John Michael Kohler Arts Center - Technical Director

Posted: 06/09/2021

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Technical Director Job Description
Reports to: Deputy Director of Operations and Technical Production
Hours:  Full-time (40 hours); some evenings and weekends    
Job Summary: The Technical Director would oversee the Technical Services team, which consist of the following: Audio and Video Technician, Photographer, Event Services Technician, and a Videographer. The Technical Director is primarily responsible for supervision and implementation of all production elements (lighting, sound, staging, etc.) of all JMKAC events and rentals at all JMKAC locations. The Performing Arts events are mostly indoor/outdoor concerts, presented dance or theatrical productions, and in house productions of Preschool performances and camp presentations. There are various corporate and/or private rentals and art center special events (gallery openings, gala, etc.) through our Event Services department. Lastly, workshops and presentations by other departments. The Technical Director ensures safe-working practices, provides necessary production management for the use of the event spaces by rentals and events, and facilitates repair and maintenance of the theatre resources and equipment. Key to this is a strong work ethic centered on excellent organizational skills and the ability to develop and maintain positive, collaborative relationships and communications with all artistic parties as well as administrative staff, board members, and volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the Technical Services team. Monitor and approve schedules, workflow priorities, and assist with developing training in needed areas.
  • Advances the shows for presented performing artists, companies, and musicians.
  • Reads and interpret blueprints, drawings and plots, supplementing design work as neede
  • Designs, sets up, maintains and operates sound, lighting, stage and other technical equipment and systems
  • Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances in advance of production dates
  • Ensures smooth operation of the technical aspects of all productions
  • Serves as Head Electrician for all events.
  • Oversees control board operation during performances
  • Maintains current knowledge of all equipment and supervises training on all equipment
  • Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; performs preventive maintenance on equipment
  • Serve as Theatre Manager for Theatre and Matrix multi-purpose space
  • Serves as Building Supervisor after normal hours of operation, or during assigned productions and rental events
  • Assists with the preparation of and manage technical operation budgets; maintain inventory and order specialized supplies
  • Helps recruit, manage and retain stagehand volunteers or workers
  • Develops, implements and monitors policies to ensure a safe work environment in the back stage and stage areas
  • Stays abreast of new technology and software relative to lighting and audio engineering.
  • Makes recommendations to the Deputy Director of Operations regarding capital purchases of technical equipment
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Deputy Director of Operations and Technical Production
  • Ability and knowledge of Technical Theatre (including familiarity with ADA and OSHA compliance)
  •  to handle multiple, simultaneous tasks in a timely manner
  • Collaborative attitude with the many different departments
  • Appropriate -lifting abilities
  • Competent, working knowledge of theatrical equipment, theatre terms and Vectorworks software.
  • Knowledge of ETC lighting equipment, digital audio control and video presentation a plus.
  • Four year degree in Theatre Technology and/or qualified experience in Technical Production.
 Based on research, position goes for $50 - 65,000 depending on venue and location.

Type of Position: Full Time Position

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