Company Description: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is a dynamic and vibrant four-year public college located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Founded in 1894, MCLA is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college of the Massachusetts State University System. MCLA is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a national consortium positioned at the forefront of the conversation on the value of a liberal arts education. MCLA is on Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2015. The ranking cites colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. The College was again named to the President's Honor Roll for Service by the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2015.
The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time, nine-month staff Technical Director (TD), beginning September 1, 2018.
The TD primarily serves the Department of Fine and Performing Arts' Theatre program. Duties include executing, as well as overseeing students in the successful and safe execution of scenery elements for all Theatre productions. Additional responsibilities include providing support for students working in lighting, sound, and projections.
This position is also in charge of management of the Theatre program scene shop. Shop responsibilities include: oversee and execute implementation of scenery/props construction and scenic painting; maintain and improve equipment; supervise student scene shop work-study employees; supervise practicum students during builds, strikes, and other technical activities; provide robust, up-to-date safety oversight for production season; coordinate spending with Department Administrator to ensure Chair-approved production budgets are not exceeded.
•BA in Theatre with five+ years professional production experience required; MFA in Technical Direction preferred.
•The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of emerging technologies in technical direction, including experience in carpentry, welding, rigging, and scenic painting.
•Demonstrated mastery of scenic and properties construction.
•Basic knowledge of lighting, sound and projection fields.
•Experience facilitating production processes and managing budgets is highly desirable.
•Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
Additional desired qualifications:
•Ability to collaborate and problem solve.
•Ability to work effectively with fine and performing arts faculty, staff, students and guest artists.
•Ability to manage the production process.
Non-standard work schedule including evenings and weekends. Ability to lift 50 lbs.