The Assistant Technical Director (ATD) is primarily concerned with the operational aspects of production, and is responsible for the technical preparation and execution of CoPA supported events with knowledge and experience in various carpentry, lighting, sound, video (capture and streaming), and rigging practices. They lead and supervise the load-in, set-up, operation, and strike of such production elements. Under the direction of the Technical Supervisor, the Assistant Technical Director also supports production preparation as required: reviewing and translating designs, plans, plots, schematics, renderings, models, storyboards, and paperwork for staff and crews to implement under their guidance. The ATD makes regular recommendations on staffing and budget needs for their area.
The Assistant Technical Director is also responsible for evaluating, planning, scheduling, performing, and or directing the housekeeping, repair, and service of CoPA Production Management performance venues and equipment. They have significant control of materials, supplies, equipment, and venue maintenance.
In addition, they must routinely advise, consult, and help subordinates, including part-time employees, and the mentoring/supervision of students.
The Assistant Technical Director is expected to perform with a high degree of professional initiative, judgment, and discretion with a focus on safety. Perform other duties as assigned.
Five or more (5+) years of experience in general stagecraft techniques and experience in stage carpentry, properties construction, scenic painting, audio systems, lighting systems, video, and/or projection systems.
Experience in maintaining shop tools and inventory and overseeing technical staff. Abilities in research and record keeping, cleaning and maintaining the shop and tools.
One to three years (1-3) experience as a stage technician, lighting, audio, or video engineer, and/or stage manager. Broad knowledge of theatrical design across the various disciplines. Experience with tools and facilities for professional, educational, and performing arts productions. Proficiency in scenic load-in/operation/strike, stage lighting/audio/visual equipment/electricity/console programming and operations, rigging, and counterweight systems. Knowledge of basic principles and methods of stage management. Demonstrated knowledge of standard theatrical equipment and terminology. Demonstrated knowledge of the methods and techniques in maintaining, installing, and repairing electrical and mechanical equipment used in stage productions, with the ability to apply the knowledge in work. Demonstrated experience leading and directing stage crews.
Ability to read and interpret ground plans and elevations, schematics, CAD drawings, diagrams, light plots, and stage plots.
Ability to prioritize tasks when faced with interruptions, distractions, and fluctuating workloads, and to carry out duties in a reliable and timely manner. Strong analytical and organizational skills to prioritize schedules, projects, and resources and to meet deadlines in a multi-venue, multi-disciplinary environment with overlapping space allotments and complex schedules.
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals at all organizational levels, both inside and outside of the university.
Ability to remain calm and respond confidently and promptly to stressful situations. Capacity to solve problems with diplomacy and tact. Ability to use creative thinking and sound judgment in dealing with a variety of personality types and situations; to follow and apply safety and work-related policies and procedures.
Knowledge of pertinent regulations and codes relating to theater productions.
Ability to work effectively in a team-based environment, follow instructions, and work independently and follow-through on assignments with minimal direction/instruction.
Strong organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.
Experience in Stage Carpentry.
Ability to lift and carry over 50 pounds.
Valid CA Driver License
Expertise in setting up sound and lighting for video purposes
Extremely familiar with equipment and systems associated with the recording and live streaming of performing arts content.
Experience setting up web-based recorded and live productions including using: production switchers, IP network gear, routers, and graphics.
Basic camera-operating skills.
Basic audio and visual editing skills.
Up-to-date on trends in video technology as well as social media.
Interpersonal skills necessary for successful communication with team members.
Team oriented, works with others to get the job done without being interested in the spotlight.
Understanding of broadcasting, video encoding equipment, video codecs, and live video delivery systems.
Enthusiastic for continuing to build knowledge within CoPA regarding live streaming and broadcasting.
Creative and outgoing; enjoys bringing new ideas to the table during production meetings.
Experience with rigging and counterweight fly systems
Experience working as a master carpenter.
Internal Number: 22600
About Chapman University
Chapman University is one of California's oldest and most respected private universities, offering distinguished undergraduate and graduate degrees in the context of a liberal arts and sciences university. For more than 150 years, Chapman University has served as a symbol of educational access and excellence in the state of California. Founded as Hesperian College in 1861 in Woodland, California by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we admitted men and women and people of color from our earliest days. Endowed by the Valencia orange magnate Charles Clarke Chapman, the institution changed its name to Chapman College in 1934, and by 1954 had moved to the former campus of Orange Union High School in Orange, California. The college again extended higher educational access when it began offering classes to military personnel at El Toro Marine Base.In 1965, Chapman took undergraduate education to the high seas when it began running World Campus Afloat, the program that would eventually become Semester at Sea, a tradition that continues at Chapman through our world-wide study abroad programs.Since our founding, Chapman has grown into a highly regarded university that at...tracts high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from all over the United States, and more than 60 nations around the world.Our mission statement: To provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.