Human Resources

Performing Arts Building

Technical Director, Theatre Dept

Reed College is one of the country’s leading private liberal arts colleges and provides one of the nation’s most intellectually rigorous undergraduate experiences, with a highly structured academic program balancing broad distribution requirements and in-depth study in a chosen academic discipline. Reed is highly selective and values intellectual achievement and has a strong tradition of alumni/ae involvement and support.

We are seeking a Technical Director to join the theatre department in our new Performing Arts Building that will open this fall. This position will be an integral part of the growth and development of this state-of-the-art facility. 

Position Summary

The Theatre Department usually produces 6-8 shows per year.  In support of these productions, this position is responsible for the successful and timely implementation of set, light and sound designs for  all productions and, in collaboration with theatre department faculty and students, works with and supervises students in the realization of scenery, lighting, properties, sound; supervises stage management; creates and maintains safe working conditions in theatre spaces and scene shop; schedules space use and production meetings; monitors budget and purchasing; hires and supervises student workers on an individual or ad-hoc basis.  It is a 10-month, part-time, exempt position- hours per week will vary dependent on the production responsibilities 

Reed College offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes, medical, dental, 403 (b) retirement plan that includes a 10% employer contribution, use of on-site sports center, access to bike co-op, free parking, discounted TriMet bus passes, paid holidays, paid vacation and retiree medical.

Essential Functions

  • Directs the technical operations of the theatre department and maintains safe practices in the areas of scenery, lighting, properties and sound; realizes, supervises, and/or facilitates technical support in these areas.  Determines construction techniques; purchases materials, tools, equipment, and supplies; supervises and facilitates production work in consultation with faculty designers.  Provides on-going supervision of and assistance to student designers and crews.  Organizes and supervises the strike for all productiions.
  • Maintains stage, scene shop, and control room equipment and supplies.  Trains students in the proper use of tools and equipment.  Facilitates purchase or rental of production equipment and supplies; supervises set-up of special equipment.
  • Attends and supervises at light hangs, technical, and dress rehearsals.
  • Prepares seasonal production calendars from information developed departmentally; coordinates weekly space reservation calendars.  Coordinates technical production activities with classes, rehearsals, and performances, so as to ensure that the appropriate space is available and suitably prepared for classroom and performance activities.  

Qualifications Required

  • In-depth knowledge of scenery and stage lighting principles and procedures as well as safety and event management practices applicable to theatre and scenic construction spaces.
  • General knowledge and skills in a broad range of areas pertaining to the execution of stage design which may include carpentry, drafting and rendering, electrical wiring, prop building, puppetry, sound reproduction and support, scenic painting, special effects, stage management, stage architecture, rigging, projection, welding and so on.  
  • Knowledge of routine maintenance of hand and power tools, stage lighting, sound, rigging and other equipment used in performance environments.
  • Ability to interest students in the art and craft of theatre, encourage their disciplined participation, ensure their safety and nurture their creative development. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, and staff. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Bachelors degree in Theatre with an emphasis on scenic and lighting design and theory and three years of experience working at the college level and/or in professional theatre; or any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.  MFA preferred.
  • Knowledge of Vectorworks, ETC Ion, Seachanger, QLab, and Lightwright are strongly preferred.

TO APPLY:  Please submit a cover letter discussing your qualifications and interests, along with your resume, and a completed Reed Employment Application to

Anticipated start date September 15, 2013.

Salary/Rate of Pay:  $23,000

Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence.  We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.

Deadline: August 23, 2013