Technical Director (contract)

Date Posted: Nov 05, 2019
Application Deadline: Nov 29, 2019
Start Date: Jan 06, 2020

Salary From: 80K To 95K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

The National Ballet of Canada

One of the top international ballet companies, The National Ballet of Canada was founded in 1951 by Celia Franca. A company of 70 dancers with its own orchestra, the National Ballet has been led by Artistic Director Karen Kain, one of the greatest ballerinas of her generation, since 2005.
Renowned for its diverse repertoire, the company performs traditional full-length classics, embraces contemporary work and encourages the creation of new ballets as well as the development of Canadian choreographers. 

Job Description

The National Ballet of Canada, Canada's premiere ballet company and one of the world's top international dance companies, is looking for an experienced and dedicated Technical Director to work for the remaining 2019-2020 Season, to June 30, 2020.
Under the leadership of Karen Kain, the company is experiencing an unprecedented level of artistic excellence, attracting some of the world’s most sought-after choreographers, mounting spectacular new productions, and touring to the most important dance centres in North America and abroad.
The Technical Director is responsible for the planning, management and supervision of all stage and rehearsal work associated with the mounting and running of the National Ballet of Canada's productions. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Management of all onstage technical activity and expenditures
  • Supervision of Production Department staff including Road Crew and stagehands
  • In conjunction with the Director of Production, works with designers, choreographers and Production Department staff to ensure that all productions are realized to the highest artistic standard, within the constraints of the NBOC’s schedules and budget
  • In conjunction with the Director of Production; management of technical budgets including stagehands, equipment transportation and equipment costs (capitals and equipment maintenance)
  • In conjunction with the Director of Production, researching and evaluating touring engagements.
  • Leads the Production Department’s participation in the NBOC's Health and Safety program
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Post-secondary education in a technical/production field
  • Minimum of five (5) years technical theatre supervisory experience including experience working alongside and supervising IATSE union stagehands
  • Extensive knowledge of stagecraft, theatre production and scenic construction, rigging, automation, lighting and video
  • Extensive knowledge of ballet repertoire in relation to technical production
  • Skilled in scheduling and budget management and personnel management
  • Superior organization and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and exercise good judgment and initiative
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities successfully
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with all staff in a professional, confidential and tactful manner
  • Good knowledge of health and safety legislation and best practices
  • Proficiency in Vectorworks, MS Office
  • A passion for the performing arts, and a commitment and willingness to work evenings and weekends, as required

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates are to forward their resume, cover letter and salary expectations to with the subject: "Technical Director" by no later than November 29, 2019.  Resumes will be reviewed as soon as they are received. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Successful candidates may be subject to a criminal background check. 

The National Ballet of Canada is committed to ensuring that our community reflects the extraordinary diversity of the City of Toronto on stage, behind the scenes, in our audiences and in the board room.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The National Ballet of Canada is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Human Resources department will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.


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