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Two weeks prior to the deadline to submit applications, the diversity of current applicants will be assessed. Upon review, if the pool does not include sufficient diversity at that time, the application window may be extended.
The Santa Clarita Community College District/College of the Canyons is seeking a full-time Assistant Technical Director, Performing Arts Center (PAC) in the Instruction Division.   
Salary Placement: 
This twelve (12) month per year position will be on an individual contract. This classified administrator position will be placed on Range 3 of the Administrator Salary Schedule. Step placement is based on experience. Initial salary step placement for new employees is customarily at step 1, 2, or 3 ($6,678.00 / $6,778.00 / $6,880.00 per month) of this 20-step salary range.

All administrators are on an employment contract and exempt from overtime and compensatory time accumulation.

Overall Responsibilities: 
Under the direction of the Production and Technical Director, Performing Arts Center, the Assistant Technical Director, Performing Arts Center assists in the technical direction of instructional, community, and professional productions at the College. 

Example of Duties

Essential Job Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Assists in the supervision of all technical crew (both instructional and professional) in both the Main Stage and Black Box Theatres.
  2. Schedules all adult hourly/short-term employee crew for community and instructional/institutional productions.
  3. Assists in the advancement and production meetings/tours for all community rentals.
  4. Logs all technical crew hours and keeps accurate time sheets for daily calls.
  5. Assists in the requests for price quotes and contracts for all rental equipment for commercial acts, city users, and other rentals.
  6. Communicate and advance all production needs for community and fair market users of the Performing Arts Center.
  7. Assists in the supervision of all facility maintenance and repairs.
  8. Assists in maintaining an accurate inventory of all equipment and production expendables (tape, hardware, lamps, gel, etc.).
  9. Provides full supervision of the space and technical crews when the Technical Director is absent.
  10. Sets up audience risers and seating for the black box.
  11. Assists in the enforcement of all fire and safety codes and practices.
  12. Coordinates with on-campus audio/visual department for audio/visual equipment as required.
  13. Supervises students in the installation of scenery, lighting, sound, and video needs for college performing arts productions and other relevant institutional productions in the Main Stage and Black Box Theatres.
  14. Completes working drawings and converts necessary instructional department design drawings into construction drawings.
  15. . Supervises the scene shop, Main Stage, and Black Box Theatres during instructional labs.
  16. Coordinates with the Operations Manager to establish staff and budgetary needs for instructional department designs.
  17. Acts as the liaison between the Operations Manager and Production/Technical Director to establish build and technical/dress rehearsal schedules for Instructional Department productions.  
  18. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Demonstrated Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  1. Basic theatrical carpentry skills including operation of standard scene shop power and hand tools.
  2. Electrical and wiring skills including the ability to wire and maintain standard stage pin and Edison connectors, conventional lighting fixtures, and practicals for productions.
  3. Digital and analog audio systems and the ability to operate a 48 24-channel digital control board console.
  4. Standard theatrical rigging practices and the ability to safely install trussing over the stage and house.
  5. Managerial skills and the ability to process and file time sheets and purchase orders.
  6. Computer skills including the operation of Microsoft and CAD programs.

Ability to: 

  1. Provide technical and responsible assistance to faculty, students and production team.
  2. Make effective decisions, use professional judgment and take independent actions.
  3. Work within constricted time frames.
  4. Demonstrate effective computer skills as required to perform duties.
  5. Accurately make any arithmetical calculations necessary to monitor expenditures, work within budget limitations and prepare purchase requisitions.
  6. Communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  7. Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  8. Work a flexible schedule that includes evening and weekend assignments.
  9. Learn and follow District and Department policies and procedures; adapt to changing student and procedural requirements.
  10. Understand and work within goals and objectives of the department.
  11. Demonstrate interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  12. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, staff and others contacted in the course of work.
  13. Demonstrate clear evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and community.

Qualities of a Successful Community College Leader:

 Every administrator with the College is expected to be:

  • Committed to Student Access, Engagement, and Success.
  • Willing to take strategic risks related to student-oriented change.
  • Capable of building strong teams.
  • Motivated to establish urgency for improvement.
  • Able to plan lasting internal change.
  • Results-oriented, ensuring effective implementation, routine assessment of programs and continuous data-informed improvement.
  • Effective at communicating and listening to foster strong relationships, shared priorities, and inspire trust and action.
  • Considerate of fiscal responsibilities and sound operations.
  • Dedicated to entrepreneurial fundraising that aligns to student access, engagement, and success goals.
  • Effective in developing effective external partnerships to achieve broader aims for student success.
  • A creative, innovative, energetic instructional leader; a technologically sophisticated professional who is skilled in various technology applications.
  • A supporter of consistent and on-going professional development initiatives, in pursuit of the college’s strategic goals.
  • A fair-minded, ethical, and honest leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the courage and integrity to lead and accept responsibility.



Qualifications and Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements: 
Minimum of three years professional experience as an Assistant Technical Director, Master/Theatrical Carpenter, a Master/Theatrical Electrician, or Audio Engineer.  Experience must include at least two years supervising student or intern crews in a theatrical setting and at least one year of experience advancing technical needs for a touring production or a performing arts center.
An Associate’s degree (equivalent of 60 semester units) in any field is acceptable with coursework in Theater or Technical Theater.

