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Theater Assistant Technical Director

City of Lakewood Heritage, Culture & Arts

Full Time
Posted January 10, 2023

About Lakewood Heritage, Culture and the Arts and the Lakewood Cultural Center
The Lakewood Cultural Center (LCC) is a 38,000 sq. ft. multi-disciplinary venue that attracts over 110,000 visitors annually. The LCC offers a technically advanced 320-seat theater, rotating visual art exhibitions in multiple gallery spaces, meeting and event spaces, cultural arts classes and a welcoming lobby space. The LCC is part of the Heritage, Culture and the Arts (HCA) Division that also includes Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park (HLBP) and Washington Heights Arts Center (WHAC). Our mission is to enrich and inspire people through places and programs that engage, celebrate and build community. HCA operates within the Department of Community Resources (CR), which is committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural services and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood. We value leadership, integrity, communication and connection, diversity and adaptability.
Under the general direction of the Theater Technical Director, provides operation or supervision of all technical and performance activities at the Lakewood Cultural Center and Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Amphitheater. This is a hands-on production position generally filling one of the lead crew positions necessary for execution of all performances at LCC, HLBP, or other HCA sponsored events for the City of Lakewood.  The Theater Assistant Technical Director supports theater operations through the safe use and maintenance of lighting equipment, projection and related computer equipment, sound systems, stages, dance floor, rigging equipment and other materials related to the theater.


Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities


  • In concert with Theater Technical Director, is responsible for safe operation of the LCC theater and amphitheater and safeguards the technical assets of the venues, including lighting, sound, rigging, tools and other equipment.
  • Supports the Theater Technical Director with the coordination of production information for tenant organizations and road managers to determine, plan, develop and schedule the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging equipment and special needs for events and performances presented at the facility.
  • Designs, sets up, and maintains lighting and sound systems for theater, dance, music, and other productions and projects; assists tenant organizations and touring artists with technical requirements and requests.
  • Operates or supervises the operation of lighting, sound, scenic and other systems for the wide range of production genres and differing levels of production sophistication for rental and touring events at the LCC and amphitheater.
  • Orients tenant organizations and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations as requested; facilitates the use of the venue’s technical equipment and resources by others renting or engaged by the venue.
  • Performs repairs and preventative maintenance on equipment; assists with maintaining equipment inventory; ensures necessary supplies are available and assists with identification tagging of all equipment and furnishings at the theater and amphitheater.
  • Promptly completes and submits production reports, timesheets, invoices and other paperwork associated with events.
  • Maintains a high level of professionalism in the delivery of technical production and customer service and coaches the technical crew as requested to consistently meet these standards. Demonstrate tact and composure in stressful and time sensitive environments is essential.
  • Maintains skills and up-to-date knowledge of theater equipment and operations, including any necessary certifications. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with tenant organizations, artistic personnel, vendors, co-workers, supervisor, volunteers and others.
  • Theater Assistant Technical Director acts as Technical Director when Technical Director cannot be on site.


  • Models City values to include: Performance Excellence, Leadership, Respect and Collaboration.
  • Supports programming and projects at all other HCA facilities as requested, working events as needed.
  • Participates as a member of the LCC team. Includes attending all scheduled meetings.
  • Requires extensive evening and weekend hours and on occasion, work on holidays.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Must maintain and utilize City-provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when conducting activities where the employee is exposed to risks above those encountered in a traditional office setting. If injured on the job due to failure to utilize PPE, a safety violation can be taken
  • Often the last person out of the building, the ATD ensures the theater and the LCC are locked and secured.
  • Regularly interacts with co-workers and vendors in Building Maintenance.
  • Serves as a resource for City departments assisting with special projects and initiatives as requested.
  • Will on occasion interact with high profile City officials such as the Mayor, City Council members, and the City Manager.


Supervision Received

Receives direct supervision from the Theater Technical Director.


Supervision Given

None.  Assists in directing the work of variable part-time theater technical crews and authorized tenant crews as assigned.


