Theatre Technical Director and Operations Manager

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Monterey Peninsula College

Theatre Technical Director and Operations Manager

Salary: $6,784.00 – $8,252.00 Monthly

Job Number: 2021-00093

Closing: 3/24/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Location: Monterey, CA

Division: Creative Arts



The Theatre Arts Technical Director and Operations Manager, in consultation with the faculty in the Theatre Arts program, initiates, plans, and participates in a variety of supervisorial and stagecraft duties required for theatrical productions.

The Theatre Arts Technical Director and Operations Manager serves as the Theatre Program Technical Director/Production Manager (TD/PM) annually for Theatre Department productions, typically consisting of two or more productions per semester. The Technical Director performs a variety of complex and highly technical functions requiring creativity, ingenuity, and resourcefulness, as well as supervision of students, staff, and volunteers. The successful candidate for this position will direct all aspects of theatre operations and technical direction including but not limited to: safety, shop operations, and operations on-stage and backstage. Maintains Theatre Program calendar and production budgets in coordination with Theatre Arts Department Chair and Performing Arts Complex Coordinator. Assists and advises production directors in a theatre laboratory setting; and works in successful collaboration with the Performing Arts Complex Coordinator, faculty, community organizations, and artistic personnel.

This is a 12-month position that reports to the Dean. This is an exempt position, and it is frequently required to work irregular or extended work hours, including evenings and weekends, depending on performance schedules. This position is continuously responsible for the safety of others.

Example of Duties


• Meets with artistic directors and designers to understand design needs, and to draft construction drawings of scenic elements including platforms, wagons, walls, stairs, and other structural elements
• Assists in the design, fabrication, and implementation of stage scenery, paint, and properties for all Theatre Department productions.
• Manages the scheduling and fabrication of scenic elements and properties with additional staff and student workers.
• Manages the necessary purchases/rentals needed for productions.
• Advises, mentors, and encourages students with regard to curriculum, research projects, internship opportunities, and career possibilities.
• Supervises and mentors students in all aspects of stagecraft including set construction, design, scenic painting, props, backdrops, welding, electrics, lighting, sound, projection, rigging, and shop maintenance.
• Recruits directs, and supervises guest designers, professional experts, overhires, and other temporary employees as needed in coordination with the Theatre Arts Department Chair;
• Supervises all personnel in their use and operation of Theatre Arts Department equipment and software including lighting, sound, recording, and projection equipment;
• Schedules and supervises all load-ins and strikes for department productions, including mounting of technical elements of productions such as rigging, sets, lights, sound, and special effects. Works with Performing Arts Complex Coordinator to ensure safety measures are followed by others using the space;
• Maintains an inventory and oversees stock/storage of light/sound equipment, scenery, and properties. Operates, inspects, maintains and repairs such theatrical equipment as lighting equipment, sound equipment, cyclorama, theatrical rigging, and stage and seating areas. Recommends equipment purchase and upgrading;
• Maintains Theatre Program calendar and production budgets in coordination with Theatre Arts Department Chair and Performing Arts Complex Coordinator;
• Assists in the development and implementation of guidelines and procedures related to the use and operation of technical support facilities and equipment for performing arts productions, including the scene shop, the costume shop, all lighting and sound equipment, etc. Ensures that the tools and equipment are used in a safe manner and that safety precautions and procedures are followed.
• Demonstrate an understanding of, sensitivity to, and appreciation for the diverse academic, ethnic, socio-economic, disability and gender diversity of students and staff attending and working on a community college campus, as well as the greater community.

Other Duties

• Serve on college committees as assigned. Represent the District at local, regional and state meetings, as assigned.

• Perform other related duties as assigned.



A bachelor’s degree in theatre arts, technical theatre, fine arts, lighting, stage design or related field and three (3) years of work experience in two or more of the following areas: prop design and construction, stage set design, stage set construction, rigging, lighting, sound, and operation/use of stage equipment or equivalent.


• Expertise and experience in the design and implementation of scenic design, set construction, scenic paint, and/or properties.

• Knowledge of and experience in lighting design and sound

• Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre Arts or related discipline.

• Shop Management experience

Knowledge of:

• Principles, techniques, methods and equipment used in technical aspects of theatrical production, including the design and administration of set construction, prop construction, lighting, sound, rigging, scenic painting, and special effects related to theatrical productions and live events.

• Proficiency and experience in CAD, Vectorworks, QLab and Google suite preferred.

• Principles of Installing, operating, maintaining and repairing contemporary lighting consoles, sound consoles, audio/visual and multimedia equipment, and other theatrical equipment

• Proper use and care of hand and power tools used in stage production

• Operational methods of scene shops, costume shop and other theatrical support functions.

