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TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

SUMMARY
Under the general supervision of the Long Beach Opera (LBO) Director of Production, the Technical Director (TD) is responsible for planning and supervising technical production activities and personnel in the following areas:

  • Technical production administration & planning
  • Technical design & direction
  • Cost management and budget assistance
  • Operations management

JOB CONDITIONS
When not in a production period, roughly 75% of the typical work week is spent either on the phone, in meetings, or working at a computer workstation.  Remaining time is spent supervising warehouse activities and visiting off site shops and contractors and working with designers on technical needs.  When in a production period and technical rehearsals, the Technical Director spends roughly 90% of the typical workday in the performance venue.  The workflow varies greatly throughout the year, with work time demands beyond the standard workweek determined by production planning and execution.  The Technical Director must be available year round to a schedule agreed with the Director of Production and maintain irregular and extended working hours. The work week is a minimum of 25 hours during standard business hours.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Coordinate work and schedules with production staff, designers, theater staff, and other departments as related to Opera productions.
  • Responsible for scenic and lighting planning and documentation.
  • Responsible for video, sound, and supertitle planning and documentation.
  • Responsible for house seating arrangements for non traditional/experimental venues.  
  • Assist Director of Production with current and future season planning and administration.
  • Report directly to the Director of Production with weekly meetings/updates.

Technical Production Administration & Planning

    • Review, analyze, revise and document all productions (mainstage and special events). 
    • Plan and supervise technical activities associated with productions’ scenery, lighting, video, sound, and supertitles operations
    • Prepare all co-production technical documentation and liase with co-production Dept Heads
    • Liaise with Designers to implement all technical requirements of a design including video and sound
    • With Director of Production, determine the necessary technical staff support required for each production. 
    • With Department Heads (Light, Sound, Video, AV, Props), coordinate needs, paperwork, deliverables, and communication with the Designers.
    • Participate in development of the LBO production schedule
    • Attend design meetings, production meetings, and LBO staff meetings
    • Assist and secure permits and certifications for building materials (i.e., fire certificates) 
    • Coordinate production trucking, transport, and storage 
    • Must be able to help find and secure venues for future LBO productions, advising on the safety and security matters as well as the feasibility of production in the venue before contract negotiations.
    • Participate in assessment and installation of special events

Technical Design & Direction

    • Analyze and interpret designs and technical documentation for LBO productions and assess their viability for LBO’s use
    • Prepare, update and maintain technical drawings, shop details, specifications and manifests
    • Coordinate designer drawings with Designers and technical drawings with the scene shop; drafting as required
    • Prepare working CAD and Vectorworks drawings of performance venues
    • Coordinate rigging and other technical requirements with Head Carpenter (ATD), Head Electrician, Audio Head, AV Head
    • Prepare and execute backstage, offstage, and theatre facility technical requirements based on safety and fire codes
    • With the Stage Manager, prepare and execute rehearsal room staging needs including taping of floor and procuring rehearsal props and costumes
    • Step in for positions not filled as needed (props master, master electrician, A2) 
    • Oversee  and participate in scene shop activity during set and prop construction periods
    • Supervise stage operations and labor during rehearsal and performance period including strike; establish labor call times and personnel requirements with Director of Production. 
    • Install and strike patron seating as needed
    • Participate as stage crew as needed
    • Work closely with the Artistic Department to prepare and execute all technical and production need related to artistic personnel and orchestra

Cost Management

    • Assist in preparation of detailed long-range budget estimates for technical departments with Director of Production
    • Monitor technical production and labor expenses during production phases
    • Obtain competitive costings for all elements of expenditure within the technical department
    • With the Dept Heads, prepare and secure shop order estimates and updates
    • Report and forecast expenses in a timely manner
    • Participate in reconciliation of settlement statements expenses

Operations Management

    • With Director of Production, liaise with performance venue management and personnel
    • With the Dept Heads, hire and supervise crew under the guidance of Director of Production
    • Provide management oversight of production health and safety requirements; identify and recommend modifications to facilities and processes as necessary
    • Supervise all storage and transport activities
    • Review, analyze and make recommendations for facilities, upgrades, expansions, transfers and acquisitions. Arrange for preventative maintenance on stock goods and equipment.
    • Keep up to date with all technical developments within the theatre industry
    • Work closely with Director of Production on a variety of office based and administrative tasks.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of safety requirements, stage operations, and design theory and principles to be able to translate design specifications, blueprints, or drawings into lighting or sound production and effects.
  • Strong ability to draft scenic technical drawings as needed in a timely manner.
  • Must be comfortable using standard tools and equipment, ability to weld and build is essential. Have an understanding of rigging techniques, counterweight systems, light rigging, focus and control, and sound rigging and control;
  • Must be able to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced work environment; cope with rapid change while meeting strict deadlines; apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough and creative solutions;
  • Must be able to be detail oriented with strong organizational skills; learn, interpret, apply, and explain policies and procedures; communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Must have the ability to work long hours as necessary; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

QUALIFICIATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • at least 5 years professional experience in leadership and technical roles
  • advance scenic carpentry skills, with a full knowledge of common techniques and industry standards.
  • intermediate to advanced metal working skills and/or rigging skills
  • intermediate understanding of scenic painting, lighting, audio, and video
  • time spent installing scenery either as a freelance carpenter or on tour in a face pace, evolving environment
  • valid driving license and clean driving record and insurance are required as there will be driving involved.
  • fluency in AutoCad, Vectorworks, Excel, QLab 
  • appreciation of music and performance art
  • must live in Southern California

TO APPLY:

Send cover letter (include 3 recent references) and resume listing work/theater experience to:

Director of Production

darlenem@longbeachopera.org

subject line: TD Search

Absolutely no phone calls or faxes accepted

Position open until filled

 

Development Associate

Reports to: Director of Development
 
Summary
Working closely with the Director of Development, the Development Associate will be responsible for donor relations associated with building and managing a sustainable annual fund ($1 to $1000), assisting with the institutional giving program and playing a lead role in the management and execution of special events.
 
