Production /Technical Director
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas

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Salary range: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Job Summary:

The Technical Director will lead all technical/back of house production efforts on behalf of all events occurring in McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, with a capacity of 2,386. This would include professionally interacting with clients on all technical needs, hosting meetings/tours/walk-throughs, scheduling/managing stage crew, invoicing for services, & acting as manager on duty during rehearsals/load-ins. Provide oversight of all back of house areas, maintain an inventory of all technical/stage equipment, & make recommendations for maintenance, repairs, purchases, rentals, supply orders, etc.

This position would manage the same processes for non-athletic events at Moody Coliseum, an arena that holds over 5,000.

McFarlin & Moody hold all types of events including concerts, lectures, academic ceremonies, dance, & other special events. Work schedule will vary based on events & include evenings/weekends.

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as contact for clients for technical and production planning for all events at McFarlin. Schedule and manage stage crew for all rehearsals, load-ins/load-outs, and performances, which would include sound engineer, lighting coordinator and general stage hands. Guide/assist client in every way possible to reach goal of having high quality, professional event with a stellar A/V event experience
  • Manage all technical/stage equipment, including providing an annual inventory, scheduling of annual cleanings, and making recommendations on equipment maintenance, repairs, replacements, rentals, etc.
  • Act as manager on duty during all rehearsals, load-ins, load-outs and performances which includes enforcement of building policies/procedures and addressing any needs or questions that arise. This would also include making sure equipment/lights are turned off, locked up, and the building locked down.
  • Responsible for invoicing technical services, staffing and any rental items at McFarlin & Moody.
  • Attend event planning meetings from a production/technical standpoint, review riders, communicate with clients, meet with supervisor to discuss issues, concerns, and details of each event.
  • Maintain and submit an updated technical information packet on as needed basis (at least once a year) including a light plot, lighting specs, sound specs, general house specs, inventory list, rental item list. Also maintain a repair directory for all stage/technical equipment for who to call when something breaks and be on-site during repairs/assessments to provide information and assistance.
  • Supervise all stage areas (including stage, fly floors, dressing rooms and other backstage rooms) ensuring reset before/after each event. Keep backstage storage areas organized to help maintain accurate inventory of technical items.
  • Provide access for vendors, stage deliveries, & clients at load-in's. Check in/out keys as required for stage crew for each event and maintain key inventory.
  • Act as Production Director for all non-athletic events at Moody Coliseum & Miller Event Center. This would include planning for all production efforts, supervising production/technical staff and assisting any outside technical vendors. This would be in addition to acting as manager on duty from the load-in through the load-out process.
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

A High School diploma or equivalent is required for this role. A Bachelor's degree in Theater Production, Technical Direction or similar is strongly preferred.

A minimum of five (5) years of experience as a production manager, technical director or stage manager is required. Experience as a sound engineer, lighting designer/coordinator, rigger, or similar within the event industry is strongly desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The ideal candidate would have strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. He/She must have a strong customer service orientation and be adept in problem solving and time management. Should have superb organizational and planning skills and be skilled at project management with a keen attention to detail.

The candidate should have the ability to run a light boards, sound boards, fly floors, review technical riders, answer technical questions, and manage staff. Candidate is required to have knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point. Experience with PC and Apple products, projectors, DVD players, sound stacks, sound board, lighting board, spotlights is strongly preferred.

Required flexible hours including, nights, days, weekends, possible holidays depending on show schedule. When show schedule allows maintain normal 8:30am to 5:00pm work schedule.

Physical/Environmental Demands:
  • Bend, Squat Stand, Crawl, and Climb
  • Walk for long distances
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Push/Pull, Kneel
  • Carry/Lift over 50lbs
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Exposure to excessive noise
  • Around moving machinery
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature or humidity
  • Works in confined quarters

This position is open until filled.

Priority consideration will be given to those who apply by November 4, 2021.

COVID Vaccination

SMU must comply with President Biden's Executive Order (EO) 14042 requiring those that receive federal contracts and their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they apply for and are granted an exemption for religious or medical reasons.

For more information regarding this requirement, please visit our website.

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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