Stage Technician

California, United States
31 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


Presenting more than 150 performances annually, Stanford Live is the performing arts presenter at Stanford University and manager of Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater. Stanford Live uses a variety of performance venues both on and off campus. Stanford Live venues are technically complex and require a high-level understanding of audio, video, lighting and rigging.


The Stage Technician, working under limited supervisor, performs specialized, diverse work activities and coordinate solutions to ensure seamless, professional execution of shows and events. The Stage Technician maintains high standards of craftsmanship, efficiency and safety in all productions and events. This position will serve as stage manager for performances or as light board programmer and operator for productions when appropriate.

This position reports to the Production Manager and may provide additional support to the Director of Production, Director of Operations, and/or the Executive Director. This position supports Stanford Live, the Department of Music and other users with a focus on the technical management, planning and execution of musical and theatrical presentations. Additional responsibilities include cross-departmental support of other production team members. Support for Stanford Live performances in other campus and off campus venues will be required.


  • Use independent judgement, provide technical expertise and assistance as needed for all events. Work includes oversight from setup to strike. Assists at load-in, notes sessions, technical rehearsals, and strike of productions.
  • Negotiate, discuss, and partner with artist representatives regarding show needs. Ensure compliance with venue rules and Stanford policy and protocol.
  • Communicate to the Directors of Operations and Production regarding progress, success and any areas of concern.
  • Maintain positive and productive relationships with staff, outside vendors, artists, and/or artist representatives, including leveraging/negotiating favorable arrangements for Stanford Live whenever possible.
  • Oversee and/or assist with equipment assembly for events (including electrical, lighting, sound, staging, and video equipment), maintenance and inventory activities, including work with vendors, as needed.
  • Work with the artists to efficiently manage the flow of performance. Serve as the point of communication between backstage and the front of house manager.
  • Work with the production team to staff the over hire crew in order to meet the production requirements. This includes vetting/training new over hire staff, managing and directing a crew of over hires for show needs, and communicating schedules appropriately.
  • Participates in the maintenance and repair of shop, tools, and equipment.
  • Works nights and weekends in accordance with venue schedule.
  • Keeps current with industry trends in systems and best practices to accommodate the needs and requirements of our artist.
  • Maintains a safe working environment.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred;
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in theater and event production, stage management and/or facilities operations, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • General proficiency in all major areas of concert production (stage management, backline, lighting, video, general venue operations).
  • Ability to draft in Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work effectively with faculty, staff, students, interns, guest artists and other professionals representing a wide diversity of personalities. Must maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing situations and priorities in a professional manner while remaining calm and collected under pressure. Capacity to receive and operate cues during tech rehearsals and performance. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines, follow schedules and rapid instructions.
  • Knowledge of job-related health/safety issues and ability to identify potential hazards.
  • Demonstrated computer skills on both PC and MAC systems with experience working in Microsoft Office and a strong understanding of networking technologies. Proficiency in Word and Excel required.  Experience with databases greatly preferred.  Experience with Final Cut, Photoshop or other Adobe products a plus.
  • Knowledge and understanding of theatrical lighting technology, including ETC, GrandMA, VariLite and other industry standard
  • Knowledge of safe operation of hand and power tools used in theatrical environment. Ability to read and follow safety procedures.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with supervisors, staff, and venue users to ensure the most professional event possible.
  • Understanding of accounting, budgeting and financial issues and ability to track and monitor expenses related to the performances and hall operations.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and enthusiasm.

Certifications and Licences:

Must have access to reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and good driving record.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. for short distances.
  • Frequently stand/walk, seated, performs desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Must be available to work extended and flexible hours and work schedules, including evenings, weekends and holidays based on production and event schedule requirements.
  • May be exposed to noise > 80db TWA
  • Work safely at heights (between 4 to 80 feet), around moving machinery, and with exposure to noise, vibration, dust, and drafts within an OSHA compliant environment.


  • Must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University requirements when operating university-owned vehicles.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations with courtesy and cultural sensitivity.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrate commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4372
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: G
Requisition ID: 84125