Stage Technician

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Stage Technician

Stanford University

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JOB DESCRIPTION Stage Technician Frost Amphitheater and Bing Concert Hall Stanford Live Job Family: Facilities
Job Series Facilities Specialist
Job Code: 4372 Classification Level: G Exemption: Exempt
Presenting more than 150 performances annually, Stanford Live is the performing arts presenter at Stanford University and manager of Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater. Stanford Live uses a variety of performance venues both on and off campus.

The Stage Technician reports to the Director of Operations and Production. This position primarily supports Bing Concert Hall with a focus on stage management, stage systems and general maintenance and production support of Stanford Live, the Department of Music and other users of the facility. Additional responsibilities include cross-departmental support of other production team members. Support for Stanford Live performances in other campus and off campus venues will be required.

The Stage Technician maintains high standards of craftsmanship, efficiency and safety in all productions and events. Stanford Live venues are technically complex and require a high-level understanding of audio, video, lighting and rigging.

  • Provide technical assistance as needed for all events. Work includes oversight from setup to strike.
  • Partnering with artist representatives and ensure compliance with venue rules and Stanford policy and protocol.
  • Communicate to the Directors of Operations and Production progress, success and any areas of concern.
  • Maintain positive and productive relationships with outside vendors, including leveraging/negotiating favorable arrangements for Stanford Live whenever possible. Participate in promoting general awareness and favorable impressions of our venues/brand among staff, vendors, and external constituents.
  • Perform or assist with equipment maintenance and inventory activities, as assigned.
  • Provide and assemble equipment for events including electrical, lighting, sound, staging, and video equipment.
  • Effectively communicate with supervisors, staff, and venue users to ensure the most professional event possible.
  • Serve as stage manager for performances as appropriate. Work with the artists to efficiently manage the flow of performance. Serve as the point of communication between backstage and the front of house manager.
  • Serves as light board programmer and operator for productions when appropriate.
  • Work with the production team to staff the over hire crew in order to meet the production requirements. This includes vetting/training new over hire staff and communicating schedules appropriately.
  • Assists at load-in, notes sessions, technical rehearsals, and strike of productions.
  • Participates in the maintenance and repair of shop, tools, and equipment.
  • Attends appropriate meetings.
  • Works nights and weekends in accordance with venue schedule.
  • Keeps current with industry trends in systems and best practices to accommodate the needs and requirements of our artist.
  • Maintains a safe working environment.
  • May perform other duties as assigned. Knowledge and Abilities:
    • Drafting ability in Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD
    • Established ability to collaborate effectively w/faculty, staff, students, interns, guest artists and other professionals representing a wide diversity of personalities.
    • Able to quickly adapt to changing situations and priorities in a calm and professional manner while remaining calm and collected under pressure with the ability to meet deadlines, follow schedules and follow rapid instructions.
    • Capacity to receive and operate cues during tech rehearsals and performance.
    • Knowledge of job-related health/safety issues and ability to identify potential hazards.
    • Good computer skills on both PC and MAC systems with experience working in Microsoft Office and a strong understanding of networking technologies.
    • Able to work long hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.
    • Ability to work at heights (between 4 to 10 feet), around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, dust, and drafts within an OSHA compliant environment.
    • Understanding of theatrical lighting technology, including ETC, GrandMA, VariLite and other industry standard
    • Theatrical terminology, stage rigging, scenic construction technology, and theatrical production equipment.
    • Backstage operations and coordination.
    • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience, courtesy and cultural sensitivity.
    • Safe operation of hand and power tools used in theatrical environment.
    • Read, understand, and follow safety procedures.
    • Work cooperatively as a team member and communicate effectively.
    Position Requirements:
  • The successful individual will possess a minimum of seven years' experience in theater and event production, stage management and/or facilities operations, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Strong events planning, project management, administrative and organizational abilities required.
  • Demonstrable ability to consistently meet deadlines with high accuracy, attention to detail, and follow-through on all assigned tasks. Must adroitly handle many tasks simultaneously in a competent, organized and unflappable manner.
  • Ability to work with artists, agents and managers in sensitive situations and maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Excellent verbal skills necessary, as well as ability to communicate with extreme diplomacy, professionalism, and graciousness.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation, valid driver's license, and good driving record.
  • Must also be able to lift and carry 50 lbs. for short distances.
  • Frequently stand/walk, seated, performs desk-based computer tasks.
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel required. Experience with databases greatly preferred. Experience with Final Cut, Photoshop or other Adobe products a plus.
  • Understanding of accounting, budgeting and financial issues and ability to track and monitor expenses related to the performances and hall operations.
  • Above average broad knowledge and interest in a variety of performing artists and genres strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrable resilience and ability to handle long hours and fast pace with a positive attitude.
  • General proficiency in all major areas of concert production (stage management, backline, lighting, video, general venue operations).
  • Must be available to work extended and flexible hours and work schedules, including evenings, weekends and holidays based on production and event schedule requirements.
  • May be exposed to noise > 80db TWA
    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
    The successful candidate will:
  • Work well and positively in a team/collaborative environment.
  • Be highly motivated and responsible when working independently or with minimal supervision.
  • Have excellent organizational and communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with diverse personalities.
  • Possess exceptional customer-service skills and professional poise when interacting with guest artists, venue constituents and stakeholders, and other staff members.
  • Meet deadlines and demonstrate a high level of professionalism and attention to detail, especially in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and enthusiasm.
    • Must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University requirements when operating university-owned vehicles.
    • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
    • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrate commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
    • Subject to and expected to comply with all University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


    Location: Arts, California, United States
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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/5/2018
    Application Due: 2/4/2019
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