Opportunity
This is an excellent opportunity for an individual looking to grow their fundraising experience in a creative, vibrant arts organization. A growing development program, this position will provide the right candidate with regular opportunities to touch all aspects of the fund development process.
 

Principle Responsibilities:

Donor Relations
 
  • Oversees the Annual Fund program
  • Develop and implement strategies for annual-fund donor acquisition, campaigns, renewal and upgrades, and donor stewardship
  • Manages a portfolio of Annual Fund donors and prospects. Communicates with prospective or current donors over the phone, through email, in person and through written correspondence on a monthly basis
  • Prepare cultivation, solicitation and stewardship materials including letters,web updates,recognition lists, phone scripts,and email correspondence
Institutional Giving
 
  • Research and analyze grant-making organizations to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs
  • Assist in the process of supplying progress reports when required by grant-making organizations that have funded a project or program
  • Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to institutional funders on current grant programs
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship

Special Events

  • Manage, coordinate and lead all activities regarding annual gala, receptions, salons and other donor events
  • Prepare guest lists, invitations, menus, timelines and other needed event materials
  • Manage all administrative details associated with Gala and Development Committee meetings
  • Assist with other fundraising projects and duties as requested by Director
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
 
This is a salaried, exempt position. Benefits and compensation will be based on compensation history, breadth of experience and fit with the knowledge, skills and abilities described in this position description.
 
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in development, sales, marketing, communications, or equivalent
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong editing skills, attention to detail
  • Must be comfortable and productive in a fast- paced, team, results oriented environment while being responsible for attaining own annual performance goals
  • Must be articulate and engaging, possessing interpersonal skills that can engage and be receptive to donor interest and perspectives
  • Must be well-organized and able to handle details while pursuing overall goals; must be able to adapt quickly to a new organization
  • Self-starter, and quickly create a positive network of relationships out in the field.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and experience with development data base management required
  • Passion for the Arts and LBO’s mission
  • Working knowledge of the fund development process and concepts a plus
TO APPLY:
 
 Submit your credentials here or copy and paste the link https://www.hirebridge.com/v3/application/applink.aspx?cid=6720&jid=338938 into your browser.

 

Development Assistant

Reports to: Director of Development
Part-time, non-exempt
 
Summary
 
Working closely with the Director of Development, the Development Assistant plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Development Office and participating in all fundraising activities including donor relations, annual giving, and special events.
 
Opportunity
 
This is an excellent opportunity for an individual looking to build their experience in a creative, vibrant arts organization. A growing development program, this position will provide the right candidate with regular opportunities to touch all aspects of the fund development process.
 

Principle Responsibilities

Database Management and Reporting
 
  • Utilizing the organization’s Choice donor software, process donations, prepare acknowledgement letters and other donor correspondence in a timely manner
  • Assist with grant administration including timelines and fulfillment requirements.
  • Implement processes and procedures per LBO’s gift acceptance and fundraising policiesMaintain government, foundation/corporation and individual donor files
  • Continually update and correct database records
  • Create queries, run reports, and generate lists as needed by the department and board
  • Provide support for donor communications including phone calls, letters, and emails
  • Provide excellent service to patrons, donors, volunteers, and board members
Special Events
 
  • Coordination of all activities regarding annual gala, receptions, salons, and other donor events
  • Prepare guest lists, invitations, and other materials needed for fund-raising events
  • Handle all administrative details associated with the Board and Committee meetings (i.e. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc.)
  • Assist with other fundraising projects and duties as requested by Director of Development
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
 
This is a part-time, hourly, non- exempt position. Compensation based on breadth of experience and fit with the
knowledge, skills and abilities described in this position description.
 
PREPARATION AND KNOWLEDGE
 
  • Associate's or bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Preferably experience in an administrative position
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Database management experience preferred
  • Excellent verbal, written communications, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Passion for the Arts and LBO’s mission a plus
TO APPLY:
 

 

PRODUCTION POSITIONS

LBO is seeking team oriented people who are willing to join us for the adventure this season! We need knowledgeable, experienced, quick, good humored, and project oriented Carpenters, Electricians, Prop Masters, and Dressers/Stitchers. Hours are often long, rewarding, and made for people who like to be part of a team. Lunch and parking is provided during the load-in/tech week. Must have a valid driver's license. Positions are paid. Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to production@longbeachopera.org with the subject line "Crew interest: (last name)." No phone calls. No faxes.

SOLO AUDITIONS

Audition announcements will be posted on the LBO website and will be sent to agents. Auditions are held only for specific roles in upcoming productions. LBO is not able to offer private auditions to singers who are passing through Southern California and wish to be heard for future consideration. If you would like to be considered for an audition, please send us a link to a YouTube or other video selection of your work to auditions@longbeachopera.org. If you have management, and wish to be considered for a specific role in a production announced on our website, ask your manager to contact LBO about that role at auditions@longbeachopera.org. Please note that at this time LBO does not hold general auditions.

SUBMISSIONS OF NEW WORKS

If you are a composer who would like to have a work taken into consideration for production at the Long Beach Opera, please submit the following: Cast and orchestration, a comprehensive synopsis of the work, describing the action by scene and a sound or video recording via YouTube or another format where we can easily and quickly determine whether your work may be a match for our needs. If we are interested we will contact you and request further materials. Please mail materials to:

507 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Attn.: Production

Please follow the steps described above, and do not mail scores unsolicited as we will not have the time to review them.