Missouri State University

1465 Technical Director

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE Technical Director

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 1465

GRADE 42

CLASSIFICATION Exempt

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of Operations

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Executive Director, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Hammons Student Center, and Plaster Sports Complex

GENERAL FUNCTION

The primary duty of the Technical Director is the recruitment, training, and supervision of all stagehands and coordination of the technical aspects of facility support for Hall events. The Technical Director maintains all technical equipment used in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts at peak operational level, reviews technical specifications and requirements of all rental contracts, prepares technical specification forms for technical riders to rental contracts, and oversees the bidding process for extra sound and lights for special events. The Technical Director is responsible for the audio component of all events, schedules and supervises the maintenance and cleaning of the back of the house, dusting of battens, tightening of counterweight ropes, vacuuming of drapes, and related maintenance duties. 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education-Experience: A high school diploma is required with at least five years of progressively responsible and experience in technical theatre operations at a comparable performance facility, which includes stage lighting operations and sound reinforcement or a Bachelor’s degree is required with at least three years of progressively responsible experience in technical theatre operations at a comparable performance facility, which includes stage lighting operations and sound reinforcement is required. A degree in an arts-related discipline is preferred.

Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly in dealing with the public, are required. Supervisory skills are required. Mechanical skills in the construction, operation and minor repair of sound and lighting equipment is required. Ability to interpret and apply information from technical manuals, data, and blueprints is required. 

Effort: The ability to lift and carry materials weighing between fifty and one-hundred pounds is required. Requires prolonged standing, frequent bending or stooping and climbing of steps and ladders and an occasional requirement to work on a grid at a height of one-hundred feet.

Other: The scope of the job frequently requires attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, performances, lectures, and/or rehearsals.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Plans, organizes, and manages the back of the house work associated with shows and events by recruiting, selecting, training, scheduling, and supervising all stagehands and contracting for additional labor when indicated.

2. Ensures the proper use of the Hall's facilities and capabilities by coordinating with the Director of Operations on the technical details of facility support for rental groups, Hall sponsored events, and other activities and supervising the technical support provided for all scheduled performances in the Hall.

3. Prevents contractual liability on the part of the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in scheduling performance groups and individual artists who require unique or special technical support by reviewing the technical specifications and requirements of all rental contracts, preparing technical specification forms for technical riders to rental contracts, and supervising the requirements of rental contracts between the Hall and performing groups or individuals.

4. Maintains all Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts technical equipment at peak operational level by practicing a strategy of preventive maintenance which includes periodically testing equipment and replacing components before failures occur, maintaining an inventory of spare parts to reduce down time when failures do occur, keeping a library of all technical manuals and data manuals for equipment and components used, and remaining technically up-to-date on the equipment through reading trade publications and technical journals and bulletins.

5. Supports Hall performances by supervising the hanging and focusing of lighting for all events of the Hall, maintaining an inventory of replacement lamps, house lights, lobby lights, and administrative area lights, supervising the set up of sound reinforcements as needed for each event, and supervising the set up of the sound system for each event.

6. Promotes a professional image of the facilities of the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts by maintaining the stage and associated areas in an orderly manner at all times and scheduling all general cleaning of the theatre, dusting of battens, tightening of counterweight ropes, vacuuming of drapes, and related maintenance duties.

7. Provides a service to the community by coordinating backstage tours, scheduling and conducting all backstage tours.

8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director of Operations.

9. Contributes to the overall success of the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

SUPERVISION

The Technical Director is supervised by the Director of Operations, supervises stagehands and contract labor, and makes recommendations which are given particular weight regarding the hiring, firing, advancement, promotion, and other changes of status of those supervised.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

REVISED MAY 2007

JOB FAMILY 4

Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 3 - 1500 Points: Entry-level knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of an administrative, managerial, technical, or professional specialty. Knowledge permits employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in professional or technical areas including accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, law, engineering, science, or medicine, while gaining familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices, and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project, or to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out recurring tasks and routine assignments requiring moderate experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with a moderate level of additional related work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with some related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 3 - 270 Points: Supervision of a limited number of (a) operative, administrative support, or paraprofessional employees who do not exercise a full range of supervisory responsibilities over other full-time employees, (b) a very small number of professional employees, or an equivalent combination of (a) and (b). The incumbent performs a full range of supervisory responsibilities including performance reviews of subordinates. The incumbent is generally responsible for training, planning, and directing the work of permanent employees, and provides major input into hiring decisions. Supervisory responsibilities consume moderate amounts of work time and may include general work planning tasks.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.