Technical Director, The University of Pittsburgh

Location: Bradford, Pennsylvania
  • July 26, 2022

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Pitt-Bradford) is accepting applications for a Technical Director in the area of Arts Programming. This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the Director of Arts Programming, and collaborating with the Director of the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center and the Assistant Director of Arts Programming.

Responsibilities include operation and maintenance of the performance technology aspects of the performing arts center, which is an active presenting organization, and home to the University’s theater, music, art, and communication arts programs. This involves supervising and maintaining the stages and shop areas; preparing for load-in, run-of, and load-out of all center events; recruiting, training, and supervising stagehands; design and execute, or assist in the design and execution, of sets, lights and sound for all Communication and the Arts Department productions; and instruction of proper techniques of stagecraft. The technical director will maintain the highest safety standards and will coordinate the scheduling, distribution, and set up of technical equipment.

Join a team of creative thinkers and innovators where you have the ability to build a theater environment.  You will have the freedom to make decisions about equipment, processes and design within a state-of-the-art facility. You will experience the opportunity to work with artists from all over the world as well as our own students on campus.

Pitt-Bradford is a baccalaureate degree-granting regional campus founded in 1963.  It has a welcoming, friendly, and diverse campus community, one of five University of Pittsburgh campuses. Over the years the programming has consistently been a wide range of music performances, theatre, dance, visual arts, family and school matinee programs, workshops, special day-long arts events for families, and collaborations with the campus (science and IT departments, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, DEI office, among others) and with the community (nursing homes, regional chambers of commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary, local businesses and more).

The Technical Director has key responsibilities in these areas:

Operation/Supervision of Performance Technology for all activities in Blaisdell Hall related to the performing arts center and art gallery/exhibitions.

Technical Liaison for visiting companies and tenants.

Sound and lighting design and set building for all productions, including but not limited to theatre, music, and art departments.

Oversight of scheduling.

Recruitment, training, and supervision of student and temporary employees and volunteers.

The arts center’s annual operating budget is approximately $285,000.

The mission statement is as follows:  Through three performing arts series, Prism, Spectrum, and Kaleidoscope, Pitt-Bradford will make artistic performances and exhibitions available and inviting to members of the public, throughout the region, within the campus, regional community, and to school age audiences.

Its vision is that the selected performances will reflect the values and goals of an academic institution, and its commitment to expanding the breadth of both the audiences and their experiences.

Performing Arts Space: 

Blaisdell Hall is home to Arts Programming and the academic division of Communication & the Arts.  Blaisdell Hall is the fine arts and communication arts building, home to broadcast communications, public relations, interdisciplinary arts, theatre, and music programs. It features the 514-seat Bromeley Family Theater, arts studios, a music rehearsal hall, a flexible studio theatre, and the KOA Art Gallery. (A full technical specifications guide is on the university’s web site.)

The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is located in Bradford’s historic downtown in the circa 1931 Art Deco university-owned building.  The museum holds highlights from the personal archive of legendary opera singer, Marilyn Horne. The building also includes a café and gift shop.

Pitt-Bradford: 

The campus is on a 470-acre campus in Bradford, a town of about 10,000 people in northwestern Pennsylvania and surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest. Take just a couple steps off campus and you can hike, bike, hunt, fish, canoe, ride horses, etc. Bradford is a town that offers unhurried simplicity and a friendly atmosphere. Take part in arts and cultural events at the various museums in the area such as the world-famous Zippo/Case Museum as well as the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibition Center. Travel a little farther and you will be in beautiful Chautauqua, NY, home of the internationally renowned Chautauqua Institution and its cultural offerings. Bradford is also located approximately two hours from the Canadian border and Niagara Falls.

Required Professional Skills and Abilities:

An undergraduate degree in technical theatre with a minimum of two years of relevant experience. A master of fine arts is preferred. Experience in a university setting is a plus.

The Technical Director will need a thorough grounding in all aspects of technical theatre, including sound and lighting, set design, and set construction.

We need a collaborative personality who will work well with all kinds of people; someone with good communication skills. A sense of humor and well-developed work ethic are also helpful.

Compensation: $35,500 – $40,000.

Benefits:  Excellent benefits package including education benefits for employee and dependents to any Pitt campus; retirement plan with 8% employer match; group medical insurance, life insurance, optional vision and dental insurance; and vacation, sick and personal time. For more information visit www.hr.pitt.edu/benefits.

Application Process:

Deadline for applications: Friday, August 26, 2022.  Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume with a list of references, and a cover letter to:

Margaret Genovese

gvamargaret@aol.com

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5B 2J7

 

For additional information: www.upb.pitt.edu, www.genovesevanderhoof.com,

 

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.