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University of Southern California Assistant Technical Director (Fixed Term) in Los Angeles, California

Assistant Technical Director (Fixed Term)ApplyTechnical ProductionLos Angeles, California

AssistantTechnical Director (Fixed Term)

USC School of Dramatic Arts

The USC School of Dramatic Arts seeks an experienced Assistant Technical Director to join its Production Area. We are looking for an energetic colleague with experience in scenic construction and rigging in both fabrication and supervision.

The qualified candidate has the following abilities:

  • To collaborate and interact positively with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.

  • To create scenery, start to finish from designer documents.

  • To read and interpret designer documents and create construction drawings as needed.

  • To use AutoCAD and/or VectorWorks.

  • To explain clearly safe equipment usage and construction practices to students with varying levels of experience in laboratories and theatres.

  • To use common office software for communication and inventory maintenance.

  • Experienced with CNC machinery and 3-D printing.

  • Skilled in scenic and properties carpentry, metalworking, MIG welding, and theatrical rigging.

The preferred candidate will have a master’s degree in Technical Direction, or equivalent experience: Bachelor’s degree and two years directly-related work experience with supervisory responsibility; AA degree and five years directly-related work experience with supervisory responsibility. Showing a history of success in setting goals and completing projects with a high degree of independence - while exercising good judgment - the successful candidate will work well under pressure and multi-task in a fast-paced environment, especially during peak times of the year.


Reporting to the Head of Technical Direction, the Assistant Technical Director will support roughly 20 productions annually and a work force of up to 10 students on all aspects of scenic construction, installation and removal.

The Assistant Technical Director’s duties:

  • Engineers, fabricates, constructs and adapts equipment and materials to meet specific scenic needs. Operates and maintains laboratory and theatre equipment and systems. Troubleshoots equipment problems and performs standard repairs.

  • Provides direction, training, and instruction to students both in laboratories and theatres. Monitors work and provides performance feedback.

  • Instructs faculty and students in safe and proper use of laboratory and theatrical equipment. Maintains laboratory and theatres in orderly, safe and operable condition.

  • Assists with implementing safe practices in laboratory and theatres.

  • Prepares laboratory and equipment for instructional use by faculty. Demonstrates use of equipment for class purposes as requested.

  • Organizes supplies and materials; maintains inventories of tools and stock; communicates materials needs to Head of Technical Direction. Tracks and monitors materials used on productions.

  • Provides technical support to other SDA staff as needed.

  • Work evenings and week-ends as needed.

The University reserves the right to add or change responsibilities at any time.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education. The School offers innovated programs and curricula in acting, playwriting, design, critical studies, sound design, stage management and technical direction. With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees and has an active production program of more than 20 shows with a population of 550 undergraduate and graduate students combined.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC is proudly pluralistic and committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women. USC actively seeks nominations of applications from qualified individuals and from broadest possible community. The School of Dramatic Arts is interested in receiving applications from individuals who enhance the diversity of its work force.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity inemployment.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's Degree or Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:

2 Years

Minimum Field of Expertise:

Specialized, responsible experience and training in applicable performing or visual arts.

REQ20072467 Posted Date: 03/21/2019 - Thru date - 2019-04-30