Job Information

University of Utah Technical Director in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 12/13/2023

Requisition Number PRN37162B

Job Title Coordinator, Administrative Program

Working Title Technical Director

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Variable, long shifts, nights, weekends and some holidays

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00491 - Utah Presents

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $54,000 - $57,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Kingsbury Hall and UtahPresents is looking for a Technical Director. The Technical Director, reports to the Production Manager and works in tandem with the full-time Head Electrician and Head Audio Engineer to plan and execute events and maintain all systems in a busy, historic theatrical venue. This role is hands-on and oversees a wide range of stage operations; counterweight fly rail, rigging, deck, truck loading, etc.; to lighting, audio, projection, video streaming, and all aspects of live entertainment presentation. They’ll oversee the hiring, scheduling, and training of part-time and contract technicians as needed.

Kingsbury Hall is a 1900-seat proscenium theatre in the heart of University of Utah that hosts a wide spectrum of events including the UtahPresents Series, campus events, student performances, as well as numerous rental events for community groups and national promoters. Genres include music, theater, dance, comedy, film screenings, lectures, conferences, graduations, and more. Support may extend to other UtahPresents presentations in other venues, several times a year.

UtahPresents highly values individuals who can actively contribute to the diversity of perspectives, experiences, cultural backgrounds, and expertise within our staff.



  • Supervises assigned stage activities, primarily ensuring all operations are executed safely and efficiently. Communicates progress and modifications to Production Manager and Operations Director for accurate billing and accounting of event services.
  • Keeps events on time, communicating variances with clients, show personnel, and front-of-house personnel as appropriate.
  • Advises production managers, lighting, and sound designers, on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show. With other venue department heads supervises the implementations of approved technical designs.
  • Creates venue paperwork for events including drafting plans, plots, and lineset schedules to assist productions working in the venue. Ensures crew calls times and break times will fall within venue policy.
  • Attends planning and production meetings and site visits as needed.
  • Operates, maintains, and safeguards the technical assets of the theatre, maintaining an accurate inventory and maintenance schedule. Continuously makes recommendations on purchasing and rental needs based on event bookings.
  • Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; performs preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Develops and updates all safety and emergency protocol, ensuring the production team and visitors are aware and upholding Kingsbury Hall standards.


  • Oversees recruiting, training, and scheduling of part-time and contract crew. Proficient in teaching skills with the ability to train and work with employees at all levels of proficiency ranging from new students to seasoned professionals.
  • Ensures training and communication of proper evacuation or shelter in place processes for backstage personnel in an emergency. During an emergency, coordinates with front-of-house for full accountability.
  • Work with a great deal of independence and exercise independent judgment in performing a wide variety of duties. Must be punctual and able to work a variable schedule, including nights, weekends, and long shifts.
  • A steady energy level and calm demeanor; ability to navigate challenges with creativity, flexibility, patience, tenacity, and empathy.
  • A team-based approach to the work environment.

Technical Proficiency:

  • Ability to draft and interpret technical drawings, stage plots, technical riders, and other applicable production documentation. Proficiency in Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD.
  • Proficient in counterweight and chain motor rigging practices. ETCP certification a plus.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with common stage electrics and lighting equipment:

  • ETC , High End, ChamSys, etc. consoles

  • Stage lighting fixtures, both conventional/intelligent, and cabling
  • Vectorworks and Lightwright
  • Demonstrated familiarity with live audio engineering and equipment including:

  • QLab

  • Digital and analog consoles
  • RF Spectrum management
  • Allen & Heath DLive Series, Dante Networking, and Q- SYS
  • Demonstrated familiarity with projection and video switching, scaling, and distribution. Experience with LED video wall a plus.

  • QLab, PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.

  • As a key technical representative for the venue, demonstrates excellent customer service and is a willing and collaborative participant in the department and campus community, helping with inter-departmental projects.
  • General duties include moving and assembling stage platforms, operating hydraulic orchestra lift, operating counterweight rigging system, rigging with ropes, steel, chain hoists and chain motors. Loading and unloading equipment from trucks, stacking and safely maneuvering cases, etc.
  • Proficiency in basic office computer systems including Mac OS , Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Teams, Slack, networked AV, ZOOM productions, cloud-based storage systems, etc.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to withstand long hours of concentrated physical activity, including reaching overhead and lifting 75+ pounds.
  • Able to climb ladders and work at heights over 20 feet.
  • Able to move heavy equipment and work with a variety of power tools and electronic systems.
  • Physical limitations cannot totally hinder the ability to perform tasks.


This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Theatrical venue

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Often: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus one year directly related experience or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience). Demonstrated ability to work independently, analyze and make decisions related to program content. Strong coordination and organizational skills required to prioritize conflicting deadlines. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.

Ability to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays and irregular hours as required by production schedules.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferred Qualifications:

Six (6) years of experience in stage lighting, production audio, theatrical rigging, and/or theatrical production management, of which two (2) must have been supervisory; OR an equivalent combination of related education and experience.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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