Technical Director

Date Posted: Sep 21, 2022
Application Deadline: Oct 17, 2022
Start Date: Nov 01, 2022

Salary From: 65K To 85K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies - University of Toronto
The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (CDTPS) offers broad, rich, and rigorous academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students. We are located in the downtown core of Toronto (St. George Campus), Canada’s largest city, the perfect place to experience and to become involved in all kinds of performances. The CDTPS is part of the University of Toronto, Canada’s largest university, with one of the best research libraries in North America and one of the finest faculties. There are three performance venues available for use by students and faculty in their creative and intellectual exploration, all supported by our technical and production staff. This is a place where you can meet some of the best scholars and artists in the world.

Job Description

Your opportunity:
Under the general direction of the Director and the day-to-day supervision of the Manager, Theatre Operations, the Technical Director supports technical needs of the Centre's academic courses and oversees all technical aspects of productions and events taking place at all of the Centre's performance spaces.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Reviewing and assessing requirements needed to meet both theatre and course production needs and timelines
  • Scheduling day-to-day production activities and crews
  • Providing detailed explanations and demonstrating technical procedures to theatre crews
  • Analyzing technical operation activities and recommending changes for improvement
  • Keeping well-informed on production activities, schedules, and rental agreements
  • Analyzing and recommending facility equipment renewal, maintenance and storage for budgeting purposes
  • Liaising with all stakeholders to ensure budget, deadlines, standards, and scope are met
  • Paying close attention to occupational safety precautions


Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field of study, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum five years of recent and related technical experience supporting professional theatre productions.
  • Experience with technical aspects of productions (e.g. set, lighting, sound design, scenic art, front-of-house, box office, etc.)
  • Experience providing technical direction to and scheduling work for theatre staff.
  • Experience supporting rental spaces and agreements.
  • Experience conducting needs assessments for facility equipment renewal, maintenance and storage to supportbudgeting processes.
  • Excellent skills with identifying, troubleshooting, and making minor equipment repairs.
  • Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated time-management skills with the ability to effectively prioritize, multi-task and organize work, and meet tight deadlines while able to pay attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to provide effective guidance and advice to stakeholders in a responsive, empathetic, diplomatic, and thoughtful manner.

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Knowledge of and experience with the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Accountable
  • Diplomatic
  • Meticulous
  • Multi-tasker
  • Possess a positive attitude
  • Resourceful

Additional Info:

Closing Date: 10/17/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW 
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing 
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:  
USW Pay Band 11 -- $67,659 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $86,523. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol. 
Job Category: Arts & Culture

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact


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