As the highest position among the technical staff, the Technical Director for the San Diego Symphony is the expert responsible for protecting and maintaining the Symphony’s technical assets, while also managing and overseeing the various technical departments, including lighting, props, sound, rigging, and video. The Technical Director is responsible for providing the support necessary to properly satisfy the requirements of all events at Jacobs Music Center and Bayside Performance Park, as well as other smaller venues. This position is responsible for inspecting house systems for safety compliance and managing requests for lighting, sound, risers, orchestra shell, portable stages and backstage operations for performances and events. Additional responsibilities include the management and upkeep of all technical equipment/assets under the Symphony’s control, maintaining specific event equipment records for archival and billing purposes, and for coordinating with staff, clients and production companies to assure that all production/event needs are met. This position involves skilled coordination and cooperation with both union and non-union workers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (sampling):
Oversee the overall organization of the technical production process
Manage technical aspects of daily event operations, including the planning, organizing and directing of event load-ins, set-ups, and strikes, and use of the facility’s sound, lighting, video, stage and other technical equipment and systems
Develop and institute safety policies and procedures
Coordinate and support technical set-up in all areas for meetings, events, press conferences, etc.
Supervise operation of production equipment
Plan, coordinate and execute programs, services and events
Advance and manage compliance of technical riders for artists for Symphony presentations and outside events
Serve as the point of contact for renters and outside productions to ensure successful coordination of technical elements and equipment
Coordinate and supervise house crew, IATSE local 122 stagehands, and other technicians engaged in setting up stage, striking stage, and operating various technical equipment
Manage the budgeting, purchasing, and scheduling of the repair and maintenance of all stage equipment
Work with Vice President of Venue Operations regarding purchases of new equipment and replacement of failing equipment as needed
At least five to seven years experience in production, technical theater and/or stage management
Minimum five years of supervisory experience
Thorough knowledge of stagehand union regulations, contracts, wage scale, practices, and techniques
Demonstrated knowledge of venue production and entertainment technology including: lighting and design, sound reinforcement and recording, projection, rigging, carpentry, and properties
Strong supervisory skills for motivating personnel and effective teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
Ability to supervise the work of a group of stagehands and department heads
Ability to work long hours when necessary
Ability to coordinate all the components in presenting major theatrical productions
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