Technical Director, The Soraya (501024)

  • California State University (CSU) Northridge
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do, and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place. Learn more:

Major Duties
Under the direction of Director of Production, the Technical Director provides technical production expertise and oversight for operations and events at The Soraya complex and Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall and provides direct oversight of the Assistant Technical Directors and pooled production staff. In conjunction with the broader production department, the incumbent works to ensure that all types of events (i.e. rental events, commercial events, presented performances, filming, academic performances, and The Soraya's presented season) receive the appropriate attention and are consistent with the highest standards of professionalism and artistry.
• Serves as the main point of contact for visiting production personnel when they arrive onsite at the Soraya and acts as the primary safety officer with regards to stage operations and represents production as part of the Soraya's Rentals team.
• Serves as proxy to the Director of Production, when assigned, and may be required to complete various other administrative duties including but not limited to timekeeping, scheduling, employee reviews, and payroll.
• Ensures smooth and seamless communication throughout the organization by taking a proactive approach to updates related to The Soraya's performances and operations.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
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• Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a job-related field; Master's in Fine Arts preferred.
• Four years of progressively responsible experience working with performing arts organizations operating and providing technical maintenance of theatrical lighting, sound, and video equipment.
• Additional experience in job-related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required education, on a year for year basis.
• Prior experience with personnel scheduling software and/or event management software preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Comprehensive knowledge of the methods and problems in multiple production specialties; design theory and principles and how they are executed in various production specialties.
• Working knowledge of directing and stage management, including the ability to manage staging needs for productions requiring numerous costume and set changes and the ability to manage and coordinate the use of multiple facilities.
• Operational understanding of all technical disciplines including lighting, audio, rigging, and video projection. The ability to read and interpret facility plans, architectural drawings, and stage designs. Proficiency with AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks drafting programs preferred. Computer/software literacy including Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to adapt to new software platforms.
• Comprehensive knowledge of safety measures and hazards related to theatre productions. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with individuals at all levels within the organization.
• Ability and Specialized skills to: independently manage production support projects and productions by breaking segments into working units that coincide with production needs; work on more complex projects/designs and to work with more difficult materials and equipment, including the ability to select and use the most appropriate materials to meet production needs; use more complex features of applicable software packages for production specialty.
• Plan the layout and use of work areas; support classroom instruction by performing classroom demonstrations related to production specialty; and ability to work with faculty and provide training and supervision to students involved in productions. Excellent communication skills with experience managing large production crews in a theatrical environment. Broad competency in industry best practices and equipment maintenance requirements.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
• The university offers an excellent benefits package, including but not limited to; medical, dental, vision, retirement & savings, tuition waiver and more.
• Classification: 0840 - Performing Arts Technician
• The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $5600 -$6500, dependent upon qualifications and experience. The salary range for this classification is: $3717 -$6726 per month.
• HOURS: Full-Time; 40 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.
• REG: This is a Regular position with a one-year probationary period.

General Information
• Applications received through July 12, 2021, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
• This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
• A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
• The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
• Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

Equal Employment Opportunity
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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