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Job Description THEATER PROD SPEC 4 Working Title Technical Director Dance
Job Code 006146 Grade 21
Department Name Dance - D01036 Department Head Anthea Kraut
Supervisor Ben Tusher Effective Date 07/24/2023
Position(s) Directly Supervised
Job Code Title FTE
004921 STDT 2 3.0
004922 STDT 1 2.0
006144 THEATER PROD SPEC 2 1.0

Generic Scope
Technical leader with a high degree of knowledge in the overall field and recognized expertise in specific areas; problem-solving frequently requires analysis of unique issues/problems without precedent and/or structure. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy.

Custom Scope
Leads all activities associated with multiple/comprehensive technical aspects of theater productions, including procedures and administering/monitoring budgetary expenditures consistent with budgetary allocations, and training of staff/students. May be responsible for leading the maintenance of theater venues, shops, and storage, including facilities and stage equipment, tools and materials, and leading the implementation of operational procedures for all users within the facilities.

Department Custom Scope
The Department of Dance is looking for a Technical Director with experience and interest in Lighting and Production Design. The incumbent will assist in the producorial responsibilities and facilitation of student, faculty and guest-artist interdisciplinary productions, programs and events. The Technical Director will help support faculty artistic directors and mentor/advisors of undergraduate student creative activity and research including capstone projects and other less formal student-led performances. The Technical Director will help vision and execute the technical and design aspects of graduate student creative activity and research including MFA productions and projects, and other less formal graduate student-led performances. The Technical Director will also assist in the facilitation and execution of faculty led programming, including productions, conferences, and any event that requires production support, and they will assist guest artists with the planning and implementation of their performances and any event that contributes to the curricular mission of the department. The Technical Director will work directly with the Dance Events Manager and other Performing Arts Staff to ensure all details and needs of each production, performance and event are met. The Technical Director will consult/liaise with CHASS Facilities Management and UCR Facilities Services to support the management, operation and optimization of our multiple spaces. They will also work as a liaison with the production and event staff at UCR ARTS and the University Theatre on department related projects that are hosted/produced there. The Technical Director reports to the Production Director for the Performing Arts and collaborates with Faculty, Lecturers, Guest Artists, and Staff in the Dance department, Production Staff in other departments, and campus constituents to achieve departmental goals.

Education & Experience Requirements

Education Requirements
Degree Requirement
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required
Masters in Fine Arts Preferred

Experience Requirements
Experience Requirement
6 - 10 years of related experience. Required
3-5 years of experience working with higher ed students in a performing arts environment Preferred
3-5 years experience working in Dance Production and Interdisciplinary performance Preferred

License Requirements

Certification Requirements
Certification Requirement

Educational Condition Requirements
Condition Requirement

Key Responsibilities

Description % Time
Leads subordinate staff in execution, construction, and installation of theatrical production elements in multiple production areas (light, sound, video, costumes, hair/make-up, properties, scenery, scenic treatment, etc.) from design and specification provided by theatrical designers.
  • The individual will be responsible for facilitating and installing all technical elements as needed for each specific dance production and event. This includes implementation and co-creation of lighting design, sound engineering, video design (as needed) set design and construction, interdisciplinary performance material making, and working with student and faculty directors and producers, and guest artists to ensure the production/event needs are met. Production staff consists of student employees, part-time employees (if funding permits) and students within the performing arts programs.
Attends technical/dress rehearsals and consult with designers regarding notes, changes, and/or additions.
  • This includes collaboration with student, faculty and guest choreographers and directors for each production and event as needed.
Administers budgets for areas of supervision, ensuring that expenditures are within agreed upon budgetary limits.
  • This position will work as a partner to the Dance Events Manager to manage budget needs and spending.
Maintains shop facilities and equipment and coordinates with senior managers regarding theater facilities and property management.
  • This includes maintenance of equipment inventory, studio closets, backstage equipment and storage, and performance venues for all spaces used by the department of Dance. Ensures that each studio and lab are clean, orderly, stocked with supplies, and safe for use by students and guests.
Recommends expenditures for equipment; advises on planning of major alterations of existing facilities or development of new facilities.
  • Researches and recommends new materials and techniques to fulfill designer concepts. Ensures that each studio and lab is optimized for performance, including technology and equipment assessment for upgrades and purchases. Coordinates borrowing/rental of theatrical/performance production elements.
Establishes procedures and leads users (staff and students) in safe, proper practices of theatrical construction and installation and in safe use, proper handling, and maintenance of all machinery, power and hand tools, and other shop and theater equipment. Ensures professional and safe general shop conditions and operations, including fulfilling reporting and record-keeping requirements and all applicable rules/regulations including federal, state, OSHA and Cal/OSHA guidelines and regulations.
  • As applies to all Dance performances and events.
Trains and leads students in laboratory setting associated with theatrical production; may evaluate students in laboratory work.
  • Theatrical production applies specifically to Dance and interdisciplinary performance productions and events within multiple venues on and off campus.
Determines constructions techniques and details of construction and installation.
  • Construction and scenery needs are limited as needed. Determines and coordinates installation of lighting, sound, and video equipment. Has a firm understanding of playback software including but not limited to ETC EOS lighting consoles, Isadora and QLab.
Advises on all problems associated with multiple aspects of production operations.
  • As applies to all Dance performances and events.
Consults with and suggests changes to designers and directors regarding efficiency or economy of construction, installation, and operation of theatrical production elements.
  • As applies to all Dance performance and events.
Attends all department staff and production meetings.
  • This includes meetings with all constituents and production staff.
Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge/Skill/Ability Requirement
Strong problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills. Required
Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills to communicate complex instructions and information to disparate constituencies. Required
Strong knowledge/skills in all aspects of financial and personnel administration. Required
Mastery level knowledge in multiple technical theater production areas such as lighting, sound, video, costumes, hair/make-up, properties, scenery, scenic treatment, etc. Required
Strong working knowledge of University and collective bargaining policies, practices, rules, regulations, etc., including safety rules and regulations. Preferred

Special Requirements & Conditions
Special Condition Requirement

Other Special Requirements & Conditions

Level of Supervision Received


Working Environment

Other Requirements

Items Used
  • Lighting and sound equipment
  • Hand tools and lifts
  • Theatrical and film Equipment
  • Standard Office Equipment
  • Specialized stage equipment

Physical Requirements
  • Bend : Frequently
  • Sit : Frequently
  • Squat : Occasionally
  • Stand : Frequently
  • Crawl : Occasionally
  • Walk : Frequently
  • Climb : Occasionally

Mental Requirements
  • Read/Comprehend : Frequently
  • Write : Frequently
  • Perform Calculations : Frequently
  • Communicate Orally : Frequently
  • Reason & Analyze : Frequently

Environmental Requirements
  • Is exposed to excessive noise : No
  • Is around moving machinery : Yes
  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity : No
  • Drives motorized equipment : No
  • Works in confined quarters : No
  • Dust : No
  • Fumes : No

Critical Position

Is Critical Position: Yes

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