Possession and maintenance of a valid California driver’s license.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Theatre Production and Design.
  • Two years experience in the operation of ETC control boards and dimmers, Martin and Vari-lite intelligent instruments, and hanging and focusing of conventional lighting instruments.
  • Two years experience in the operation of a counterweight fly system.
  • One year experience in management of labor schedules and payroll.
  • One year experience in theatrical carpentry for a university or professional theatrical shop.

Physical Characteristics:
The physical demands for this position include the ability to lift and stack objects up to 100 pounds occasionally and frequently exert 10 to 25 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Work involves walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, twisting/turning and reaching in awkward positions; bending at the waist.   Work involves sitting plus frequent periods of standing and walking, which may include climbing staircases, and may include climbing ladders and stairs.  Hand and digit dexterity to operate tools and equipment specific to the trade.  Utilize near and far vision and depth perception.  Hearing and speech to communicate and provide information to others.   Must be able to perceive the nature of sound, utilize near and far vision, depth perception, provide oral information, and possess the manual dexterity to operate computers and related equipment. Handle and work with various materials and objects which are essential aspects of this position.


Further Details

District Classified Administrator Benefits:
Full-time employees are provided with a diversified employee benefits program that includes sick time, vacation time, discretionary time, medical, dental and vision insurance including dependent coverage, disability and life insurance as well as Section 125 options.  These benefits commence on the first of the month following date of hire.  Professional development and educational incentive opportunities are provided to all classified administrative employees.  
Classified employees contribute to the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), a defined benefit retirement plan through the State of California.  

Conditions of Employment:
Successful completion of background fingerprint clearance, pre-employment physical examination (disabilities not related to the physical job will not affect the application process) and TB screening.  
Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per government codes 3100-3109.
Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member.
Board of Trustees approval.
Official, sealed transcripts are required upon offer of employment.
Ability to maintain a flexible workweek with hours that may vary, and can include evening and weekend assignments. 
Position is contingent upon the availability of funding.  

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Santa Clarita Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

 The Santa Clarita Community College District is committed to employing qualified employees 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 consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not unlawfully discriminate in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, protected medical leaves (requesting or approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act), domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and any other status protected by state or federal law  or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
Applicants who have disabilities may request that accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process by contacting the Human Resources office directly at (661) 362-3427.
About the District:
Innovative. Collaborative. Entrepreneurial. These characteristics not only define College of the Canyons, they are embodied by the faculty, staff and administrators who make this college unique among the 116 California Community Colleges.
Established in 1969, College of the Canyons is among the fastest-growing colleges in California and the nation. It is widely recognized as a model community college for enhancing student access, success and equity. Its completion rates rank among the highest in the state. The college has established a well-deserved reputation for bolstering economic development and offering innovative career technical education responsive to industry needs.
Guided by visionary leadership, the college serves a 367-square-mile area of northern Los Angeles County that includes the dynamic, growing Santa Clarita Valley. A steady influx of new residents and businesses creates a spirit of possibilities that inspires the college to be flexible, creative and attuned to the community’s evolving needs. The growing diversity of the community is mirrored by the college, which qualifies as a Latino-serving institution.
The college’s influence in the community is best illustrated by the dozens of collaborative partnerships it has forged with local school districts, government entities and service organizations. Examples include the Performing Arts Center’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach initiative, which allows thousands of children to experience the arts each year, and Academy of the Canyons, an early/middle college high school at the Valencia campus that is ranked among the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation.
With campuses in Valencia and Canyon Country, the college offers 96 associate degree programs, including 31 associate degree for transfer (AD-T) options, as well as 148 certificate programs. Classes are offered during traditional fall and spring semesters, as well as shorter, intensive summer and winter sessions. Additional educational opportunities exist at the University Center, whose four-year colleges and universities offer approximately 30 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well certificate and credential programs.
Because of the college’s commitment to meeting the needs of the community, local voters have approved two bond measures valued at more than $240 million since 2001. The college also secures substantial funds from the state and millions of dollars in grants each year that allow new, cutting-edge programs to be developed and facilities built to accommodate them.
Given its commitment to growth and innovation, College of the Canyons sets a new standard for what a college can achieve. It is a vital cultural, educational and economic force in the region. Join us to discover unexpected possibilities, the freedom to innovate and an opportunity to shape the future.
Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications online. Please visit our website at If you require assistance, please call the Human Resources office at (661) 362-3427 or for the hearing-impaired TTY/TDD Line at (661) 362-5178. Applicants may check the status of their application online and may expect to be notified within approximately 4 - 5 weeks following the Review Date as to the status of their application.
All application materials must be uploaded online or received in the Human Resources office by the end of the day on the review date in order to assure consideration for this position. Postmark is not acceptable for this purpose. Separate application materials must be submitted for each position applied for. Materials submitted become property of the District and will not be returned, copied, or considered for other openings.   The Human Resources office is located in the University Center, Suite 360 at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA, 91355.
The following application materials are required for your application to be complete:

