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Assistant Technical Director ( Seasonal/Full-Time)
DEPARTMENT: Alliance Theatre – Production
REPORTS TO: Technical Director
DIRECT REPORTS: Carpenters / Welders / Over Hire
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Seasonal/Full-Time
Department: Alliance Theatre – Production
The Alliance Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of our work, including play selection, casting, marketing and public relations efforts, education programs, recruitment of staff and volunteers, and the composition of the Board of Directors.
The Alliance Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Assistant Technical Director (ATD), under the overall management of the Technical Director (TD), leads the Alliance Theatre Scene Shop in fulfilling scenic designs for all productions. Scenery is produced to meet the director and designer’s vision for a show within the allotted time, budget, and scope. The ATD handles show logistics, manages shop staff and helps maintain the Alliance Theatre’s high values of artistic excellence. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated background in theatrical construction, experience leading a high-functioning team, a high level of proficiency in CAD drafting and the ability to communicate effectively with designers, production staff and shop crew. The ATD is expected to take on a leadership role in the production of scenery in the shop and the installation of scenery in the theatrical space. The Alliance Theatre produces in both LORT B and D stages, and Theatre for Young Audiences productions.
– Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, late nights and weekends are common (40 to 60 hours/week).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following:
– Deliver and define construction drawings to the shop floor and troubleshoot projects.
– Lead teams during load ins, strikes and notes and supervise crew.
– Actively participate in team building and fostering a work environment of artistic excellence and inclusion.
– Create production budget estimates, schedules and reports as assigned by the TD.
– Source, purchase and maintain record of materials and services.
– Exercise fiscal responsibility and accountability in purchasing.
– Work independently to design technical solutions for the construction, movement, and function of scenic elements.
– Draft construction drawings and layouts for the shop floor.
– Take a leadership role in the load in and strike of all productions, managing multiple teams as they execute tasks.
– Take an active role in the general safety of all AT Scene Shop operations and overseeing compliance with all safety regulations.
– Attend design presentations, production meetings, tech notes sessions, run-throughs, technical and dress rehearsals, and preview performances as assigned.
– In conjunction with the AT Scene Shop Supervisor: maintain tools and equipment, manufacturing spaces, and office.
– Assist in loading and unloading scenery and trucking scenery to and from theatrical spaces.
– Other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Necessary accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge
– Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver complex projects on time and on budget with an eye to artistic excellence.
– Must demonstrate superior written and verbal communication skills to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, technicians, and administrators with diverse backgrounds, including people with demanding artistic talents and personalities.
– Ability to manage multiple teams efficiently and capably delegate tasks based on a team member’s skills and abilities.
– Must have complete proficiency and demonstrable experience using CAD (AutoCAD/Vectorworks) to create scenery construction drawings.
– Knowledge of advanced modern theatrical scenic construction methods including rigging, hydraulics, pneumatics, theatrical automation, engineering, and structures to use in technical designs.
– Knowledge of a wide variety of construction materials and developed skills in carpentry, welding, rigging, and sewing to draw upon for technical designs.
– Experience in budgeting and scheduling.
– Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including the ability to create and maintain complex spreadsheets.
– Three or more years of experience in theatrical construction and management; or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge.
– Significant experience in theatrical building techniques, general construction, and metal work.
– Basic experience in rigging, working at height, truss and chain motors.
– Any experience in general mechanics, electrical wiring, hydraulics/pneumatics, and theatrical automation a plus.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that are typically met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Necessary accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
– Ability to drive a car with a valid driver’s license.
– 80% office work at a computer.
– 20% standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and heavy lifting (at least 75 pounds).
– Work at heights on ladders and personnel lifts is common.
– The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.