Technical Director

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Philadelphia, PA
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Wilma Theater

The Wilma Theater seeks a Technical Director.

The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art, presenting bold, original,
well-crafted, thought-provoking productions that represent a range of voices,
viewpoints, and styles. The Wilma’s organizational values were developed
through conversations with Wilma staff, board, and HotHouse Company members.
Our organizational values are curiosity, courage, care, rigor, joy,
collaboration, and liberation.
The Technical Director will contribute meaningfully to the organizational
culture of the Wilma and will advocate to advance our values on an
organizational, local, and national scale. This person will take part in
cross-departmental work, company-wide EDI work and anti-bias training as we
further our commitment to being an inclusive, anti-racist organization.

Position Summary
Under the supervision of the Production Manager, the Technical Director is
responsible for building/fabricating and installing the physical elements of
each of The Wilma’s productions. They will interact with designers to
problem-solve, partner on material choices, and oversee all the physical
elements of our theatrical work according to the needs of the designs and the
resources available. They are charged to create a safe, professional and
joyful environment for designers, IATSE crew members and co-workers.

Overseeing shop-builds and production. Engineering, construction of and
loading-in of scenic needs for all Wilma theater production projects. This
will include building new items as well as the acquisition and transport of
shop built/found/borrowed objects.

Production planning, including attending production meetings to discuss load
in/out, functionality and integration of all scenic elements, coordinated
across multiple departments.

Attendance at technical rehearsals, previews, and post-mortems as needed to
support the production team, complete scenic notes, and develop and hone best
practices for an effective, efficient and safe work environment.

Planning and supervision of all scenic labor, including IATSE crew members
and other professional artisans both in the theater, and in any or all
ancillary spaces.  Ideal candidates will familiarize themselves with and work
within the IATSE Collective Bargaining Agreement.  TD will also aid in the
management of payroll for all pertinent crew members.

Purchasing of all shop and production related supplies and maintaining
relationships with relevant vendors.

Adherence to predetermined budgets. Regular reconciliation of production
budgets and monthly purchasing reconciliation based on The Wilma’s policies.

Work in conjunction with the facilities and operations manager on maintenance
of Wilma spaces, the theater and Wilma storage.
Ensuring drawings of spaces are accurate and sent out in a timely manner.

Working in collaboration with the Production Manager assuring design
deadlines are met, pricing out design elements for execution, and making sure
projects stay within the given budget parameters.

Prioritizing audience and workplace safety and meeting all safety codes
(including but not limited to rights of occupancy, fire code, building
regulations, Wilma safety policies, and all the aspects suggested herein).
The ideal candidate will work diligently to maintain the Wilma’s commitment
to accessibility for all. Including but not limited to, installation of
closed captioning equipment, wheelchair access and working in conjunction
with the Wilma’s portable studio program.

Other related duties as assigned by the Production Manager

Physical Demands of the Role
The Technical Director is required to engage in physical activity
commensurate with construction and assembly including frequent lifting of
heavy objects, working with an array of tools and working at height; A full
range of body motion and physical agility is required to meet the needs of
the Wilma’s production schedule.

Location Requirements
Limited travel between the Wilma Theater on 265 S. Broad Street and the
rehearsal studio space and the Wilma’s storage space, both within the
Philadelphia city limits.

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, exempt role with compensation in the mid $40,000s
Benefits include 85% payment of healthcare, dental insurance,
employer-sponsored life insurance, generous paid time off, tax-free employee
contributions to a retirement plan, and access to the employee assistance
program, complimentary tickets to Wilma productions, parking discount, and
paid holidays.

COVID-19 Update and Work Environment
Due to Covid-19, the Wilma administrative staff is currently remote.
Beginning April 1, 2022, every employee of The Wilma Theater, whose work
requires their physical presence on-site at spaces managed and operated by
The Wilma Theater must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.

Some night and weekend work will be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The Wilma Theater is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate
against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, sex, gender,
age, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, religion,
disability, or public assistance status in the recruitment, hiring, training,
compensation, promotion, transfer, layoff, recall and termination of
employees. The Wilma is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and
equitable work environment. Those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other
members of underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications will be open until September 23, 2022, with the desired start on October 17, 2022

Please send a resume and letter of interest as a single PDF attachment with your name and subject line “Technical Director candidate” to

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