Technical Director


The ACT Arts Centre


Until filled

Organization Description: 

The ACT Arts Centre (The ACT), located in the community of Maple Ridge and part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), is the leading provider of engaging, vibrant and excellent Arts Programs, Gallery Exhibitions and Performing Arts Presentations for the growing communities of the region. Opened in 2003, the 486-seat theatre, studio theatre and instruction studios are home to many cultural and community events, delivering an impressive array of diverse arts and cultural programming and activities to over 80,000 patrons annually.


Job Description: 

The Technical Director is a member of the Senior Management team, joining a dynamic, energetic and creative professional team, with the responsibility of managing all technical aspects of production and performance at the ACT Arts Centre. This includes lighting, sound, carpentry, rigging, operation of consoles, single purchase line sets, etc. The Technical Director provides effective leadership for PT staff and maintains effective working relationships with all administrative staff. They are also responsible for maintaining and operating all theatre facilities and equipment in accordance with safety standards and legal regulations.

He/she coordinates with rental and presented clients to ascertain and fulfill the technical needs of all shows. The Technical Director will provide excellent and professional customer service to a varied field of renters/clients and artists and must be able to work in a physically and mentally demanding high-stress environment and with consistently long hours including evenings and weekends.


• Advance all technical needs for performances and theatre events at the ACT Arts Centre 
• Create & manage the Technical Expenses, Theatre Supplies and IT Budgets in conjunction with the Business Manager
• Recruit, train and schedule all casual crew for events and maintain an on call list of casual technicians
• Ensure safety of patrons, performers, and theatre equipment
• Maintain & approve casual crew timesheets and complete any performance paperwork as required in a timely manner
• Determine Casual crew budgets and monitoring budget to actual expenditures
• Supervise and monitor all activities in areas accessible to user groups to ensure safe and orderly behavior and procedures as per WCB and WHMIS regulations
• Participate on Joint OH&S committee
• Prepare labor, material, and equipment estimates and actual figures for event settlements including approved timesheets for department personnel
• Adhere to the best practices possible of safe work procedures and ethics
• Perform ongoing maintenance as directed or required in the theatre facilities
• Execute thorough building checks and lockups
• Maintain a clean and orderly workplace
• Other duties as required by the Executive Director
• In conjunction with the Facility Manager, assist with the development of a capital replacement plan and budget for major technical equipment in the theatre, including service requirements, setting priorities, cost estimates, and related budgeting and the various timelines for replacement
• Work with IT Contractor & Facility Manager to assist with internal IT services as needed


• Must be a graduate of a technical training program with a minimum of 5 years of experience or equivalent training and experience, working in live performance or event production
• Must be able to demonstrate operational knowledge of all theatre technical systems including: Digico series consoles, Eos series consoles, Single Purchase rigging systems, Point source and Line Array speaker systems
• Proven ability to effectively manage and provide direction to technical staff
• Proficiency with computer software programs; Auto CAD/Vectorworks and Microsoft Office
• Demonstrated abilities in planning, organizing and coordinating diverse performing arts and other related activities or events
• Must be able to work with diverse groups under stressful situations, at odd hours, and with the ability to work within the budget, policies, regulations and contractual obligations established by Management and the Board of Directors and enforce these policies, regulations and contracts with fairness, impartiality and good judgment
• The individual should have a high level of computer literacy and be willing to participate in ongoing professional development and education
• Due to the nature of the business the individual will work a flexible work week including evenings and weekends
• Extensive experience in road house operations with a marked interest in workplace safety
• Solid working knowledge of all appropriate technical systems including knowledge of PC, windows based, network environment including: MS Excel, MS Word, and PowerPoint. Knowledge and abilities in CAD is an asset
• Ability to act as a resource for our users is essential on technical and artistic matters
• Ability to successfully operate in a fast paced flexible environment

Licenses, Certificates and Registrations:
• Occupational First Aid Level 1 - WCB
• Ariel Platform/Scissor Lift Ticket
• Fall Arrest Ticket
• Preference will be given to persons holding additional certificates for one or all of the following: BC FE (full entertainment) qualification, Non-Restricted Firearms Possession and Acquisition License, LE or FE Certificate, 1st Aid, Pyrotechnician
• Criminal record check with vulnerable sector

How to Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Human Resources via email at


$55,000-60,000 annually

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