Come make a meaningful impact on Smith College students and community and submit your application for the  Assistant Technical Director position. This person will provide support for both the theatre and dance departments on campus. They will take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. They will also supervise the scenic design and technical aspects of all Dance performances; assist with the daily operation of equipment and spaces; manage student workers, mentor and teach beginning and advanced students. 

Smith College is committed to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity and the work it takes to enact them and we hope that  you will  join us in that commitment.

Additionally, we offer exceptional benefits, many available starting on the first day of employment!

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield affordable, low-deductible medical insurance 
  • Low to no-cost Dental, Vision and Life Insurance options
  • Generous Paid Holidays and time off
  • A Retirement Plan with a 9% Employer Funded annual contribution
  • Tuition Benefits with family offerings

Essential functions

Production Support

Assist with the preparation of all theatre and dance productions. Examples of this support include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining and modeling safe practices during the production process
  • Scenic planning and execution
  • Ordering and budgeting supplies
  • Drafting, Design consultation, Engineering, Furniture repair and construction
  • Properties creation
  • Rigging, painting, and stage preparation
  • Problem solve for technical needs as necessary during dance performances 
  • Research and learn new practices, equipment, and materials used in theatre and dance production and design work
  • Attend rehearsals, performances, production and scheduling meetings as needed

Student Supervising

  • Supervise, instruct, and mentor the THE 200 and DAN 200 student production crews, the interns and scene shop work study for the theatre and dance departments
  • Actively assist in the development of a learning ethos in the scene shop that encourages beginning and experienced students to develop skills, confidence, inclusiveness, autonomy and leadership 
  • Co-instructor for the scene shop focus on THE 200 

Facility Maintenance

  • Assist in maintenance of the performance and classroom spaces in the Mendenhall performing arts complex 
  • Work with the Five College Dance Production Manager and students to maintain equipment and provide technical supervision of the Scott Dance Studio
  • Maintain records of shop inventories, maintenance schedules, and safety checks

Safety

  • Ensure a safe and hazard-free environment for all workers 
  • Train students and staff on the safe use of the power tools and machinery in the shop and stage spaces 
  • Have knowledge of, model and manage safe practices for students, staff and faculty when working at height and using the tools and machinery in the shop and stage spaces 

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge and demonstrated experience with scenic and property construction techniques; knowledge and demonstrated experience with wood and metal working tools; knowledge and demonstrated experience with rigging, drafting, tool maintenance and repair. Must be able to work standing for long periods of time, lift up to 50 lbs. Demonstrated knowledge of safety protocols used in construction, rigging and production. 

We will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience to meet the needs required of the position.   If you are someone who has the  technical skills to do the job and a desire to work directly with students, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and submit an application for the position!

Skills

The ability to organize and prioritize work in order to meet an assigned deadline. Ability to multitask, pay consistent attention to detail, respond effectively to various work styles and communicate effectively with faculty, students and staff.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience teaching, leading and working collaboratively with diverse constituencies, especially college students. Knowledge of Q-lab and Vectorworks programs. Basic knowledge of sound and lighting equipment. Knowledge of, or interest in, automation practices for the performing arts.

Additional Information 

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

We seek to pay competitively and equitably based on factors such as the position and individual qualifications.  While actual pay will vary based on these factors, target pay is generally around $22 – $27/hour.

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