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Academic Theatre Technical Director

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Work type: Full-time Salaried
Location: Overland Park Main Campus
Categories: Theater

Position, Department: Academic Theatre Technical Director & Design, Academic Affairs

Type of Position: Full-time Salaried, Exempt

Work Schedule, Hours per week: 40 hours per week

Pay Grade/Pay Range: $55,485-69,357 *Actual pay depends on qualifications

Benefits Category: Full-time Benefits

Position Summary: The Academic Theatre Technical Director is recommended for appointment by the Dean of Arts, Design, Humanities & Social Sciences and is charged with the Production Management and Technical Direction of Theatre Department events. This charge includes the integration and mentoring of students into the production process. Some design experience in areas of lighting, projections, master electrician or video is preferred.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from an accredited program
A minimum 3 years experience working in a scene shop in an academic setting
Knowledge of technical direction in live theatre
Proficiency with standard shop equipment and strong carpentry skills
Ability to read and interpret technical drawings
Strong instructional, analytical, and problem-solving skills
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills
Ability to formulate and articulate procedures, expectations, and practices
Strong leadership, supervisory, motivation, time management, team-building, and organizational skills
Ability to motivate student learning and create a positive, challenging learning atmosphere

Preferred Qualifications:

A Master of Fine Arts
2-3 years experience working as master electrician, lighting/sound/projections designer in an academic setting
Experience working with high school or community college theatre students in technical production
Some design experience in areas of lighting, projections, sound or video
Experience with Vectorworks, AutoCAD or other digital drafting program

To be considered for this position we will require an application, resume, and/or cover letter.

Position Details - Job duties include but are not limited to:

STUDENT SUCCESS – Provide quality education, recruitment, retention and mentoring of theatre interested students. Performance is acceptable when:

a. Basic Stagecraft, Technical Practicum courses are taught as needed in an effective and engaging manner.

b. Students are recruited, integrated, and mentored in all areas of technical production.

c. Intro to Theatre students are welcomed, trained and participate in the technical needs of production.

d. Extracurricular educational or professional opportunities are fostered, mentored, and maintained for student and program benefit. 

MANAGEMENT / SUPERVISION - Use leadership skills to provide vision, collaboration and guidance to the faculty, staff and students involved in theatre. Performance is acceptable when:

a. The construction of all technical elements of the theatre program productions is successfully completed.

b. Annual production budgets are created, maintained, and ultimately adhered to.

c. Theatre program staff work in a positive, safe, and productive atmosphere.

d. Theatre program facilities, inventory and equipment are maintained in a safe and productive manner.

e. Theatre program production and academic calendars are created, shared, maintained, and followed.

f. Professional standards of shop safety, organization, cleanliness, and efficiency are met.

g. Departmental work calls are scheduled, communicated, organized, and managed in a safe, efficient, and productive manner.

h. Technical rehearsals are led with strong collaborative, organization and communication skills.

COMMUNICATION – Utilizes strong collaborative communication skills to create a flexible and positive artistic environment. Performance is acceptable when:

a. Regular productive collaboration exists at program meetings where attendance is required.

b. A strong positive partnership exists between Midwest Trust Center Productions and the Theatre program.

c. Open transparent communication is evident with faculty, staff, students, guest artists and administration.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. While 40-hour work weeks are the normal expectation, many weeks during the production schedule require night and weekend presence in excess of 40 hours. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with certain disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Demands An atypical production environment with frequent lifting and carrying of items up to 60 lbs. or more; frequent twisting or bending at the waist or reaching overhead; frequent listening to and talking with students, faculty, and other staff members either in person or by telephone; frequent sitting at a desk or workstation using a computer display, keyboard, and mouse.
  • Mental Demands While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve non-routine and complex office administrative problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with faculty, staff, students, the public and others encountered in the course of work, some of whom may be dissatisfied or abusive individuals. 

*Duties and responsibilities, as required by business necessity, may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing. Scheduling, shift assignments and work location may be changed at any time, as required by business necessity.

Diversity Statement: Here at Johnson County Community College, we seek to inspire positive change for our students, faculty, and staff through promoting growth and development of all individuals. We aim to create a sense of belonging, accepting all values, life experiences, and perspectives on our campus. We are seeking individuals who will bring their true, authentic selves to JCCC so we can broaden perspectives with innovative ideas, interests, and passions, while fostering and promoting our diversity commitments to our community. We believe that engaging all of our unique employees is the key to students’ success. You belong here.

About JCCC: Established in 1969, Johnson County Community College is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities through learning. Located in Overland Park, Kansas, JCCC has enjoyed a national reputation for educational excellence and student success for more than 50 years. That's five decades dedicated to smaller class sizes, more resources and a thriving campus culture – not to mention our competitive tuition rates and extracurricular experiences that transcend the norm.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. JCCC provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

Disclosure:  If you need any assistance throughout the search process, please reach out to the HR Generalist for this position. In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. Individual hiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of the applicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require those selected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degrees obtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the review date listed in posting.

If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonable accommodation in the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email


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