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.
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
Master Electrician / Lead Audio-Visual
• Maintain the lighting, sound, and video equipment for daily
facility operations and scheduled performances & events in CoPA
• 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.
• Coordinate and monitor CoPA streaming productions to ensure
• 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
Perform other duties as assigned.
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Knowledge of pertinent regulations and codes relating to
• 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
• Expertise in setting up sound and lighting for video
• 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,
• Basic camera-operating skills.
• Basic audio and visual editing skills.
• Up-to-date on trends in video technology as well as social
• 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
* Do you have working knowledge of standard theatrical equipment
and terminology? Yes
* Do you have a valid CA drivers license? Yes
Do you have a OSHA 10 certification? Yes
How much experience do you have as a scenic carpenter? 1-3
More than 5 years
How much experience do you have as a stage electrician? 1-3
More than 5 years
How much experience do you have with live audio? 1-3 years
More than 5 years
How much experience do you have with production
More than 5 years
Required Documents Resume
3 References Listed on One Page
Optional Documents Letter of Recommendation 1
Letter of Recommendation 2
Letter of Recommendation 3
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