Assistant Technical Director

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job title: 

Assistant Technical Director



General description:

As a member of the Technical Direction team, direct shop operations and maintain scenery stock, warehouse, and production related spaces in a safe, orderly and efficient manner. 


•With the Technical Director and Associate Technical Director, analyze scenic designs to determine cost feasibility and time to execute. Identify and resolve potential problems that may arise during load-in, load-out, and running of scenery.
•Ensure the completion of all scenery meets the needs of the production and the limitations of the budget and is completed in a safe and timely fashion.
•Develop clear understanding of the production design and look to ensure proper operation and finish of all pieces. Understand all aspects of assembly and strike of all productions.
•Assist in the supervision of annual, seasonal, and over hire for scenery construction and stage operations.
•Provide orientation in safety practices and policies and other appropriate procedures and policies.
•Perform regular check of shop inventory of off-season safety supplies and communicate those needs to the appropriate supervisor.
•Build solid team—encourage participation and the sharing of ideas.
•Perform scenic construction duties as assigned. Assist in ensuring the completion of all scenery meets the needs of the production and is completed in a safe and timely fashion.
•Assist in coordinating inter-departmental projects.
•With the TD and Master Carpenter, coordinate all scenery construction, rigging, and load ins with other departments. Coordinate shop needs of other departments and the training of their staff in the safe operation of shop tools.
•Assist the designers and directors in assessing priorities throughout the entire process and keep them apprised of any problems while offering constructive and appropriate solutions.
•Maintain shop inventory and order materials as needed for production.
•Anticipate needs, requirements and requests for all rehearsals, performances and production work.
•Maintain documentation necessary for revival, rental, or sale of productions.
•Work on special scenery, stage ops, or facilities projects, as assigned by the Technical Director or Production Director.
•Know and understand completely the Stage Department Supervisor Handbook, and assist with its revision.
•Oversee Forklift Operator Training and Motorized Aerial Work Platform programs. Provide classroom and hands-on training as required by OSHA, maintain permit records, evaluate operators, and re-train as necessary. (SFO will train the successful candidate.)
•Be certified as a person competent in the use of fall protection equipment.
•Ensure scene shop and stage operations comply with safety regulations as set forth in the hazard communications program and/or applicable OSHA regulations.
•Assist in maintaining storage areas and their contents.
•Provide support for special events as directed. 


•Accept responsibility for other appropriate projects relating to The Santa Fe Opera.
•Give support and show appreciation to The Board of Directors, Guild, Patrons and other volunteer organizations and supporters of The Santa Fe Opera.
•Follow procedures and policies of The Santa Fe Opera as in the employee manual.
•Help to maintain a secure facility year round.
•Other duties as assigned. 


•Must have BA in Theatre or comparable professional experience with training in technical theatre production including set and prop construction and rigging, lighting, sound reinforcement, and costuming.
•Training in and understanding of scenery, lighting, costume, and sound design and period styles.
•Understanding of basic business, accounting, and bookkeeping practices.
•High organizational and personnel skills.
•Ability to work within and maintain a budget.
•Working knowledge of a variety of scenery construction methods, materials and techniques including wood, metals, fabric, and plastics.
•Comprehensive skills in drafting, reading and interpreting drawings.
•Computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and AutoCAD.
•Comprehensive training in the safe operation of stationary and portable power tools, hand tools, stage rigging, and equipment.
•Training in and understanding of safe practices for the theatre environment.
•Understanding of the safe use and disposal of chemicals and other hazardous materials.
•Willingness and ability to work within a rigorous time schedule with a variety of personalities and skill levels.


•The employee must be prepared to use the following equipment: table saw, band saw, metal chop saw, electric miter saw, MIG welder, arc welder, drill press, Electric hand drill, Jig saw, hand tools, personnel lifts, angle grinder, bench grinder, stationary sander, belt sander, router, electric planer, chain hoists, computer, forklift, box truck. 


The Santa Fe Opera is at an altitude of 7000 feet. The environment of the work place includes indoor conditions that may be dusty or smoky. The presence of particles or fumes and the use of materials that produce particles and fumes may require the use of dust masks or respirator. Outdoor conditions include wide temperature variations, exposure to sun, rain, wind and other weather conditions. 


•Must be able to use a respirator in accordance with OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard.
•Must be able to carry 85 pounds.
•Must be able to climb and work from ladders.
•Must have vision and dexterity to safely operate stationary and portable power tools, hand tools, stage rigging and equipment, and to safely work and move about backstage in limited lighting during rehearsals and performances.
•Must be able to stand for long periods. 


•Associate Technical Director/Technical Director 

Final Notes:

This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. The fundamental job requirements are included and these are the essential job functions. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonable accommodate individuals with disabilities. 


Send completed employment application, along with resume and cover letter, to Human Resources or by mail to:

The Santa Fe Opera
Attention: Human Resources
Post Office Box 2408
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2408
There are approximately 70 staff members working around the year in a variety of areas—from production, marketing, and fundraising to technical, administrative, and maintenance of the Opera's beautiful grounds.

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