Technical Director/Facilities Manager
Reports to: Producer and Producing Artistic Director
Start Date: ASAP
To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rubicon Theatre Company, an award-winning non-profit professional theatre based in Ventura, California seeks a Technical Director/Facilities Manager to join the Rubicon staff.
Compensation $60k-$75k, DOE, plus PPO Health Insurance, one week of paid vacation for the first year, increasing to two weeks thereafter.
- Self-motivated with a strong work ethic when working alone or as a team leader
- Excellent organizational skills
- Three years’ +experience in relevant position
- Knowledge of current industry standards and methods, techniques and equipment
- The ability to develop and maintain positive, collaborative relationships and communication with coworkers, volunteers and the community
- The ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, Teams and Zoom experience is a plus.
- Demonstrated experience in loading-in/striking/maintaining/inventorying/managing the equipment and ancillaries required for theatrical lighting, audio, and visual systems
- Ability to analyze and evaluate the technical needs for productions and special events
- Proficient with AutoCAD or VectorWorks with enough knowledge to determine, read and evaluate set drawings and elevations
- Update and maintain Technical space drawings
- Thorough understanding of scene construction, paint and rigging.
- Proficient Scenic construction skills.
- Up to date knowledge in industry safety standards for theatrical venues and shops
- Ability to execute complex scheduling
- Proven ability to create cost analysis of production technical elements
- The ability to evaluate, hire and train temporary labor for all crew positions
- Can create and manage the construction and preproduction schedules
- Ability to maintain inventory and perform basic preventative maintenance
- Assist in budget preparation related to production and facility needs
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with vendors, crew and staff
- The ability to maintain irregular and extended working hours, climb ladders, able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds (using appropriate tools).
- B.A. in theatre or comparable industry experience
- Must have a valid driver’s license and their own car.
The Technical Director/Facilities Manager (a full-time exempt position) is responsible for the overall operation and progress of the scenery production shop, including season planning, working drawings, budget accounting, and construction of all required scenic elements. This position is also responsible for supervision and implementation of all production elements (lighting, sound, props and costumes for all productions). The TD will oversee all technical operating systems and will be required to respond in real time to the evolving nature of operation of a historic venue and its secondary spaces. Additionally, the Technical Director/Facilities Manager will be responsible for overseeing all facility operations and maintenance. This includes management of the historic Rubicon Theatre located at 1006 E. Main Street Ventura, Ca; as well as the company’s nearby Artist housing building and the Rehearsal Space/Classroom/Warehouse. Areas related to facility management include HVAC units, HEPA filtration, restrooms, dressing rooms, performance space, lobby, rehearsal/event rooms and storage areas for instruments, costumes, scenery as well as the lobby and other public amenities. The Technical Director/Facilities manager will work alongside crew on all productions and special events, will coordinate rentals and purchases of necessary equipment, provide planning for production elements and may do some design work for special events. They are also responsible for coordinating all production elements for the Summer Education Programs. The Technical Director ensures safe-working practices while using and maintaining the theatre and associated spaces. The Technical Director stays abreast of current technical trends in the field and provides input on the most efficient, safe and effective use of equipment and personnel.
- Operates, maintains and safeguards the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
- Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.
- Designs, sets up, maintains, and operates lighting and sound systems for theatre, dance, music, and other special events; assists guest designers and arts with technical matters.
- Advises production managers, lighting and sound designers, on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show, and supervises the implementations of approved technical designs.
- Assists in recruiting, training and assignment of paid staff and volunteers for productions and events.
- Supervise and participate in load-in, technical and operational aspects of rehearsals, performances, and strike activities for productions, events and rentals.
- Provides technical drawings, plans scenic purchases, and provides the execution of construction and installation of the set
- Ensures that the venue is ready for production
- Train and supervise over-hire crews in conjunction in the safe operation of theatrical equipment, regulations regarding use of rehearsal and performance spaces, and proper procedures used in running productions.
- Attends Technical Week rehearsals at the theatre, in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of the mounting the show. Troubleshoots any technical issues during rehearsal and production
- Orients facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; facilitates the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the facility.
- Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; performs preventive maintenance on equipment.
- Operate, maintain and safeguard the technical assets, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities and the building as a whole. Train all overhire crew and volunteers on the safe use and operation of all technical equipment.
- Assists with the preparation and control of production budgets; maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies.
- Research and make recommendations for short term and long-term facility upgrades and equipment purchases.
- Purchases, organizes, and maintains supplies and equipment for set construction, props, lighting, audio, and video, and schedules maintenance of equipment
- Create and manage a monthly cleaning and maintenance schedule for the facilities
- Design and execute a yearly preventative maintenance plan for theatre equipment
- Maintain and manage all storage facilities.
- Inventories and maintains all company lighting and sound equipment, sets, costumes, etc.
About The Organization
Rubicon Theatre, founded in 1998, is now in its 25th Season as one of the premiere nonprofit professional theatre companies in Southern California. Rubicon’s mission is to share the power and joy of live theatre through the creation, production and presentation of innovative works for local and national audiences; and through high quality education and enrichment programs. Rubicon has served more than 450,000 audience members and 48,000 students in an intimate 185-seat renovated former church built in the 1920s. Rubicon began as an actors’ and directors’ company and is committed to creating a nurturing environment for artists and creating an atmosphere where experimentation and exploration are encouraged and supported. As a result, a number of notable artists have graced the Rubicon stage, including Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe and Obie Award-winners. Annual programming consists of a season of 5-8 diverse shows (dramas, comedies and musicals), concert events, festivals, special events, and education and outreach programs. The company has presented numerous World Premieres and has launched national and international tours. In recent years, three Rubicon-originated or developed productions played Off-Broadway. The company has been the recipient of multiple Ovation and Indy Awards, an NAACP Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Excellence,” and the N.Y. Drama Desk Award.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Rubicon Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity.
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