PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN - PVAC (Performing and Visual Arts Center)

Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN - PVAC (Performing and Visual Arts Center)

San Diego County - Grossmont College

Transforming lives through learning isn't just the vision of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. It happens every day with our 30,000 students who take the first step in their higher education, become trained for a new career, or learn knowledge that transforms their world perspective.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District honors a diverse academic community and fosters equity mindedness across our institutions. As such, the District is committed to eliminating achievement gaps among different student groups by promoting a culture of appreciation for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice, and continuously examining our processes and practices through an equity lens.

The District provides an excellent health and welfare benefits package to its employees. We take care of our employees and have continued to offer medical, dental and vision coverage to eligible employees and their dependents at no charge for any of the plans we offer.

Become a part of this dedicated team in beautiful San Diego County!

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Job Summary
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

NOTE: Application materials that are submitted on the last day of application and are timed out will not be accepted.

Department: Division of Arts, Languages, & Communication
Location: Grossmont College

Months worked out of the Year: 12 months

Work hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hours may vary. Must be available to work a flex schedule in
order to accommodate evening and weekend performances.

Shift Differential: None

Starting Salary Range: CL-43; $5,319 (Step A) or $5,625 (Step B) Monthly
Based on experience

Anticipated Start Date: July, 2021

Job Description


Under the direction of an assigned manager, perform a variety of technical and specialized duties related to the set-up, operation, and maintenance of the Performance and Visual Arts Center (PVAC) and related areas; coordinate non-instructional scenery installation, lighting implementation, sound and video system operation, and other related technical components for events in the PVAC.


Collaborate with the assigned manager, faculty, and staff in assessing the technical requirements for various productions and events in the PVAC, including planning, organizing and directing event load-ins, set-ups and strikes, and use of the PVAC's sound, lighting, stage and other technical equipment and systems.

Employ a variety of technical skills related to specialized performance equipment and mechanical operations, such as stage lighting and design, sound/video engineering, and rigging.

Coordinate and assist in the set-up of all aspects of events held within the PVAC needed to meet specific event requirements (e.g. sound systems, stage lighting, and other stage equipment, including the installation of the Marley dance floor, acoustical shell, orchestra risers, etc.).

Work with performing artists and other user groups to ensure events run smoothly.

Coordinate and support the use of PVAC venues (e.g. stage, backstage, lobby, etc.) and equipment during events hosted by academic departments and other entities within the college as well as those hosted by external users.

Perform and supervise limited set construction, rigging, and other activities associated with live performances, such as facilitating and guiding the installation/hanging of soft goods, electric and sound requirements, and additional equipment on a per show basis with all PVAC users and event organizers; may include operation of a hydraulic lift.

Monitor the run and strike associated with performances as needed.

Develop and oversee the execution of a preventive maintenance program for technical equipment and the PVAC's technical theatre systems.

Inspect, monitor, and evaluate technical theatre equipment to assure compliance with safety regulations and manufacturer guidelines governing the use of equipment within the PVAC.

Comply with standard safety procedures and coordinate ongoing safety training for all mechanical equipment used during performances (e.g. lighting, rigging, hydraulic lifts, etc.).

Ensure that safety procedures are being followed for the stage and backstage areas.

Assist in developing and instituting policies and procedures for the PVAC, particularly as they relate to stage and backstage operations.

Oversee equipment inventory and security.

Provide technical information, training, and assistance to staff in the set-up and utilization of lighting design, sound/video engineering, and other technological operations in the PVAC.

Oversee light and sound technicians, stage managers, and other operators for PVAC users.

Work effectively with outside production/technical teams for performances by both internal and external users of the PVAC.

Assist independently contracted scenic designers when necessary.

Work with a variety of vendors to obtain supplies, rental equipment and services for the PVAC in accordance with District purchasing policies and procedures in order to assist with purchasing and/or rental agreements for technical supplies and equipment for performances when needed.

Collaborate with the assigned manager and/or district staff to provide accommodations for attendees with special needs.

Maintain the PVAC environment in a safe, clean, and orderly condition.

Attend staff and production meetings as needed.

Work cooperatively with faculty, staff, and students with issues pertaining to PVAC events, programs, and facilities.

Order, receive, and store supplies, materials, and equipment needed for the daily operation of the PVAC.


Assist the administrator in the budget preparation.

Participate on college-wide committees and hiring committees to meet needs of department/discipline.

Perform related duties as assigned.



