The Kennedy Center Production Operations Department seeks a technician with a thorough working knowledge in all areas of technical theatrical production. The position is Master Technician, Family Theater. Applicant must have a minimum of five years’ experience as a technician and programmer in: lighting, video, and audio, have solid working knowledge in: stage carpentry, basic computer networks, setting up bands, Orchestras and mounting of theatrical productions. Applicant must have working knowledge of modern stage technology and procedures. Many of the productions are brand new creations that are directed towards young audiences members, therefore the applicant must have experience in developing productions from concept to completion. Applicant must be familiar with the safe working procedures of a stage and its related tools and equipment as well as safe working procedures in a production environment. This position is one of the three “staff” recognized positions in the Family Theater as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between The Kennedy Center and I.A.T.S.E. local #22.
Duties & Responsibilities
100% At JFKC Master Technician, Family Theater, technician will work as a leader, and team member with the other members of the basic crew scheduling, loading in, setting up, rehearsing, taking down and loading out productions. Master Technician will need to act as a leader to any over-hire employee’s referred to work in the Family Theater by I.A.T.S.E. local #22. Master Technician will work with visiting “Road Crews” and Kennedy Center Programmers, to safely and efficiently schedule, lay-out and plan all aspects for the mounting of productions, visiting and produced in the Kennedy Center Family Theater. Master Technician will work with Production Management assuring technical needs of “tech riders” are fulfilled and/or assessing and creating schedules and plans of productions technical needs. Master Technician will perform other work as assigned and defined in the CBA.
N/A Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; Adheres to all employer policies and procedures.
N/A Other duties as assigned.
- A minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in Technical Theater.
- Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre, or equivalent professional working experience required.
Skills & Knowledge Qualifications
- The applicant must possess excellent skill levels in set up and operation of theatrical equipment enabling smooth running of performances. Applicant must be able to work well with others, and be able to prioritize in a high pressure environment. Applicant must have experience working with union crews.
- Flexibility, the ability to work well under pressure, and the ability to prioritize in a multi-task environment are required. Equally important is the ability to translate the financial concerns of the Kennedy Center while ensuring the successful maintaining and acquisition of theatrical equipment.
- Thorough working knowledge of all areas of theatrical production and presentation.
- Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including, Word, Excel, and Power Point.
- Basic working knowledge of AutoCAD and/or Vector works is very helpful.
- Knowledge of ArtsVision software for production and programming calendars a plus.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer controlled theatrical equipment, climbing ladders, use of hand tools, power tools, and other essential tasks required in stagecraft. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms. This position infrequently lifts carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to and over 25 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The sound and light level in the work environment varies widely from high to low intensity.
- Loud noises include power tools, sound reinforcement, equipment testing, as well as large orchestras, and loud musical groups.
- Working on elevated platforms, in aerial lifts, and in lighting positions in high places, will be required.
We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, and a matching 403(b) Retirement Plan (employees are eligible for organization match after 1 year of employment).