City of Boston

Theatre Technical Director

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Office of Arts & Culture
Regular Full-Time
Boston City Hall
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Under the direction of the General Manager, the Strand Theatre Technical Director will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the theater. The Technical Director is responsible for the maintenance and usage of alltechnical theater elements, including sound and lights, and supports guest touring productions, community productions, and other City office productions or special events. This position also includes some responsibilities associated with a Production Manager position at community events. The Technical Director is responsible for scheduling all necessary annual inspections of stage equipment. Supports guest touring productions, community productions, and other City office productions or special events with the aid of the Technical Assistant.


  • Supports the daily operation of the staff including ushers, ticket takers, and floor directors while overseeing any additional technical staff including light and sound technicians.
  • Plans for and ensures that all facilities and materials are in complete readiness for daily operation.
  • Partners with the General Manager to manage the staffing level by ensuring appropriate staffing utilization, par staffing levels and appropriate manpower to run an efficient operation.
  • Responsible for the development of theater staff: training, coaching, counsel, and mentoring to increase guest and team member satisfaction.
  • Develops, conducts, and maintains new hire orientation presentation and technical training for all new team members.
  • Manages partnerships with theater tech vendors and contracted services.
  • Supports the General Manager in successful development and implementation of new partnerships with the Strand Theatre by creating clarity and support structures for using the technical aspects of the theater.
  • In consultation with the Boston Police Department (BPD) and event Security, responsible for theater’s evacuation in case of emergency. Maintains compliance with safety and security protocols at all times.
  • In conjunction with the General Manager, responsible for budgeting, scheduling, and overseeing all repairs, improvements, and maintenance for the Strand Theatre as required by the City of Boston.
  • Responsible for answering inquiries and complaints promptly, effectively, and empathetically through various channels including by phone, email, and in-person.
  • In conjunction with the General Manager, responsible for building strong community partnerships throughout the Boston neighborhoods to promote, encourage and build community involvement with the Theater.
  • Operates maintains and safeguards the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, movie projector, and communications equipment.
  • Oversees stage operations and rigging, enforcing safety guidelines to clients and staff, trains crews on the fly rail, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities and genie lift operations.
  • Evaluates the technical support needs for each event in advance of contracts and production dates.
  • Keeps all stage drafting and other paperwork up to date; calls and meets with clients.
  • When required, designs sets up, maintains, and/or operates lighting or sound system for productions.
  • Makes sure all soft goods remain clean, folded correctly, and stored properly when not in use.
  • Schedules the installation and removal of the orchestra pit and/or portable kiwi dance floor and Marley.
  • Advises production managers, and lighting and sound designers, on the technical specifications of the theater, additional costs, and the implementation of approved technical designs.
  • Monitors all set and stage construction and verifies permits and certificates.
  • Recruiting and training staff, schedules work hours, and completes timesheets for tech staff.
  • Orients theater renters to safety, technical characteristics, and restrictions of the space.
  • Monitors the condition of all theater equipment; performs maintenance, arranges repair and replacement within budgetary constraints and General Managers approval.
  • Assists General Manager with the preparation of in-house productions.
  • Maintains inventory and specialized supplies, requesting orders in a timely manner.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, paid experience as a technical director. Additional experience is strongly preferred. 
  • A bachelor's degree in technical theatre or a related field is highly preferred and may substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience.
  • Two (2) years supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to provide team leadership, supervision, and training.
  • Working knowledge and technical skills to oversee a wide range of performance methods associated withdance, music, film, audio/visual art, and theater.
  • Working knowledge of but not limited to set design, stage management, audio mixing, light system design,and board operations.
  • Must be familiar with design, stage management, sound mixing, and computerized light systems.
  • Strong oral, written, organizational, and planning skills.
  • Must be safety conscious and diligent in updating technical procedures.
  • Ability to meet required deadlines and the ability to multi-task managing several projects at once.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Poses some carpentry ability.
  • Able to delegate responsibilities appropriately and effectively.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Massachusetts Drivers License.
  • Must be able to promote an inclusive and safe work environment. Foster a culture of community, anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect among staff and guests.
  • Must be able to foster a culture of safety, both psychological and physical, and ensure a safe work environment.
  • Detail-oriented with strong follow-up skills.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the position.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Digital Media, and CAD computer applications.
  • Ability to work independently while exercising sound judgments and making adaptive changes.
  • Ability to work with a diverse clientele and maintain good community relations.
  • Must be able to lift, push or pull equipment up to seventy (70) pounds using appropriate tools.
  • Must be available to work a demanding flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.




Union/Salary/Grade: MYO/MO-8

Hours: 35


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