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Technical Director

Company: The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Provo
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

Job Posting Title:
Technical Director

Hiring Department:
University Unions

Position Open To:
All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

FLSA Status:

Earliest Start Date:
Feb 06, 2023

Position Duration:
Expected to Continue


Job Details:


This is a high-profile position to the University community and is responsible for overseeing the Technical/AV Department of the Texas Union (the original student union) and Hogg Memorial Auditorium, a 1,000 seat multi-purpose facility which is currently under construction and reopening Fall 2023.


  • Operates, maintains and safeguards the technical assets of the Texas Union and Hogg Memorial Auditorium, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications and projection equipment, and rigging. Oversees Technical/AV department that consists of two additional full-time staff and a multitude of student employees. Supervises Technical Services Manager. Manages, trains and schedules student employees who will be employed as Stage Managers and Stagehands.
  • Serves as technical expertise lead for construction projects and AV equipment upgrades for Texas Union and Hogg Memorial Auditorium. Understands the Hogg Memorial Auditorium construction timeline is entering its final stages and theatrical design and equipment choices are finalized. Assists Director of Operations with reopening of Hogg Memorial Auditorium when the construction is completed Fall of 2023. Serves as lead technical owner of the construction project. Ensures all Tech/AV equipment was adequately installed, commissioned and in working condition. Understands operations of equipment and infrastructure and responsible for training full-time and student staff.
  • Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, AV and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented in the Hogg Memorial Auditorium and Texas Union in advance of production dates. Operates tech equipment in both buildings. Works closely with Events staff to ensure successful events.
  • Advises projection managers, lighting and sound designers, on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical requirements for each individual show and supervises the implementations of approved technical designs. Negotiates technical riders with outside vendors and artists. Attends technical rehearsals, in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of the show. Maintains and enforces schedules for all builds, load-ins, and strikes.
  • Designs, sets up, maintains and operates lighting and sound systems for theater, dance, music, meetings and other production and projects; assists guest designers and speakers with technical matters. Provides production and creative direction assistance to clients, including planning, managing and executing the backstage support of a performance on an as needed basis.
  • Provides orientation to facility renters, especially student users, and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations. Provides expertise and mandatory training to Registered Student Organizations, who will be the primary users of Hogg Memorial Auditorium and Texas Union. Works closely with other staff members, visiting tour managers and crews, and other clients to plan and execute performances and events with regard to technical needs.
  • Assists with the preparation and control of operations budget and maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies. Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment and arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary restraints. Performs preventative maintenance on the equipment.
  • Other related duties as needed. Required Qualifications
    • Bachelor's Degree.
    • Five years' full-time experience employed as staff position or as an independently contracted technical director.
    • Knowledge of operations and maintenance of theatrical/events systems: lighting, sound, staging and rigging.
    • Knowledge and experience implementing appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
    • A technological savvy individual with ability to learn and navigate software applications.
    • Ability to analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for various events and performances; plan, develop, schedule and provide the technical supports required for each event or performance; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; design lighting and sound systems appropriate to each performance and oversee stage crews and volunteers; perform minor repairs and preventative maintenance on equipment; maintain inventory of necessary supplies; assist in budget preparation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of various groups, vendors, co-workers , and others; maintain irregular and extended working hours, especially nights and weekends; able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.
    • Works with the theater design and equipment that has been installed and seeks methods to efficiently utilize existing resources. Well-versed in safety precautions and procedures for theater spaces. Highly motivated self-starter with a positive and pleasant attitude. Strong work ethic with ability to function independently and intuitively in a dynamic environment. Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office.
    • Additional years of experience may be substituted for Bachelor's Degree. Preferred Qualifications
      • Experience providing full-time technical direction in a higher education environment.
      • Experience assisting and working with students and student groups in an educational environment.
      • Experience working in a University setting and professionally navigating bureaucracy to achieve the department's goal.
      • OSHA Certification.
      • Experience with historical buildings.
      • Experience operating and maintaining the following equipment: TCP/IP, Networking Fundamentals, and Multicast Traffic; Dante Audio and Dante Controller Software; SMAART and QLAB Audio Calibration Software, Crestron Control Systems (troubleshooting and operation); Industry Standard Studio and Live Microphone Placement, Talent Lav Mic Placement; Basic soldering and ability to repair damaged XLR/TRS/DMX Lighting Cables; Studio Production Cameras, PTZ Cameras, Three Point Lighting; Surround Sound Fundamentals, Dolby Atmos, and CP950 Processor; DiGiCo Audio Consoles (Q338); 70 and 25 Volt Constant Audio Distribution Systems, Barco Cinema Projectors (SP4K-25C), Common Aspect Ratio Types and Resolution, Video Scaling; D&B Audiotechnik PA Speakers, Amplifiers and R1 Software; SDI Video, Timesync, NDI Network Video and NewTek NDI Tools; Video Distribution and Switching, Media Storage, HDMI Protocols, HDCP, EDID; Shure Axient, Shure Spectrum Manager, and Wire Workbench; Wireless In Ear Monitoring Systems, Antenna Types, and Placement; Wireless Clearcom Communication Systems; Fiber Optic Cabling Types, Connectors; Power Sequencing, Control and Grounding Fundamentals, Power Feeder Cable, Electrical Phasing; Stage Lighting, Fixture Basics, Moving Spots, DMX Systems, Scene Programming, Cue Integration, Lighting Consoles (Grand MA Compact, ETC Ion, High End Road Hog 4); Stage Rigging, Motorized Hoists, Truss Hanging, Stage Pulley Operation (ETC Motorized Rigging Systems).
      • Experience using professional scheduling software, especially EMS Mazevo.
      • Demonstrated ability to follow through with tasks and projects on time and to completion, with little supervision.
      • High energy and creativity.
      • Experience using negotiating skills and strategies.
      • Professional demeanor and ability to get along with co-workers. Works positively with all members of the Operations Team and understands and respects the contributions made by each department. Driving Required

        This job requires a class "C" operator's driver's license. The applicant selected must provide a current three year driving record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, a Texas driver's license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident. Employees who are required to have a CDL are subject to drug and alcohol testing (pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing).

        Salary Range

        $68,500 + depending on qualifications

        Working Conditions

        May work around standard office conditions. May work around electrical and mechanical hazards. Repetitive use of keyboard at a workstation. Use of manual dexterity. Climbing of stairs and ladders. Lifting and moving. The person in this position will need to lift, push and pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools.

        Work Shift

        Monday - Friday 1pm to 10pm

        Work schedule (days and times) will be flexible depending upon the use of the facilities, schedule of events, and the departmental and University Schedule. This position is expected to frequently work more than 40 hours per week as needed. Weekend work is expected during peak times.

        Required Materials
        • Resume/CV
        • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
        • Letter of interest Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

          Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

          Employment Eligibility:
          Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

          Retirement Plan Eligibility:
          The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

          Background Checks:

          A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

          Equal Opportunity Employer:

          The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

          Pay Transparency:

          The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

          Employment Eligibility Verification:

          If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



          The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university's company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:
          • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
          • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
          • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
          • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]


            Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

            The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.

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