Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by Friday, June 4 th , 2021.
Known for its presentation of a wide variety of events, from the latest popular concerts and Broadway attractions, to university ceremonies and conference events, IU Auditorium is a 3,200-seat proscenium venue that has been a model of campus and community programming and engagement since it opened in 1941. We are excited to bring into our Auditorium family a dynamic team member who can uphold our reputation of providing expert and professional production management, serving and engaging with a diverse array of artists, tours, and rental clients.
The IU Auditorium head carpenter is responsible for the coordination and oversight of the backstage / production-related components of all events presented and hosted by IU Auditorium. Reporting to the technical director, the head carpenter submits and ensures all hourly stagehand calls are filled, acts as job steward/HR rep for hourly stagehand staff, supervises load-ins/outs and events, and prepares labor and expense summaries. This position serves as an advisor to the other three full-time Auditorium stagehand staff members as needed and acts as a contributing member of the technical staff team for a given production/event. This position, along with the three other full-time Auditorium appointed stagehands, is non-exempt and is represented by IATSE Local 618.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This position will report directly to the newly-created exempt position that is titled within the IU job classification system as "Stage Manager" but will be titled for all intents and purposes as "Technical Director" as the responsibilities conform with what is commonly titled "Technical Director" in the performing arts industry. In other words, the head carpenter is a non-exempt full-time appointed stagehand that reports to the technical director.
The Head Carpenter responsibilities include and are not limited to:
Maintains the highest standard of production values possible.
Reviews and implements necessary event-related requirements communicated via event planning documents, backstage documents, and production / events meetings.
Submits hourly stagehand calls sheets to local IATSE business agent per technical director schedules, ensuring all calls are filled and alerting technical director of any concerns.
Assists technical director with event-related purchasing requisitions and purchase orders as needed.
Acts as job steward / HR rep for part-time hourly stagehand staff, supervising house hangs, events, and load-ins/outs. Takes appropriate action and/or alerts technical director of any safety concerns. Facilitates training and instruction as needed.
Attends rehearsals and events. Operates, troubleshoots, and repairs equipment as necessary. Serve as a liaison between visiting artists/staff/clients and Auditorium staff, escalating concerns to the Technical Director as needed.
Serves as primary on-site point of contact for backstage meals and hospitality catering. Coordinates setup needs, building access, and schedule coordination.
Prepares event backstage labor and expense summaries and detail for event settlements, billings, and payroll processing.
Assists and coordinates maintenance of production equipment and stage-related facilities. Maintains inspection records for counterweight system, fire curtain, and rigging equipment. Maintains list of production-related equipment and facility needs. Manages backstage supply restock. Assists with equipment purchases.
Maintains familiarity with all systems utilized in Auditorium-managed facilities, monitors and consults with IU Control Center regarding infrastructure alerts, and functions as on-site / building rep for issues that require immediate action.
Sustains ongoing self-directed education in order to stay current regarding new trends and developments in theatre production techniques and equipment.
In the absence of the technical director, serves as the primary backstage point of contact and directs resolution for emergency situations that may arise.
Participates in production / events, Auditorium all-staff, and other regularly scheduled meetings, reporting on any production details or issues for assigned events or any other designated topics.
Other duties as assigned.
High school diploma or GED and four years of experience in a related field.
Proficient communication skills. Maintains a high degree of professionalism. Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills. Demonstrates a high commitment to quality. Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Highly thorough and dependable. Possesses a high degree of initiative. Ability to build strong customer relationships.
Five years of experience in production/stage management at a venue that hosts large-scale professional tours and events.
Working Conditions / Demands
This role requires the ability to remain in a stationary position as well as the ability to move about the workplace for long durations. The role requires the ability to ascend/descend ladders/stairs, detect a variety of chemicals and/or gases, and to operate machinery, tools, and controls. The role requires the ability to ascend to rooftops and move in tight spaces to perform and complete inspections. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
This job often requires working on evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.
This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.
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