• Technical Director, Performing Arts

    Posted: 09/07/2022

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    Roger Williams University

    Location: Bristol, RI Category: Professional and Clerical Posted On: Thu Jun 16 2022 Job Description:

    Under the direction of the chairperson of the Department of Performing Arts, and reporting ultimately to the Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Education (SHAE), the Technical Director provides technical support for the productions of faculty and students in Dance, Music, and Theater. The incumbent is responsible for realizing the production design vision, production budget oversight, sourcing production material, establishing and maintaining relationships with outside theater companies, stage set engineering and construction, managing and maintaining the facilities and equipment, non-teaching supervision and guidance of work study and practicum students, and oversight of health and safety regulations.

    Technical Support

    Provide support to all areas of Performing Arts (dance, music, and theater) including creating plans and methods for design, sound, lighting etc. as required to achieve production requirements.
    Provide technical supervision, engineering, construction and planning assistance for main season performing arts productions, Alive Arts and student productions resulting in high-quality design that is within budget.
    Determine technical production costs for material and equipment using established budget.
    Manage production budgets.
    Deliver outstanding craftsmanship as exhibited by quality stage design, engineering, and construction realized within the fiscal constraints of the Performing Arts programs.

    Production Design

    Collaborate with directors, design scenery for up to three main season theater productions.
    Design lighting for up to two dance concerns or theater productions.

    Staff Oversight

    Supervise, train, and assess work study and practicum students in a non-teaching capacity, providing the experiential learning opportunities for students in technical skills required in the performing arts.
    Write work schedules; hire and assign student workers for all productions.

    Facility Management and Safety Oversight

    Manage performing arts facilities.
    Purchase, maintain and inventory props and equipment; manage prop/costume loans with other production companies.
    Provide for upkeep of the facilities including coordinating services from other departments.
    Coordinate collection and disposal of all waste materials.
    Ensure a safe working and performance environment by overseeing compliance with all health and safety regulations.
    Coordinate Fire Marshal inspections, train students on proper tool safety and monitor their adherence to safety requirements.
    Perform timely testing and maintenance of facilities and equipment, to ensure continual readiness for instruction/rehearsals and flawless performance during stage productions.
    Hire outside vendors for stage production-specific maintenance requirements.

    Additional Functions

    Participate in committees and projects as directed.
    Participate in grant writing activities of the department.
    Assist with University-wide functions and events held at the Performing Arts Center.
    Assist in other duties when productions are held.

    Job Requirements:
    Bachelor's degree or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the Performing Arts or a related field.
    Five years' experience in a related field with progressive levels of responsibility.
    Ability to organize and guide work study and practicum students toward the completion of designated projects through the use of effective communication and leadership skills.
    Experience in theatrical stage and lighting design and realization.
    Ability to draft, read and explain construction drawings.
    Advanced knowledge of CAD software and intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
    Availability to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends for productions.

    Preferred Qualifications

    M.A. or M.F.A. in the Performing Arts or a related field.
    Stage design, engineering, construction, and teaching experience.
    Experience in higher education or non-profit organization.
    Experience managing productions budgets.

    At the University's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

    Additional Information:
    Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law. For information on our Non-discrimination policy, visit here.

    RWU prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. Complaints of Title IX sexual harassment should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at the contact information listed below. Details regarding the formal complaint process can be found here: Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures. All complaints of sexual harassment will be taken seriously and responded to promptly. TITLE IX COORDINATOR: Dr. Jen Stanley, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809 / Phone Number: (401) 254-3123 /Email Address: jstanley@rwu.edu

    Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall within the following range for this position:
    $45,970 - $55,006

    Interested parties may apply here.

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