Assistant Technical Director; Dennison Theater, College of Visual & Performing Arts

Updated: 3 months ago

Recruitment/Staff Vacancy Announcement

Dennison Theater, College of Visual & Performing Arts invites applications for the Assistant Technical Director (Stage/Production Coordinator I) will oversee, coordinate, and implement all technical aspects for the Proscenium-style Dennison Theatre, and assist in the supervision of intermittent Stage Technicians and student employees. This position will maintain the Theatre and its equipment; ensure safety; inspect rigging and equipment on a regular basis; and provide assistance or lead in running lighting and sound during a performance/show.

This position is also responsible for setting up and running all types of lighting equipment including computer and manual lighting controllers, follow spots, and theatrical, video and non-industry lighting instruments; setting up and running all types of audio equipment, including mixing consoles, playback units, amplifiers, speakers, and microphones; setting up and running all types of projection equipment including film, slide, and video equipment; setting up shells; setting up and taking down of various equipment; and cleaning and maintaining all theatre production equipment, backstage areas, and front of house areas.

This position requires the incumbent to develop working knowledge of the specific needs and characteristics of the Dennison Theatre; and develop supervisory skills.

  • Ability to understand the facility and all equipment
  • Ability to rapidly assess and remedy potential trouble spots mid-show
  • Ability to recognize potential safety hazards and to mitigate them
  • An understanding of current Health & Safety legislation
  • Knowledge of rigging principles (specifically Hemp House rigging), safe working loads, and weight limits
  • Knowledge of and ability to inspect the fly system and correct any potential or realized safety hazards
  • Knowledge and skill to ensure the custodial needs of the Theatre are met
  • Strong communications skills
  • Excellent customer service skills including tact and diplomacy
  • Basic administrative skills including record keeping
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative under pressure
  • Ability to work to a deadline
  • Work schedule is event driven; must be able to work mostly afternoons, evenings and weekends. Position requires alternative work schedule
  • High School diploma and two (2) years of experience setting and operating stage lighting and sound systems, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Formerly known as the University Theatre, the George & Jane Dennison Theatre opened in 1935. It was the first building built on a College Campus using WPA (Work Progress Administration) funds during the Great Depression. It was originally known as the Student Union Building and the theatre was the prominent feature. In 1996 it underwent a complete renovation which allowed it to become ADA accessible and provide air conditioning resulting in a very pleasurable venue for various art events.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts serves as the flagship institution for the arts in Montana. The College offers a full complement of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, media arts, music, theatre and dance and integrated arts and education.

The University of Montana provides a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, diversity, collegiality, innovative thinking, and teamwork, making it a great place to grow and develop professionally. The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its essential values of innovation and creativity, impact, openness, and partnership.


Position Title:                    Assistant Technical Director (Stage/Production Coordinator I)

Position Number:              115750

Department:                       Dennison Theater, College of Visual & Performing Arts

Work Schedule:                 Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Academic Year (10 months/year, August through May), Position is event driven, mostly afternoons, evenings and weekends. Position requires alternative work schedule.

Salary:                                $12.522/hr - $14.000/hr Current employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan, and may be different from the posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department .

Union Affiliation:               MPEA

Probationary Period:        Six months minimum

Benefits Include :               Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and professional development/wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.

References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.

Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.

Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).


Priority Application Date: Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Priority Application Date has been extended to July 30, 2017.Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begins on Monday, July 31, 2017

To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below

A complete application Includes:

  • Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related the stated required skills for the position.
  • Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  • Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
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    Missoula, Montana, United States
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