Vacancy Type/Job category
£18,031 - £19,133 per annum, plus 5% flexibility allowance
University of Warwick - Coventry
Fixed Term Contract - 31 July 2022
Hours Rota System
We believe that the arts are an extraordinary source of wisdom, support, connection, understanding, joy, and inspiration for every one of us. It’s our job to bring art into more people’s lives and the position of Assistant Electrician will be key to helping us reach more people in new ways.
In 2021 we want to convey a different message. Whilst we sit at the heart of a university campus, we are very much part of our local community, and we want to reflect that community in all that we do. In an increasingly fragmented world, we believe the arts are one of the few places where we can all meet – a place to share our experiences, a place to find common ground and understanding, a place to connect, to transform and explore new possibilities together.
We know that, however wide we open our doors, some people still feel there are barriers in the way. We know that sometimes the language of the arts and art centres can end up making culture seem far off and alien.
As an Assistant Electrician you will impact on the service and experience our diverse audiences receive when the visit us. You will provide vital lighting, audio, and other technical services, including AV, as well as specialising in theatre electrics and lighting. You will assist with maintenance of all electrical equipment and provide technical support to all users of the arts centre.
Over the past 2 years, we have worked to restate our vision and values, so this is an exciting time to join our team.
2021 sees Warwick Arts Centre re-opening a new building. But it’s not just our physical building that will look different, it’s what we say and do. Can you help us build on the great work we have already done?
Interview Date - W/C 9 August 2021
To provide lighting, audio and other technical services including AV specializing in theatre electrics/lighting to all users of the premises and facilities at Warwick Arts Centre.
To assist with the timely maintenance of all electrical equipment associated with the stage, auditorium, and rehearsal/hire spaces.
To assist with the provision of technical support, general help, and assistance to all users of Warwick Arts Centre within the general responsibilities of the post.
To be aware of and adhere to current Health and Safety legislation and to ensure the safety and security of Warwick Arts Centre, its staff, users, and members of the public at all times.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
To undertake as appropriate, the rigging, focusing, and lighting of productions either on their own initiative or under the supervision of the Chief / Deputy Chief Electrician.
To use creative skills to plot, focus and operate lighting system rigs to enhance and compliment an Artist’s/hirers performance through choice of colour, position of lanterns, intensity, focus and timing of lighting changes to present a well-lit and visually interesting show to all users and audiences at Warwick Arts Centre.
To provide technical support for all events at Warwick Arts Centre as required.
To undertake the operation and maintenance of all Arts Centre electrical equipment.
To undertake as appropriate, the maintenance and PAT Testing of all Arts Centre Electrical equipment either on his/her own initiative or under the direction of the Chief / Deputy Chief Electrician.
To rig and operate sound equipment in conjunction with the Arts Centre Sound Technician.
To rig and operate AV and projection equipment
To assist with the loading and unloading of companies’ / hirers equipment for get in’s, fit ups, and get outs and to assist with the construction of sets. To assist in the operation of a counterweight flying system if required.
To ensure delivery of safe working practices within the legal framework of Health and Safety regulations are carried out for oneself, colleagues and, where appropriate, any visiting personnel as they apply to work practices and care and maintenance of equipment.
To supervise casual, freelancers, student, visiting technical staff and external contractors as required.
To adhere to all University of Warwick and Warwick Arts Centre’s policies
To be a flexible, positive, proactive ambassador of Warwick Arts Centre and all its activities on and off site.
To deputise for the Deputy Chief Electrician to cover holidays, illness etc.
To be willing to give and undertake any additional training as required.
To keep up to date with technological developments in the Technical Theatre and performance / arts industry.
To maintain a working awareness of developments in industry equipment, practices, and regulations.
To work unsociable hours including overnight, weekends and customary and statutory holidays when required.
To drive vehicles as appropriate, subject to complying with the conditions of the University's motor insurance policy.
To understand and comply with the University of Warwick and Warwick Arts Centre policies and procedures.
Any other duties commensurate with the general level of the post.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
GCSE A-C English, Maths, Physics (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Good experience of rigging/installing/operating lighting systems including control systems with both generic and intelligent fixtures. (a) (b) (c)
Essential Criteria 3
Ability to fit up, operate and fault find sound and lighting equipment. (a) (b) (c)
Essential Criteria 4
An awareness of Health and Safety and in particular LOLER, Electricity at Work. (a) (b) (c)
Essential Criteria 5
Excellent communication skills. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Good IT skills (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 7
The ability to maintain a flexible and creative approach with Artistic sensitivity. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 8
A proven ability to work on own initiative to solve problems (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 9
The ability to work long, unsocial hours potentially working over a 7-day period. Working at height, with low light, manual handling, and trip hazards in a sometimes dirty, noisy environment & night working. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 1
A level or equivalent Maths or Science / Engineering or City and Guilds 181 (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Ability to interpret plans. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Relevant vocational training ABTT awards, PLASA rigging, IPAF. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 4
Supervision of casuals, freelancers, students, visiting technical staff as required, external contractors. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 5
Previous professional experience in technical theatre. Previous professional experience in one or more of the following: providing audio, stage management and technical services AV and projection. Working with three phase electrical supply. (a) (c)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .
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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.
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