|Assistant Technical Director/Lead Theater Carpenter|
Company: Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Location: Natick, MA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 01/31/2023
Expire Date: 03/31/2023
Job Categories: Education
Assistant Technical Director/Lead Theater Carpenter|
Walnut Hill School for the Arts has an immediate opening for an experienced Assistant Technical Director/Lead Theatrical Carpenter for the 2022-2023 academic year. This position will work with a fully staffed technical team to execute the build, load-in and strike of productions and events throughout the year.
This position works directly with students to train, supervise, and support them in all aspects of stagecraft. The Assistant Technical Director works closely with the technical team, faculty, staff, and students to help manage a busy production schedule with performances from the Theater, Dance, Music, WFMA, and Visual Art departments, as well as events throughout the other arts and academic departments, and community programs.
This is a full-time (10-month academic year) position reporting to the Director of Production & Events. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active, engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field.
Work closely with staff and overhire carpenters to construct scenery;
Assist with all technical elements for load-in, show run, and strike of events and productions;
Oversee the organization, cleanliness, and maintenance of the Scene Shop; maintain and repair tools as necessary;
Supervise and train students in all aspects of stagecraft;
Manage/train student crew for all performing arts productions;
Assist in the supervision of overhire staff;
Assist in other areas of production including lighting and sound;
Work collaboratively with various departments in a wide range of performances and provide support and expertise as needed;
Collaborate with the Technical Director and other technical staff on ensuring smooth operations and a safe and workable environment for staff and performers; and
Perform additional duties assigned.
3+ years experience in carpentry, technical theater, or a related field;
Excellent organizational and time management skills;
Extensive knowledge of tools and materials used in theatrical scenery;
Ability to safely operate power and hand tools, equipment, vertical lift, ladders, dollies, and other carpentry, loading, and unloading equipment;
Excellent carpentry skills in both woodworking and metal work/welding;
Wide range of construction skills including finish work;
Experience with rigging and staging, as well as theatrical sound and lighting equipment;
Excellent decision-making skills; ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations;
Knowledge of safety codes, regulations, and procedures;
Ability to safely operate motor vehicles and follow safety laws, regulations, and school policies;
Excellent customer service skills and ability to work with a wide range of people;
Effective written and oral communication skills; proficient computer skills;
Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community; be committed to learning about and practicing anti-racist work;
Ability to work independently and effectively in a changing, fast-paced environment;
COVID-19 vaccination with booster or valid exemption required; and
Current driver’s license is required.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, with a postgraduate year also available. Walnut Hill School for the Arts educates and trains creative and intellectually curious young artists to make an enduring impact in the world. Walnut Hill seeks to cultivate a spirit of inclusivity and multiculturalism by weaving diverse curriculum, programming, and practices into the academic, artistic, and social fabric of the school. We believe it is critical to educate members of our community to be responsible global citizens. Walnut Hill School for the Arts explicitly affirms our identity as an anti-racist educational institution. We condemn racism, discrimination, and bigotry in all forms. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Through education in academics and the arts, our goal is to counteract racism, promote the dismantling of systems of oppression, and empower our students towards these goals. We recognize that racism is systemic and self-perpetuating. Therefore the work of consistently identifying, describing, and dismantling it requires a sustained systemic approach to examining organizational structures, policy, practice, attitudes, and outcomes. All members of the Walnut Hill community—students, staff, faculty, administration, trustees, alumni, and families—will continue to build the tools and skills needed to actively engage in conversations about privilege, racism, and bigotry in the hopes of empowering community members to enact change that will cultivate equitable outcomes for all. Walnut Hill is actively engaged in this work through initiatives that drive change such as faculty, staff, alumni, and student Affinity Groups; assemblies; ongoing community conversations; events; professional development, including mandated SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum); and individual curricular work and engagement with students.