Technical Director
Job Type


Essential Duties of the Position:

  • Operate, maintain, and safeguard the technical assets of the museum, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, and communications equipment, as well as the use and maintenance of stage facilities. Set and enforce safe-use guidelines for equipment.
  • Assist the appropriate Internal Directors and outside performance contractors with determining the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates aligned to production and event schedules.
  • Provide technical information, advise, and assist guest designers and artists with technical matters.
  • Advise producers and designers on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for each show and supervise the implementation of approved technical designs.
  • Interpret design work and create and distribute construction drafting to ensure staff/contractors are properly instructed on the assembly process and proficiently execute scenic builds. Turn designer's sketches into technical drafts used by carpenters.
  • Create weekly schedules for stage crew including necessary contractors.
  • Supervise and assist with set and stage construction and time management aligned to each build
  • Assist in recruiting, training and assignment of volunteer or paid technical staff for individual shows.
  • Monitor the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging; arrange for repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; perform preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Maintain inventory of shop equipment, materials, and order specialized supplies.
  • Attend technical week rehearsals, to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of the mounting of each show.
  • Attend all design and production meetings as well as postproduction meetings.
  • Make recommendations to the President/CEO, COO and Executive Leadership, regarding capital purchases of technical equipment.
  • Orient facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics, and other areas of facility operations; facilitate the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the facility.
  • Manage departmental team members by providing coaching and instruction to optimize performance.


Required Education and Experience:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre, design or production. MFA preferred 
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience as a Technical Director.
  • Experience operating and maintaining theatrical systems including lighting, sound, and projection equipment, soft goods and musical instruments in a professional theatre.
  • Ability to work successfully under pressure to meet deadlines and goals.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team as well as individually.
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Experience in Excel, Word, Outlook, AutoCAD computer software, Carpentry, Rigging and budgeting.

Success in the Position Requires:

  • Strong ability to maintain effective working relationships with representatives of various groups, vendors, co-workers, and others.
  • Maintain irregular and extended working hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.
  • Knowledge of organization and resources within the performing arts community.
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct staff.
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical procedures and processes to crew members with varied skill levels.
Salary Description
$85k-95k annually