Job Opportunities

Technical Director

Batte Fine Arts Center

Classification:             Full-time, 12-month Exempt
Position Available:       Immediately
Reports to:                  Director of Cultural Events
Salary:                        Competitive, full benefits package offered (health, dental, vision, life, retirement)
 
Technical Director will coordinate the overall production and technical requirements for events in the three very active performance facilities and other special campus events as assigned. The Technical Director will be a “hands on” and deeply involved supervisor who prides him/herself on maintaining the highest standards in production and client services. Success in this position relies on solid organizational skills, strong leadership qualities and superior grace under pressure. A pro-active, collegial, patient attitude and the ability to work collaboratively with Batte Center and university staff and build a well-trained student crew is essential. Work schedule includes regular business hours and weekend and evening work.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITLES
Well qualified applicants will have experience installing, operating and maintaining theatrical lighting and rigging equipment in a professional, non-volunteer capacity, experience reading and interpreting stage drawings, light plots and rigging plots, knowledge of setup and operation of theatrical sound systems and public address systems, and knowledge of techniques of stage preparation and set builds for theatrical or related productions. Experience performing technical theatrical work in a university environment preferred.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Supervise and coordinate technical and production aspects of performances in a variety of art forms, special events, and The Batte Center programs. Assist inexperienced producing/presenting organizations with event planning and execution.
  • Assist Opera Department in production design and set builds 1-2 times a year.
  • Assist with facility scheduling; manage production schedules; arrange for technical crews and equipment using EMS scheduling software.
  • Preserve a safe working environment and smooth transitions between events. Practical and current knowledge of professional standards of back stage operations, theater safety and fire codes.
  • Train, supervise, schedule and evaluate student and contract employees.  Establish a training program for student production crew that can support the programs managed by the Batte Center.
  • Order expendables, rental equipment and maintain equipment, facilities and supplies.
  • Serve as onsite Technical Director for all Batte Presents and rental events and other assigned events in the facility. 
  • Facility management, scheduling and general maintenance as needed.
  • And other duties as assigned by the Director of Cultural Events.
Requirements:
  • BA in technical theatre from an accredited academic institution.
  • 3-5 years professional working experience in technical theater production and management.
  • Extensive practical knowledge of proper theatrical rigging practices, handling of hard and soft scenic goods, mechanical physics, fundamental electricity, modern construction practices and materials, stage crafts including rigging, lighting, carpentry, and a/v and sound equipment.
  • Knowledge of contract riders, agreements, hang plots, light plots, sound requirements, theater software.
  • Effective skills in budgeting, planning, scheduling with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Perform duties that require climbing stairs and ladders, going up in genie lifts, bending and twisting, lifting up to 50 pounds and working safely at heights up to 50’.  Must be able to identify auditory or visual difficulties in events/productions and make adjustments.
  • Ability to perform basic maintenance and upkeep tasks.
  • Good communications skills and ability to liaise with campus and community groups, patrons and volunteers.
  • A flexible schedule and willingness to work long hours, nights, weekends. 
  • Good team player and positive can-do attitude.
  • Computer proficient.  AutoCAD, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and EMS software experience preferred.
  • Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record.
 
Application Procedure:
Interested candidates should provide a letter of interest, resume, contact information for three professional references, and salary requirements via email to hr@wingate.edu.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:  It is the policy of Wingate University to abide by all Federal and State laws prohibiting employment discrimination solely on the basis of a person’s race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age (over 40), sex, marital status or physical handicap, except where a reasonable, bona fide occupational qualification exists.

WINGATE PROFILE:

With campuses in Wingate, Ballantyne and Hendersonville serving more than 3,000 students, Wingate University was rated one of Charlotte’s Top Work Places in 2015 by the Charlotte Observer.  In keeping with the belief that diversity of experience is essential to a well-rounded education, Wingate University is home to a variety of cultural facilities which are managed by The Batte Center.  Serving over 90,000 people annually, these inviting spaces host 600+ events each year ranging from concerts to art openings to plays and speakers for Wingate and the surrounding community.