Technical Coordinator

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Part-time Technical Coordinator, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts

Job ID: 45850
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Department: SoC Wirtz Center for Perf Arts
Salary/Grade: NEX/14

Job Summary:
The technical coordinator will be primarily based at Northwestern’s Chicago campus, supporting and facilitating the use of the Wirtz Center’s new downtown Chicago facility, located in Abbott Hall. Opened in 2021, the 24,000 square foot Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing and Media Arts is designed for a combination of performance and instruction, and includes multi-use black box spaces, a lobby and gallery space, teaching and design studios, and a computer lab. Performance spaces are equipped and suitable for theatre productions, speeches, screenings and other events. Reporting to the Production Manager of Wirtz Chicago, the technical coordinator will be primarily responsible for installing, maintaining and operating theater equipment for live events; preparing each studio space for events and performances; communicating technical capabilities to internal and external parties; collaborating with various School of Communication units to determine technical needs; working with School of Communication IT staff to coordinate instructional needs; maintaining inventory and equipment; running lights, sound and projections at live events as necessary, and occasionally transporting items between Chicago and Evanston locations. Depending on performance and event schedule, this position may occasionally be called upon to support productions and events at the Wirtz Center and other School of Communication performance spaces in Evanston.

Please note: This is a part-time (28 hrs per week) position that may occasionally require evening or weekend hours.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Set up and prepare Wirtz Center Chicago studio and black box performance spaces for live events, ranging from performances, guest lectures, and screenings
  • Act as on-site technician for student performances and workshops, rental productions and presented works as necessary
  • Restore light and sound systems following events; coordinate with School of Communication IT staff to ensure changeover to classroom set-up is complete
  • Communicate technical capabilities to internal Northwestern parties as well as outside vendors, renters, or other interested parties.
  • Collaborate with School of Communication units, particularly the A/V team in the SOC IT department, to determine technical support needs for events and productions.
  • Provide onsite maintenance and support of theatrical equipment; Maintain inventory of audio, lights and projection equipment; advise Wirtz Center management on potential upgrades and equipment purchases.
  • Operate lights, sound, and/or projections equipment at live events as necessary.
  • Transport items between Chicago and Evanston spaces
  • Technical support of productions in Evanston spaces as schedule allows


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BFA/BA in Technical Theatre or equivalent work experience
  • 1-2 years experience as a sound, lighting and/or projection technician

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Demonstrated competency in installing, maintaining and running A/V systems
  • Ability to work autonomously

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3-4 years experience as a sound, lighting and/or projection technician.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Experience with QLab and ETC Lighting Consoles

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Pay Rate/Range*: $23.00 – 29.00/hour