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Assistant Technical Director, Full-Time Staff

Company: Chapman University
Location: Orange
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Assistant Technical Director, Full-Time Staff Position Title Assistant Technical Director, Full-Time Staff

Position Type Staff

Job Number 20170828

Full or Part Time Full Time

Employee Status Regular

Posting Date 06/26/2020

Job Description Summary

The Assistant Technical Director ( ATD ) is primarily concerned with the operational aspects of production, and is responsible for the technical preparation and execution of CoPA supported events with knowledge and experience in various carpentry, lighting, sound, video (capture and streaming), and rigging practices. They lead and supervise the load-in, set-up, operation, and strike of such production elements. Under the direction of the Technical Supervisor, the Assistant Technical Director also supports production preparation as required: reviewing and translating designs, plans, plots, schematics, renderings, models, storyboards, and paperwork for staff and crews to implement under their guidance. The ATD makes regular recommendations on staffing and budget needs for their area.

The Assistant Technical Director is also responsible for evaluating, planning, scheduling, performing, and or directing the housekeeping, repair, and service of CoPA Production Management performance venues and equipment. They have significant control of materials, supplies, equipment, and venue maintenance.

In addition, they must routinely advise, consult, and help subordinates, including part-time employees, and the mentoring/supervision of students.

The Assistant Technical Director is expected to perform with a high degree of professional initiative, judgment, and discretion with a focus on safety. Perform other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities

Technical Direction

• Ensures that CoPA performance venues are ready for use, meeting deadlines, providing technical expertise, managing resources, and recommending staffing needs.

• Review and translate designs in all production disciplines through verbal and written means, including working drawings and work breakdown structures.

• Lead CoPA production load-ins, set-ups, running crews, and strikes.

• Create and/or review technical riders and prepare staffing and budgeting requirements for review by the Technical Director.

• Execute technical riders.

• Train and supervise running crews for all CoPA productions – stagehands, board ops, and specialty positions – creating tracking sheets as needed.

• Act as the Technical Supervisor’s representative in their absence or during times of overlapping production schedules, as needed.

• Provide guidance and technical expertise to student employees and crews, as well as faculty and staff.

• Utilize proper safety practices and procedures, including maintaining safety protocols and inspection records for production facilities and equipment.

• Travel to different locations for Production Management work.

• Supervise production activity in the Waltmar and Halsell Theatres, Salmon Recital Hall, Partridge Dance Center, or other CoPA venue, as the work requires.

• Recommends appropriate staging, and technical requirements for productions as suggested by director/designer/event needs.

• Collaborate with Production Management staff as needed.

• Attend production meetings and technical/dress rehearsals as needed.

Master Electrician / Lead Audio-Visual

• Maintain the lighting, sound, and video equipment for daily facility operations and scheduled performances & events in CoPA venues

• Lead lighting hang & focus, audio and visual load-in, and the programming of such consoles, computers, software, etc.

• Troubleshoot equipment concerns, do repairs as needed, and use shop tools in a safe working condition.

• Evaluate equipment needs and collaborate with supervisor to budget/spend for repairs or replacement of equipment.

• Clean, maintain, organize theatres, control booths, and equipment on a daily basis.

• Ensure that all facilities meet the standards set forth by the College of Performing Arts.

Streaming Technician

• Coordinate and monitor CoPA streaming productions to ensure technical quality.

• Supervise the stream production team.

• Apply expertise, creativity, and imaginative solutions in videography and broadcasting technology.

• Remain current in streaming trends and technology necessary to keep CoPA productions relevant, accessible, and high quality.

• Set up equipment, streaming, and encoding for all shows.

• Prepare computers, monitors, control room configuration, broadcast gear, and live streaming services for recorded and live video and audio content.

• Maintain and update equipment, playback and graphics computer systems, servers, streaming hardware, and software to ensure all are in working order.

• Research and install new equipment and production software as productions change and new projects are added.

• Trouble-shoot technical issues.

• Verify that all content is available and ready to stream.

• Operate streaming equipment, as needed.

