We seek an individual with experience designing, coordinating, and implementing all technical elements of school productions and school-wide events to fill the position of Technical Director and Production Manager.
Our 50% position includes some work on weekends and evenings, with flexible daytime hours to meet our needs. Should a qualified candidate emerge who could fill this role plus part-time drama also listed, the role would rise to 75% FTE with full-time benefits.
Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated capacity to think creatively and collaboratively about all aspects of performing arts productions in an educational environment. They see themselves as a member of a team focused on designing programming that facilitates meaningful learning experiences for students. They are dedicated to supporting and nurturing a diverse, inclusive community; demonstrate both flexibility and the ability to work within a highly collaborative structure, to ensure excellence in academic and co-curricular programs; and they possess traits appropriate for nurturing the growth of young people - energy, creativity, flexibility, patience, and an inexhaustible sense of humor.
The Technical Director and Production Manager will, among other responsibilities:
Oversee theatrical lighting and set design
Create and implement design teaching programs to students
Oversee and run student crews on school productions
Maintain and organize theatrical spaces
Communicate with production directors to achieve the vision of the production
Manage our production design budget
Recruit and hire outside designers when needed
Support arts integration projects where appropriate
In addition to being present and providing as needed technical support for all performances, the Technical Director and Production Manager will be expected to design lighting on each of our school productions.
BFA or BA, preferably in Technical Theater
Professional experience in lighting design
Experience working in a school setting; experience in arts education preferred
Enthusiasm about working collaboratively in a learning environment
Ability to organize and maintain theatrical spaces
Please send your cover letter and résumé to the following dedicated email, saying you learned of the position through NAIS: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are also applying for our part-time Upper School Drama position, please submit your papers simultaneously to email@example.com.
About The Chapin School
The Chapin School is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City serving nearly 800 students K–12. Founded in 1901, Chapin prepares a diverse and talented community of young women to thrive and lead in a global society through its dedication to academic excellence, personal integrity and community responsibility. Chapin cultivates in each student a love of learning, independent thinking, emotional resilience and a dedication to serving others.
Chapin’s Focus Forward strategic plan, which has guided our work since 2010, has intensified Chapin’s historic commitment to offering the most challenging academic curriculum while also teaching the social, emotional, and other life skills that will set the stage for its students’ success in this century. Focus Forward is a commitment to strengthening teaching and learning; culture, community, and global awareness; character, ethics, and emotional well-being; and financial sustainability.
Specifically, at the heart of Focus Forward is a two-part commitment: to a learning environment that enables all students to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century to the best of their abilities, and to classroom teachi...ng that both meets the highest standards of academic excellence and is tailored to each student’s interests and potential. As part of our pledge to enhance our curriculum and pedagogy to reflect research and best practices, we place each student at the center of her own learning. Student-driven inquiry sets the stage for enduring understanding. Likewise, a commitment on the part of students and educators alike to a growth mindset ensures that for all students understanding key concepts in all disciplines is possible. Inextricably linked to our academic program are efforts that support the emotional health and well-being of our students.
Chapin's Commitment to Diversity
Chapin is committed to diversity in its culture, curriculum and program. Believing that an equitable, inclusive community is essential to learning, Chapin actively seeks families, faculty and staff who bring a range of experiences to the school. Chapin embraces and respects differences in age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class. Expecting and requiring respect for others are hallmarks of our educational process.