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Head Stage Carpenter - Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

This is a Temporary, Full-time position.

Category: Technical
Province: Vancouver, British Columbia
Position: Head Stage Carpenter
Deadline: February 14, 2014
Posted: January 30, 2014

Job Description / Duties


• Supervise the operation of the Stage department of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Backstage Operations.
• During evening/weekend events or performances may be responsible for the management of the facility.
• Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all stage rigging, machinery, stage lift systems within the Chan Centre, works within an assigned budget.
• Responsible, within an assigned budget, for making sure the first aid equipment, including oxygen supplies, is adequately stocked at all times.
• Responsible for keeping records and tracking of all necessary staff training.
• Provide recommendations to the Assistant Technical director on an ongoing basis regarding modifications and upgrades to stage equipment and machinery within the Chan Centre.
• Maintain professional currency with respect to industry trends and standards in the operation of all equipment within his/her areas of responsibility.
• Support the Operations Department by actively participating in the design, planning, installation, and operation of stage related systems.
• Participate and provides input to the Co-Managing Director for Facilities, Operations, and Ticketing regarding hiring decisions.
• Train Chan Staff (casual and full time) on the use of the all stage, rigging, lift, and safety equipment within the Chan Centre
• Play a key role in the budgeting process, make recommendations for an annual operating budget for the Stage Department
• Make recommendations for departmental capital purchases.
• Responsible for event planning as assigned.


• Assist in training, overseeing, and scheduling staff. Supervision of stage technicians (all types) as required.
• Review all incoming client riders and makes recommendations regarding the stage, scheduling, and rigging requirements listed within those riders.
• Advance all production aspects of shows as required.
• Ensure that client requirements are met in a timely manner.
• Work within the schedule as provided.
• Resolve, with direction from Assistant Technical Director, or the Co-Managing Director for Facilities, Operations, and Ticketing, client challenges related to Stage, and backstage areas in any location in the Chan Centre.
• Ensure effective implementation of new & previously arranged Production Services and Equipment to clients for their performances and related activities at the Chan Centre.
o These Services should follow within the guidelines provided in the Chan Centre Production Policy and Procedures.
o This includes effective implementation of all new equipment installations related to audio, communications and video.
• Recommend policies and procedures to the Technical Director
• In conjunction with other technical, ticketing, and front of house staff ensure that Tech performances and events run smoothly.
• Oversee and ensure that negotiated client production requirements are met for each performance event.
• Represent Chan Centre in a professional manner to the general public, clients, and Artist’s Representatives. Internal to UBC this includes, as required, the staff and students of the University and, specifically, of the Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing Departments, Ceremonies Office, and the UBC School of Music.
• Ensure the security of the building and safety of the performers, staff, and patrons. Operates within Worksafe BC, Chan Centre, and UBC safety guidelines at all times. Positively promote these safe work practices to other staff members and clients at all times.
• Report deficiencies of building amenities to Technical Director or Trouble calls to the Chan Centre Production Clerk.
• Compile performance and event reports on the night of an event and submits to appropriate staff.
• Act as the primary Stage technician for most events.
• Perform preventative and reactive maintenance as required on all Chan Centre Stage, Rigging, mechanical, and safety equipment in order to keep the Chan Centre operating at a high level of efficiency.
• Maintain an inventory of all necessary spare parts and supplies.
• Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications / Required Skills


• Diploma in a related field of arts production or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Minimum of five years experience in various production related facets of the Performing Arts, demonstrating progressive responsibilities.
• A minimum of two year’s full time experience as Head Stage Technician in a high end/high profile “Road House” environment preferred.
• Proven experience in the maintenance of Stage, Rigging, Safety equipment.
o Must be able to demonstrate superior stage, rigging, and machinery trouble shooting skills.
• Must be able to work at heights
• Proven effective judgment, communication, organizational, interpersonal, customer service and technical skills.
• Must demonstrate excellent record keeping skills
• Specific skills in Stage and lighting are required.
• Working Knowledge and Concepts in audio systems are required.
• Working Knowledge and Concepts in Fall Arrest, Fall Prevention, and Worksafe BC requirements are required.

Additional Information


Reports to the Technical Director


Errors or lack of professional judgment could have a serious impact on relations with clients and patrons. The Head Stage Technician must represent the Chan Centre in a highly professional manner at all times. Poor customer service, or lack of professional judgment, could negatively impact these relations as well as Patron Safety and the Chan Centre’s financial viability. It is expected that clients be treated in a courteous and cheerful manner at all times.


Works under the direction of the Assistant Technical Director.


Responsible for motivating, leading, casual stage and production staff.


Varied shift work and days off are required.

Salary: $24.92 hr x 75hr fortnight

Contact Information

UBC Human Resources website to apply. HR will provide a specific job number to quote.


Andrew Riter (ATD, Head Lighting Tech)

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Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has 3 venues: a concert hall, a black box studio, and a film cinema. Located in Vancouver, BC, on the campus of the University of British Columbia.

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