Technical Director of Production
Applications submitted by May 22, 2018 will receive full consideration
The Technical Director of Production (TDoP) for UCCS Presents is responsible for overseeing the safe operation and use of the UCCS scene shop, scenic construction, rigging, and installation including the preparation of project cost estimates, drafting scenic construction drawings, rigging diagrams, managing scene shop crew staffing and scheduling. The TDoP is responsible for the tools and equipment therein, their safe and proper operation and maintenance, and for making recommendations for and coordinating the logistics required for equipment purchases.
- Internally the position will collaborate directly with the Production Manager of the Ent Center for the Arts, the Theatreworks Producing Artistic Director, the Director of the Ent Center, the ME/Events Supervisor, and the academic program directors in the Visual and Performing Arts department.
- Externally the TDoP, along with the Production Manager and the ME/Events Supervisor, will collaborate with the managing leaders and the technical leadership of community partner organizations and rental clients who use the Ent Center for the Arts.
- Along with Production Management, help to lead, guide, and facilitate communication between the scene shop, painters, and crew and the scenic designers.
- Work to ensure that crew working under their supervision do so with proper training and attention to safety and established protocols and policies. This includes the consistent implementation of established equipment maintenance (including preventative), records keeping, and incident reporting.
- In conversation with the Production Manager, will create cost estimates of Theatreworks scenic designs using a solution-oriented and collaborative approach towards maintaining the artistic intention of the directors and designers when addressing budgetary constraints.
- Creation of construction drawings, rigging plans, build schedules, materials lists, etc. for all Theatreworks productions.
- Supervise staff, students, and overhire crew to build, load-in, safely use, strike, store, and/or dispose of all Theatreworks scenery, rigging, soft goods, props, and associated materials and equipment for Theatreworks productions.
- Monitors the condition of equipment, confers with the Production Manager on the repair and replacement of equipment and coordinates the logistics of new equipment purchases or repairs.
- Oversees the day-to-day cleanliness of the Dusty-Loo Bon Vivant Theater, backstage areas, and scene shop.
- Participate in the planning and design of capital improvements for theaters, shops, offices, and equipment upgrades.
- Responsible for reading rehearsal schedules, facilities calendars, show and rehearsal reports and responding in a timely fashion, including following up on applicable details/notes and communicating with stage management, other department supervisors, and staff as appropriate.
- Direct the preparation of and be responsible for all official UCCS and UCCS Presents financial functions to ensure that the policies of the University are upheld. Supervise budgets and ensure that expenses do not exceed revenue.
- Ensure compliance with codes of ethics that benefit the overall good of all constituents.
- Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner.
- Ability to effective transmit and interpret information through established and appropriate communication channels with internal and external customers.
- Works with a diverse population of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
- Establishes and maintains positive and productive working relationships within and outside own area and background.
- Identifies and resolves disagreements/conflicts in earl stages.
- Promotes a safe, equitable, and respectful environment in which concerns can be addressed effectively.
- Recommends changes to work practices and policies to promote transparency and approachability.
- Applicants should be able to lift, push, pull, carry at least 50 pounds
- Job will require night and weekend work as needed.
- Develop contingency plans to improve processes and to avoid problems before they occur.
- Analyze scenic and stage-related systems and equipment for effectiveness and efficiency; develop and implement management and/or engineering improvements to increase efficiency and safety
- Provide technical expertise and advice for productions using the facilities, supervise design and execution of scenic/rigging/technical needs.
- Communicates emergency evacuation procedures and provides relevant knowledge to appropriate university departments in case of a disaster.
- Ensures the maintenance of all stage-related equipment including preventative maintenance, inspection, and repair.
- Ability to implement plans to reach organizational goals.
- Utilize preferred tools, techniques, and methods for estimating project cost and time. Consult and advise on techniques and other aspects of technical production.
- Elaborate on best practices of OSHA compliance based on own experience. Act as safety observer/supervisor for all uses of stage and scene shop facilities.
- A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional theatrical technical experience in a professional theatre. (May substitute experience on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree).
- Two years of experience with Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and drafting (AutoCAD/Vectorworks).
- Valid Colorado driver license or ability to obtain a valid Colorado driver license within 30 days of hire.
- Experience working in a professionally managed scene shop and production environment.
- Leadership experience in technical production including cost analysis and drafting for scenic construction (metal and wood), rigging, and personnel management.
- Candidates should have experience in all manner of theatrical scenery construction and installation (Welding, Rigging, Wood Constructions, Finish Carpentry, etc.)
- Rigging certification is preferred.
- Track record of effective work, both independently and as a crew leader.
- Understanding and experience with automation, including pneumatics, hydraulics, motors and control.