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Lead Performing Arts Technician

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA

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To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.


The Lead Performing Arts Technician, in collaboration with performing arts faculty, will be coordinating scenic and technical needs for three full scale theatrical productions and musical events each academic year.

This position will be responsible for scheduling and providing technical support for Ballantyne Auditorium, Kirkwood’s main performance space. They will provide exceptional customer service for both internal and external clients. In addition to technical knowledge of performance venues, the successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

This is year-round full-time position beginning August 2021. Applications received by July 12 will received first consideration.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

  • Theatre and Music
  • In collaboration with theatre faculty, design and build sets for three productions each academic year
  • Organize and maintain theatre prop storage
  • Inventory and ensure safety of tools and equipment in the scene shop and Ballantyne Auditorium
  • Inventory and maintain technology and equipment in Ballantyne Auditorium including cables, mics, and sound board.
  • Recruit, and train students for crew positions for Theatre productions and events. Oversee Student Technical Directors and Crew in Work Study Positions
  • Design sound and lighting needs, in collaboration with music faculty, for concerts throughout the academic year
  • Coordinates movement of orchestra shell, grand piano, and pit covering to ensure safety precautions are taken, and equipment is not damaged.
  • Ballantyne Auditorium Events
  • Point of Contact for Ballantyne reservations for both internal and external clients
  • Work with internal and external clients to meet technical needs of space
  • Represent Kirkwood as technical staff member present at Ballantyne events
  • Setup and tear down for events in coordination with Kirkwood facilities personnel
  • Coordinate event live streams with master control and IT.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ensure that safety measures and protocols are in place and followed for both the scene shop and Ballantyne Auditorium.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends.
  • Collaborate effectively across college departments including with faculty, administrators, media services, and information technology staff.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to meet scheduling and technical needs for both internal and external clients.
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions.
  • Maintain an established, reliable work schedule.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


    Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.

    This position must be able to climb stairs, ladders, scaffolds, and catwalks.


    Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre, Theatre Production, or a related field.Working knowledge of lighting systems, sound reinforcement, and stage rigging.Previous experience in set design and building.


    Appropriate certification to operate an aerial or scissor lift. If not already certified, must obtain certification within 90 days of employment.


    Community College Experience.Experience with performing arts venue coordination.


    Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email: [email protected]


    Working at Kirkwood Community College 

    Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids is a globally recognized leader in higher education where learner success has always been a focal point. For more than 50 years, Kirkwood faculty and staff have cultivated a welcoming and motivating environment that meets students where they are, and helps them get exactly where they want to be. With one of the lowest tuition in the state, more than 130 programs to choose from, flexible class offerings, and convenient locations across seven counties in Eastern Iowa, Kirkwood makes higher education more accessible for people in all walks of life. Through affordable, innovative educational training and many impactful community partnerships, Kirkwood hopes to continue strengthening the regional workforce for years to come.

    As one of Cedar Rapids' top employers, Kirkwood strives to reward employees with a generous benefits package and perks, including:

    • Professional development opportunities
    • Free use of the Kirkwood Recreation Center
    • On campus retail discounts at places like our bookstore, Eagle Tech, cafeteria and hotel (yes, we have a hotel too!)
    • Free admission to performing arts and athletic events
    • Computer and software purchasing program through Eagle Tech, our Apple-authorized campus store
    • Employee tuition discounts and half-price tuition for family members
    • Generous leave policies that provide a work-life balance
    • Choice of retirement programs and unheard-of employer contribution
    • Competitive Total Rewards packages
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