• Practices of technical support scheduling for production purposes.

• Principles and practices of recordkeeping and inventory control; principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; and office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.

Ability to:

• Supervise, participate and train students and volunteers in the use and operation of the theatre and equipment

• Interact and work collaboratively with a wide variety of personalities and situations requiring diplomacy, tact, friendliness, poise, and firmness; establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties

• Learn and practice methods used in modernized stagecraft and stage operation

• Install, operate, maintain and repair a variety of lighting, sound, and other theatrical technical equipment; safely use the tools and equipment of the craft, including a forklift

• Create, interpret, and implement floor plans and working drawings for set design; design sets

• Support and/or assist with lighting design – plots and lighting inventory

• Enforce and be actively attentive to fire, safety and health regulations

• Coordinate several projects and meet deadlines

• Use appropriate and correct English spelling, grammar, and punctuation

• Perform arithmetic calculations with speed and accuracy

• Operate efficiently office machines and equipment including computers, using various software such as CAD; maintain accurate records and files

Physical Effort/Work Environment:

• Some heavy physical effort which may include frequent standing, walking and lifting of heavy (over 50 lbs.) parcels, machines or equipment; as well as frequent activities requiring full body exertion. This position includes indoor and outdoor work environment.

• Position located in Monterey, California. Work required takes place primarily onsite.

Certificates and Licenses:

• Possession of or ability to obtain prior to employment a valid California driver’s license and must have an acceptable driving record and current vehicle insurance meeting State of California requirements. The employee must also possess a forklift and/or scissor lift operator certificate or have the ability to acquire certification within the first 5 months of employment.

Proof of VaccinationNew employees may begin serving in their assignments only after they are in compliance with current health or vaccination requirements.

Work Schedule / Supplemental Information

Work Schedule

Exempt level position / 12 months per year

This position is located in Monterey, California. Work required from this position takes place predominantly onsite.

Schedule will flex depending upon Theatre needs. Evening and weekends required at times. Supervisor/Dean reserves the right to change schedules as needed.


Starting Salary is $6,784 – $8,252 per month, depending upon experience and qualifications.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE (no additional costs for benefits)


Monterey Peninsula College offers excellent employee benefits, ranging from health, dental, vision, life insurance, employee assistance program (EAP), and long-term disability, provides sick leave and contributes to the CalPers retirement plan. Participation in tax deferred plans is available.

How to Apply

To be considered for review, applicants must submit the following materials online:

• Completed Online Application including the Diversity Statement.

• Cover letter (pdf) addressing interests in the position and a summary of how your design, theatre, and management experience has prepared you for this position – a maximum of two (2) pages in length

• Resume (pdf) A detailed resume that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position

• Unofficial Transcripts (pdf) – Unofficial copies of all undergraduate degrees must be submitted at the time of application

• Design Portfolio: Please submit a PDF design portfolio containing 12 to 20 images of your work or a URL link to samples of your creative work in lighting design, set design and/or sound design. This could include renderings, photographs and/or CAD drawings, as appropriate for revealing your design.

• To submit the portfolio: in one of the “optional other document” sections of the application site, either submit a link to an online portfolio meeting the above specifications or upload a PDF portfolio fitting the specifications (PDF file size limited to 10 MB)

Only items listed above will be reviewed by the screening committee. Human Resources does not accept additional materials such as letters of reference, test scores from other institutions, certificates of courses/programs completed, or letters of commendation from schools with your application. Such items, if included, will not be forwarded to the selection committee. If you are a finalist, HR will request any reference information that is required. Monterey Peninsula College reserves the right to close or continue the recruitment at any time.


Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with

Monterey Peninsula College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit proof of freedom from tuberculosis and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Employees must sign the Oath of Affirmation of Allegiance, and submit fingerprints. The District is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the District is to encourage applications from all persons. No person shall be denied employment because of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, status as a Vietnam era veteran, ancestry, or political or organizational affiliation.
Monterey Peninsula Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students as outlined in the District’s Governing Board Goals, Educational Master Plan, Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, and Student Equity Plan. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences – emphasizing collaboration, engaging students in and out of the classroom, and encouraging them to realize their goals and become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at Monterey Peninsula College, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice requiring broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students, and community partners.

Monterey Peninsula College is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is an affiliate of the statewide Umoja Community of California Community Colleges. Monterey Peninsula College has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities it serves. MPC serves approximately 12,000 students (for the 2020-21 year). MPC’s comprehensive curriculum and student services are designed to meet the needs of a diverse student body and include transfer, career and technical education, basic skills, and continuing education offerings.

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students, and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:
(1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;
(2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;
(3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;
(4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and
(5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.

Monterey Peninsula College seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.

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