UCCS Theatre and Dance Program Technical Director – University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, CO

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UCCS Theatre and Dance Program Technical Director 24221
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The UCCS Theatre and Dance Program within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences seeks a skilled technical director (TD) to oversee technical design and facilities for the program. The program serves an undergraduate population of 50-70 majors as well as minors and a general undergraduate population of approximately 11,000. As a liberal arts program, UCCS Theatre/Dance has an ethos dedicated to a balanced pedagogy of practical and academic teaching. The TD will work with a dedicated faculty of scholar/practitioners, all with professional practices that inform their teaching. The Theatre Dance Program is housed in the newly built 90,000 square foot, Ent Center for the Arts, which contains four theaters, a recording studio, and art gallery, all with state-of-the-art technology. In particular, the TD will manage the Osborne Theatre, the Landis Family Dance studio, the Acting Studio, and the adjacent scene shop and tech classroom. The TD will collaborate with the production team from Theatreworks, the Equity theatre also housed at Ent, who share the scene shop. Further, this position designs and builds the main stage production in the spring in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre and coordinates all designs and builds in the UCCS Theatre Company Season. In addition to design, administrative, and maintenance responsibilities, the TD will be expected to act as a mentor to technical theatre students and, depending on specific skills, may have the opportunity to occasionally teach. We seek someone with a passion for theater and dance, a colleague who identifies needs, solves problems, and brings the practice of our program to life.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS offers 53 undergraduate degree programs, 24 graduate degree programs, and 8 doctoral programs. UCCS is also home to the world’s only Bachelor of InnovationTM program, which allows our graduates to master multi-disciplinary skills and graduate ready to create real change in the world. UCCS was recently classified as a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie Foundation and takes pride in being the only higher education institution in southern Colorado that explicitly includes research as part of its mission. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of offices – First Year Experience, Excel Centers, Academic Advising, and the Career Center just to name a few. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus.

The city, which was recently ranked as the number six Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2021, known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful” and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. The 14,115 foot summit is just one of dozens of area attractions, including scenic trains, museums, parks, a zoo and more. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state’s best recreation opportunities.

Job Duties:

UCCS Theatre Company Technical Director:

  • Scheduling time for tradesmen (lighting, sound, carpentry, etc.) to work in the space

  • Acting as an advisor for student designers and technicians

  • Building (or supervising students building) all scenery

  • Rigging (or monitoring students rigging) as needed

  • Monitoring and managing budgets related to each production/performance

  • Creating and maintaining production schedules for each production/performance Attending technical rehearsals

  • Attending production meetings

  • The TD will act as the Scenic Designer and Technical Director of the annual Student Show

  • The TD will act as Scenic, Lighting or Sound Designer (and TD) for at least one faculty directed show in the UCCSTC season

Management/Oversight/ Administrative:

  • Overseeing and advising the stage managers selected for individual shows

  • Maintaining Theatre and Dance technical equipment, paint closet, and other storage areas

  • Assisting students with procurement of materials

  • Assisting with the oversight of practicum students fulfilling their credits on Osborne Studio productions

  • Assisting the Director of the Theatre Program with budgeting as it pertains to the Osborne Theatre Season

  • Schedule, track, and maintain a calendar of classroom/theatre usage during non-class hours

  • Coordination of the design and technical elements of the main stage student theatre production, in collaboration with the THEATREWORKS partners

  • Advising student designers in the Osborne Theatre

  • The TD will help (in conjunction with the Facilities and Maintenance Department) with the maintenance and upkeep of the department facilities

  • Monthly financial meetings with the Theatre Program Director

  • The TD will on a regular basis meet with the UCCS Presents technical staff and other UCCS theatre technicians

Job Competencies:

  • Understanding of stage management protocols and ability to communicate these protocols to students

  • Ability to manage and maintain theatre facility and equipment

  • Strong skills in scenic construction and painting

  • Knowledge of and ability to program lighting and sound boards (or willingness to undergo training to attain these skills)

  • Knowledge of the university financial protocols (or willingness to undergo training to attain these skills)

  • Ability, skills and experience in teaching technical theatre classes and basic acting courses

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $44,145 – $58,860

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits, some of which include:

  • Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employee

  • Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance

  • Generous paid vacation and sick time accruals (14.67 hours of vacation and 10 hours of sick accrued per month, prorated if part-time)

  • Mandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10%

  • Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent

  • Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment

  • Off Campus Housing Resources

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The priority deadline for applications is 11:59 PM on March 15, 2022

  • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of April 4th

  • The potential employee start date is June 1, 2022

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.A. in Theatre or comparable stage management and technical experience

    • The bachelor’s degree may be offset with five years of progressive practical experience in technical theatre and stage management

  • The multiple skills, management and technical demands of this position allow that not all candidates will have all of the skills required. However, it is expected that the candidate will be able to adapt to and learn not only new technical skills but also emerging techniques within the theater environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated training and experience in stage management protocols

  • Demonstrated commitment to and ability to work within a collaborative, multi-cultural university environment

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required move. Employee may occasionally be required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements and fine motor skills. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants
: • Applications submitted by March 15, 2022 will receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at cu.edu/cu-careers (job #: 24221). • Official transcripts will be required upon hire. • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information.

If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or cucareershelp@cu.edu. Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact: Kevin Landis, klandis@uccs.edu. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position.

Application Materials Required
: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions
: To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting. 1. A current resume. Must include date ranges to include month and year (mm/yyyy) and whether the position was full time or part time. 2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 3. Unofficial transcripts. When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials.

Job Category: External Relations

Primary Location
: Colorado Springs

: C0001 – Colorado Springs Campus – 40237 – LAS Theatre

: Full-time

Posting Date
: Jan 20, 2022

Unposting Date
: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name
: Kevin Landis

Posting Contact Email
: klandis@uccs.edu

Position Number
: 00484109


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