Technical Director

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Work type: Staff
Location: Northridge
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Full Time, Theatre Arts

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Major Duties

Under general supervision of the Chair of the Department of Theatre in MCCAMC, the Technical Director is responsible for safely and effectively producing all the scenery and coordination of props for the department as well as TADW (Teen Age Drama Workshop) productions. The incumbent ensures structural integrity and safety of all scenic designs and trains and oversees seasonal hires and student crews, while providing management and technical services for theater rentals and non-academic projects.

  • Budgets for all scenery, producing technical drawings as needed, planning, coordinating, monitoring, and participating in the creation, installation, operation and strike of department and TADW productions, events and rentals.  
  • Works closely with the Lead Production Manager and the Scenic Designer to complete the scenery as designed for the production.
  • Responsible for a smooth and effective transition from artistic concepts and design ideas to the realization of artistic production in support of CSUN Theatre’s academic goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a job-related field; Master's Degree in Fine Arts (MFA) preferred.
  • Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience working with a performing arts organizations operating and providing technical maintenance of theatrical lighting, sound, and video equipment; experience working as a technical director, in instructional support.
  • Additional experience in job-related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required education, on a year for year basis.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of: the methods and problems in multiple production specialties; design theory and principles and how they are executed in various production specialties.
  • Working knowledge of directing and stage management, including the ability to manage staging needs for productions requiring numerous costume and set changes and the ability to manage and coordinate the use of multiple facilities.
  • Thorough and in-depth knowledge of: the technical aspects of construction, implementation, and operation of staging materials and effects in the various production specialties, including the ability to work with drawings and plots to assist in their execution; responsibilities and duties of professional technical director including the knowledge to engineer scenic elements and assure structural integrity and safety.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of safety measures and hazards related to theatre productions.
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner and to perform tasks of equal priority efficiently under time constraints; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, staff and guest artists.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

  • The university offers an excellent benefits package, including but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, retirement & savings, tuition waiver and more.
  • Classification/grade: 0840 / Performing Arts Tech / 3
  • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $3717 - $5917, dependent upon qualifications and experience. The salary range for this classification is: $3717 - $6726 per month.
  • HOURS: Full Time; 40 hours per week; Monday through Friday.
  • The individual hired for this role will physically work on-campus in Northridge. This is not a telecommute position. 

General Information

  • Applications received through August 25, 2022, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
  • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:
  • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more visit our Matadors Forward site:


Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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