Performing Arts Program Technician (working title: Technical Director)

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Position Title Performing Arts Program Technician (working title: Technical Director) How many positions are you recruiting for? 1 Campus West Valley College Position Summary Information


The Cilker School of Art & Design at West Valley College is now accepting applications for the position of Performing Arts Technical Director.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to perform a variety of duties including serving as Technical Director for West Valley Performing Arts (Theater, Music, Dance), providing supervision and maintenance of the theater facility and technical assistance for school performance events and other college, community or outside events in the West Valley College Theater. Other important skills include set building, scenic painting, event coordination, equipment maintenance, expense tracking and student safety training.

The new technical director will be welcomed into a program that is part of a vibrant and emerging area of West Valley College. Art and Design is one of the College’s top priorities, and within a few short years, will have committed over $100,000,000 to the design and construction of state-of-the-art facilities for performing arts, visual arts and design. Likewise, we seek a committed individual who can who possesses a 21st Century vision for theater and entertainment and the skills to implement that vision with a community of motivated and talented students, faculty, staff and administrators.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work directly with the Dean of the School, faculty, architects and theater specialists in the design of the newly renovated and redesigned theater facilities, which will include state-of-the-art classrooms, studios, 2 stage venues and a new Black Box theater. These new facilities – tentatively scheduled to open in 2022 and envisioned to be an academic and artistic laboratory – will be shared with colleagues and students from Visual Arts, Music, and Dance.

The successful candidate will support the theater, music and dance programs into the future, providing our students with skills and sensibilities that are critical to traditional and emerging theater and entertainment technologies disciplines. Applicants who have the knowledge, skills and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a linguistically and culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 37.5 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of June 10, 2019. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is a member of the West Valley-Mission Classified Employees Association (WVMCEA), Office, Technical & Business Services Employee Unit.

Work Location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range:

  • $5,464–$5,966 monthly (WVMCEA Salary Schedule, Performing Arts Program Technician classification, Range 64, Steps A-C).

Benefits include:

  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse, and/or dependents.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Employer-provided life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 12 days vacation leave accrued annually; rate increases step-wise up to maximum 22 days vacation leave accrued annually.
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Educational growth incentive program from $45 to $225 monthly.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated.
Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

1. Understanding of, and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

2. Equivalent to the completion of an Associate’s degree from an accredited college with major coursework in a related field.

3. Two years of responsible stagecraft or technical theatre experience.

Desired Qualifications Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, methods and techniques of stage management for a variety of theatre productions.
  • Technical elements of theatre productions, including lighting, sound and rigging equipment.
  • Basic scenic carpentry tools and practices.
  • Safe operation of a variety of theatre equipment.
  • Instructional principles, practices and methodology.
  • Methods and techniques of recordkeeping and inventory control.

Ability to:

  • Operate and maintain a community college theatre facility.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand operations and observe safety rules. Intermittently analyze problem equipment; identify and locate maintenance issues and equipment; read and interpret work assignments and production schedules; remember tasks and daily assignments; and explain jobs to others.
  • Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing reports; bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when performing installation of equipment; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; use telephone; write and use keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.
  • Operate, maintain and demonstrate the use of specialized equipment, devices and instruments used in theatre stage production.
  • Provide training, guidance and direction to students in a learning lab environment, in the operation of stage equipment and building of scenery for theatre productions.
  • Maintain a clean and safe lab environment.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Understand and interpret light and scenic designs; install and focus lights and operate a computer lighting board.
  • Use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority.
  • Operate and use modern office equipment including computers and applicable software.
  • Maintain regular attendance and adhere to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.
  • Utilize appropriate safety procedures and practices for assigned duties.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Relate effectively with people of varied academic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
  • Establish and maintain effective, cooperative and collaborative working relationships with others.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintain equipment and supplies in the theatre and scene shop; coordinate cleaning, inspection, and repair of instruments and equipment as needed.
  • Train and direct the work of students in the operation of stage equipment and building of scenery for theatre productions.
  • Coordinate the performance schedule in two theatres; function as stage manager for music and dance performances.
  • Schedule and oversee facility rentals; prepare cost estimates for outside organizations using the facility; participate in the management of the facility rental budget.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other district employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust and respect.
  • Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation and communication.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Working Conditions Other Duties Physical Demands Applicant Information


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including: (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Supplemental application questions; (3) Resume; (4) Unofficial copies of transcripts, if requested; (5) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; and (6) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will be removed from your application and will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.


  • If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
  • Should the minimum qualifications state “any combination equivalent to,” then additional relevant work experience may substitute for education. In this case, please upload a document stating such in the Required Transcripts document field.
  • Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application.
  • If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2653 Fax: (408) 867-9059
Email: [email protected]

Selection Process


  • After the deadline date, a committee will review and evaluate applications and supporting materials to select the applicants to be interviewed. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not assure the candidate an interview.
  • All candidates will receive an e-notification to acknowledge receipt of their application materials. If not contacted within 3-6 weeks following the close of the recruitment, no suitable match was determined at this time.
  • Travel expenses to attend first-level interview are the responsibility of the candidate.
  • Application materials become the property of the District and will not be returned or duplicated.
  • The District may choose to re-advertise or indefinitely delay filling a position. Some positions may include first and second level interviews.
  • The District reserves the right to contact former, current, the most recent employers, and others to investigate past employment records of applicants.
  • Any tentative verbal offer of employment is contingent upon formal approval of the college Governing Board.
  • Upon hire the successful candidate must provide the required documents of identity and authorization to work and attest he/she is authorized to work in the United States.

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ a diverse workforce who will contribute to an inclusive and welcoming educational and employment environment. The District is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, genetic information, ancestry, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, military or veteran status, and medical condition consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

Special Instructions to the Applicant Posting Detail Information

Posting Number FY18/19-844FT Open Date 03/12/2019 Close Date 04/22/2019 Open Until Filled No Requisition Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Transcripts
  2. Additional Supporting Documentation




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Posted: 3/13/2019
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