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October 15, 2013

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) seeks a temporary, part-time, technical director, reporting to the associate curator of performing arts.

JOB SUMMARY

The technical director will serve as the CAC’s technical liaison for the CAC’s presentations in the CAC’s Camp Street Warehouse of the Kronos Quartet on November 14, 2013 and of Kyle Abraham’s Pavement on December 6 – 7, 2013. The technical director will also act as a technical advisor to the CAC facilities committee as the center contemplates significant upgrades to its physical plant.

WHO WE ARE

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a multi-disciplinary arts center, financially stable and professionally managed, which is dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. It expresses its mission by organizing world class curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs; educating and enlarging audiences for the arts; and encouraging collaboration among diverse stakeholders composed of artists, institutions, communities, and supporters throughout the world.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A bachelor’s degree in Theater or a related field that focuses on technology for the performing arts with an emphasis one or more aspects of technical theater production from an accredited university; a minimum of 5-10 years of experience as a technical director or production manager, preferably in a multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts center.

RELATIONSHIPS
  • Reports to the associate curator of performing arts

  • Works closely with the executive director and the board of directors’ facilities committee

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
  • Creates, orchestrates, and manages the build-out of the CAC warehouse for use in performing arts presentations, including the implementation of a new electrical grid system.

  • Operates, maintains, and safeguards the technical assets of the theater, including supervising/managing the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
  • Executes the necessary technical support—such as lighting, sound, staging, and other special needs—of all programs and special events presented at the facility during presentations and in advance of production dates.
  • Manages carpentry, electrics, and sound and operates lighting and sound systems for programs including theater, dance, music, and commercial rentals of the facility.
  • Advises guest production managers; technical advisors; and lighting, sound, and video designers on the technical specifications, costs, and use of technical equipment required for productions and supervises the implementation of approved technical designs.
  • Assists in recruiting, training, and assignment of volunteer or paid technical staff for individual shows as required.
  • Orients facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics, and other areas of facility operations and facilitates the use of the technical facilities by those engaged by or renting the facility.
  • Monitors the condition of lighting, sound, rigging, and any other technical equipment; arranges for repair or replacement within budgetary constraints; and performs preventive maintenance.
  • Assists with the control of production budgets; maintains inventory; and orders specialized supplies.
  • Attends technical rehearsals as needed, in order to orchestrate and assist any technical complications.
  • Makes recommendations to the associate curator of performing arts regarding capital purchases of technical equipment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
  • Superlative computer proficiency, including a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and an exceptional mastery of the Microsoft Office suite as well as CAD programs like Vectorworks, Lighting programs like Lightwrite, and Audio programs like Q-Lab, Audacity, etc.
  • Proven ability to execute production schedules within strict time demands and budgetary constraints.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and production needs including schedule changes, equipment replacement, and technical refinements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
HOW TO APPLY

Priority consideration will be given to applications received on or before October 21, 2013. However, the position will remain open until a suitable pool of qualified applications is received. Interested candidates are asked to please send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to performance@cacno.org with “Technical Director” in the subject line. No phone inquiries regarding this position will be accepted. The CAC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to ethnicity, gender, age, or sexual orientation.