• Facilitate the transfer of media after shoots as dictated by Director of Production

• Maintain and organize digital assets for productions, including backups of media, building out server organization for new projects.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

• Five or more (5+) years of experience in general stagecraft techniques and experience in stage carpentry, properties construction, scenic painting, audio systems, lighting systems, video, and/or projection systems.

• Experience in maintaining shop tools and inventory and overseeing technical staff. Abilities in research and record keeping, cleaning and maintaining the shop and tools.

• One to three years (1-3) experience as a stage technician, lighting, audio, or video engineer, and/or stage manager. Broad knowledge of theatrical design across the various disciplines. Experience with tools and facilities for professional, educational, and performing arts productions. Proficiency in scenic load-in/operation/strike, stage lighting/audio/visual equipment/electricity/console programming and operations, rigging, and counterweight systems. Knowledge of basic principles and methods of stage management. Demonstrated knowledge of standard theatrical equipment and terminology. Demonstrated knowledge of the methods and techniques in maintaining, installing, and repairing electrical and mechanical equipment used in stage productions, with the ability to apply the knowledge in work. Demonstrated experience leading and directing stage crews.

• Ability to read and interpret ground plans and elevations, schematics, CAD drawings, diagrams, light plots, and stage plots.

• Ability to prioritize tasks when faced with interruptions, distractions, and fluctuating workloads, and to carry out duties in a reliable and timely manner. Strong analytical and organizational skills to prioritize schedules, projects, and resources and to meet deadlines in a multi-venue, multi-disciplinary environment with overlapping space allotments and complex schedules.

• Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals at all organizational levels, both inside and outside of the university.

• Ability to remain calm and respond confidently and promptly to stressful situations. Capacity to solve problems with diplomacy and tact. Ability to use creative thinking and sound judgment in dealing with a variety of personality types and situations; to follow and apply safety and work-related policies and procedures.

• Knowledge of pertinent regulations and codes relating to theater productions.

• Ability to work effectively in a team-based environment, follow instructions, and work independently and follow-through on assignments with minimal direction/instruction.

• Strong organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.

• Experience in Stage Carpentry.

• Ability to lift and carry over 50 pounds.

• Valid CA Driver License

Desired Qualifications

• Expertise in setting up sound and lighting for video purposes

• Extremely familiar with equipment and systems associated with the recording and live streaming of performing arts content.

• Experience setting up web-based recorded and live productions including using: production switchers, IP network gear, routers, and graphics.

• Basic camera-operating skills.

• Basic audio and visual editing skills.

• Up-to-date on trends in video technology as well as social media.

• Interpersonal skills necessary for successful communication with team members.

• Team oriented, works with others to get the job done without being interested in the spotlight.

• Understanding of broadcasting, video encoding equipment, video codecs, and live video delivery systems.

• Enthusiastic for continuing to build knowledge within CoPA regarding live streaming and broadcasting.

• Creative and outgoing; enjoys bringing new ideas to the table during production meetings.

• Experience with rigging and counterweight fly systems

• Experience working as a master carpenter.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Posting Specific Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

* Do you have working knowledge of standard theatrical equipment and terminology? Yes

No

* Do you have a valid CA drivers license? Yes

No

Do you have a OSHA 10 certification? Yes

No

How much experience do you have as a scenic carpenter? 1-3 years

4-5 years

More than 5 years

How much experience do you have as a stage electrician? 1-3 years

4-5 years

More than 5 years

How much experience do you have with live audio? 1-3 years

4-5 years

More than 5 years

How much experience do you have with production Video/Projection/Recording/Streaming? 0

1-3 years

4-5 years

More than 5 years

Required Documents Resume

Cover Letter

3 References Listed on One Page

Optional Documents Letter of Recommendation 1

Letter of Recommendation 2

Letter of Recommendation 3

Curriculum Vitae

Work Samples

Other Document

Certification/License

MAIN CAMPUS

One University Drive

Orange, CA 92866

(714) 997-6815

RINKER HEALTH SCIENCE CAMPUS

9401 Jeronimo Road

Irvine, CA 92618

© 2019 CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.

Keywords: Chapman University, Orange , Assistant Technical Director, Full-Time Staff, Other , Orange, California

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