IN HOUSE ONLY - Theater Technical Specialist



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Located in Huntington Beach, California, Golden West College is a two-year college, serving over 18,000 students on a 122-acre campus. GWC offers over 60 Associate degrees, a strong university transfer program, more than 40 Career and Technical Education certificates, community education, and extensive student support services. Founded in 1966, Golden West College has been widely recognized for its pioneering leadership in designing learning-centered programs and services for its students. For the last two years, Golden West College has been named a ' Champion of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer' by The Campaign for College Opportunity in recognition of its extraordinary work in awarding and implementing the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) to help students achieve their educational and professional goals.

Golden West College (GWC) welcomes a diverse pool of candidates and has an unwavering commitment to quality education, equitable outcomes, inclusive practices and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for all positions at our college share our devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations.

Additionally, GWC is an officially designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and has an eligibility designation as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). GWC engages in regular professional development opportunities and partnerships so we can best serve disproportionately impacted groups. Additionally, the college supports equity minded programs as well as a full calendar of culturally responsive events. For up-to-date information on our student demographic and more, please see the following link: Golden West College Scorecard Golden West College is part of the Coast Community College District , a multi-college district that includes Orange Coast College and Coastline Community College . Information about GWC can be found at .

Provides technical, logistics, and instruction support to theater production and coursework by overseeing and performing technical aspects, set construction and moving, lighting, sound, special effects, and other services that support staging of theatrical productions.

Distinguishing Career Features
The Theater Technical Specialist combines instruction in and delivery of technical aspects of theater production such as sets, lighting, sound, and special effects. The Specialist is part of a career path for instructional, laboratory, and event production support. The District and college recognizes several levels of instructional support and differences in the depth and variety of knowledge needed to support instruction. The Theater Technical Specialist requires compliance with the stated qualifications, the ability to perform demonstrations, construct and integrate theater sets, lighting, special effects, and support coursework and productions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties may vary among departments, divisions and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following types of duties, as assigned:
  1. Oversees, coordinates, and arranges the staging of theatrical lighting, sound, video and other equipment and/or assets, as required for individual performances. Collaborates on the production needs for plays and other events, including sound and lighting requirements.
  2. Constructs stage scenery. Prepares working drawings and floor plans for stage sets and setups. Positions scenery and sets for optimal stage lighting and sound effects. Writes lighting cues and other instructions for student and technician use.
  3. Provides on-site technical staging expertise at theatrical events, providing guidance and assistance to theatrical groups and personnel with regard to staging concepts, processes, and techniques.
  4. Provides technical oversight, guidance, and instruction to students and theatrical crew members in basic theater practices, techniques, construction and painting techniques, and work safety standards.
  5. Troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains theatrical staging equipment and facilities. Maintains a preventive maintenance program and contracts for repairs as necessary. Inspects sets and equipment for safety and operability.
  6. Trains and oversees event stage crew personnel in technical safety procedures regarding theater facilities, equipment, and personnel.
  7. Programs and operates lighting, sound, and projection equipment. Sets up, patches in, and tests microphones, speakers, recorders, multi-media, and lighting for events.
  8. Participates in the development of schedules.
  9. Researches and recommends budgets for materials and technical services. Develops material lists and purchases and inventories materials and supplies for the operation of performance areas and constructing sets. Monitors production costs and budgets.
  10. Oversees the work of student helpers. Coordinates their activities in support of the instructional goals. Monitors and processes time sheets for student and other temporary help.
  11. Oversees “front of house operations,” including box office sales and reports, concessions, purchasing, patron services, and safety.
  12. Coordinates logistics for rental events/keeps the master calendar and schedules staff.
  13. Designs scenery and lighting as needed for theater productions and lighting for other events.
  14. Researches and schedules vendors for repairs, maintenance and upgrades to the facility and equipment.
  15. Performs other related duties as assigned that support the objective of the position.
  16. Required to abide by all District policies and procedures including Board Policy 3050 – Code of Professional Ethics.

