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Technical Supervisor, Division of Drama, School of Creative and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts

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Job ID: 13606

Updated: August 25, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Division of Drama in the School of Creative and Performing Arts is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Technical Supervisor for approximately 10 months.

This position reports to the Direction of Production, and will coordinate technical elements related to Drama productions and courses, and supervise the instruction of students in those elements for the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) Division of Drama. This position works variable hours during production weeks.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Participate and advise on the examination, interpretation, costing, and execution of production designs
  • Act as a technical and design resource for students, faculty, staff and third-party rentals regarding technical elements required for their projects
  • Train and supervise student Production Assistants in the use of theatrical equipment
  • Supervise students throughout the rehearsal and production process with an eye to efficient and safe use of equipment
  • Act as laboratory supervisor in areas of technical theatre.  The function requires the ability to demonstrate, instruct, and train students at all levels of competence, whether graduate or undergraduate, as well as assisting staff and faculty in the use of all facility systems and equipment
  • Work independently and manage projects effectively, on time, on budget and aligned with the SCPA's overall objectives
  • Maintain technical systems, equipment, and spaces so that they are fully functional and available to users (theatres, labs, construction shops, classrooms)
  • Ensure that spaces are clean, organized and regularly maintained
  • Provide technical and administrative support to the Academic Production Manager
  • Develop and maintain good working relations within the Drama Division, with other units within the University as well as with the general public where those relationships involve production and technical matters
  • Responsible for the safe and proper use of equipment and materials in the department
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and secure working environment

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • BFA Drama and/or related work experience
  • Teaching and/or supervising technical theatre courses to graduate and undergraduate students
  • A demonstrated working knowledge of most aspects of technical theatre
  •  5 years' experience in the following production areas: lighting, sound, projection, set and props construction, rigging, and computer drafting
  • 5 years' experience planning, organizing, and leading technical theatre personnel
  • Knowledge of the use of shop tools, lighting, sound and projection equipment
  • Knowledge of Vectorworks, CADD and basic office computer applications (Word and Excel)
  • A demonstrated knowledge of project planning and execution is essential
  • Experience in working with students in a post-secondary setting is an asset

Application Deadline:  August 16, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

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