Technical Coordinator (Two Positions)

Position Information

Position Title: Technical Coordinator
Location: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland at College Park
Salary: $52,000 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­to $64,311, commensurate with experience
Best Consideration Date: May 30, 2024
Position starting date: ASAP

We are currently looking to hire two Technical Coordinators.


The Technical Coordinator plays a strong role in ensuring the highest standards related to the success of all events. The Technical Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to plan and manage the day-to-day activities related to the successful mounting of events. This supports the work of the Operations Department by ensuring that all deadlines and budgets are met in a safe and timely manner while maintaining an effective production process and promoting a positive educational environment.  This position promotes a safe and productive workplace by ensuring adherence to established policies and procedures.  Some evening and weekend work is required. 


  • Develop and coordinate for all events so that they are completed according to plans and on schedule.
  • Generate drawings and related materials for all scenic designs for construction, installation, and manipulation of scenery.
  • Coordinate with and assist the Scene Shop Coordinator, Properties Shop Manager, and the Scenic Charge Coordinator to ensure that deadlines are successfully met.
  • Review the material budgets, labor resources and scheduling to make recommended revisions to the designer and Technical Director as necessary.
  • Oversee shop purchasing to maintain a regular inventory of materials and purchase specialized materials for the construction of scenery for productions within established budgets.
  • Monitor and record expenditures for purchase card use.
  • Implement systems to track and account for resources.
  • Develop a plan for the design and safe implementation of all automated effects.
  • Coordinate and execute crew activities as assigned by the Technical Director so that they meet the specifications of the event.
  • Oversee and maintain the performance spaces managed by The Clarice as assigned by the Technical Director. Keep these spaces clean, safe, and orderly.
  • Evaluate the potential projects by looking at designs, technical riders, and other sources and provide estimates and recommendations to the Technical Director regarding the needs and concerns necessary for implementation.
  • Develop and investigate new lines of research in materials and techniques that align with current and upcoming projects.
  • Create and maintain long-term relationships with vendors, manufacturers, and funding agencies related to the entertainment field.


  • Act as the lead coordinator for all rigging, staging, and scenic event and project needs as assigned.
  • Ensure that production run crews have been provided with appropriate training to manipulate and move equipment safely and effectively during onstage rehearsals and performances.
  • Supervise and schedule all hourly and academic crews for load-ins, strikes and technical/dress rehearsals events as assigned.
  • Set growth goals for crews which reinforce accountability.
  • Keep crews focused and on-task.
  • Review and evaluate crew members’ performance.
  • On occasion, participate in recruiting efforts such as speaking at classes and attending recruitment events.


  • Maintaining a safe work environment and safety procedures by maintaining certifications and trainings as necessary pertaining to the work of the University.
  • Coordinate training and inspections related to the safe operation of all backstage equipment and facilities.
  • Oversee and support a safe and effective work environment.
  • Actively work to avoid any situation that would create an unsafe work environment.
  • Act as a Safety Officer for the Production department as requested.
  • Obtain and/or maintain a high level of expertise and certification in theatrical rigging, first aid, CPR and AED.


  • Actively engage/train/mentor students through frequent interaction that motivates them to succeed and conveys an enthusiasm for their learning.  Further their research ideas by providing the resources necessary for discovery.
  • Guide students in active collaboration and the application of their learning in problem and project based learning demonstrations. 
  • Lead effective communication between academic partner faculty, students, and staff to achieve desired instructional goals.
  • Participate in academic curriculum develop as necessary to further the instructional goals of all Clarice partners.
  • Create an effective assessment of a student’s work, clear instructional guidelines, and to acknowledge a student’s accomplishments.
  • Maintain and ensure that there is an inclusive environment for students to learn in.  This includes actively creating opportunities for all students regardless of their physical abilities, age, sex, race, religion, and gender identity or expression.
  • Prepare and instruct students on current safety practices and standards. 

Physical demands of position

  • Must be able to work from ladders and scaffolding; to work from catwalk heights of 60’.
  • Must be able to lift and manipulate objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to manipulate equipment, tools, supplies and/or exert force up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work in hazardous environments, confined spaces, and to wear and work in personal protective equipment.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.



  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre or related field OR equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant experience.
  • 3 years of progressive experience in the performing arts.
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • Must have experience with a wide variety of scenic materials and techniques which can include wood, plastic, fabric, metalworking, rigging, automation and CNC programming.
  • Ability to create, read, interpret, and work from blueprints, CAD drawings, and specifications required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to enforce safety standards and participate in first aid, CPR, university, and professional training.
  • A valid driver’s license required.


  • Masters or MFA in a related field preferred.
  • Experience in a higher education setting.
  • Experience in a teaching environment.
  • Experience with AutoCAD and VectorWorks.
  • ETCP certification a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately estimate and complete scenery within budget and schedule.
  • Demonstrated ability to technically design and engineer both complex and simple scenery.

To apply

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Type of opportunity: 
Full Time
$52,000 to $64,311
Best Consideration Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2024
Position starting date: 
Position number: 
Category status: 
33-Exempt Regular

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