Technical Director Sought By The Carnegie


Position Title: Technical Director
Department: Otto M. Budig Theatre

Position Reports To: Theatre Director
Positions Supervised: Contracted theatrical designers/technicians, community service and volunteer workers

Position Purpose
Responsible for all technical aspects for all events scheduled at The Carnegie, both in the theatre and in other spaces on campus. The Technical Director will be responsible for the supervision of all backstage personnel. Technical Director will report to the Theatre Director and work cooperatively with the individual venue management staff and The Carnegie’s clients. The Technical Director is a full-time exempt position.

Essential Functions and Basic Duties

  1. Establishes policies and procedures for operation of the stage.
    • Creates and enforces backstage policies governing all aspects of production including but not limited to load-in, rehearsals, performances and load-out.
      Policies should be in line with general operating principles of the facility.
    • Responsible for training and verifying that all crew members are properly trained prior to use of any theatre equipment.
    • Responsible for communicating the policies and procedures to Carnegie staff.
  2. Maintains all theatre equipment on an ongoing basis to ensure proper operation at all times.
    • Creates and maintains a current inventory of all theatrical equipment.
    • Regularly inspects all equipment for damage and general wear and tear.
    • Recommends and oversees repairs of any damaged equipment.
    • Maintains a working knowledge of all equipment.
    • Keeps pace with industry trends in all aspects of technical theatre.
  3. Responsible for managing all aspects of theatrical productions including pre- and postproduction.
    • Co-Manages use of the Theatre by renters, presenters, and other users to ensure that the Theatre is prepared, maintained, and cleaned appropriately.
    • Meets regularly with clients prior to events to ensure proper preparation for events.
    • Coordinates with clients, vendors, and Carnegie staff to ensure the success of each event.
    • Ensures that running crews are effectively trained and managed.
    • Is present at events, as required, to monitor, and troubleshoot any issues that arise.
    • Coordinates load in/load-out of events and ensures timelines are met and restoration is complete and successful.
  4. Acts as Production Manager for specific events produced or presented by The Carnegie.
    • For Carnegie-produced shows, the Technical Director will be responsible for monitoring overall progress of design and build, including hands-on oversight of scenic build and strike for Carnegie Theatre Series shows.
    • Coordinates with Directors, Promoters, and the Theatre Director to create show budgets as needed.
    • Oversees production budgets for sets, labor, lighting, sound, and video.
    • Ensures the fulfillment of all technical riders.
  5. In conjunction with the Theatre Director, maintains theatre and ancillary space.
    • Ensures the ongoing maintenance and cleanliness of the amp room, sound booth, dock (as it relates to theatre storage items), below stage and theatre storage area.


  • Education/Certification: College degree in Technical Theatre desired, but not required.
  • Experience Required: 3-4 years of technical experience in a performing arts venue
  • Skills/Abilities:
    • Ability to lift over 40 lbs.
    • Ability to organize, coordinate and direct projects.
    • Technical knowledge of theatrical lighting and sound systems.
    • Carpentry skills and/or knowledge of set construction processes.
    • Strong oral and written communication abilities.
    • Solid analytical and technical skills.
    • Able to use all related hardware and software.
    • Ability to work long, non-traditional hours when necessary.
    • Self-starter and willingness to be a team player.
  • Compensation: Compensation commensurate with experience. Four weeks of PTO, 75% of health and 90% dental covered for by The Carnegie, PNC Points sharing and a flexible schedule.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Maggie Perrino at by Wednesday, August 8.

Intent and function of job descriptions
All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Peripheral tasks, only incidentally related to each position, have been excluded. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships as deemed appropriate.

Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law


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