  • Online District CLASSIFIED Application form.
  • Current detailed resume, summarizing education and experience. Please include month/year dates of employment and descriptions of responsibilities at each employer.
  • Letter of interest (cover letter). In your letter, please address your qualifications and experience as they pertain to the job duties, the demonstrated knowledge, and the abilities section of this announcement. Provide specific details and examples of your direct experience in achieving the list of minimum and desirable requirements for this position.
  • Copies of complete and legible college transcripts clearly indicating all college units earned and any degree awarded. Copies of diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of college transcripts. You can submit unofficial copies of transcripts for application purposes. Official, sealed transcripts are required upon offer of employment. Please see our website for the requirements for evaluation of transcripts from foreign colleges or universities.
  • Confidential Recruitment Source Information (Voluntary Survey). This is voluntary and is part of the online applicant profile separate from the application.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire. Please provide detailed answers to the following questions as part of your application packet.


  1. Do you possess an Associate’s degree (equivalent of 60 semester units) or higher from an accredited college or university, with coursework in Theater or Technical Theater? If yes, please provide a legible copy of your college/university transcript in your application packet, with the courses and degree(s) clearly visible. Copies of diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of college transcripts. If no, you do not meet the minimum qualifications for this position. 
  2. Please describe your experience as an Assistant Technical Director, Master/Theatrical Carpenter, Master/Theatrical Electrician, or Audio Engineer. Include employer name(s), position title(s), dates of employment, full-time or part-time status (hours per week), your roles and responsibilities.  Please provide your total years of full-time equivalent experience in this field. 
  3. Citing examples and timeframes, please describe your experience supervising student or intern crews in a theatrical setting and your experience advancing technical needs for a touring production or a performing arts center. 
  4. Please describe your carpentry skills, including the operation of scene shop power and hand tools.
  5. Please describe your experience managing production budgets, including purchasing of materials/supplies, renting production equipment, and creating labor schedules. 
  6. Please describe how you would create a positive work environment for all short-term staff and retain current employees while recruiting additional crew members. 
  7. Please describe your ability to work successfully in a multicultural environment. 
  8. Why do you want to work in this management position at College of the Canyons? What unique skills and aptitudes would you contribute to the Performing Arts Center team?  

         Letters of Reference are optional.
Please note:

  • Skills evaluation of candidates for interview may be required.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Hiring committees review all complete, qualified application packets. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.
  • A presentation may be required for those candidates selected for an initial interview.
  • “Experience” generally refers to relevant paid experience. In some instances, unpaid experience may be counted as experience towards meeting the minimum qualifications or requirements for the position only if it entailed responsibilities substantially similar to those of relevant paid positions in the field.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide sufficient information and details to the Human Resources office at the time of submission of their application packet.  Details should include the organization, contact name and contact information, start and end dates, hours per week, and a list of relevant unpaid/volunteer duties or responsibilities performed.  Not all unpaid experience may qualify.  Upon offer of employment, an applicant will be required to obtain written verification(s) of any relevant unpaid/volunteer experience.
  • Current COC employees who are applying for this position: Please be aware that materials from your personnel file are not included as part of the application file; therefore, please provide the same requested application materials as any other applicant.
  • Please be aware that, should you be considered as a finalist for this position, reference checks will include current supervisor(s).  
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you need assistance with the application process, contact:

Human Resources Office
(661) 362-3427
TTY/TDD (661) 362-5178 or visit our website at
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are fully and correctly submitted. All materials submitted are for this position only and become the property of the District.   Materials will not be returned, copied or considered for other openings. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of the official application form.
Interviews may be conducted in-person or remotely via Zoom. 

This Assistant Technical Director will be working on the Valencia campus. This is not a remote position.  

The College is expecting to conduct initial interviews between the weeks of May 20, 2024 and May 27, 2024 and conduct final interviews between the weeks of May 27, 2024 and June 3, 2024. This is an estimated timeline, and is subject to change. 
Positions are offered contingent on funding. We reserve the right to withdraw, extend the filing date, reopen, or delay filling this position. Recruitment may continue until the position is filled. This recruitment may be used for future vacancies. 


College of the Canyons

College of the Canyons is part of the California Community College system, the largest system of higher education in the U.S. with 116 accredited colleges serving 1.9 million students.

The college is located in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, and covers a 367-square-mile service area in northern Los Angeles County. With a 2020 census population of 228,673, Santa Clarita is the third-most populous city in Los Angeles County. The city lies within the Santa Clarita Valley, bounded by the San Gabriel Mountains to the east, the Santa Susana Mountains to the south and west, and the Sierra Pelona Mountains to the north. The Santa Clara River passes through the city from east to west. The area's Mediterranean climate produces hot, dry summers and mild winters.

The college participates in several innovative partnerships that have redefined the traditional role of community colleges. It collaborates with nearly every social service agency in the community, as well as school districts, the city of Santa Clarita, chamber of commerce, industry associations, and numerous businesses.


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