Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
On-Call Stage Technician (Pool Position)
Department: Performing Arts Center (122900)
College/Division: Administration and Finance
Salary Range: $18.60 - $30.20 per hour
***THIS INTERNAL RECRUITMENT IS OPEN TO CAL POLY EMPLOYEES ONLY (State, Corporation, and ASI)***
The Performing Arts Center (PAC) consists of three venues: a 1288-seat concert hall, a 180-seat recital hall and a 350-seat rehearsal/performance pavilion. It hosts events including symphonies, choral concerts, contemporary and pop music events, plays and other theatrical events, dance programs, recitals, opera and light opera, touring shows and community productions. It also supports other uses, including workshops, business meetings, banquets, recording sessions, trade shows, etc.
This position is responsible for a variety of technical specialties that provide production support for events in the Center. This includes day-to-day operation of the facilities and equipment for events, classrooms or meetings, and event audio-visual support. Duties are performed under the supervision of a Stage Manager or crew leader to ensure proper use of technical equipment and to ensure the safety of all involved, by following safety standards, policies and procedures. Some Crew Leader or Stage Manager duties may be assigned. Work is performed independently on standard assignments in the applicable production support specialty and requires limited technical direction. Use of judgment applied as necessary following standard policies and procedures.
This position will load and unload scenery, lighting and sound equipment, assemble stage sets, hang lighting instruments, and set up sound equipment; set up/take down tables and chairs for various activities; disassemble, store and load out all equipment and materials used in an event. May work with makeup processes; or clean and press costumes, dress performers, and construct or reconstruct costumes and related accessories; or clean and maintain wigs and hairpieces; or set up and maintain stage properties, and may construct sets and scenes; run errands, and complete other duties as assigned. Operate computers, computer light boards, audio mixers, and run slide and video projectors, follow-spotlights; hang, focus and circuit lighting equipment; setup, patch and adjust sound equipment; setup, adjust and operate video equipment; hang or assemble scenic devices, truss and loudspeakers; and take proper care of tools, materials and equipment required for proper operation of the Center's stage and support facilities. Follow all safety requirements and standards related to stage and set construction, lighting, and stage operation and ensure safe operation of all aspects of the Center.
May function as Stage Manager or Crew Chief for assigned events, duties include: open and close the facilities and operate equipment in performance; enforce all rules and procedures; run events in a smooth professional manner; supervise stagehands; interface backstage to Front-of House and work cooperatively with staff, other departments, presenter and artist technical staff; oversee crew working assignments; and responsible for the logistics of a production and the welfare and safety of everyone in the facility.
Up to 10 positions available.
Minimum Qualifications (Staff Only):
One year of experience working for a performing arts center, theater, repertory or stock company engaged in the applicable production specialty such as costume construction, stage and set construction, lighting production, and/or sound/audio production. (12 units of applicable college course or 6 months of professional training may be substituted for 6 months of required experience).
Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism; Ability to use tact & diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.; Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation; Ability to read, write and perform arithmetic at an appropriate level.
Ability to interpret, communicate, and apply policies and procedures; Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure, policies and procedures.
While serving as Stage Tech:
Independently perform standard assignments related to the applicable production support specialty; Experience in at least one technical theatre field, or equivalent.
General knowledge of methods & problems related to theatrical production; Familiar with basic stage directions, terminology and theatrical equipment and materials.
Working knowledge of design principles and the ability to translate specifications, blueprints or drawings into real-world solutions. Read lighting and sound plots, stage setups and drawings, rigging and ground plans; Knowledge of maintenance procedures for lighting and/or sound equipment & routine theatre maintenance.
Knowledge of clothing processes, sewing, cleaning, pressing and steaming, familiarity with construction and repair of costumes and accessories; OR knowledge of wig and hair processes; OR knowledge of stage properties, familiarity with construction of sets and scenes; OR knowledge of stage lighting techniques, controls and follow spot use; OR knowledge of sound techniques; OR knowledge of video production and playback techniques; OR knowledge of stage rigging techniques; ability to use and maintain counterweight rigging systems.
General knowledge of carpentry and/or metals and/or basic electrical theory; Ability to use manual and power tools; general mechanical skills.
Basic computer & software knowledge appropriate to the position.
Working knowledge of safety rules & standards pertaining to backstage theatre work; Basic level of creativity & ingenuity to create production materials and effects.
Ability to follow verbal & written directions/instructions; Ability to perform complex technical set-ups under stress and within pressing deadlines.
Ability to establish effective working relationships & maintain a positive & productive working atmosphere in a group environment; Exercise good judgment, courtesy and tact when interacting with staff & public.
While serving as Crew Chief:
Communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing; Exercise good time management; Ability to assist in the training & supervision of co-workers and client staff as needed.
If designated as a "qualified person," must have experience & training in hooking up portable electrical equipment in a backstage environment.
Willing to learn new processes & improve ways of thinking about completion of routine tasks. Ability to follow directions & apply reasoning to the task at hand, modify behavior to suit the circumstances, while staying within policy guidelines.
While serving as Stage Manager:
Ability to take initiative & independently plan, organize, coordinate & perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved; Ability to effectively prioritize tasks, complete multiple tasks with various deadlines, meet all deadlines, produce desired work result with minimal supervision.
Ability to anticipate problems & address them proactively; Working knowledge of stage management practices; Establish & maintain effective working relationships with visiting clients.
Knowledge of University and PAC infrastructure, policies and procedures.
Possession of a valid California driver's license by date of hire and clean driving record.
Mechanical aptitude helpful.
Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.
***THIS INTERNAL RECRUITMENT IS OPEN TO CAL POLY EMPLOYEES ONLY (State, Corporation, and ASI)***
Temporary, on-call pool position with continuous hiring as needed through June 30, 2016.
Ability and willingness to perform regular strenuous manual labor work which requires physical strength, dexterity and endurance.
Load/Unload trucks; transfer equipment and roadcases to designated locations.
Push/pull/carry/lift and/or shift scenery and equipment around.
Climb ladders and stairs to reach overhead or remote areas.
Lift/move objects weighing 10 to 50 lbs, occasionally 75 lbs
Operate linesets to fly scenery.
Work in potentially adverse conditions, which may include heights, loud noises, large crowds, darkness and/or confined spaces.
Adjust hot lights from ladder top, involving reaching & stretching.
Must be able to work varying hours including, daytime, evening, and weekend work, and possibly overtime. Part-Time/Intermittent/on call pool, hours to be assigned by the Technical Office.
Must will willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work overtime, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
This position classification has been defined as non-exempt and is subject to overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Retired CalPERS members selected for this vacancy must request and be approved for reinstatement from retirement prior to the start date. Employment of retired CalPERS members will typically be for 90 days or less and must be for work requiring specialized skills or for a bona fide emergency to prevent stoppage of business.
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
May be required to complete a Supplemental Employment Application Questionnaire, which contains questions pertaining to conviction history, and submit it when requested by Cal Poly. This disclosure is confidential and will not necessarily preclude applicants from employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.
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Requisition Number: 104365
To Apply: All applicants must apply online at: https://www.calpolyjobs.org.
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California's scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a budget of $168.5 million, the university has a student enrollment exceeding 17,000 students and employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff members. Cal Poly is part of the 23-campus California State University system.
At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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