Technical Director

Website JCC Denver Mizel Arts and Culture Center

Technical Director

Full Time

Salary Range: $50,000-$52,000

A subsidiary of the JCC Denver, the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center (Mizel Center) illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, and literary arts for the Jewish community and the community at large.

Historically the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center has served over 26,000 people a year through a variety of programs and events that serve a broad demographic of cultural patrons. We strive to produce, present, exhibit, advance, and preserve the arts, serving as a performance and exhibition venue and as an educational resource for people at every stage of life.

Our annual events include exhibitions, concerts, films, author appearances, theatrical performances, and literary and film festivals. Facilities include the luxurious 400-seat Elaine Wolf Theatre, the 100-seat Pluss Theatre, a rehearsal studio, clay and art studios, and space for receptions and lectures.

The Technical Director will be responsible for leading all production efforts for the Mizel Center. These efforts include scheduling and supervising production staff and crew, managing production budgets and overseeing the technical aspects of the stage and facility. Weekend and evening hours will be required.

Technical Director Responsibilities

  • Ensuring safety and success of all Mizel Center backstage operations;
  • Providing technical support for Mizel Center and JCC internal and external programs and events;
  • Advancing all internal and external technical production requirements;
  • Hiring, training, scheduling, and managing technical contractors;
  • Maintaining equipment functionality and keeping records of warranties and licensing agreements related to technical equipment;
  • Either scheduling technicians or personally working shifts as light-board operator, sound-board operator, media operator, carpenter, rigger, and/or camera operator as needed for internal and external events;
  • Developing safety, security, and theatrical production training for JCC and Mizel internal and external users, contractors,and staff;
  • Ensuring all relevant Federal, State, Local, an OSHA safety rules and regulations are followed;
  • and Assist Production Manager in developing budget estimates for theatre operations, internal and external theatre events.

Rental Events:

  • Serve as primary contact for all rental technical needs;
  • Serve as primary theatre rental operator;
  • Schedule staffing as needed to cover rental shifts

Wolf Theatre Academy:

  • Oversee summer mainstage technical program and implementation. Specific duties will be split with an over-hire summer contractor based on Technical Directors qualifications;
  • Assist Production Manager in budgeting process for summer academy productions;
  • Oversee props and special effects design and implementation for summer mainstage productions
    Implement and oversee summer mainstage sound needs including pit orchestra, actor microphones, and sound effects;
  • Theatre support for class performances as needed;

Denver Jewish Film Festival

  • Oversee theatre set up for film screenings;
  • Oversee film Quality Assurance testing;
  • Work and/or schedule theatre technician for film screenings and festival programming;

JAAMM Series and JCC/MIZEL Events

  • Assist Production Manager in producing estimates for events;
  • Assist Production Manager in acquiring backline and production equipment as needed;
  • Conduct walk throughs and rehearsals if/when necessary for events;
  • Work or schedule sound and/or lighting shifts as needed;
  • Coordinate technical activities with partner organizations;

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years of experience in technical theatre;
  • Strong understanding of theatre facilities and standard theatrical equipment;
  • Ability to thrive under pressure in a complex and ever-changing environment and to balance needs of diverse stakeholders;
  • Strong communication, organization, and technical skills;
  • Experience with lighting, audio, rigging, projection and other technical processes for theatre, music and event operations;
  • Basic competency with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook);
  • Ability to read, plan, and work within budget;
  • Great multitasker, attention to detail, hard-working and self-motivated; and
  • Availability to work nights and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications
These additional qualifications are preferred and will make candidates more competitive, but these are not required for the effective execution of the job responsibilities.

  • Bachelors Degree or greater in technical theatre or related field;
  • Supervisory experience; especially as a Production Manager or Technical Director;
  • Comfortable with an ETC Ion light board, Behringer X32 digital sound board and basic knowledge of QLab software or comparable equipment and systems;
  • Experience troubleshooting lighting, audio and video equipment;
  • Comfortable with hand and power tools;
  • Comfortable working with artists, children and families;
  • Knowledge of safety and security rules and regulations;
  • Lighting, sound, video or scenic design experience;
  • Experience shooting and editing digital video content with FinalCut and/or Adope Premiere Pro
    Experience with virtual meeting and live streaming platforms such as Zoom, YouTube, OBS, mimoLive, or similar programs.

Physical Demands and Working Environment:
The position requires the candidate to remain in a sitting position for prolonged hours in an office environment. While performing duties, the candidate is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. Candidate must occasionally lift and or/move up to fifty (50) pounds.

Working conditions may include:

Being in an open (shared) workspace area;
Operating equipment in a light booth and sound booth in low light;
Working in the theatre shop with dust and power tools;
Climbing stairs and ladders regularly to access lighting equipment and rigging areas;
Working in catwalks 20 feet above the stage and audience seating areas; and
Working in parts of the theatre with low light for extended periods of time.
Sitting for prolonged periods of time in front of a computer screen
Benefits Overview

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The JCC contributes a portion of medical, dental and vision plan premiums and pays for Basic Life Insurance & AD&D, Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability for Full-Time employees. There are additional voluntary benefit plans available. The JCC has a 401(K) Plan available for elective deferral contributions for employees over 21 years of age, with no waiting period. Paid Time Off is a day-one benefit, accrued based on years of service and in compliance with the Colorado Healthy Families & Workplaces Act.

The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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