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Technical Director

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Job Title:         Technical Director

Department:     Operations (Artistic, Production/Technical, Community Engagement Programs)

Reports to:      Production Manager

FLSA Status:   Seasonal (40 weeks), Full-time, Exempt

Supervises:     Seasonal technical personnel, IATSE and non-union stagehands

                                                                                   

General Position Summary:

The Technical Director (TD) is responsible for planning and supervising technical production activities and personnel and technical direction and engineering for the company’s mainstage productions, site-specific productions, festival productions, community programs, galas, special events and performances, and annual programming (hereinafter referred to throughout this document as, “Productions”). The TD ensures that all technical aspects of the Productions are in adherence to established parameters and support the artistic and financial goals of the company.  The TD has the discretion to resolve or recommend for resolution unforeseen circumstances that occur during the course of the season.

 

Essential Functions/Major responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

 

Technical Administration and Planning

  • With the Production Manager, participate in the detailed planning and documentation for scenic, lighting, sound, and video.
  • With the Production Manager, coordinate work and schedules with production/technical staff, designers, theater staff, and other technical areas as related to the Productions
  • Review, analyze, revise and document new Productions and incoming rentals.
  • Plan and supervise technical activities associated with Productions’ scenery, lighting, sound, video and stage property operations.
  • Liaise with designers to implement all technical requirements of a design, specifically in the areas of scenery, lighting, and video.
  • Liaise with other companies’ technical departments and designers on co-productions and rentals.
  • Arrange and implement outside hire contracts and suppliers for technical support, such as lighting, sound, staging, rigging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented by the company in advance of production dates.
  • Coordinate and supervise company-helmed scenic builds and prep/de-prep activities at the warehouse.
  • Manage vendor and construction shop relationships, and work, including but not limited to scenic, lighting, sound, and video vendors.
  • Obtain competitive costings for all elements of expenditure within the technical areas.
  • With the Production Manager, determine labor needs and crew calls for Productions and supervise labor (IATSE and non-union stagehand and/or scenic and electrics staff) and during warehouse activity, construction, load-ins, load-outs, technical rehearsals, and performances.
  • Coordinate rehearsal room load-in and strike activities, including labor scheduling and active rehearsal room technical support.
  • With Head Electrician and Lighting Designer, coordinate light plot, LW deliverables, communication with the designers, documentation for pricing, and secure shop order estimates and updates.
  • Participate in the departmental development of the master calendar for the season and festival.
  • Work closely with the artistic administration and music staff to prepare and execute all technical and production need related to artistic personnel and orchestra.
  • Attend design meetings, production meetings, and staff meetings.
  • Apply and secure permits and certifications.
  • Coordinate production trucking and transport; Drive vehicles when necessary.
  • Assist Director of Operations and Production Manager with current and future season planning and administration.
  • Prepare budget estimates for technical areas and report forecasts to the Production Manager.

 

Technical Direction and Engineering

  • Analyze and interpret designs and technical documentation for new Productions and rental productions, and assess their viability for the company’s performance and rental uses.
  • Prepare, update and maintain technical drawings, shop details, shop orders, specifications and manifests.
  • Coordinate designer drawings with designers and technical drawings with the scene shop; Technical drafting as required.
  • Design technical engineering for all technical elements, in coordination with the shops, vendors, and performance venue.
  • Procure sample materials for scenic construction.
  • Prepare working CAD drawings of performance venues, specifically site-specific and non-traditional venues.
  • Coordinate rigging, engineering and other technical requirements with performance venue personnel, including the Head Carpenter and Head Electrician.
  • Prepare and execute backstage, offstage, and performance facility technical requirement.
  • Oversee workshop activity during set and prop construction periods, and electrics preparation periods.
  • Oversee the safe and efficient construction and installation of all production elements in the various departments such as the scenery, lighting, props, wardrobe and stage.

 

General Operations

  • Attend performances and events as required.
  • Provide technical support to extra-seasonal events.
  • With the Production Manager, manage the yearly inventory of warehouse, maintenance of its contents, including repair and/or refurbishment of sets, maintaining records of all work done.
  • Assists in technical support of supertitles.
  • With Director of Operations and Production Manager, liaise with performance venue management and personnel.
  • Provide management oversight of production health and safety requirements; identify and recommend modifications to facilities and processes as necessary.
  • Supervise all warehouse and storage activities.
  • Maintain and record company inventory and orders specialized supplies.
  • Review, analyze and make recommendations for warehouse facilities and stock upgrades, expansions, transfers and acquisitions; Arrange for preventative maintenance on stock goods and equipment.
  • Keep up to date with all technical developments within the theatre industry.
  • Maintain company trucks and vehicles.
  • Recommend capital expenditures and improvements.
  • Work closely with Production Manager on a variety of office based and administrative tasks.
  • Participate in assessment of viable rehearsal and performance venues.
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required.
  • Other duties as required.

 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; preferably in technical theatre or other arts.  Experience working in non-profit arts organization, is preferred.

 

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a production environment and to deal proactively with company requirements.
  • Analyze information logically, drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary to generate appropriate and/or creative solutions.
  • 5+ years of experience with scenic installation.
  • Demonstrable detailed specialist knowledge of scenery construction, materials, paint and finishing processes, and rigging.
  • Additionally, a high level of competence in one or more of the following disciplines: lighting, sound, video and film technology.
  • Complete understanding of theater techniques and processes, including industry safety standards.
  • Experience with union crews and interpretation and implementation of union agreements.
  • Ability to work in a quick and detailed fashion in VectorWorks, AutoCAD, or similar CAD-program and Lightwright.
  • Strong computer skills, including a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher).
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly self-motivated with leadership qualities and also an effective team player.
  • Works well under pressure.
  • Results and team-oriented work style.
  • Must have a valid drivers’ license and experience driving large rental trucks.
  • Occasional use of a variety of power tools and audio/video equipment.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.

 

Interpersonal Contacts:

Opera Omaha staff, board members, seasonal production, design, technical personnel, theatrical vendors and construction shops, community organizations and any external constituents needing assistance.  Establishes a good relationship with all to enhance company morale and maintain a positive attitude within the working environment.

 

Job Conditions and Work Hours:

Opera Omaha is a high-energy organization with a demanding mission.  Employees will sometimes experience heavy workloads under very tight timelines.  In addition, work may be required outside of normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives.

 

To Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources: jdaggett@operaomaha.org.  Please include “Technical Director” in the subject line of the email.

 

 

 


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