Assistant Technical Director, Quick Center

Fairfield University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 26, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Technology Administration/Other, Conference & Special Event Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

DIVISION: Quick Center

DEPARTMENT: Quick Center for the Arts


We seek an ambitious, energetic, and quality driven professional. The successful candidate will support the Technical Director (TD) in managing the daily operation of the Theatre and it’s respective programming. The Assistant Technical Director provides technical assistance for University and Quick Center for the Arts functions; ensures the safe and effective operation of all events in the presence and absence of the Technical Director; and assists in the supervision of student and professional personnel. The preferred applicant will maintain, operate and or manage the operation of all technical equipment within the Quick Center for the Arts.

UNUSUAL WORK CONDITIONS: Early morning, late evening and weekend work hours

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent (GED) and theatre related experience are required. Electrician experience; run and plot lighting, virtual and video production, theatre automation; sound design/technology experience are preferred.

  • Ability to program an ETC light board

  • Working knowledge to program and maintain automated and conventional lighting systems

  • Working knowledge of PowerPoint on both MAC and PC

  • Working knowledge of a professional sound system

  • Working knowledge of video projection systems

EDUCATION: High School Diploma required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE: 2 years’ experience in technical theatre/stage management preferably in a roadhouse setting; demonstrated interpersonal skills (w/Bachelor’s degree) OR 5 years’ experience as noted above (w/High School diploma).

REPORTS TO: Technical Director, Quick Center for the Arts and Executive Director, Quick Center for the Arts


The Assistant Technical Director is a full-time exempt position that (in conjunction with the Technical Director) manages all aspects of the production from pre-production to load out. This includes providing inventory and venue drawings to the designer(s), cross-referencing with Lighting and Sound drawings to check for conflicts, and managing the show’s needs during rehearsals, tech, previews, run, and load-out.

Position Summary:

Assist Technical Director in:
  • Coordinating, administering, and supervising the day-to-day technical operations of all events

  • Maintaining stages and related equipment

  • Specifying the purchase of equipment

  • Overseeing physical improvements to theaters

  • Maintaining accurate records

  • Providing guidance and technical support within the facility

  • Interfacing technical requirements of touring companies with internal capabilities

  • Maintaining, repairing, or replacing broken equipment

  • Helping guest road crew solve any number of show-related problems

  • Coordinating with outside artistic and technical staff regarding technical requirements and details of event

Prepare and implement technical needs prior to each event, including:
  • Consulting with Technical Director on lighting-specific needs, particularly gel/gobo orders and scheduling of light hang

  • Advising Technical Director on staffing requirements

  • Moving and/or hanging soft goods on designated line sets

  • Conducting light hang and circuiting, and management of additional technical staff for such, if necessary

  • Setting up presentation laptop with desired videos/slideshows, if required

  • Management of camera’s and virtual studio in consultation with TD

Coordinate with guest artists, and event staff to ensure successful production of events, including:
  • Assess level of management needed for each event’s successful run onstage, and fulfill that role as needed during the event

  • Insure success of event within existing time restraints by coordinating technical staff and prioritizing the implementation of technical needs as necessary

  • Coordinate with Front of House staff to open doors, and begin event in a timely manner

  • Manage and organize technical personnel to facilitate the successful operation of event

Communicate inventory availability to Theatre Fairfield and coordinate usage during their facility use

Design lighting and other technical needs, as required

Oversee several events running multiple evenings

Train staff and temporary employees in policies and procedures

Develop priorities and monitor workflow

Recruit and train student crew members

Supervise students and professional theater technicians to prepare, run, and strike productions

Participate in the professional development of the department. This involves:
  • Promoting an image efficiency and courtesy throughout the University community and consistent with the department’s mission

  • Attending departmental staff meetings as required

  • Monitoring development in theater technical production through attendance at workshops and seminars and in the reading of professional literature

  • Communicating with supervisor regarding pertinent departmental matters

Promote safe and secure working conditions. This involves:
  • Promoting the proper utilization of equipment and materials

  • Notifying supervisor immediately of any unsafe working conditions

Perform other duties as related or dictated by responsibilities.

Pay range: $51,156.70-$62,524.86

This position is based at Fairfield University’s Fairfield, CT campus.

Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.


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All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

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