Position Type: Full Time, Salaried
Artscape is currently seeking a qualified individual as Technical Director – Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre (RPACC). This is a full-time, salaried position effective July 1, 2012, with occasional contract work required on an hourly basis prior to that date.
Toronto Community Housing Corporation, The Daniels Corporation and Artscape are working collaboratively with the local community on the development of a vibrant new arts and cultural centre in Regent Park, located on Dundas Street East between Sumach and Sackville Streets. The Governments of Canada and Ontario have contributed $24 million though the Infrastructure Stimulus Funding Program toward this $34 million centre. The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre (RPACC) will be a state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot, multi-tenant arts centre designed by the award-winning Diamond + Schmitt Architects. The Centre will be operated by Artscape.
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will be a showcase for artistic talent and a hub of community activity including performances, celebrations, festivals, community events, arts-based learning, cultural events, social innovation and skills development with a special commitment to young people. Dedicated to experience, learning and innovation, the new Centre is poised to become the artistic, cultural and social heart of the Regent Park revitalization.
The three floors of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will include a 400 seat flexible performance/event venue, an outdoor performance court, the Artscape Lounge, a shared-services hub that will be home to more than 60 social mission organizations and entrepreneurs and tenant organizations including Artheart Community Art Centre, Centre for Social Innovation, COBA, Native Earth Performing Arts, Regent Park Film Festival and the Regent Park School of Music. The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will be a destination for culturally diverse programming including music, theatre, dance, literary, visual arts, film, new media, cultural celebrations, private functions, educational initiatives, weddings and more. A Programming Advisory Committee – a group of 12 leaders from the arts community and the Regent Park community – ensure the Centre’s programming is reflective of the Centre’s original vision and values. For more information, visit www.regentparkarts.ca.
The Technical Director will report to the Managing Director, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre and will supervise the house technicians.
The Technical Director has responsibility for the technical operations of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, including the performance/event venue, outdoor performance court, Artscape Lounge, ancillary exhibition and performance space, digital signage and some technical equipment installed in tenant spaces. This position:
- Operates, maintains and safeguards the technical assets of RPACC, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities
- Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates
- Allocates technical resources between various configurations of the Event space
- Supervises the House Technicians in the design, set up, maintenance and operation of lighting and sound systems for theatre, dance, music, and other productions and events; assists guest designers, arts organizations, artists and other users with technical matters
- Advises production managers, lighting and sound designers, on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show, and supervises the implementations of approved technical designs
- Orients facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; facilitates the use of the technical facilities by the tenants and others engaged by or renting the facility
- Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; supervises preventative maintenance
- Assists with the preparation and control of technical equipment budgets; maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies
- Makes recommendations regarding capital purchases of technical equipment
- Recruits, trains and manages technical staff for individual shows
- Establishes technician-training and youth mentorship programs in collaboration with the Managing Director
- Develops and enforces Safe Working Practices
- Manages the technical requirements of all digital signage and communication equipment
- Manages the maintenance and capital repair requirements of lighting and audiovisual inventories in other Artscape facilities
- Working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of theatre, dance, and music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures
- Ability to analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for various events and performances; and to plan, develop, schedule and provide the technical supports required for each event or performance
- Effective communication both orally and in writing
- Ability to design lighting and sound systems appropriate to each performance or oversee stage crews and volunteers
- Budget preparation and reporting experience
- Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of various groups, vendors, co-workers, and others
- Flexibility to work irregular and extended working hours
- Undergraduate degree or community college diploma in technical performance
- At least 5 years employment in a related field demonstrating hands-on practical experience
- Advanced skill level with Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, software supporting lighting and sound systems, digital screens etc.
- Superior interpersonal, relationship and time management skills
- Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
- Ability to collaborate in a team environment
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: April 5, 2012 by 5:00pm
Salary is negotiable commensurate with experience. Artscape offers an employee health benefit package.
Please respond with a cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience you would bring to the position, your salary expectations and a resume. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Applications will be received in confidence by mail, courier or email only
Attention: Human Resources, Technical Director Submission
Suite 224, 171 East Liberty Street
Toronto, ON M6K 3P6
firstname.lastname@example.org (please note Technical Director in the email subject line)
No phone calls please. We thank all applicants, however only those being considered for an interview will be contacted directly.
Artscape is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, programs and services.
Artscape makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Artscape operates as a social enterprise and is comprised of 3 not-for-profit organizations: a development arm, a charity, and a housing provider. Artscape projects provide affordable space for creativity while generating positive cultural, economic, social and environmental impacts. Since its inception in 1986,
Artscape has transformed a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets that serve to enable innovation and creativity, including the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns and multi-tenant arts facilities in the Queen Street West, Liberty Village, Toronto Island and Distillery Historic District neighbourhoods. Collectively, Artscape manages 10 buildings for 863 artist and cultural worker tenants and owners in 417,000 square feet of space.
Artscape is currently developing Artscape YOUNGplace, a 75,000 square foot centre for creative collaboration for artists and arts, community and social mission organizations in the West Queen
West neighbourhood, and the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, a 60,000 square foot new-build project located in the heart of the Regent Park community revitalization project. While
Artscape’s development work is focused in Toronto, it shares its expertise with communities across Canada and internationally through its Knowledge Exchange program. This program delivers tools, expands thinking and inspires action in communities large and small through mentoring and coaching, conferences, workshops, research and reports, publications, and online resources. For more information on Artscape, visit www.torontoartscape.org