Technical Director - Young Auditorium

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater   Whitewater, WI   Full-time     Management
Posted on May 8, 2023
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The Technical Director has ongoing responsibility for all of Young Auditorium’s technical operations and for all performance related equipment.  The Auditorium’s Technical Director is the resident authority on the use and operation of all in-house systems including; lighting, sound, video, staging, rigging, computer systems, rental equipment, as well as outside technical support service. The Technical Director reports to the Auditorium Director and works closely with the auditorium staff, touring companies, and campus and community users to determine and deliver high-quality customer-friendly technical support. This is accomplished with a stage crew consisting of students that are hired, trained and supervised by the Technical Director and as appropriate volunteer workers.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three years of experience in technical theatre management and/or professional concert sound and lighting production (including sound, lighting, rigging, audio visual and recording)
  • Ability to adjust schedule to meet the needs of this position
  • Customer-friendly interpersonal skills that enable relating well to the diverse students, faculty, administrative staff, community members and professional contacts that this position encounters

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in a technical theatre arts related field or equivalent professional technical direction experience

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds


Technical Duties:

  • Serve as technical operations director for all events presented in Young Auditorium, providing professional quality technical support including obtaining and operating equipment and services to fulfill contractual obligations
  • Effectively plan and advance dates for all technical requirements, staffing, and logistics for all performances with all Young Auditorium facilities users, and specifically with Young Auditorium contracted professional touring artists
  • Maintain excellent relationships with campus/community peers and directors, and other venues and technicians to aid in staffing, equipment rental/loans, and other resources

Supervisory Duties:

  • Provide friendly leadership and guidance regarding all technical needs for all groups using the Young Auditorium facilities
  • Recruit, train, and lead a well-trained UWW student stage and technical crew
  • Develop and administer training programs for the stage crew
  • Utilize volunteers from volunteer pool for tasks, where possible

Safety Duties:

  • Ensure safe working conditions and practices for all users.  Follow and insure adherence to local and national public assembly, building, NFPA, ANSI, ETCP, and OSHA codes, regulations and best practices
  • Work with Young Auditorium Director to plan and implement evacuation/shelter-in-place procedures for artists and backstage staff

Maintenance Duties

  • Maintain a full equipment inventory and replacement schedule
  • Coordinate preventative maintenance and repair for Young Auditorium equipment
  • Implement policies relating to the usage of equipment and the facility
  • Develop long range planning for the equipment and infrastructure of the facility

Office Duties

  • Assume leadership role and provide project management for facility Art, Lighting, Media, and beautification projects
  • Compute and process billing for technical services provided
  • Responsible for payroll of student technical crew
  • Develop and implement a budget to determine and minimize staffing expenditures
  • Complete Young Auditorium special projects and programs as assigned
  • Attend Young Auditorium staff meetings
  • Actively engage with and support Young Auditorium team

Supervision Received

  • This position receives supervision from the Director of Young Auditorium

Supervision Exercised

  • This position supervises part time student employees, road show personnel, private contractors hired to provide special services, and volunteers


Well-qualified candidates can expect a minimum starting annual salary of $58,000.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.


Applications received by June 5, 2023 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jay Craggs

Art Program Director - Young Auditorium