Job Details

Technical Director

South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA

Job - Education

Close Date: 09/01/2019

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Technical Director for the technical operations of the Kenneth J. Minnaert (KJM) Center for the Arts and its associated performing arts programs.

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

We also offer:

• The Clipper Café specializing in seasonal comfort foods
• The Bake Shop offering daily baked goods made by our students
• Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
• Campus bookstore offering snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies
• Starbucks coffee shop
• Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond – you receive a FREE State Agency Rider (STAR) Pass
• FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
• On-campus child care
• Percival Creek, which runs beneath our campus footbridge, provides year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon pass through each fall
• Many walking paths (Download PDF reader) that are marked and on nicely paved sidewalks
• Gym and recreation facilities
• SPSCC promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events on campus
• Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
• Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts

What You'll Do

The Technical Director will operate, maintain, and safeguard the technical assets of KJM theater and performing arts spaces, as well as work with directors and production teams to determine the necessary technical supports such as lighting, sound, and staging for performances and events.

This position will also:

• Supervise the use of lighting, sound, and communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
• Assist with design, set up, maintenance, and operation of lighting and sound systems for performances and projects.
• Assist faculty and guest artists with technical matters related to the theater and performance space.
• Advise and supervise production managers, lighting designers, and sound designers on the technical specifications, costs, and usage of equipment.
• Serve as primary liaison between SPSCC and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA). This includes collaborating on space scheduling, event contracts, pre-show production and technical meetings, and related activities.
• Manage the recruiting, training, and assignment of volunteer and/or paid technical, front of house, and audio/visual support staff for the theater and related events. This includes the training and supervision of student workers.
• Coordinate with campus safety and facilities offices to develop, implement, and oversee safety procedures for all users of the performance facilities and equipment.
• Coordinate with Event Management, Catering, and Public Relations to streamline promotional activities and ensure consistent customer service for KJM performers and attendees.
• Oversee the maintenance and management of equipment and labs for film production and photography.
• Assist with the preparation and control of production budgets.
• Attend technical rehearsals for supervising and assisting in the technical aspects of the performances.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree.
• Minimum 5 years of technical theater work experience.
Master's degree may substitute for up to 2 years' experience.
• Demonstrated experience or participation with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.

Preferred Qualification:

• Master's Degree

Skills & Abilities:

• Working knowledge of techniques, methods, and procedures of theater, music, and film productions. This includes stage, set, sound, and lighting design and implementation, computerized lighting and sound systems, stage management, and stage carpentry.
• Ability to analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for performances and events.
• Ability to perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on equipment.

To Apply

Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:

• Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
• Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.

Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.

Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.

Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

SPSCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over age 40, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. The college complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500. The college is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status. SPSCC is a drug-free workplace.

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