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Associate Technical Director

Emerson College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
Employment Level
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Full Time
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Associate Technical Director
Target Hire Date
10/04/2021 - Today
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The Associate Technical Director assists the Technical Director in the day-to-day operations of the Scenic/Props/Wardrobe department of the Office of the Arts. With over 700 unique shows and events per year, the Associate Technical Director will help ensure superior production values, safety, and smooth technical operations in all OA venues.

Key Partners:
  • OA Electrics, Audio, Events, and Production Departments.
  • Emerson College Facilities Management.
  • Emerson College Police Department (ECPD).
  • Emerson Stage Technical Director and Props Master.
  • OA clients, both internal and external.
  • Theatrical and trade vendors.
  • Emerson Stage students, supervisors, and production team.

Your Key Responsibilities:
  • Create and distribute ground plans, sight line studies and build drawings for events and productions for all OA theaters as required.
  • Assist Technical director by advancing selected theater events and productions and providing technical expertise and supervision to said events and productions.
  • Budgeting, tracking, and purchasing for shows, events, and maintenance.
  • Supervise part time technicians and student employees for Office of the Arts venues including applying and enforcing safe working practices.
  • 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. TSoDs act as the in person real time client liaison for all OA events, shows, and work calls.
  • Supports Emerson Stage by reviewing drawings, plans, as well as offering technical advice.
  • Support client production staff members by providing access to and specialized knowledge of OA equipment and facilities and keeping OA equipment operating efficiently.
  • Produce and track maintenance plans including, but not limited to, rigging system inspections, automation system upkeep and upgrades, and safety systems.
  • Act as interim Technical Director when TD is out/as needed.

Your Other Responsibilities:
  • To serve as master carpenter in planning, drawing, budgeting, and material acquisition as well as directing all construction and assembly of sets or special projects.
  • Apply safe working practices and facilitate/track safety trainings and equipment for all employees and students.
  • Train all employees, contractors, and students in basic safe rigging and theater protocol as needed.
  • Schedule intermittent, student, and contractor labor based on the needs of the project.
  • Budget estimating, tracking, and purchasing.

Your Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree or 4 years' experience in theatrical supervision and crew management.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of theatrical operations and equipment.
  • Demonstrable knowledge in scenic construction.
  • Demonstrable proficiency in computer aided drafting.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Microsoft Office or Google Suite.
  • Additional knowledge of theatrical industry and OSHA safety procedure and practices.
  • Additional knowledge and experience with theatrical rigging and counterweight systems.

You'll be preferred if you have:
  • Assistant Technical Director or related experience.
  • MiG welding experience.
  • Theatrical automation experience.
  • Additional knowledge of theatrical costumes/wardrobe.
  • OSHA certification(s)

Work Environment:
  • Working at heights and various stage elevations.
  • Exposure to noise, dust, heat, chemicals, fumes, etc.
  • Regularly lifting in excess of 50lb.
  • Requires long periods of mental concentration.
  • Requires the ability to effectively communicate in person and through communication media.

Grade of Position: A15E

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

Hiring Range: $0.00 - $0.00

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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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In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

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