Technical Director

Job description

The Technical Director of Production (TDoP) for UCCS Presents is responsible for overseeing all aspects of scenery, including budgeting, drafting, construction, rigging, and installation. The TDoP will manage the UCCS scene shop, including its crew and equipment, and will ensure its safe and proper operation and maintenance. The aforementioned duties apply primarily to the productions of THEATREWORKS but the TDoP, in conjunction with the UCCS Presents Production Manager, will also provide technical, rigging, and scenic support for other users in the Ent Center for the Arts. He or She supervises full-time, part-time, student, and overhire production staff as needed for these duties.


    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.
Job Duties:

    Along with the Production Manager, lead and facilitate communication between the scene shop, painters, and crew and the scenic designers.

    Work to ensure that the crew working in all of the spaces associated with the Ent Center for the Arts do so with proper training and attention to safety and established protocols and policies. 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. Maintain a safe working environment and ensure that all workers within their departments are in compliance.

    Monitors the condition of equipment; confers with the Production Manager on the repair and replacement of equipment and performs preventative maintenance on equipment and coordinates the logistics of new equipment purchases or repairs. Maintains records, and reports incidents involving the use of equipment.

    With the Production Manager, reviews technical riders and specifications to ensure that both the Ent Center and client needs are evaluated and met wherever possible within given parameters.

    With the Production Manager, builds and supervises budget and cost estimates for Theatreworks scenic builds. Works with the designers, directors, and production management using a solution-oriented and collaborative approach to maintain the artistic intention of the directors and designers when addressing budgetary constraints.

    Drafts construction drawings, rigging plans, production schedules, materials lists, etc.

    Supervises the build, load-in, safe use of, strike, storage, and/or waste removal of all Theatreworks scenery, rigging, soft goods, props, and associated materials and equipment for Theatreworks productions.

    Participates as needed in consultation with the Production Manager to provide cross-venue support, staffing, equipment, and resources to promote the overall success of all event and venue operations. Coordinates staffing and resource requirements and allocations with the Production Manager.

    Oversees the day-to-day cleanliness of the Dusty-Loo Bon Vivant Theatre, backstage areas, and scene shop.

    Participate in the planning and design of capital improvements for theatres, shops, offices, and equipment upgrades.

    Work with the designers, directors, and production management to manage and maximize the artistic impact of financial resources.

    Train and supervise staff, students, and over-hire crew in preparation for builds, load-in, running, maintaining, striking, and removing/storing scenic elements of productions. Monitor the work hours, holiday hours, and vacation time of all workers within their department to ensure efficient use of human resources.

    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.

    With the Production Manager and ME/Events Supervisor will develop and implement plans and policies for operation of building technical systems, research physical resource needs, recommend and make purchases.

    Confer with the Production Manager on all technical and production budget needs for Theatreworks productions, including the management of all scenery budgets for same. Ensures that the fiscal policies of the University are upheld. Supervise budgets and ensure that expenses do not exceed revenue to ensure fiscal integrity.

    Ensure compliance with codes of ethics that benefit the overall good of all constituents.

    Demonstrates and communicates a big-picture understanding of the organization, its interrelationships, and priorities.

    Utilize preferred tools, techniques, and methods for estimating project cost and time. Consult and advise on techniques and other aspects of technical production.

    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.

    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.

    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 at least 50 lbs.

    Job will require night and weekend work as needed.
Job Competencies:

    Ability to develop contingency plans to improve processes and avoid problems before they occur.

    Strong analytical skills with regard to lighting, video, and audio stage-related systems and equipment.

    Strong management and conflict resolution skills.

    Ability to implement plans to reach organizational goals; excellent project management.

    Excellent communication skills, and ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through established and appropriate communication channels with internal and external customers.

    Ensure compliance with codes of ethics that benefit the overall good of all constituents.

    Demonstrates and communicates a big-picture understanding of the organization, its interrelationships, and priorities.

For the purposes of FLSA, this position has been determined to be non-exempt from (eligible for) overtime under FLSA.

Salary Range: $42,000 to $50,000

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.


Minimum Requirements:
  • A bachelor's degree in technical direction and theatrical production or equivalent professional theatrical technical experience as a technical director for a regional theatre. May substitute experience on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.
  • Valid Colorado driver license or ability to obtain a valid Colorado driver license within 30 days of hire.

Preferred Requirements:
  • Experience working with professional stagehands, touring productions, and management.
  • Demonstrates considerable (typically 7-10 years) experience in technical production including a practical knowledge of theatrical systems to include: scenic construction (metal and wood) rigging and personnel management.
  • Strong computer proficiency, specifically with MS Office Suite (especially Excel) and drafting (AutoCAD/Vectorworks). Knowledge of Photoshop and Google Sketchup.
  • Candidates should have experience in all manner of theatrical scenery construction and installation (welding, rigging, wood construction, finish carpentry, etc.)
  • Rigging certification.

  • Candidate must be able to work both independently and as a crew leader.
  • Understanding of and experience with automation, including pneumatics, hydralics, motors, and control.

Special Instructions to Applicants:• Applications submitted by December 11, 2017 will receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. • Official Transcripts will be required upon hire.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or [email protected] Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact.

Job Category: External Relations

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40060 - Theatreworks

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Nov 27, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Aisha Ahmad-Post

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00484107





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 3/27/2018
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