Technical Director, Performing Arts

Date Posted: Sep 12, 2023
Application Deadline: Oct 01, 2023
Start Date: Sep 12, 2023

Salary From: 80K To 100K
Province: Alberta
City: Banff
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.

Job Description

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 Nations – 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
The Technical Director, Performing Arts is responsible for 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.

The Technical Director, Performing Arts employs a working knowledge of the following:  techniques; methods and procedures of theatre; dance/music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound, projection, lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized control systems; stage carpentry and rigging; and appropriate safety procedures to analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for programs, events and performances.

Roles and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Managing Director, Events, Production, Marketing and Communications, below are some key accountabilities:
Scheduling and Administration
  • Manages staff in the performing arts technical and production areas, shops and venues;
  • Manages the day-to-day scheduling/booking of technical and production teams, and production activities; prepares and oversees schedule for venue activities, and supervises the successful and timely load in and out of productions and presentations;
  • Develops production schedule detailing all rehearsals, materials acquisition, set build, tech, strike and all other related production tasks; reconciling and reporting resources used;
  • Initiates regular project/program production meetings with appropriate staff and project teams; and monitors project progress so that activity stays on budget and on time;
  • Responsible for the preparation, review, and approval of weekly timesheets in accordance with required timelines set out in the collective agreement;
  • Sources and hires external crew to support programming needs and oversees the work of outside contractors, shops, and suppliers.
 Technical and Production
  • Assumes responsibility for performing arts productions by ensuring all technical and production elements on assigned projects are delivered on schedule and on budget.
  • Advises on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual shows.
  • Works with all departments, clients, teams, and faculty in facilitating, managing, and organizing production requirements by conducting technical assessments, analyzing technical riders, preparing production costings, supporting adjudications, and identifying crew resource and venue/space requirements.
  • Ensures that production projects and technical riders are properly analyzed, costed, scheduled, implemented, and managed. 
  • Responsible for creating CAD drawings, analyzing designs, costing production projects, maintaining technical documentation, CAD drawings, and other records as necessary for productions/presentations; reads and interpret blueprints, drawings and plots, supplementing design work as needed.
  • Oversees and implements production elements, including build, paint, props, maintenance, and strike; ensures smooth operation of the technical aspects of all productions.
  • Ensures proper set up, maintenance, and operation of lighting and sound systems for theatre, dance, music, programming, and presentations.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors policies to ensure a safe work environment.  
 Financial Responsibilities
  • Contributes to the preparation of the program production operating plans and budgets.
  • Tracks project expenses within program budget and provides details for program reconciliation.
  • Develops capital requirements and capital purchase plan of equipment and systems for the Performing Arts venues and provides an annual technical inventory of all equipment with recommendations for replacement, or refurbishment.
  • Prepares and manages technical and production budgets.
Human Resource Management, Team Building and Interdivisional Cooperation
  •  Enables the staff to function as a high performing team at all times, maintaining open communication, clear objectives and priorities, and a culture of positive behavioral intent that is consistent and in alignment with Banff Centre values and is welcoming and inclusive, supporting a diverse workforce.
  • Ensures a positive and safe work environment for all Banff employees, aligned with Banff Centre’s policies including but not limited to code of ethics, anti-harassment policies, contractual obligations, and strategic directions.


  • Completion of university degree in related discipline.
  • Minimum of five years professional experience supervising in a unionized stage environment.
  • Minimum of ten years professional experience as a Technical Director or Director Production.
  •  Knowledge of structural and mechanical construction for the stage, both materials and techniques, including welding, rigging and painting.
  • Knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, and electrical systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of lighting, sound, and video.
  • Working knowledge of current safety standards and the implementation of same.
  • Product, material, pricing, and logistics research skills.
  • Experience fulfilling technical and touring riders and/or touring of productions
  • Experience with a variety of types of live performance including theatre, dance, and music.
  • Ability to read and produce technical drawings and schematics.
  • Knowledge and practical experience using Microsoft Office.
  • Strong personnel, scheduling, and budgetary management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines and a positive attitude while working under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Additional Info:

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 and Benefits
  • In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a salaried, fulltime position, subject to a 6-month probationary period.
  • The successful candidate will enjoy twenty paid vacation days and four personal days annually, extended medical and dental benefits, and participation in an employer-matched pension plan.
  • Benefits of working at Banff Centre are:
    • Transitional 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!
    • Free or reduced admission to Banff Centre performance and events.

How to Apply:

  • We are accepting applications for the Technical Director, Performing Arts position until a suitable candidate is located. Please apply directly on our careers page 
  • Candidates offered a position with Banff Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be finalized. 
  • Visa Requirements: Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Banff Centre is unable to assist candidates in obtaining Canadian work authorization.

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