Employment

We seek staff members who have a passion for the arts and who enjoy working in a creative and demanding environment. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Portland Center Stage is committed to supporting a diverse workforce and does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to age, marital status, sexual orientation, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap.


TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Position Summary The Technical Director’s mission is to meet the needs and aspirations of directors and designers with the resources PCS has available, and to successfully manage 8 members of scenic staff. The Technical Director is responsible for negotiating the scope of scenery for all PCS productions and providing all the working drawings and other necessary information to enable the team to accurately and successfully construct all PCS productions at our 20,000 square foot scene shop. The Technical Director is tasked with staying on budget, on time, as well as acting as liaison for the scene shop to all other PCS departments and members of the production staff.  The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated individual who can work both independently and as part of a team. The candidate must be goal and process oriented, and thrive in a multi-project environment.  The position is year-round, full-time, exempt.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Creates material and labor estimates based on designer drawings, and negotiates scope of production.
  • Responsible to ensure that all scenery is: drafted, constructed, transported, installed and struck correctly, safely, on time, and within budget, while maintaining standards of quality of construction in the shop and on stage.
  • Attends PCS Safety Committee meetings. Enforces standard workplace health and safety practices, maintains a clean, organized and safe work environment, making sure appropriate safety equipment is available for use.
  • Engineers technical, mechanical, and structural solutions.
  • With the Production Manager, sets and supervises design deadlines, seasonal calendars, and seasonal budgets.
  • Tracks, records and regularly reports all expenses associated with the production of scenery, the general scene shop budget, and other accounts charged by scenery.
  • Attends technical rehearsals as needed – prioritizing notes, calls and ensuring that all finish work happens in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Attends all design meetings, staff, production, and department head meetings; and other meetings and rehearsals as needed, acting as shop liaison with designers, directors, stage managers, and other production departments.
  • Disperses necessary scenic design and technical design information at all stages to other department heads and to the Production Stage Manager, in a timely fashion, and upon request.
  • Hires and supervises the ATD, the Scenic Charge Artist, Master Carpenter, 3 carpenters, 1 painter, and all scene shop overhire.
  • Maintains shop infrastructure, inventory, and equipment. Arranges for repairs and recommends upgrades, including tools, facilities and vehicles.
  • Maintains and provides theatre and show plans, design archives and research materials.
  • Maintains a record of all vendors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Production Manager.

Qualifications

  • Technical theatre degree or significant high level professional experience (minimum three years) with an emphasis on scenery construction techniques, theatrical rigging, automation, and drafting.
  • Proven ability in personnel management and budgeting.
  • Valid driver’s license and a clean DMV report required.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Proficient in the use of all stationary and hand power tools, woodworking tools, and pneumatic tools. Knowledge of metal working tools and welding techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of theatrical rigging techniques, including counterweight and hemp fly systems.
  • Experience with pneumatic, hydraulic, and motorized stage mechanics.
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office and AutoCAD required.
  • Excellent work ethic including but not limited to time management, work flow management, self-motivation, diplomacy, and interpersonal and collaborative communication skills.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot.
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy and sensitivity under pressure.
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift and move 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work at heights.
  • Flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings, as necessary.
  • Must be comfortable working in an environment in which directions and priorities can change rapidly.

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary depending on experience.
  • Medical benefits, including health, dental and vision available 1st day of month following hire. In addition, there is an opportunity to pay for uncovered health, mass transit, parking, and dependent care expenses on a pretax basis through our Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Paid Time Off.
  • 403 (b) retirement plan available with an employer match.
  • Generous comp ticket privileges
  • Management training opportunities
  • Active diversity and inclusion program

To apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line “Technical Director/PCS Website.” This position is open until filled.

No phone calls, please.




Portland Center Stage is committed to supporting a diverse workforce and does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to age, marital status, sexual orientation, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap.

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