Technical Coordinator

  • Full Time
  • Chicago
  • This position has been filled

Website The Den Theatre

A multi-venue performance space in the heart of Wicker Park.

The Den Theatre is looking for a full-time Technical Coordinator to oversee all technical operations of our facility. We are seeking someone who wants to join a close-knit, dynamic team and who thrives in an exciting, fluid environment, where innovation and growth is a driving force. Candidate must have flexible availability and be able to commit themselves to a growth-oriented environment. The ideal candidate will have experience and familiarity in all aspects of technical theatre, with a particular emphasis on lightning and sound, (familiarity with ETC equipment a plus), while possessing basic carpentry and painting skills. We are looking for a person who is well-organized, methodical, self-starting, and possesses the people-skills necessary to effectively handle our renting clients.

The Technical Coordinator carries out all business operations regarding sound, lighting, and IT needs, and also maintenance of all set, riser, and stage building components and spaces for each theatre, reporting and responsible to the Chief of Operations.  These business operations include but are not limited to managing the lighting and sound inventory for all theatre spaces, troubleshooting technical issues as they arise, updating/ maintaining the Company’s software and hardware, as needed, representing The Den during the technical timeline for all productions, retaining a working knowledge of all State and City building codes, and functioning as a point of contact for all Lessees.   A more detailed “job description” is attached below.

Detailed Job Description:

Duties related to the general management of the building include, but are not limited to:
·       The Technical Supervisor will manage all technical aspects of each theatre space.
·       Inventorying and maintaining lighting, sound, and electronic inventory for each theatre space. Assessing when updates to equipment are needed and creating upgrade proposal plans.
·       Ensure maintenance of each theatre space – floors, ceilings, walls: make repairs as needed and restoring spaces to ’black box’ status.
·       Ensure maintenance of common areas – floor, ceiling, walls: touch up and make repairs.
·       Ensure maintenance, setup, striking, and inventorying of all risers, stages, chairs, curtains, and audience spaces.
·       General building maintenance and repairs (electrical). Assessing the need to call in outside specialists.
·       General maintenance and troubleshooting of IT equipment and software. Assessing the need to call in outside specialists.
·       Oversight of The Den’s physical building security network, and digital security network.
·       Maintenance and tracking of all keys and security equipment.
·       Management of The Den’s digital login database.
·       Maintaining and organizing workshop infrastructure, inventory, and equipment.
·       Enforcing and maintaining standard workplace health and safety practices.
·        Use of construction skills for the benefit of The Den (i.e. construction of scenery, bar improvements, general use apparatus), whenever such tasks are necessary.
·       Hiring and managing over-hire crews (all over-hiring must be approved by CO).
·       Enforcing and maintaining an extensive knowledge of state and city building codes and regulations.

Duties related to the oversight of The Den productions include, but are not limited to:
·       Lighting and sound design / set up for Den productions (Comedy, Music, and Theatrical)
·       Effectively managing technical budgets and build schedules for productions, events, or general operations.
Duties related to the oversight of and collaboration with lessees include, but are not limited to:
·       Work as direct contact for lessees during the production timeline to ensure all Den building and technical guidelines are met. Supporting lessee with all equipment and troubleshooting needs.
·       Being accessible to lessees during techweek to answer and access technical questions and needs, whether on-site or off-site. Maintain a flexible schedule to preserve availability during Den and lessee productions.
·       Working with Den lessees to review proper operation of Den-supplied equipment.
·       Maintain clear communication with Productions Coordinator and CO regarding all lessee contact (i.e. CC on emails)
·       Coordinate with the Productions Manager and ensure that they are informed of all rental expenses, purchased items, and fees/fines that need to be collected prior to the end of all lease contracts.
·       Fielding emergency situations (lessee or building) when productions are running in the building.
·       Scheduling and/ or monitoring all load-in and load-out procedures; managing/maintaining all load-in/out paperwork.

Other duties include, but are not limited to:
·       Attend management staff and production meetings to collaborate with the management team to advance The Den’s mission.
·       Collaborating with all members of The Den’s management team.
·       Utilizing skills in Microsoft Office programs as well as Google Office Suite applications for inventorying and document management.
·       Must be able to carry up to 30 lbs. of materials, be able to climb stairs and ladders, and be prepared to use power tools with or without supervision.
·       Be attentive to details and organizational skills.
·       Have a willingness to learn new systems and equipment.

The Den Theatre offers benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, a 401k retirement plan, and paid vacation and sick leave.

The Den Theatre is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse staff; we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds to apply.

Instructions to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to:

Pay Rate/Range*: $38,000-$40,000
Organization Address: 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Organization Contact Name: Ron Wells
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