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Technical Director

Bowie State University
Maryland, United States
$60,000.00 - $72,000.00
Posted date
Aug 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Salary Band
$50,000 - $69,999
Employment Type
Full Time
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Technical Director

Personnel Status: PIN/ Exempt
Department: Fine and Performing Arts
Open Date: August 20, 2021
Closing Date: September 20, 2021

Responsibilities: Reports to the Chairperson of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA Chairperson) coordinates with DFPA & FPAC staff with production and event calendar and provides input to Chairperson and DFPA administration, staff, and faculty. Provides budget input and prepares and submits budget requests items, purchase orders, invoices for all equipment to the DFPA Chairperson for approval.

Regularly meets with the DFPA Chairperson and administrative staff to discuss FPAC and event-related issues and have approved any requests and provides technical support for departmental functions in all disciple needs under DFPA as needed. 
Coordinates with DFPA Chairperson in terms of a maintaining a consistent work schedule (physical and virtual) as well as the work schedules of the assistant technical director, event technician and must ensure staffing for departmental and other FPAC events. Also coordinates with BSU Auxiliary Services and Event and Conference Services and with DFPA staff as necessary for both campus and department-based and external (non-departmental) events and activities in the FPAC. 
Supervises technical staff and students in the safe execution of technical needs for departmental events and during shop or class hours needed or as required by Theatre Arts or other DFPA faculty. 
In conjunction with the Assistant Technical Director, Event Technician and other support staff, schedules, plans, and supervises work calls in support of departmental events. Works with the Assistant Technical Director to plan and create building drawings and construction timelines for scenic elements. Coordinates with the production manager and set designers (both faculty and guest) to determine production and design needs, the feasibility of safe execution, and material and labor needs. Ensures all events adhere to safety guidelines, COVID-19 guidelines (social distancing, PPE, etc.) and fire codes; and helps to maintain equipment in the performance spaces of the FPAC; Works with the DFPA Chairperson and other DFPA/FPAC staff in the building to coordinate events in the building. 
Works in conjunction with the Assistant technical director, set designer, faculty for designs, drawings, and construction timelines for scenic elements, events, and productions. Coordinates with production manager and set designers (both faculty and guest) to determine production and design needs, the feasibility of safe execution, and material and labor needs 
Ensures that the FPAC performance spaces primarily including the Main Stage, Black Box Theatre, Movement Studio, and Recital Hall have the proper and necessary equipment for lighting, audio-visual presentation, performances, projections, classes, productions as needed for university, college departmental (academic) campus-related and external events and performances, lectures, presentations, etc. 
Responsible for the supervision and implementation of the technical elements of FPAC and with emphasis on the DFPA but not limited to the Theatre Arts and Dance programs. Oversees the technical production aspects of the Fine and Performing Arts (FPAC) productions and events with specific emphasis on lighting, scenic, sound and AV support. 
Maintains, upgrades, repairs and replaces equipment as needed for production/performance areas such as the Main Stage, Black Box Theatre, Recital Hall, Movement Studio, Props Rooms, Scene Shop, and Dressing/Green Rooms and backstage as needed. Remains abreast of training, research of technology and equipment as needed to support events related to DFPA and FPAC. Provides training and supervision of FPAC technical event staff to include students and master electricians, props, and support. Also provides training for student technical support assistants for performance spaces such as the Main Stage, Black Box Theatre, Recital Hall, and/or Movement Studio including A/V, sound, and lighting. Provides FPAC technical and event staff with best practices for productions and troubleshooting: live, musical, theatrical, stagecraft, lectures/presentations, and virtual (as needed) while ensuring safety standards. 
Provides basic DFPA faculty for performances, presentations, events as needed for DFPA/FPAC related programs and activities. 
Reviews building usage requests to ensure that all technical staff is available and provide the necessary support for requested events. Coordinates with the DFPA, DFPA Chairperson, Assistant Technical Director, Events Technician; BSU Auxiliary Services and Events and Conference Services for scheduling and events and activities in the FPAC.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree (MA, MFA preferred) in technical theatre production or related field preferred; experience in event and live performance desirable. Minimum three (3) years of related technical/production, theatrical design support, and professional experience in theatrical, musical, performance, audio-visual, sound, and lighting required. Knowledge, skills, and abilities in carpentry, technical support, and troubleshooting of audio/visual, lighting, projection, sound systems, and equipment required. Experience in virtual/streaming of performances, presentations, and live events is desirable. A commitment to liberal arts program with an emphasis on live, musical, theatrical, performance through technical production support. Demonstrated knowledge of carpentry, lighting, rigging, planning, set construction, materials, and techniques for scenic construction for performance. Knowledge of sound and lighting boards, computer systems, audio/video recording, live sound mixing, and strong communication and organizational skills including theatrical drafting programs. Must be courteous and collaborative. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Highly physical work, including frequent lifting (up to 25-50 pounds), construction, reaching, bending and twisting, construction, reaching, bending, and twisting. Ability to work with height and challenging environments. Theatre stage spaces, including fly loft, catwalks, loading galleries, grid, storage spaces, and office areas. The schedule has variable hours, including evenings and weekends.

SALARY:  $60,000 - $72,000                                                                      RANGE:  III

APPLICATION: Interested and qualified applicants should go to to apply online. Paper application submissions will not be considered.

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Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD  20715

Bowie State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
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