Position Available - Technical Director

Unit: Yale Undergraduate Production

Title: Technical Director

Review of applications will begin June 6, 2018 and will continue until position is filled.

Position Focus:

Advise and oversee all aspects of undergraduate performance-based activities in a range of venues, ensuring safety throughout the process. Manage programs and facilities in order to ensure the safety of over 700 student practitioners and 25,000+ audience members annually. Manage data capture and research used to evaluate and modify existing programs, and identify new programmatic and safety needs. Develop programs to address new needs, including serving on university-wide advisory committees. Conduct external research for benchmarking. Carry out duties while exercising a high degree of autonomy and discretion.

Reports to: Director of Production

Essential Duties:
Please disregard the essential duties on the Yale Brassring website. The duties listed below are accurate.

  • Manage all aspects of safety-related programs such as the Peer Mentor and prop weapon/staged combat programs. Hire, train, and supervise student and casual employees. Develop and oversee budget for specific safety programs. Serve on campus-wide advisory committees.
  • Lead safety oversight and support of designated undergraduate productions.
  • Oversee designated theater facilities. Ensure safety of facilities at all times.  Lead and oversee the planning of upgrades to spaces.
  • Manage master calendar for all events supported by Undergraduate Production.
  • Manage Undergraduate Production equipment stock. Direct improvements when needed.
  • Advise staff and students on technical issues and compliance with safety regulations.
  • Coordinate with staff in safety offices at Yale, including Environmental Health, Risk Management, and Safety and Fire Code Compliance.
  • Supervise, train, and mentor, students during strikes, load-ins, and tech rehearsals.
  • Oversee and advise the work of designated undergraduate organizations (clubs).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in theater and a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree in technical theater is strongly preferred.

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of industry health and safety standards and ability to identify and correct potential hazards.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.  Ability to manage overlapping complex tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, and work both independently and as part of a creative team.
  • Mastery of scenic fabrication including but not limited to dimensional and engineered lumber, sheet materials, standard scenic tools, scenic rigging, and scenic fabrics.
  • Proficiency with equipment and software in the areas of theatrical lighting, electrics, projection, and sound, including but not limited to ETC Element console, Qlab, AutoCAD and/or Sketch Up.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and advising skills. Able to lead, advise, train, and mentor students and staff.
  • Calm and collected under pressure.

Physical Requirements

  • Stand for long periods.
  • Hold and operate hand, air and power tools.
  • Repeatedly bend, stoop, kneel, crawl, squat and crouch.
  • Repeatedly lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 lbs.
  • Climb stairs and ladders and work effectively at elevations up to 20’.
  • Drive cargo van and box truck.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Diverse candidates/women are encouraged to apply.

To apply, visit https://bit.ly/2I3zBwa. Please include a cover letter referencing position 49544BR.