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Job ID: 182304

Assistant Technical Director
Parkland College

Date Posted Mar. 24, 2022
Title Assistant Technical Director
University Parkland College
Champaign, IL, United States
Department Fine and Applied Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Flexible
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Fine Arts - Drama/Theater

The Assistant Technical Director is responsible for assisting the Theatre Director in managing the shop and coordinating and implementing the design and technical operation of all productions, rentals, and special events held within the theatre facilities according to safety codes, budget constraints, and department policy.

The Assistant Technical Director (ATD) is a full-time 12-month professional support staff appointment on a schedule coordinated with the Theatre Director and the Department Chair of Fine and Applied Art in accordance with operational needs of the theatre.  Internal and external events will require an altered work schedule with some nights and weekends expected.  Limited supervision is provided; the ATD must demonstrate effective leadership skills and the ability to work independently and accurately prioritize tasks and supervise staff and students in the scenery shop.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supervise and/or lead part-time staff and students, setting schedules, coordinating work, and identifying lines of communication.
  • Coordinate with the Theatre Director, FAA Department Chair, theatre faculty, department and division staff, students and volunteers to ensure smooth operation of the theatre facilities as an academic lab and community venue. 
  • Assist with Parkland theatre productions and theatre rentals.
  • Consult with Theatre Director to determine goals, objectives, budgets, production schedule, and design expectation.
  • Assist Theatre Director in planning upcoming seasons including providing budget estimates and scheduling recommendations.   
  • Use independent judgment to evaluate the equipment and technology needs for the theatre.
  • Assist Theatre Director in managing scenic budgets, constructions, installation, and dismantling of all scenic elements. Recommend budget items, and coordinate with Theatre Director and Department Chair in order to purchase supplies and other materials needed for productions or facilities.
  • Report and assist with needed maintenance, repairs and improvements to ensure that the theatres are maintained in an orderly, clean, sanitary, and safe condition. Perform annual equipment maintenance as needed.  
  • Assist the Theatre Director in assigning production duties and responsibilities for all part time staff members.
  • Coordinate with theatre faculty to monitor the work of students to ensure maximum educational opportunities.  
  • Help maintain inventory of properties owned by the theatre facility.
  • Assist guest directors and designers with budgets and purchases.  
  • Attend Parkland Theatre production meetings as needed as well as technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, crew view and strike. 
  • Build scenery and build or repair materials for the Fine and Applied Arts department as needed.
  • Study specifications in blue prints, sketches or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and material.
  • Install and maintain scenery during and after load in.
  • Adhere to safety codes, budget constraints, and department policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Theatre (Technical or Design).
  • Two years of experience as theatrical technician.
  • Shop management experience.
  • Experience leading crews or working with students in an academic theatre environment.
  • Experience in wood and steel construction, health and safety, and stage automation in the context of a performing arts theatre, as well as the ability to operate a single purchase fly system.
  • Experience with theatre equipment including lighting, sound, rigging, and construction/fabrication equipment.
  • Verbal and mathematical abilities sufficient for execution of technical responsibilities required by the position.
  • Knowledge of CNC Shopbot.
  • Ability to operate a personnel lift, climb ladders, and carry equipment weighting up to 50 pounds without assistance.

  • Parkland College is committed to diversity, inclusiveness, excellence and professionalism.  An EEO Representative serves on all hiring committees and has the essential function of ensuring that the College maintains its commitment to a fair and unbiased search process.  This commitment is central to Parkland’s employment procedures for new or vacant positions as they arise within the College.

    It is the public policy at Parkland, as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer, to assure for all persons freedom from discrimination because of:

    • Race/color
    • Sex, gender, gender expression
    • National origin religion
    • Age
    • Veteran status (including Vietnam veteran)
    • Marital status
    • Ancestry
    • Disability
    • Sexual orientation
    This is with respect to all aspects of employment, contractual services, and construction of college facilities.  

    The purpose of Policy 4.01 is to ensure consistency in hiring practices throughout the College and to provide specific instruction to all who are involved in the hiring process.  This policy supports Parkland’s core values of multiculturalism, and fairness and just treatment. Research has demonstrated that all students, staff, and faculty benefit from learning and working in a diverse environment. This is fundamental in the college’s commitment to diversity in its search procedures and hiring practices.

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Contact Information

  • Parkland College Human Resources
    Parkland College
    2400 West Bradley Avenue
    Champaign, IL 61821
  • 217-351-2220


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