound equipment; rigging and flyrail operation, event and stage set-ups and strikes based on supplied diagrams, including but not limited to performances, banquets, conference events, and receptions. Interact directly and professionally with local and traveling artists and clients to ensure their needs are met. Perform maintenance and repair of theatrical and event-based equipment. Maintain a positive working environment and high standards of safety, craftsmanship, and efficiency. Lead and oversee stage set-ups, flyrail work, hanging of light plots, soft goods, and portable projection screens, audio and video set up and rigging for live performances, and other events. Coordinate lighting, carpentry, rigging, stage decks and counterweight system maintenance with Principal Technicians and assigned stage crews. Train, organize and evaluate professional and student stagehands, both professional and developing. Carry out touring production managers' and technical directors' directions while safeguarding Mondavi Center policies, procedures, and equipment. Serve as a Stage Manager overseeing performance crews as assigned.
This is a 9-month partial year career position with 3 months of furlough each year.
$27.19/hr. - $32.68/hr.
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Work on ladders, personnel lifts, catwalks, loading bridges, and theatrical grids up to 100' above the stage floor.
Detect visual and audio problems.
Repeatedly lift and carry a minimum of 65 lbs. utilizing safe lifting and moving techniques.
Work during events, performances, and rehearsals may require standing for long periods of time.
Restricted vacation during peak periods.
Work a flexible schedule and overtime including evenings, weekends, and holidays in support of the Mondavi Center's event schedule.
Possess a valid California driver license required to retrieve and return event- and performance-related materials.
Safely function in low-light and unlit stage environments.
Work in high pressure situations with tight deadlines.
UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Additional Minimum License/Certification:
Two years of college and three years of experience in technical theater production; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in technical theatre or stage production including knowledge of technical theatre protocol, chain-of-command, and stage equipment and practices.
Experience acting as one or more of the following: lead carpenter, flyman, rigger, lead electrician, light board operator, audio engineer, video technician, or stage or event manager for live performances and events (both rehearsed and unrehearsed) in a roadhouse situation.
Experience reading and interpreting artist riders and stage drawings, including lineset schedules, light plots, blueprints, sketches, schematics, ground plans and sections.
Experience operating power tools, hand tools, and pneumatic equipment within safety guidelines.
Experience working with a staff with a wide variety of experience levels to motivate stage crew members and encourage participation, teamwork, and model and promote a respectful, professionally appropriate working environment which adheres to health and safety guidelines.
Experience working with a wide variety of users, including regional, national, or internationally-known artists to community renters; and working cooperatively and productively while enforcing facility policies and procedures.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :
Knowledge of and working experience with one or more of the following areas: - soft goods, counterweight systems, truss, theatrical motorized systems, and chain hoists and motors; - theatrical staging equipment such as portable risers and dance floors,; - computerized lighting consoles, theatrical lighting fixtures, and theatrical dimming systems; - professional-grade video projectors and other video equipment; - theatrical sound systems and equipment, including digital and analogue components and technology
Interpersonal and communication skills to effectively and professionally communicate both orally and in writing; elicit information needed to clarify inquiries and requests; resolve sensitive or difficult situations diplomatically; and to work effectively and cooperatively with constituents from diverse cultural backgrounds, perspectives, and levels of theatre production experience.
Organizational skills to manage the multiple details and tasks associated with executing productions; and to assume general assignments and follow through to successful completion with a minimum of direction, including recognizing new tasks and projects that become necessary.
Additional Preferred License/Certification:
Specialized experience in one or more of the following fields: lighting, audio, staging, rigging, video or wardrobe.
Experience working with and leading a crew with a variety of experience levels, including union members, road crews, part-time staff, and student stage crew members in the completion of their daily tasks.
Experience using electronic personnel scheduling software, and electronic scheduling/event/billing software.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :
Knowledge of current state and federal OSHA standards applicable to professional theatre environments.
The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy (ucop.edu) covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.
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