  • Technical aspects of the performance and visual arts fields of specialty.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of lighting and audio design for dance, music, and theatre productions, including:

a. Digital Audio Workstation (DAW systems);

b. Digital and analog audio mixing boards;

c. Digital and analog lighting consoles and computer systems;

d. Traditional and LED lighting instruments

e. Digital video switchers and systems, including multi-camera and multi-source video projection.
  • Installation, operation, utilization, maintenance, and repair of PVAC technology.
  • Basic principles and practices of the operation and maintenance of specialized theatrical and other performance equipment and mechanical operations, including stage rigging and counterweight systems, theatrical lighting instruments, computerized lighting control systems, sound and video equipment, audio and video recording systems, digital projectors, personnel lifts, hand tools, power tools, and electrical testing equipment.
  • Electricity and electrical circuits, including but not limited to the ability to safely load electrical circuits and dimmers, identify overloads and short circuits, recognize and where feasible repair defective equipment, and safely perform basic electrical wiring.
  • Safety issues regarding operation of stage equipment.
  • Various industry software, database, and internet applications (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, courtesy.
  • Principles and practices of training and providing work direction.
  • Applicable laws and regulations.


  • Perform specialized and technical duties to assure efficient performance productions.
  • Maintain currency in the technical aspects of the performance and visual arts fields of specialty.
  • Effectively apply basic principles and practices associated with the operation and maintenance of specialized performance equipment and mechanical operations, such as stage lighting and design, sound/video engineering, and rigging.
  • Operate professional sound and lighting equipment as well as stage rigging systems to achieve artistic ends.
  • Operate computerized lighting control systems as well as audio and video recording systems, including:

a. Digital Audio Workstation (DAW systems);

b. Digital and analog audio mixing boards;

c. Digital and analog lighting consoles and computer systems;

d. Traditional and LED lighting instruments;

e. Digital video switchers and systems, including multi-camera and

multi-source video projection.
  • Operate personnel lifts and hand/power tools.
  • Provide technical information and assistance to faculty, staff, and students as well as external users.
  • Read, understand, interpret, and implement from technical riders and other written documents, such as blueprints, sketches, schematics, shop drawings, ground plans, manuals, etc.
  • Provide good customer service while working with a wide variety of constituents in the execution of events.
  • Train and provide work direction to others, including student workers.
  • Monitor the care, security, and safe operation of assigned equipment and mechanical operations.
  • Remain current in field of specialty, explain and comply with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair PVAC technology and equipment.
  • Work cooperatively with all programs/departments within the Division of Arts, Languages, & Communication.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Effectively use various software, internet, and database applications (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Coordinate with the facilities department on needs.
  • Operate a hydraulic lift.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Balance multiple tasks at once.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Learn the district organization, operations, policies and objectives.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ideological, educational, language, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as the diversity in age and physical abilities of faculty, staff, and students.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in Technical Theater Design or equivalent work experience.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum three years of current experience installing, operating and maintaining technical productions of live performances.


Work a flex schedule in order to accommodate evening and weekend performances.

Lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance and loads greater than this with assistance.

Work at heights more than 12 ft. off the ground.

Stand or sit for prolonged periods of time.

Occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist.

Climb up/down and work on a ladder.

EST. 03/2020

Additional Information


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Application Materials:
1) Complete and current resume

2) 2 Page Cover letter addressing SPECIFICALLY how you meet the requirements of the position. In addition to addressing the essential and secondary functions in the job announcement, discuss in your cover letter these two questions:

a. How your experience in the area of live theatrical production would transfer to this position?

b. How your experience and background has prepared you to work in an academic setting?

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The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, a two-college district in eastern San Diego County, has been providing a high-quality education to the region since Grossmont College opened its doors in 1961 and Cuyamaca College began operating in 1978. The district is tied closely to the suburban and rural communities that it serves, providing a $1 billion economic impact to the region through its payroll, purchasing, and spending by students and alumni.

The district has a strong commitment to diversity and equity with a student population representing a broad variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, cultures and abilities. The district strives to provide an educational environment that fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding, and respect that ultimately also benefits the global community.

The colleges offer more than 150 degrees and certificates in a wide range of programs. Both colleges have signature programs that have become well-renowned. Grossmont College is recognized for its top-notch Administration of Justice, Culinary Arts, Nursing and Allied Health and Theatre Arts programs, while Cuyamaca is known for its Automotive Technology, Ornamental Horticulture, Environmental Health and Safety and Water/Wastewater Technology programs.


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