Colgate University, Department of Theater

Position ID:Colgate-Department of Theater-TD [#13316]
Position Title: Technical Director, Department of Theater
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Hamilton, New York 13346, United States [map]
Subject Area: Theater Arts
Appl Deadline:2019/03/14 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/02/20, finished 2019/06/10, listed until 2019/04/14)
Position Description:    

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Colgate University’s Department of Theater is seeking a full time Technical Director beginning August 1, 2019 to join a dynamic team of professional artists and educators.

The Technical Director (TD) coordinates and manages all aspects of production for the Department of Theater, which produces three mainstage productions along with student and visiting artist events during the academic year. The TD also oversees all scenic, electrics, and sound/video equipment; manages the Department’s facilities and production builds; works with visiting designers; supervises an assistant technical director; and recruits and trains work-study staff. Additional duties include mentoring students with an interest in technical theater, and teaching one course per semester in Stagecraft or a closely related field.

The successful candidate will advise and collaborate with faculty on scheduling the production season, prepare work calls and production calendars, plan production budgets, and oversee purchasing of materials. The TD will provide additional support, as needed, for other University events sponsored by the Department of Theater. The TD is responsible for safety oversight and guidance for all technical areas of the Department’s operation, and for planning and budgeting annual facilities upgrades. Requirements: Completion of an M.F.A. in Technical Theater or a closely related field is highly desirable. Candidates with a B.F.A., B.A., or B.S. degree and at least two years of professional experience in technical direction will also be considered. The successful candidate should be knowledgeable in more than one area of production; have experience working with students and staff of varying skill sets; and be an engaged, dynamic collaborator with faculty and students. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their teaching experience and mentorship might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin March 14, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please provide a cover letter, resume, and three reference letters. Applications may be submitted to

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2,900 students situated in central New York state. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Further information about the Theater department can be found at

Accountabilities: Primarily accountable for accurate and timely preparation of theater production designs in the Brehmer Theater. Ensures proper maintenance of all scene shop tools and theater systems (rigging, sound and lighting). Ensures all equipment is maintained to relevant safety protocols. Accountable for maintaining proper inventory (lumber and building supplies) levels and related procurement of key supplies as needed. Ensures proper training for newly hired technicians and students. Is responsible for developing and adhering to budgets. Accountable for effective supervision of student workers. Accountable for effective scheduling and coverage of technicians for all theater productions, theater lab sections and other performances as assigned.

Accountable for adherence to Colgate University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) that defines the university’s laboratory safety policies, practices, and procedures to ensure a safe learning environment for students, staff and faculty. Accountable for staying current with relevant regulations (e.g. health, safety, care, and otherwise).

Technical Competencies:

Shop tools and Theater equipment: Demonstrated ability to diagnose problems with key shop tools and theater equipment and arrange for proper repairs and maintenance. Establish a preventative maintenance and replacement program.

Regulatory Safety Knowledge: Working knowledge of relevant OSHA and other safety regulations sufficient to follow policies, practices, and procedures established by the University and other relevant regulating bodies.

Shop Skills: Demonstrated expertise in stagecraft sufficient to effectively execute designs required within the domain.

Shop Support: Demonstrated ability to organize shop environment and effectively manage inventory levels of materials and supplies.

Technology: Familiarity with design-specific software (including ETC Ion lighting console, Cue Lab, AutoCad and/or Vectorworks) sufficient to navigate, provide access and perform simple troubleshooting activities.

Training: Demonstrated ability to teach and train others on the proper use and safe handling of equipment.

Behavioral Competencies:

Personal Accountability for Results: Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

Effective Communication: Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

Problem Solving and Decision Making: Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

Change Management: Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

Leadership and Teamwork: Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

Creativity and Innovation: Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

Diversity and Inclusion: Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspectives of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.

Sustainability: Understands the impact of decision-making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Colgate University
Department of Theater
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

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