Qualifications and Physical Demands

Knowledge and Skills
  1. Requires knowledge of the principles, techniques, methods, and equipment used in technical aspects of theatrical production.
  2. Requires working knowledge of the installation, maintenance, and repair, calibration, and integration of lighting, sound, special effects, and other theatrical equipment.
  3. Requires a working knowledge of stage design and scene construction, painting, and rigging.
  4. Requires a working knowledge of the operational methods of scene shops and other theatrical support functions.
  5. Requires skill in the use of hand and power tools related to the work including electronic instruments.
  6. Requires in-depth knowledge of safety procedures including the structural integrity of sets and scenes.
  7. Requires understanding of theory and working knowledge of lighting design and audio reinforcement.
  8. Requires working knowledge of current lighting and sound technology and products.
  9. Requires sufficient math skills to make detailed measurements and compute distance, totals, and portions.
  10. Requires sufficient language skills to convey technical concepts and prepare instruction manuals.
  11. Requires sufficient human relations skills to train students and other help, to give direction, and to provide instruction on the technical aspects of theater production.
  12. Requires sufficient math skills to make detailed measurements and compute distance, totals and portions.

  1. Requires the ability to perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the position.
  2. Requires the ability to demonstrate construction and setup techniques to students and other theater users.
  3. Requires the ability to observe safety rules and building codes.
  4. Requires the ability to use hand and power equipment to construct theater sets and props following and interpreting set design specifications, plans, and schematics.
  5. Requires the ability to design and construct stage sets and props, including lighting, sound, and special effects systems.
  6. Requires the ability to fabricate and manufacture custom items/objects to meet specialized needs and to advise and assist students with construction, carpentry, and electrical procedures.
  7. Requires the ability to calibrate and program lighting and sound systems.
  8. Requires the ability to perform maintenance on, repair, diagnose, and troubleshoot carpentry, construction, and electrical tools and equipment.
  9. Requires the ability to maintain accurate records.
  10. Requires the ability to complete OSHA and related training within a reasonable time.

Physical Abilities
  1. The general physical demands, working conditions, and essential job functions associated with this classification will be kept on file with the Office of Human Resources.
  2. Essential functions will vary by position.
  3. As defined by Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the District shall engage in a timely, good faith interactive process with employees or employment applicants who are requesting or are in need of reasonable accommodations and, provide reasonable accommodations for employees or employment applicants who, because of their disability, are limited in or unable to perform one or more of the essential functions of their job in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

Education and Experience
The position requires an Associate’s degree in a theater-related discipline and five years of experience, which may be concurrent, providing technical support to theater productions. A Bachelor’s degree in theatre-related arts is preferred. Or, any combination of education and experience which would provide the required equivalent qualifications for the position.

Licenses and Certificates
Requires a valid driver license.

Working Conditions
Work is performed indoors where safety considerations exist from physical labor and working with electricity and power tools.

Conditions of Employment

This is a full time, 12-month per year position. classified staff position. The normal hours of work are typically 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor.
  • Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
  • The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910)
  • The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Coast Community College District, through policies, practices, and other benefit programs, delivers a fair and equitable total compensation program that promotes equal employment opportunity, inclusion, and workforce vitality. In general, it is the policy of the District to place new employees at the first step of the salary grade. All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all classified employees.

Additional Information

ATTENTION: Before applying, please be sure to review the Coast Colleges District Board Policy regarding Nepotism (BP 7310)to check if your application may be impacted. If you have any questions, please contact HR Recruitment at 714-438-4714 or 714-438-4716.

To be considered for employment you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. A complete application packet includes:
  1. A complete online employment application.
  2. A current resume (attached as a separate document - PDF recommended).
  3. A cover letter highlighting your qualifications for the desired position (attached as a separate document - PDF recommended).
  4. Answers to all Supplemental Questions (please provide clear, thorough responses as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not put 'see resume.').

Submission of all required application information and materials is the responsibility of the applicant.

Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Electronic applications may be completed by visiting Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714 or (714) 438-4716.

Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate your name and the job to which you are applying.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate 'n/a' (not applicable). If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank.

Disability Accommodations:
If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4714 or (714) 438-4716.

Coast Community College District Title IX:

This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. The crime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the Campus Safety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices for any questions regarding the report.

Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

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