This is a Permanent, Full-time position.Category: Technical
Regular Full Time
IATSE Local 118
Position Start Date
September 08, 2014
Pay Grade 082: $34.03 to $36.91 per hour
Main Purpose & Function
This is highly specialized work of a technical nature. The Head Stage Electrician – Orpheum is responsible for translating a wide variety of information (from detailed plans to vague verbal descriptions) into fully realized stage lighting for opera, ballets, musicals, a wide variety of concerts and assembly events, primarily in the Orpheum but also in the Vancouver Playhouse and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The incumbent also assists the Technical Director in planning stage operations, maintenance and equipment upgrades.
The major licensee in the Orpheum is the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra but a myriad of other performances occur in the theatre. The other major licensees include Live Nation (pop, rock and stand-up), Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Bach Choir, and the Unique Lives lecture series. The remaining programming includes rock and pop shows, high school graduations, world music and community variety shows, corporate events, film shoots, etc.
An employee in this position will have a varied schedule including work at night and on weekends.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Evaluates systems, equipment and fixtures with respect to operational demands and develops with supervisor, annual maintenance, repair, overhaul, replacement and upgrade plans and schedules.
Performs and/or supervises all maintenance, repairs, overhauls, installations and upgrades of computer-based control systems, luminaires, accessories, follow-spots, etc.
Must have the ability to provide both internal and external users with advice and assistance on matters related to the presentation of their events at the theatre. Duties may include creating or adapting lighting designs, temporary system (rental) designs, temporary distribution systems etc. and ensuring that all of these meet the applicable codes and other safety regulations.
Plans, coordinates and supervises event installations and operations; operates complex computerized and/or manual control consoles and other equipment as required by the event.
Supervises and coordinates the work of crew members assigned, trains new and unfamiliar crew members and provide leadership in maintaining established high standards of operating efficiency, safe work practices and customer service at Vancouver Civic Theatres.
Assist other stage and/or theatre departments during set-ups, shows and with maintenance. Research and provide information as required for budget submissions.
Check, maintain order and replace stock and equipment and prepare and maintain records of work performed. Keep up-to-date with developments in available lighting equipment and techniques.
Share responsibility with other employees when responding to emergency response situations as per established VCT Safety Plans.
Recognizes that Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is the major resident company and endeavors to support their mandate and meet their needs efficiently and economically while also supporting the needs of other clients.
Recognizes that all licensees, regardless of their degree of professionalism or budget, have a right to expect the same high level of service and expertise from all staff while in our venues.
Recognizes the need to understand and be sensitive to the aspirations and needs of licensees of different cultures that are presenting events for their traditional communities.
Will assist all users in making the most economical use of their time in the theatre, advising them on ways to make effective and efficient use of our facilities and equipment.
Training and Experience:
The successful candidate will have broad experience and/or education (equivalent to 2 years full-time) in stage technical production giving them familiarity with the requirements and practices of theatrical production and presentation. They will have been employed for a minimum of the equivalent of three years in stage lighting and a minimum of 2 years in an equivalent position (Head Electrician) in a comparable facility, ideally as part of a
multi-theatre complex. Touring experience is desirable.
Education: completion of grade 12 supplemented with technical courses related to the work, completion of a stage rigging course, and a FE electrical certificate or higher.
Completion of an accredited Stage Rigging course is desirable.
Required Licenses, Certificates and Registrations:
B.C. Electrical Certification at the appropriate level for the work required; Full ntertainment (FE), Journeyman Electrical Certification or B.C. Certificate of Qualification (Electrician) is required.
Successful applicants will be or will become full members of IATSE Local 118.
Salary: $34.03 to $36.91 per hour
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The City of Vancouver is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please provide cover letter and resume to Sandra Gajic, Director, Civic Theatres by email at email@example.com or by fax at 604-665-3001.
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