Technical Director

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Education and Training, Media and Arts, Student Services

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Instructs and supervises students in the techniques and processes of scenic production for theater/film. Includes proper use of power tools, handling/moving of scenery, and standard construction techniques. Oversee safe and efficient daily operation of the scene shop, labs, construction of scenery for department productions and its load-in and strike.

Department Overview:

The Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing offers two undergraduate degrees in Theatre Arts and two in Film and Television Arts. The Theatre Program produces five to six productions a year, including a musical every two years. The Film Program produces the Narrative Television Initiative, a sequential four-course project that culminates in the completion of a three-episode original television series or feature film. The Theatre Program has approximately 70 majors and the Film Program has approximately 120 majors.


Professional with education and experience to contribute on a project or work team.

Essential Functions:

60% of Time the Technical Director must:

  • Instruct students in theater shop programs and maintenance.
  • Maintain organization and cleanliness of shop, and storage.
  • Oversee the construction and assembly of scenery.
  • Coordinate construction schedules to meet completion deadlines.
  • Organize and supervise student crews.
  • Attend load-in, strike, technical/dress rehearsals, and maintain show during run of production.

35% of Time the Technical Director must:

  • Attend weekly production meetings, monthly faculty meetings, and post mortems.
  • Work closely with faculty, administrative staff, and students in theatre and film programs.
  • Purchase materials and supplies.
  • Complete purchasing card reconciliations and track expenditures.
  • Possible opportunities to design depending on departmental needs.

5% perform other duties as assigned.

Position may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and wearing hearing protection is required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Experience operating power tools and shop equipment.
  • Ability to read and create architectural scale drawings, CAD program proficiency preferred.
  • Good knowledge of counter-weight systems and rigging.
  • Knowledge of standard theatrical construction practices.
  • Good interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills.
  • Collaborative work style and ability to work well in a diverse workplace with a wide range of skill sets.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices.
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and budget practices.
Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or  2-3 years of equivalent relevant professional experience.
Valid Driver's License.

Preferred Qualifications:

MFA in Technical Direction or equivalent employment experience in university or professional scene shops.
Some teaching experience.
Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is $42,452.80. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Resume or CV, minimum 3 professional references.
Cover letter.
Drafting Samples (as PDFs) from 2-3 different productions.
Applicant materials due by July 6, 2022.



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