Technical Director of Theatre

Search Number: S20-015 
Position Rank: Administrator IV 
Job Posted: July 27, 2020 


Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice. Founded as a teachers college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston. 

The Department of Theatre invites applications for this full-time staff position beginning October 1st, 2020. The responsibilities associated with this position include safety, facilities and inventory maintenance, pedagogical and technological support for classrooms and performances, manufacturing productivity, and fiscal consciousness. The Technical Director will be responsible for coordination and support of Theatre Department productions on the Main stage, Black Box venues and will be the Theatre Department technical liaison with the Lyman Center, Elm Shakespeare Company and other community stakeholders. The Technical Director oversees the use of the Scenic Design Lab; manages the departments limited storage spaces and monitors and maintains our stock inventories for overall cost efficiency. The position requires the ability to work non-traditional hours to include weekends and evenings in concert with production needs. Will be required to obtain OSHA safety instructor certifications. 



Serves as Technical Director for Theatre Department productions at campus venues. Serves as Technical Coordinator for additional events scheduled and as needed. 

Provides supervision for students using the Scenery Technology Laboratory and equipment. As Scene Shop Supervisor is also responsible for maintenance and upgrades of the laboratory. Will be required to provide technical instruction to faculty and undergraduate students to realize safe executions of designs and ensure utilization of safe construction techniques. Identifies students requiring support and or intervention to enhance the educational experience. 

Working collaboratively with the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, will be responsible for instruction on, adherence to and enforcement of safety protocols established by the University Office of Health and Human Safety and for all OSHA regulations. 

Acts as liaison between the Theatre Department and the Lyman Center regarding technical and scheduling needs. Similarly, will act as a liaison with the Elm Shakespeare Company concerning usage of the Scenic Design and Drama Labs. 

Responsible for supervision, scheduling and oversight of work performed by Scenery Technology Lab University Assistants. Supervises student workers. 

Assists Production Manager with budgetary processes to maintain fiscal compliance. Provides cost analyses, construction drawings (drafting) and build/load in schedules in collaboration with other production departments and Production Manager. 

Assist faculty with smaller classroom projects to provide advice on technical elements as needed. 

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position. 



Bachelor's degree with emphasis in Technical Production required. Minimum of three years’ professional experience. Experience in best practices for Theatrical scenic construction, welding, and stage rigging. Demonstrated proficiency in AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks. Significant proficiently in verbal, written, and electronic communication. Positive attitude and the proven ability to collaborate with others. 



Master’s Degree in Technical Production or minimum of 5 years professional experience. 

2 years working in a University Environment. 

Ability to teach drafting, rigging, and safe construction techniques 

Up to date Safety Training Certificates from OSHA, or ability to obtain a minimum of OSHA 10 Certificate 


Application Process 

Please submit letter of interest, resumé, and a list of references to: Michael Skinner, Search Committee Chairperson at All application materials must be submitted electronically. For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, September 11th, 2020. The position will remain open until filled. 


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.