Employment at MSM

Job Opening: Technical Director, Production

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Position Description

Title: Technical Director
Department: Production
Reports to: Dean of Performance Operations
Supervises: Full-time and Part-time Technical Crew
Internal Contacts: Faculty, Staff, Students
External Contacts: Over-hire Workers, Guest Artists, Designers, Patrons, Outside Vendors, etc.
Application Due:
Start Date:

The Technical Director at Manhattan School of Music is responsible for operating, staffing, protecting and maintaining the school’s eight performance halls/ theaters technical assets while also managing and overseeing the technical staff.

Job Responsibilities

  • The Technical Director is responsible for supervising staff to ensure that all technical equipment in the performance spaces is functional, maintained and safe. The Technical Director, in coordination with the Production Manager, is responsible for developing and executing the overall process, schedule, and organization of performance-based technical production needs.
  • Working alongside the Production Manager, the Technical Director will discuss and evaluate the practicality of Directors and Designers’ proposed designs, providing relevant information like equipment capabilities, cost estimates and how best to turn a designers’ ideas into reality, both in scope and within budget
  • In coordination with the Production Manager, supervise and administer the creation of the production and technical staff and crew schedule
  • Liaise with event organizers to determine technical needs, size and scope of each event and assign the appropriate number of staff with the necessary skill set and training
  • Ensure staffing meets the union contract guidelines
  • In coordination with the Production Manager, supervise and administer payroll for the Production Department
  • Act as the technical point of contact for third-party renters and any outside productions.
  • Oversee purchasing, maintenance, and documentation of physical plant needs in the Production venues (supplies, equipment, service calls)
    • Setting safe-use guidelines for equipment, staff, and students
    • Routinely performing, or delegating to production staff, preventative maintenance on equipment
    • Purchasing new equipment and replacing failing equipment as needed
    • Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of the schools technical supplies
    • Overseeing and assisting throughout tech week and the load-in/load-out process
  • In collaboration with show directors, oversee the design and execution of all technical aspects of all major productions
  • Manage pre- and post-production services: Work with show directors to create checklists, plans, and timelines for the design, build, and strike process for all productions
  • Enforce policies and procedures for facilities use and resource allocation
  • Manage the theater calendar in coordination with school event planners

Job Requirements

  • Minimum 2 years of technical theater and management experience
  • BFA in Theater or related field experience preferred
  • Possess a thorough working knowledge of each of the technical theater disciplines including set, lighting, costumes, props, sound and effects
  • Master carpentry and electrician skills and knowledge of set and light design
  • Knowledge of and experience managing Union Stagehands
  • Familiarity with OSHA regulations and theater safety
  • The ideal candidate should possess strong organizational, communication, and strategic problem-solving skills; the ability to work as a team member; strategic problem-solving skills and a commitment to and understanding of an academic environment
  • Professional demeanor, superior communication skills, comfort in high-pressure situations, adaptable, solution-oriented always working to create a collaborative environment
  • Experience coordinating multiple ongoing projects with a clear head and grace under pressure
  • Able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as this position requires extended weekly hours, weekends and evenings
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, knowledge of EMS Software is preferred

Contact Information

Please email a letter of application and résumé including three references to:

Henry Valoris
Dean of Performance and Production Operations
Manhattan School of Music
130 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at Manhattan School of Music, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination or harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Manhattan School of Music does not permit retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice or participate in an investigation.