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Technical Supervisor

Creative Spaces and Event Services

Cornish College of the Arts is looking for an experienced Technical Supervisor. This person will be responsible for technical management of all the Cornish venues, the scene shop and the costume shop.  This position collaborates with Department Heads, Production and administrative staff, to plan and manage the technical needs of external and internal usage of the Cornish Venues. It is a key position that provides support to departments and staff so student productions meet our high quality standards and run smoothly.

The ideal candidate will be a people person who thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment. They will be motivated, organized, creative, forward-thinking, and able to manage multiple projects at once. They should have a passion for education and the arts.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts. Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Cornish provides a rich environment for aspiring artists and inspiring educators.

If you are looking for a community that promotes and supports creative engagement, consider Cornish. In addition to a great community, Cornish offers generous paid medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, paid time-off and holidays.

General Responsibilities

  • Tracks the schedule for rental clients and College/Cornish Playhouse in-house uses in conjunction with the Visual and Performing Arts Production Manager. 
  • Establishes and enforces policy in all areas relating to technical production and safety.
  • Works alongside Visual and Performing Arts Production Manager to schedule events and labor.
  • Works with PM, College production Technical Directors, Chairs and Administrative Assistants. In:
    • Generating budget estimates and invoices pertaining to technical, production and labor costs.
    • Ensuring safe and timely construction/install of all (College) sets/programming within the Cornish venues.
    • Managing overall schedule in the Playhouse, overseeing overall schedules in other venues
  • Provides oversight of technical work-study students including: scheduling, finance, timecards, and management.
  • Manages House IATSE Staff and over-hire labor, including ensuring Cornish is compliant with IATSE contract.
  • Maintains the Safety Manual in conjunction with the CSES Director and Resource Manager.
  • Ensures training is up to date for staff.
  • Maintains accurate inventory records in conjunction with staff.
  • Runs and Attends CSES staff meetings in conjunction with CSES Director and Resource Manager.
  • Schedules and attends all production meetings for rental clients.
  • Prepares and monitors budgets for the Performing Arts side of the CSES Department with input from CSES Director.
  • Tracks and approves all shifts. Signs off on all timesheets.
  • Oversees live streaming equipment, setup, and strike throughout Cornish.
  • Coordinates with other support departments and Seattle Center in maintenance and repair of specialized equipment.
  • Oversees piano tunings in conjunction with PONCHO Manager.

Venue Responsibilities

  • Oversee Venue Managers and Stage Crew in all venues.
  • Oversees the maintenance and organization of production equipment, props & scenery in cooperation with costume and lighting/sound departments to ensure safe and clean working environments along with Staff.
  • Oversees staff in building and maintaining all technical stage equipment. 
  • Manages and supervises all activities within the Playhouse, and other venues as needed.  Including: onstage/backstage, studio spaces and lobbies.
  • Serves as Technical Manager on all Cornish productions in Cornish Venues, in conjunction with Department Technical Coordinators, Venue Managers and Staff.
  • Attends technical rehearsals as required and monitors progress and scheduling of all technical and design areas.
  • Sets all IATSE work calls in collaboration with Cornish/Rental Client representatives as required. 
  • Processes, supervises and coordinates all logistics associated with the load-in, run and load-out of scenery, props, and lighting for the Cornish Playhouse. Oversees Venue Managers with logistics in all other venues.

Shop Responsibilities

  • Oversee Scene Shop Supervisor, Props/Paint Supervisor and Costume Shop Supervisor.
  • Build effective Shop Schedules in conjunction with Staff and the Schedule of Classes.
  • Create and oversee build schedules with Shop Supervisor, and College production Technical Directors.
  • Budget for and schedule additional labor as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergrad Degree in Technical Theater or Production or equivalent experience
  • Five to seven years’ experience in a theater environment, educational or professional
  • Three to Five years’ experience in management
  • Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate
  • Supervisory experience in theatrical production setting; strong leadership skills 
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and a variety of constituents
  • Experience working as carpenter with wood, metal, foam, and other common scenic materials 
  • Experience using PC and Mac computer; working knowledge of Google Drive, proficient in Sheets for budgeting
  • Understanding of design process
  • Experience with general rigging principles and demonstrated ability to rig safely
  • Comfortable working above the stage floor either on grid and/or catwalks
  • Demonstrated ability to work with professional production teams, performers, and theater staff 
    • Strong budgeting and organizational skills; proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing
    • Ability to lift 50-70 pounds repeatedly, either alone or with assistance from others
  • CPR/First aid certification (training provided)
  • Washington State Drivers’ License and safe driving record
  • Must pass background check

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working in a higher education or not-for-profit environment
  • AutoCAD and VectorworksCAD software proficiency
  • ETCP Certified Rigger-Theater  
  • Experience Hanging/Managing Galleries
  • Experience working with a Union CBA

Department:  Creative Spaces & Event Spaces (CSES)
Reports To:  Director of CSES
Supervises:  Shop staff, stagehands and work study students, both union and non-union
Pay Scale:  Hourly annual compensation $50,000-$61,000
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Work Schedule: Varies to accommodate Venue and Shop schedules; includes possible weekends, holidays, and evening work

Application Procedures

Please submit the following items to our email, Careers@Cornish.edu:

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish Employment Application Form

Equal Opportunity Statement

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; to promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and to actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff and curricula.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment and community in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment and community comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

To apply for this job email your details to careers@cornish.edu.