Job Details

California State University, Stanislaus
  • Position Number: 5273877
  • Location: Turlock, CA
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

Technical Director of Scenery and Staging Operations

Job no: 537760
Department: Coll of Arts, Hum, Soc Science
Work type: Staff
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Theatre Arts, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary
Classified as: Performing Arts Tech III

Full-time position available on or after June 1, 2024 for Theatre.

The Technical Director of Scenery and Staging Operations Plays a pivotal role in overseeing all aspects of scenic construction and coordinates technical elements for departmental productions. Responsibilities include developing construction processes, creating schedules, supervising student crews, maintaining performance and production spaces, and managing production schedules and meetings.

Job Duties
Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Utilize technical skills and production knowledge to build scenery properties based on
    design specifications.
  • Operate and maintain stage equipment, ensuring functionality and safety standards are met.
  • Inspect, repair, and perform regular maintenance on riggings and equipment to uphold safety standards.
  • Collaborate with students and faculty to understand production goals and coordinate technical aspects.
  • Participate in production planning meetings and design components for stage productions.
  • Determine the need for and coordinate the acquisition of stage supplies.
  • Maintain schedules for stage facilities and productions to ensure smooth operations.
  • Provide creative and technical consultation, offering leadership and direction on production issues.
  • Assist in budget preparation, conduct cost analyses, and manage vendor relationships.
  • Provide lead work direction and serve as a production technical and operational director when necessary.
  • Regularly interact and coordinate with faculty, staff, and students, providing technical
    consultation as needed for specific productions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Entry to the first level within this classification requires one to two years of experience working for a theater, repertory or stock company engaged in the applicable production specialty such as costume construction, stage and set construction, lighting production, and/or sound/audio production. This background normally would be achieved through professional training or applicable college coursework and practical experience.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Theater or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in theatrical, cinema/TV, or scenic production, with at least 2 years in a leadership capacity overseeing production operations.
  • Experience operating automated scenery systems, such as fly systems, motorized set pieces or automated rigging.
  • Experience with Vectorworks (or similar) CAD software.
  • Experience with CNC software and equipment or other forms of rapid prototyping (e.g. 3D printing).
  • Experience in coordinating and managing multiple productions and projects, including budget preparation, cost analyses, and vendor management.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to support classroom instruction by performing classroom demonstrations related to production specialty.
  • Ability to work with faculty and provide training and supervision to students involved in productions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the methods and problems in multiple production specialties.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of design theory and principles and how they are executed in various production specialties.
  • Working knowledge of directing and stage management, including the ability to manage staging needs for productions requiring numerous costume and set changes and the ability to manage and coordinate the use of multiple facilities.
  • Thorough and in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of construction, implementation, and operation of staging materials and effects in the various production specialties, including the ability to work with drawings and plots to assist in their execution.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of safety measures and hazards related to theatre productions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with individuals at all levels within the organization.
  • Thorough and specialized knowledge and experience in applicable production specialty. More sophisticated knowledge of design theory and principles to be able to translate design specifications, blueprints or drawings into scene, lighting or sound production and effects.
  • Ability to independently manage production support projects and productions by breaking segments into working units that coincide with production needs.
  • Ability to work on more complex projects/designs and to work with more difficult materials and equipment, including the ability to select and use the most appropriate materials to meet production needs.
  • Ability to use more complex features of applicable software packages for production specialty.
  • Ability to plan the layout and use of work areas.
  • Thorough knowledge of safety requirements and standards related production support specialty and stage operations and ability to train others in safety measures and ensure compliance with codes and regulations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of historical periods for design and construction of materials and effects related to applicable production specialty.

    Special Conditions

  • Occasionally required to work nights and weekends as needed.

    License or Certifications

  • Valid California Driver's License.

    Physical Requirements
    The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Salary Range
    Anticipated salary will be $4,176 - $5,417 per month plus excellent paid benefits. Salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful finalist. (Full Performing Arts Tech III range: $4,176 - $ 7,557 per month)

    Compensation & Benefits
    Commensurate with qualifications and experience. As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a year. Link to (Bargaining Unit: 9) Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    How to Apply
    To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resume. Applications are accepted electronically only. Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration. To apply online, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

    Applications will be processed in accordance with Article 9.3 of the CSU/CSUEU Memorandum of Understanding. Preference will be given to qualified individuals currently employed at CSU Stanislaus in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet the best interest of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from current employees.

    Application Deadline
    May 27, 2024

    Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    Additional Information
    Campus & Area
    California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion - one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

    Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West's No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Clery Act Disclosure

    Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

    Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351. California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD. As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool. Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at: Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

    CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    The CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. The CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California.

    The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.


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