Essential Qualifications

Education Bachelor’s Degree in Design/Technical Theater.
Three or more years of progressive professional technical theater production experience in either lighting or audio in a high-volume performing arts venue or touring environment preferred
Three or more years of progressive experience with live music, musical theater, dance, conference and event production with a primary focus in either Lighting Design/Production OR Audio Engineering/production, as well as experience with general stagecraft, video production, rigging, crew scheduling and supervision.

Demonstrated knowledge of performance and production conventions, terminology, physical plant and stage mechanics for theater, dance, concerts, orchestra, conference and events is required.
Current CPR and First Aid certifications or the ability to obtain within three-months of hire.

KSA’s and Physical/Mental Reqs

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, other employees, tenants, volunteers, and the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound and safe decisions regarding work with electrical circuits, overhead stage load limits and rigging.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent customer service skills.
  • Creativity in solving theater-related technical challenges.
  • Ability to assist in the monitoring of the work of variable part-time staff and tenants.
  • Ability to demonstrate reliability and dependability.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong overall knowledge of word processing, Excel, PowerPoint, Flash, Q-Lab, PC and Mac software and apps.
  • detail oriented.
  • Criminal background check required.
  • Ability to maintain irregular and/or extended working hours.

Lifting and Carrying
Must be able to regularly lift and/or move equipment such as light and sound equipment up to 100
pounds using appropriate tools and assists.
Pushing and Pulling
Must be able to push/pull items such as scenery and set pieces, Marley dance floor, lighting instruments, chair and stand racks, and other equipment based on above weight specifications.
Body Positions
Work is primarily performed inside the theater and occasionally outdoors.
Work includes frequent walking, standing, bending, kneeling, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching
and crouching.  Office work may be done in a seated position, with some moving about and standing required.
Work requires use of hands and fingers to hold, handle, feel and to operate small controls.
Must be able to hear to operate and mix at the sound board, and to hear and respond to telephone,
intercom headset, backstage monitors and emergency siren. Hearing will be tested annually as part of the City’s employee safety program.
Uses vision to read handwriting, computer generated documents and to enter data into a computer.
Must be regularly able to use and see monitor screens of various sizes and types. Specific vision
abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth
perception and ability to adjust focus. Vision will be tested annually as part of the City’s employee safety program.
Must have accurate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills for budgeting, billing
and cost estimating. Must be able to calculate proportions and percentages and apply concepts of
basic algebra and geometry.
Must remember City of Lakewood policies and procedures; federal, state, and local regulations
pertaining to the venue; terms and conditions of contractual agreements; event/production
specifications; operating procedures for a variety of equipment and tools.
Language Ability
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, contracts,
technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports and business
correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from tenants, artistic personnel, artist management and co-workers.
Must have ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in
situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions
furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Must have ability to apply good judgement in
making decisions.
While performing the duties of this job, the ATD is frequently exposed to electrical equipment and
power sources. Occasionally, the ATD is exposed to moving mechanical parts, high, precarious
places, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is often
moderate and sometimes loud. In outdoor settings the ATD may be exposed to uneven surfaces and
to cold, wind, heat and inclement weather.

Regular evening and weekend work with extended hours are required; work on holidays may be
All Lakewood employees are expected to work and complete all tasks in a safe manner consistent with training, standard operating procedures, City or Department policies, and common sense.  Working in a safe manner includes the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and complying with all City and/or Department safety rules.  Horseplay on-the-job is strictly forbidden. The failure to work in a safe manner, use PPE, follow standard operating procedure or comply with a safety rule will result adverse employment consequences ranging from verbal discipline to termination from employment, including any applicable reduction in benefits under the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act.  Employees are also expected to encourage safe work practices by all co-employees, and to report any unsafe work practices immediately to a supervisor.
Windows and Macintosh computers and apps
iPad and iPad apps.
Genie Lift and ladders
GALA Systems- Orchestra Pit Lift
Video production equipment: camera’s, switchers, streaming devices.
Projectors and screens
Theater Sound Systems – including a variety of digital consoles, amplifiers, microphones, wireless microphones, snakes, speakers, etc.
Theater Lighting Systems – including ETC Gio console, dimmers, LED and lamped moving lights, instruments, gels, gobos, etc.
Chain motors, hazers, etc.
Hand and power tools
City Vehicles

Compensation: Salary $48,380.80 - $62,920.00

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