5066 Assistant Technical Director


TITLE Assistant Technical Director





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Senior Associate Athletics Director, Athletics and Entertainment Facilities


The Assistant Technical Director works closely with the Technical Director in developing, constructing, and maintaining the lighting and sound equipment for daily facility operations and scheduled special events in the JQH Arena, Hammons Student Center, Plaster Stadium, Betty and Bobby Allison North and South Stadiums, and Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The Assistant Technical Director provides production assistance to University departments and organizations as well as commercial entertainers, organizations, and groups utilizing the athletic and entertainment facilities, recommends appropriate staging, tightening of counterweight ropes, lighting, and sound techniques for scheduled events and performances. The Assistant Technical Director supervises production and technical crews composed of student and temporary employees and acts as the Technical Director’s representative when the Technical Director is unavailable for athletic events, shows, and meetings.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required; a Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience in technical operations, theatre, concert, or entertainment production at a comparable facility, which includes experience in stage lighting operations, sound reinforcement and design, development, construction, maintenance, and operations, is required. If the educational level is the Bachelor’s degree, two years of progressively responsible experience in technical operations, theatre, concert, or entertainment production at a comparable facility, which includes experience in stage lighting operations, sound reinforcement and design, development, construction, maintenance, and operations, is required.

Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Supervisory skills are required. The ability to design and construct production equipment from sketches, diagrams or plans is required. The ability to read and understand floor plans, color schemes, stage lighting, and basic construction plans or blueprints is required. Mechanical skills in the construction, operation, and minor repair of sound and lighting equipment and the use of hand and power tools are required.

Effort: The ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 100 pounds on a frequent basis is required. The position requires prolonged standing, frequent bending or stooping, and climbing of steps and ladders. This position will occasionally be required to work on a grid at a height of at least 60 feet.

Other: The scope of the job frequently requires evening and weekend work, particularly during major athletic or entertainment events, lectures, and/or rehearsals.


1. Assists the Technical Director in ensuring that athletic, entertainment, and special events at JQH Arena, Hammons Student Center, Plaster Stadium, Betty and Bobby Allison North and South stadiums, and Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts have sufficient and suitable lighting and sound support by determining the desired lighting and sound effects required for specific events, designing special purpose or unique lighting and sound systems, if required, from instructions provided by stage managers, installing and repairing lighting and sound equipment following blueprints and wiring diagrams, operating controls to supply electrical and lighting effects, and positioning and operating lighting and sound equipment during events or performances.

2. Prevents contractual liability on the part of the University’s athletic and entertainment facilities by assisting the Technical Director in reviewing the technical riders of contracts for prospective performers to determine technical requirements and fulfilling the technical requirements with existing or rental lighting and sound equipment.

3. Assists the Technical Director by working with visiting entertainers and groups using the University’s athletic and entertainment facilities and providing them information regarding operational policies and procedures, coordinating specific requirements for technical and associated support, and advising them on staging techniques.

4. Assists the Technical Director in ensuring that the University’s athletic and entertainment facilities are ready for use by athletic teams, entertainers, or performing groups by coordinating with production crews to identify unique or special requirements, planning and organizing personnel and equipment resources to meet event schedules, and directing work crews in completing facility preparations.

5. Performs preventative maintenance as a strategy in maintaining facility lighting, sound, and scoreboard equipment by periodically testing equipment and replacing components before failures occur, maintaining an inventory of spare parts and components to reduce down time when failures do occur, keeping a library of technical manuals and data manuals for equipment and components used in the facility, and remaining technically up-to-date on equipment through reading trade publications and technical journals and bulletins.

6. Assists the Technical Director in coordinating the production aspect of events conducted in the University’s athletic and entertainment facilities by renting forklifts, gasses, staging, and other necessary equipment, scheduling piano tuning and other professional services as required to support the event, and arranging and directing venue tours.

9. Assists the Technical Director in developing an effective and efficient staff of student technicians by recruiting and hiring qualified student workers, scheduling timesheet approval of student and temporary staff based on the Technical Director’s instructions, providing training in testing, tuning, adjusting, and operating lighting and sound equipment to obtain the optimum operating conditions, and scheduling and supervising student technicians.

9. Contributes to the overall success of the University’s athletic and entertainment facilities by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Assistant Technical Director is supervised by the Technical Director and assists the Technical Director in the supervision of stagehands, contract labor, and student workers and part-time employees employed as A/V technicians and production crews.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 4 - 750 Points: Knowledge of an extensive set of operations and procedures, specific skills and demonstrated ability, that requires considerable creativity or mechanical aptitude. Skills at this level normally require more than two and as much as five years of experience and previous training.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 75 Points: Irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 2 - 50 Points: Specific guidelines and established routines exist, but some judgment in applying guidelines and deviating from standards must be exercised. The number and similarity of guidelines and work situations requires the employee to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application and in making minor deviations to adapt guidelines in specific cases. At this level, the employee may also determine which of several alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guidelines cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred to a supervisor.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 3 - 100 Points: The purpose is to advise or counsel students, coworkers, or the general public, or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals and where relationships are generally cooperative. Contacts are moderately structured and routine.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 2 - 40 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as that from moving machinery, occasional work with hazardous substances, or moderate levels of noise. The work may require wearing of protective gear. The work area is generally adequately lighted and ventilated, but may involve uncomfortable temperatures at times.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 5 - 200 Points: Work requires maximum exertion on a daily basis. Prolonged and frequent walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, climbing, crawling, and/or heavy lifting represent normal work day activities. The job requires frequent lifting of objects weighing up to 75 pounds without assistance, and periodic lifting of heavier objects with or without assistance.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 2 - 40 Points: Jobs at this level might require frequent but routine responsibility for facility security, public safety, equipment, or money.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 2 - 250 Points: The work consists of tasks that involve related steps, processes, or methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done involve choices requiring the employee to recognize the differences among a few easily recognizable situations. Decisions at this level are based on knowledge of the procedural requirements of the work coupled with the awareness of the specific functions and assignments of the department.