Technical Director

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
Nov 05, 2020
Job Type
Full Time


The Theatre Arts Department at the University of North Dakota (UND) is seeking a 10-month full-time technical director. The Theatre Arts Department is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences – UND’s largest and oldest academic college. The department offers a BA in Theatre Arts with subplans in Acting/Directing, Design/Tech, and Generalist, a BFA in Musical Theatre, and minors in Theatre and Dance.

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be responsible for the technical direction of all four shows in each production season for an academic year – including supervision and management of a scene shop, management of student shop activities, set construction, props management, production sound design, and video engineering. The successful applicant will be an integral member of the departmental team as it develops a production season, plans and budgets for shows, creates and executes production schedules, and manages the technical theatre aspects before and during shows to ensure a high-quality learning environment and cultural experience for the UND campus and Grand Forks communities. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Scene shop supervision and technical resource for the Theatre Arts Department, including production sound design and video engineering.
  • Supervision of student assistants in set construction, props management, sound design, and video engineering.
  • General A/V and other technical support for the Theatre Arts Department.
  • Purchasing agent and overall management of departmental equipment and props inventory.
  • Supervision of departmental space resources, including Burtness Theatre, Merrifield Hall, and set/props/costume storage facilities.

Required Competencies

  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Department of Theatre Arts.
  • Knowledge about building theatrical scenic elements, scene shop and lighting equipment, sound design equipment, microphone systems, and computer projection/video equipment

Minimum Requirements

  • BA or BFA in technical theatre or other closely related area
  • Experience working with different types of materials including metals, wood, plastics/foam, etc.
  • Experience with computer-aided design (CAD) and design software
  • Experience with sound and video systems for theatre
  • Training in first aid and safety procedures
  • Successful completion of criminal history background check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire

Preferred Qualifications

  • MFA in Theatre Design/Tech or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience with lighting equipment and systems
  • Experience with welding
  • Experience with scenic painting
  • Experience supervising and training students in scene shop equipment, tools, and best practices
  • Supervisory experience with managing work study hourly records

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$48,000; Full Time, Exempt

Work Schedule/Start Date

Weekday business hours, with occasional evenings and weekends to match production schedules; Start date for the position is January 4, 2021. Ten-month annual appointment extending August 1 through May 30 each year of renewal.


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

This position will be opened until filled with a review of applicants starting November 1, 2020.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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