Theater Technician

  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Apr 21, 2024
Part Time Construction and Skilled Trades Museum and Arts

Job Description


Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary Level: $16.25/hour

Examples Of Duties

This position, under the guidance of the Director of Facilities, is responsible for the technical operations of the Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) theatrical venues; provides technical support for TPS theater productions and events; directs theater staff; coordinates the scheduling of all TPS and community theater events; performs necessary maintenance, as required.


1. Serves as primary contact for all TPS theater rentals including initial inquiries through the end of the event; coordinates scheduling with TPS administrators, staff, students, and community theater events.

2. Ensures a safe environment in and around the theater for staff, students, performers, and patrons; establishes and posts safety requirements necessary for the use of equipment in the theater.

3. Acts as general stagehand for all performances, maintains stage, and is responsible for construct, setup, and tear down for all productions and other events, as directed; ensures proper preparation for all areas for performers and audience use.

4. Maintains off-stage storage, catwalk, loading bay, and scene shop; maintains inventories of supplies and equipment; moves furniture and supplies, as necessary.

5. Monitors and performs preventive maintenance of theater equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; operates and maintains equipment, as required, and ensures it safe and proper use; protects TPS equipment and supplies from pilferage, loss, theft, and/or abuse.

6. Enforces established TPS operational and usage policies; arrange with the administrator to have annual inspections, repair, and replacement of required equipment within budget allocations.

7. May facilitate group discussions; compose technical and non-technical documents, as directed by administrator.


1. May be required to work on special projects.

2. Keep track of equipment inventory, as necessary.

3. Performs other related duties as assigned, on a temporary basis.

4. Regular, reliable, predictable, attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.


Indoor environment with possible outdoor exposure; travel throughout the District may be required to multiple school/building sites; required to work on nights and evenings, as required; required to listen, communicate, write, and/or keyboard on a regular basis; required to work at heights and enclosed areas with limited space; exposure to noise is moderate to loud; required to operate theater equipment; grasp, hold, unlock, open, push, pull, sit, bend, squat, stoop, reach, kneel, crouch, walk, stand for long periods of time, twist, climb, and/or be mobile, and carry, move/lift work related heavy objects up to 35 pounds on a regular basis and occasionally 50 lbs.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

High School Diploma or equivalent; coursework and training in Technical Theater, Intro Tech, Lighting, and Sound; Associate degree in business or theater, preferred; one years’ experience as a theater technician; educational environment, preferred; experience working with children, preferred; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Licenses/Special Requirements

Valid Washington state driver’s license.

Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance.

Must be CPR and AED certified or become certified within 90 days of employment and maintain active certification.

Complete any District required training, per direction of administrator.

Allowable Substitution

Additional closely related work experience may substitute for the requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of TPS policies and procedures.

Knowledge of use of stage lighting, sound, audio-visual, and production equipment.

Knowledge of technical capabilities of TPS event spaces.

Knowledge of theatrical production process.

Skill in obtaining, clarifying, and exchanging information.

Skill in communicating in a professional and courteous manner.

Skill in communicating clearly and concisely in technical and non-technical language, writing, proofing, and coordinating theater activities.

Skill in problem solving and decision making.

Skill in determining technical support and equipment needs necessary for events and performances at TPS venues in advance of production dates.

Skill in operating and maintaining equipment, materials, tools, and supplies used in technical productions.

Skill in keyboarding.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to comply with all theater safety practices and wear appropriate protective gear, as required.

Ability to quickly analyze complex situations, synthesize issues, and develop creative solutions.

Ability to work independently, without direct supervision, as well as effectively and efficiently in a team environment requiring tact, patience, and willingness to work collaboratively.

Ability to learn new skills to meet changing job conditions.

Ability to set up basic lighting, sound, and scenery for productions.

Ability to apply pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws; prepare and maintain accurate records, as directed.

Ability to plan and manage projects.

Ability to help create experiences that set TPS theater productions apart and promote a fun work environment.

Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable, and regular attendance.

Ability to concentrate on detail and be precise.

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, perform job responsibilities efficiently, and meet deadlines.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

Ability to operate a computer, associated theater equipment, and program related computer software applications.

Supplemental Information

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
  • Civil Rights Coordinator: Renee Trueblood, 253-571-1252,
  • Title IX Coordinator, Elementary: Christa Erolin, 253-571-1318,
  • Title IX Coordinator, Secondary: Wayne Greer, 253-571-1191,
  • 504 Coordinator, Elementary: Jennifer Herbold, 253-571-1096,
  • 504 Coordinator, Secondary: Megan Nelson, 253-571-1003,

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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