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Assistant Carpenter - Alberta Ballet Company

This is a Seasonal, Part-time position.

Category: Production
Province: Calgary, Alberta
Position: Assistant Carpenter
Deadline: January 10, 2020
Posted: December 3, 2019

Job Description / Duties

Job Title: Assistant Carpenter
Reporting to: Head Carpenter
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Type of Position: Seasonal Contract (January 27th, 2020 – May 2020)
Division: Company
Department: Production

Purpose: Reporting to the Head Carpenter, the incumbent is responsible for the maintenance and installation of company scenery in performance venues. The incumbent ensures good relationships with a variety of interest groups, including casual labour, IATSE locals and personnel, the performing arts industry and the community at large.
Key Deliverables/Responsibilities

1. Leadership and Mentorship
Communicates our mission and values to all stakeholders.
Provides for a comfortable and safe place to work.
Motivates and develops direct reports.
Contributes to good inter-departmental communication and interpersonal relations.

2. Build and preparation for new creations and re-mounts/rentals.
Maintaining a build schedule based on the budget provided by the Director of Production.
Construction, maintenance and pre-tour maintenance of all theatrical equipment, properties, scenic elements and cratage when required by the Technical Director;
Supervise and assist in installation of productions in venues locally and on tour;
Assist in organization and delegation of all work in the carpenter department in each performance venue;
Supervise and assist in loading of the trailer prior to a tour and the unloading following the tour;
Must be fully versed in the operation of all theatre fly floors and the operation of a theatre (backstage) and on occasion will be called upon to operate theatre equipment;
Supervise and assist at load-ins and load-outs in performance venues;
Assist in the unloading and loading of the trailer at performance venues;
Must be present to supervise and assist at all technical rehearsals, cueing sessions and performances;
Shall be responsible for all departments and personnel and for a harmonious work atmosphere in each performance venue;
Such other lawful and reasonable duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.
Assist in design breakdowns for new builds including build hours/piece.
Assist in compiling all new design information including materials used, vendors and material pricing.
Acting as the liaison between the TD/Head Carpenter and the casual construction crew.
Assist in determining if any supplemental pieces are required to fulfill the shows set requirements.
Assist in managing the rebuild/maintenance requirements for the Nutcracker on a yearly basis as determined by the age and functionality of the set pieces.

3. Administration
Responsible for the general organization of information contained within the carpentry department.
Managing all digital and hard copy files. Digital archives are required after a production. .
Maintain the company set inventory as a whole at the company warehouse location and in the venue.
Assist in implementation of company inventory database upgrade at warehouse.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Sound interpersonal, team building skills, and a positive attitude.
Strong leadership skills.
2 years minimum set carpentry experience that may include but not limited to theatre and film production.
A post secondary education in set construction is of benefit, but not required.
Strong understanding of the set build process.
Must have good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks knowledge would be an asset.
Must have a valid drivers license.
Must be a full member of IATSE 212, or have sister status with IATSE 212 if from an outside local. Must be Pink Card eligible.
Working Conditions / physical requirements
The schedule for prep in the warehouse is Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm and is outlined in the production schedule for days of work required.
The Assistant Carpenter will be required to travel with the company primarily between September and May (including December, no exceptions) or as outlined in the production schedule.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, and speak and hear. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Must be prepared to use his or her own personal vehicle for occasional company business, and will be reimbursed for such use on a per kilometer basis.
A demonstrable ability to handle a deadline oriented, fast paced environment.
The Assistant Carpenter is expected to be punctual, personable and work well with others. This position requires strong organizational, leadership and problem solving skills and a self motivated attitude towards the work.
Primarily (but not limited to) working at the Alberta Ballet Warehouse for prep and the Southern and Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditoriums during performance weeks.

Additional Information

Key Relationships
Ensure working relationships with the Ballet Master/Mistress, Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, Production Department, Stage Management and Wardrobe as well as with representatives of the School of Alberta Ballet.
Ensure working collaboration with Alberta Ballet administrative staff.
Foster good relations and communication with a variety of interest groups, these include suppliers, IATSE locals, the performing arts industry and the community at large.
Act at all times in the best interest of Alberta Ballet in promoting its artistic objectives.

The position of Assistant Carpenter is subject to the rates, terms and conditions as outlined in the IATSE White Contract dated July 1, 2017- June 30, 2020 and IATSE Canadian Pink Contract dated January 1, 2019- December 31, 2021. This position is included as Alberta Ballet Regular Crew. The Assistant Carpenter position is subject to any and all Alberta Ballet company policies and procedures. All overtime must be pre-approved by the Director of Production and must be provided in writing.

Salary: $24.57/hour

Contact Information

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Alberta Ballet Company is one of Canada's premier dance companies committed to an artistic vision of powerfully exciting dance.