California State University Northridge
Northridge, CA

Expires: 12/31/17


$3717- $5417 per month

Assistant Technical Director - Electrics/Deck
Performing Arts Tech
Valley Performing Arts Complex
Full Time / $3717- $5417 / mo.

CSUN's Commitment to You
CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

About the University
One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelors degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelors degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.

About the Department
Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) includes two venues, a 500-seat auditorium, and the new 1700-seat state of the art proscenium theater/concert hall. VPAC presents about 50 performances per year of world-class artists of all genres and disciplines. Located in the nation's second largest market, Los Angeles, VPAC operates at the highest level of professional and artistic excellence.

Major Duties
Under the direction of the Technical Director, the Assistant Technical Director Electrics / Deck (ATD-ED) supervises and oversees productions at Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) facilities. The incumbent supervises over 75 presented events, rentals, and originally produced productions per season at multiple facilities in the production areas of electrics and stage operations with respect to advance preparations and budgeting, communicating with visiting production and artistic staff, interpretation of drawings and documentation, pre-hangs, load-ins, performances, load-outs and all post-performance details. Coordinates budget and staffing needs for productions within their scope of supervision, programing and operation of lighting consoles at a high level; oversees and trains a team of electrics and deck lead staff to assist with production needs, staffing coverages and performing production maintenance activities; works to maintain and improve the integrity, condition, and value of the facility as a world class performing arts and cultural center for the campus and larger community; and performs other duties as assigned.

Backstage Operations Oversees productions in the area of electrics beginning with the advance preparations and budgeting, meeting and communicating with visiting production and design staff, interpretation of drawings and documentation, pre-hangs, load-ins, performances, load-outs and all post-performance activities. Productions include presented events, rentals, and originally produced productions. Oversees and trains a team of electrics and deck technicians to accomplish complex pre-hangs, lighting focuses, console programming, and console operations for productions. Serves as resident expert of the lighting consoles and related complex system setups and programming. Maintains lighting data networks and troubleshoots equipment and cable issues. Provides on-deck oversite to technician teams during work calls and oversite to lead electrics positions.

On Deck Supervision / Oversite Oversees electrics and deck crews and provides oversite of lead technicians. May act solely as the onsite supervisor for Production Services Department in the absence of the Technical Director, this will include oversite of all technical and backstage operations. This will include responding to decision-making requests, representing the facility in interaction with visiting production leadership, making design and scheduling decisions, and responding to emergencies.

Advancing / Planning / Pre-Hangs - Advances productions within the scope of responsibility of the position to include all electrics needs and others for all performances in the Great Hall and/or the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall. Meets and communicates with visiting production staff to plan production needs and schedules. Prepares budget forecasts for productions within their scope of supervision and contributes to department financial tracking. Prepares for and participates in pre-event and post-event facility activities to include pre-hangs, setup changes, and general facility upkeep. Responsible for generating budget forgets for electrics and deck operations for the fiscal year.

Staff Onboarding / Training Oversees and trains a team of electrics staff (Part Time and Temporary staff and lead staff) used to support productions. This includes training teams in standard operating procedures, standard setups, work practices, and maintaining effective workflows and communications. Participates in overall production staff training and facility preparations. This includes ensuring safety and standard operating procedures are followed and that facility documentation is maintained. Participates in trainings and the training of staff on an ongoing basis.

Designing / Quality Control Designs and maintains lighting plots for standard facility setups and productions as well as on the fly lighting design as needed for productions or the coordination there of. Keen attention to maintaining a consistent level of production quality in lighting systems and designs is required. Communicates with visiting productions and their design staffs to develop estimated costs and plans of actions in executing design and production needs. Recognizes that quality is a byproduct of processes, communication and collaborative and can-do spirit amongst backstage personnel and its work with artists and their representatives.

Other Related Duties as Assigned

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a job-related field. Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working in a theater, performing arts center, repertory, or any type of assembly venue in support of events or produced conferences. The experience should include emphasis in on-deck management and/or oversite of production related activities. Experience with lighting design and creation of lighting plots that includes moving lights; experience in programing ETC EOS family lighting consoles that includes moving lights; and experience with concert style lighting that includes moving lights is preferred. Additional experience in job-related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required education, on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills, + Abilities
Knowledge of theatre etiquette, standards, and protocol. Strong knowledge of methods and techniques to theater facilities; principles and techniques of design and production and safety requirements and standards related to the core production areas of audio, electrics, carpentry, and stage rigging. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Pardigm, Eos, Ion, and VectorWorks. Have good customer service and public relation skills, with the ability to work under pressure of deadlines and with a wide variety of personalities in the execution of assigned duties. Have the ability to work with minimum supervision and as part of a team. Must be outgoing and enjoy working with people and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Skill set includes an emphasis in electrics (lighting), with additional skills in carpentry, stage rigging, or audio is required. Ability to work at heights above six feet, including walking on a 76 foot high stage grid and lift and handle equipment weighing up to 65 lbs.

Pay, Benefits, + Work Schedule
The university offers an excellent benefits package.

The salary range for this classification is: $3717 - $6155 per month.
The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $3717- $5417, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

HOURS: Full Time; 40 hours per week; will include evenings and weekends. The position is eligible for approved overtime.

REG: This is a Regular position with a one-year probationary period.

General Information
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

How to Apply
Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application utilizing http://bit.ly/HR_CSUN link. NOTE: Internal candidates should apply through the portal by accessing the View Job Openings/Apply link on the Human Resources/Employee pagelet.

Applications received prior to December 6, 2017, will be considered in the initial screening and will continue until position is filled.

In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link below:

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Northridge is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services.


Robyn McKibbon

Recruitment Services Coordinator


(818) 677-2101

Business Address

18111 Nordhoff Street

University Hall 165

Northridge, CA 913308229

Posted: 11/22/2017 19:40:00 EST

Last Updated: 11/02/2016 01:02 EST

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