Hampshire College

893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Date Posted:
August 02, 2019

Region:
Western Massachusetts

Category:
Education/Instruction

Type:
Full-Time

Technical Director for Music and Dance

Description:

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative, liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for a technical director for music and dance.

The technical director for music and dance (TD) provides technical and production support for Hampshire’s Music and Dance programs. Duties include maintaining and operating sound and lighting equipment in both the music and dance performance spaces; overseeing rehearsal and performance schedules as well as each program’s budgets, purchasing needs, and publicity; and collaborating with the Five College Dance Production Office and allied offices. In addition to supervising work-study students in both programs, the technical director will oversee music and dance performances as well as technical and dress rehearsals including student productions; train student crews and stage managers; supervise video and/or audio documentation for events; maintain the regular operation of the building, facilities, equipment, and musical instruments; and provide technical support as needed for music and dance faculty. The TD will serve as liaison for special projects such as building renovation and maintenance, and will monitor the safe use of the Music and Dance facilities and equipment. The TD will also advise, instruct, and mentor college-age students in the field of sound/recording theory and practices.

A bachelor’s degree (preferably in one or more of the performing arts) and three years of job-related experience is required. A qualified candidate must possess excellent organizational and relevant computer skills, initiative, flexibility, and willingness to learn. Also required is in-depth knowledge, training, and work experience of audio and lighting equipment, operations and procedures, including audio engineering, technical theater, theatrical lighting and recording technologies, as well as production management. The TD must have expertise in sound engineering; an ability to offer instruction on recording and sound theory; and be able to effectively mentor students to carry out comprehensive projects. The TD must stay continually engaged with research and practice in all aspects of this field. Qualified candidates must be able to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain lighting, sound systems, projection equipment and other production-related equipment; organize and communicate complex production details; direct and manage workers of various capacities and skill levels; possess professional ability as an audio engineer for live performance mixing and to operate theatrical equipment; and make necessary judgments to capture professional quality result. The TD candidate should be well versed in workplace and theatrical equipment safety. Candidate must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. A commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds is essential.

This is a full time benefited position with a work schedule that is primarily during the afternoons, evenings, and occasional weekends. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits program. Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at https://jobs.hampshire.edu/

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.

Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree (preferably in one or more of the performing arts) and three years of job-related experience is required. A qualified candidate must possess excellent organizational and relevant computer skills, initiative, flexibility, and willingness to learn. Also required is in-depth knowledge, training, and work experience of audio and lighting equipment, operations and procedures, including audio engineering, technical theater, theatrical lighting and recording technologies, as well as production management. The TD must have expertise in sound engineering; an ability to offer instruction on recording and sound theory; and be able to effectively mentor students to carry out comprehensive projects. The TD must stay continually engaged with research and practice in all aspects of this field. Qualified candidates must be able to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain lighting, sound systems, projection equipment and other production-related equipment; organize and communicate complex production details; direct and manage workers of various capacities and skill levels; possess professional ability as an audio engineer for live performance mixing and to operate theatrical equipment; and make necessary judgments to capture professional quality result. The TD candidate should be well versed in workplace and theatrical equipment safety. Candidate must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. A commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds is essential.
How To Apply:
Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at https://jobs.hampshire.edu/
Apply by:
August 31, 2019
About this Organization:

Hampshire is among the most innovative colleges in the country, challenging students to design their own education and recruit a faculty committee to guide them. The program fosters intellectual exploration and experience, and a willingness to experiment, supported by narrative assessments by faculty rather than grades. The model has been described as a “graduate school for undergraduates.” Since it was founded in 1970 by its four partner colleges in the town of Amherst, Mass., Hampshire has demonstrated success as its experiential education has been emulated nationwide, and its roster of alumni have distinguished themselves globally. Hampshire graduates more Ph.D. candidates than any other school of its size. Its alums include Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, best-selling authors, scientists, historians, Peabody winners, and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” awardees. More than a quarter of alumni have started their own organization or venture, ranking Hampshire among the top entrepreneurial colleges. Hampshire is part of the Five College Consortium, through which our students share classes and resources with the students of Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.