Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Assistant Technical Director

 Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Banff, AB
$58,328–$86,614 a year
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Banff, AB
$58,328–$86,614 a year

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$58,328–$86,614 a year
Shift and schedule
Weekends as needed

Banff, AB

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Housing allowance

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Assistant Technical Director
This is a termed position from May 2024 until September 2024

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.

We acknowledge, with deep respect and gratitude, our home on the side of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain. In the spirit of respect and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Banff area, known as “Minhrpa” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “the waterfalls”) and the Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Goodstoney Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Shuswap Nations, Ktunaxa Nations, and Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play, help us steward this land, and honour and celebrate this place.

The Opportunity
Reporting to the Technical Director of Performing Arts, the Assistant Technical Director is responsible for assisting in the planning, management and supervision of all technical and production elements of Performing Arts productions, Banff Centre programs, presentations, and related activities across Banff Centre.

We are looking for someone who is passionate and experienced in stage carpentry, rigging, drafting and working collaboratively with builder shops, to support Banff Centre productions, programs and events.

Roles and Responsibilities
The Assistant Technical Director will work to achieve a high production value for all Banff Centre activities. High production value in Performing Arts at Banff Centre is equally based in process as well as traditionally defined technical quality.

The Assistant Technical Director assists in planning the staffing, scheduling, and budget development of Banff Centre productions and presentations, and is responsible for the following direct reports: Wardrobe Shops Facilitator, Seasonal Shop team members, Theatre Practitioner hourly team members.

Some of the key accountabilities include:

Assist the Technical Director with the day-to-day management of the production department including management of personnel, general organization and administration, scheduling, team leading/crew management, and expense management
Supervise all elements of technical production for all Banff Centre programs, performances and activities including planning, preparation, rehearsals, shows, strike, and restore, as well as organizing technical staff
Working closely with the Technical Director, Department Heads and other show or program related personnel to achieve a high production value for all Banff Centre activities. Meets regularly with the TD to discuss progress and challenges
Manage the day-to-day scheduling/booking of technical and production teams, and production activities. Prepare and oversee the schedule for venue activities, and supervise the successful and timely load in and out of productions and presentations

Assist in operating, maintaining, and safeguarding the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, projection, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of shops and stage facilities
Initiate and attend regular project/program production meetings with appropriate staff and project teams. Monitor project progress so that activity stays on budget and on time. In collaboration with the team, problem solve potential challenges associated with program and show support
Analyze, cost, schedule, implement and manage production projects and technical riders. This includes maintaining all technical documentation, CAD drawings and other records as necessary for all Performing Arts activities and day-to-day operations
Advance productions and answer questions pertaining to technical capabilities or usage of equipment in the building and the facility itself. Effectively implement approved technical designs for touring shows or in-house productions
Attend all tech and dress rehearsals, and assist in taking specific and detailed notes during the rehearsals
Oversee and manage set and stage construction
Responsible for creating and updating venue and show related CAD drawings
Responsible for analyzing designs, costing production projects, maintaining technical documentation, CAD drawings, and other records as necessary for productions/presentations. Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and plots
Financial Responsibilities

Assist in development of capital requirements and capital purchase plans of equipment and systems for the Performing Arts venues, and provide an annual technical inventory of all equipment with recommendations for replacement, or refurbishment
Manage administration tasks undertaken by staff including but not limited to, contracts, billings, collections and tracking, purchase orders, and rentals. Prepare and process/approve billing, purchase orders, cheque requisitions, petty cash vouchers, reimbursement, and expense claims as required
Health and Safety and General Maintenance

Ensure the safety of the workplace by helping to establish and enforce all health, security, and safety policies and procedures and maintain a safe working environment in all production areas
Monitor and evaluate safety performance within the areas of responsibility and recommend and implement measures to bring about continuous improvement
Ensure individuals in their areas of assignment be given adequate direction, training, and instruction in the safe performance of their work, and that it is performed without undue risk
Conduct regular reviews of equipment set-up, and work with staff to ensure safe practices are followed
Monitor the condition of departmental equipment including ladders and lifts, vehicles, lighting, sound, rigging, and shop equipment. Keep a detailed log for the repair and replacement for the Technical Director to review. Perform preventative maintenance on equipment and arranges for the repair and replacement as approved
Support the set-up, maintenance and safe operation of the stage, Scenic, Props, Paint and Wardrobe shops, the Design Studio, other studios and huts, and associated facilities
Maintain current knowledge of all equipment and supervise training on all equipment
General Assistance

Drive the Production truck and other Banff Centre vehicles in compliance with Banff Centre policies
Create and maintain organizational systems, as well as completing general administrative tasks
Qualification and Educational Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Theatre or related field / equivalent experience
Minimum 5 years’ experience in technical performing arts roles
Experience with a variety of types of live performance including music, dance, opera, and theatre
Maintain a positive attitude, especially while working under pressure
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines
Ability to lead and supervise a crew
Ability to read and analyze a budget
Ability to read and produce technical drawings and schematics in CAD (Vectorworks)
Technical skills in scenic carpentry, stage carpentry, rigging, scenic carpentry, lighting, sound, projections
Knowledge of structural and mechanical construction for the stage, both materials and techniques, welding, and rigging
Knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, and electrical systems
Knowledge and practical experience using Microsoft Office
Confident in troubleshooting, creative problem solving, and research
Self-motivated and able to work effectively independently, and takes direction well
Holds a valid class 5 driver's license
Special Requirements
Due to the nature of the job, this position requires the candidate to be available to work a flexible, irregular schedule and weekends.
Employment Terms & Benefits
In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a salaried, term position, subject to a 6 month probationary period.
This is a termed position from May 2024 until September, 2024.
The salary range for this position is $58,328 - $86,614
Benefits of working at Banff Centre are:
Staff housing options (based on availability)
Professional Development
Staff cafeteria and restaurant discounts
Onsite fitness facility at a discounted rate – first month free for new staff! (Fitness centre, climbing wall and pool.)
Application Process
We are accepting applications for the Assistant Technical Director position until a suitable candidate is found.
Candidates offered a position with Banff Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check verifying a clear record prior to an extension of a final employment offer.
Visa Requirements: Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Banff Centre is unable to assist candidates in obtaining Canadian work authorization.
Commitment to Diversity

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is committed to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Guided by our values, Banff Centre is rooted in Alberta with provincial, national and global impact. Our strength arises from inclusion; the diversity of people, ideas, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds in our work and team. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression to apply.

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