Job Details

Southwestern Community College District
  • Position Number: 4700820
  • Location: Chula Vista, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance

Theatre Operations Technician

Southwestern Community College District

Work Site:

Department: School of Arts, Communication, Design & Media

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

Under the general direction of the Dean of the School of Arts and Communication, design projects in areas including lighting, sound and multimedia; provide technical supervision and assistance for college and community theatre stage productions, including lighting and sound; assure that theatre and stage equipment is maintained in a clean and safe condition; provide expertise in theatre technologies and assistance for college and community performances.
  1. Design, coordinate and participate in lighting, sound, as requested.
  2. Design, setup and utilize a sound system for productions including mixing boards, amps, equalizers, speakers and other sound system equipment.
  3. Utilize a variety of computer systems and applications related to the theatre, CADD, lighting, sound control, and production management.
  4. Supervise theatre students and student technicians in the safe operation and use of the theatre, tools and equipment; assist the instructional staff with the coordination of laboratory training procedures and student crews to assure the development of students in the technical areas.
  5. Develop and utilize computer programs including spreadsheets for inventories, calendars and other documents.
  6. Provide technical mastery and supervision for college and community stage productions in the theatre and dance studio; maintain stage lighting, sound and other equipment to assure proper operation.
  7. Assure the safe use and security of power tools, lighting, and sound systems; assure the qualifications of student technicians according to established procedures; maintain lighting and audio equipment and systems as needed.
  8. Maintain and enforce fire, safety and health regulations.
  9. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Advanced principles, techniques and operation of lighting and sound used in stage production work.
  • Advanced design theories and lighting practice for theatre, music and dance performance.
  • Advanced techniques in the use of visual and oral design components.
  • Expert level techniques and procedures in application of design, color, and perspective in multimedia presentations.
  • Concepts and technologies in lighting for theatre, music, dance and related performance areas.
  • Electrical set-ups.
  • Principles and philosophy of stage productions.
  • Fire, safety and health regulations.
  • Inventory control and equipment check-out procedures and methods.
  • Interpersonal communication skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer hardware and appropriate software applications.

  • Design stage setup for performances.
  • Design and operate lighting and sound systems for stage productions.
  • Train and provide guidance to others in the operation, use, construction and maintenance of stage properties and equipment.
  • Coordinate the use of theatre facilities and equipment.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience:
Any combination equivalent to: a four (4) year degree in theatreANDTwo (2) years of experience involving design, stage machinery design and control; special effects; computer application for stage operations; and the operation and maintenance of stage equipment and materials, as well as computers and computer control boards.

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of use of video to support productions and presentations.
  • Knowledge of video streaming technology.

Range 32, Steps 1-7, $5,925.89-$7,500.81 plus 2.5% shift differential. Initial placement for external applicants is Step 1. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.

Start Date

As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2023 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.

Work Schedule:
Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (Approximately). Work schedule may be adjusted to include weekends, evenings and holidays to support the needs of the District.Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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