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Technical Director

Emerson College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 30, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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Full Time
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Technical Director
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Direct the safe and effective technical operations in the theatre performance and production support facilities of the Office of the Arts, including but not limited to, the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Semel and Greene Theaters, Black Box Theatre, Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Studios and scene shop. This is a non-teaching staff position.

Your Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide general technical expertise, specialized knowledge, skilled labor as necessary and facilitate communication to support the artistic and technical needs of all clients, outside, internal and student. Be pro-active in the recognition, prevention, and solution of problems and potential problems for productions, technical systems, and the overall maintenance of the facility, including repairs and the purchase of new equipment.
  • Evaluate client production plans and translate them into inventory allocations, purchase and rental orders, crew assignments, overhire crew calls, production schedules, lighting and sound plots, electrical layouts, shop orders, and lineset schedules specific to the O.A. venues.
  • Direct and facilitate the technical operations for presentations, leases and internal events in O.A. facilities
  • Work with the technical operations team to provide superior production values for all activities of the Office of the Arts. Supervise, hire, and schedule permanent and temporary technical staff members.
  • Serve as Technical Supervisor on Duty(TSoD) for shows, events, work calls and rehearsals as assigned. The TSoD will be responsible for backstage safety, implement the Emergency Evacuation Plan when necessary, communicate with Front of House personnel, communicate with outside users and crews, maintain and protect house equipment, enforce house rules, and supervise part-time Emerson employee stage crew members and stage door supervisors.
  • Coordination and Oversight of Scenic, Props, and Wardrobe for fully and partially produced Arts Emerson projects including building sets and props, sourcing props and wardrobe and producing technical drawings. Acts as technical director for Arts Emerson produced touring productions, which includes coordination of scenic, props, and wardrobe elements as well as transportation and logistics.
  • Support Box Office and Front-of-House operations.

Your Other Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with other Emerson units including Public Safety, Facilities Management, Property Management, TRF, and Performing Arts Department faculty and staff as appropriate.
  • Maintain and install improvements of technical equipment and facility, including immediately needed repairs and clean-ups. Communicate departmental and operational needs with Facilities, Property Management, and the Senior Production Manager on a continuing basis. Forecast and plan for future operational changes. Forecast use requirements for purchasing and upgrading technical equipment. Report budget expenditures as required to the Director of Production and Facilities.
  • Prepare and ensure weekly communications are distributed to appropriate internal and external parties, including, but not limited to, Alley Usage Notices, Building and Crew Schedules. Compile, prepare, and distribute information on productions. Engage in long-term client relations by discussing needs and issues on an ongoing basis
  • Update electronic calendars as needed to provide accurate daily personnel and schedule information as directed. Order keys from the Facilities and Maintenance Department and maintain accurate records pertaining to their distribution
  • Responsible for recruiting, hiring, and scheduling skilled labor for Stage Door, Scenic,
  • General Stage Hands, Properties, Paints, Wardrobe, and Hair/Makeup.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Your qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree or 3 to 5 years progressive experience in technical theatre, venue management or full charge leadership of technical crews.
  • Experience with OSHA regulations as well as state and local laws.
  • Knowledge of multiple venues consolidated technical support operations.
  • Broad knowledge of commonly used lighting and sound equipment. Industry standards and practices for stage rigging and carpentry.
  • Industry practices for lighting and A/V shop prep, hang, and run. Industry practices for remote TV and radio productions. Industry practices for efficient load-in and -out of the scenery, lights, etc. Industry practices for equipment maintenance.

Your preferred qualifications:
  • Experience or training in professional technical theatre management.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills.

Work Environment:
  • Physical place and existing condition: Exposure to noise, dust, heat, chemicals, fumes, etc
  • Intellectual and mental concentration: Requires Long periods of mental concentration, Requires the ability to effectively
  • Requires the constant coordination of mental and visual attention: Yes
  • Requires the ability to stand and/or sit for long periods of time: Yes
  • Requires the ability to lift and move objects that are heavy: Occasionally
  • Requires the ability to lift and move material: Yes
  • Requires working in difficult physical positions or bodily contortion
  • Travel is defined as travel required to: some but Infrequent

Grade of Position: A16E

Scheduled Weekly Hours: 36.25

Hiring Range: $62,600.00 - $65,600.00

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About Us
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email:

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