Technical Manager

Last edited by ArtsatOFS on 3 April 2024
Salary / Fee: 
£29,000-£32,000 (depending on experience)
Closing Date: 
Monday, 15 April, 2024

Key responsibilities of the Technical Manager:
- To oversee all incoming events and ensure the preparation and planning of events are carried out to a high standard and fit within the buildings limitations.
- To provide technical services for incoming events and performances, and brief technicians (both in-house and freelance) working events in your absence, to carry out the necessary rigging, focussing and other physical tasks necessary for a professional presentation of all performances and events.
- To manage the Technical staff rota and communicate staffing with the Front of House team.
- Alongside other members of the team, ensure that all spaces are prepared properly for use by those hiring or using them.
- To work closely with the Front of House team to ensure a high level of customer service across all events including AV support.
- To ensure that visiting companies comply with our safe working practices and Health and Safety regulations, ensuring the company comply with the most up to date legislation.
- To oversee and manage the development of the technical department.
- To manage the Theatre Technician and Freelance Technicians, and to oversee induction of Freelance Technicians, Volunteers, Apprentices and Placements.
- To lead on developing and improving the technical department and theatre, investing in new equipment and improving documentation and working
- To manage the overall planning and implementations of maintenance, upkeep, management, hiring and security of all technical equipment with the support of the Theatre Technician.
- To manage and work within the ‘Technical’ and ‘Repairs and Maintenance’ budgets and develop income streams associated with the hire of technical
equipment and services.
- To maintain an up to date understanding of Health and Safety responsibilities in a Theatre context, and represent the Deputy CEO in Health and safety matters when required to do so.
- Have final decisions of health and safety aspects on all events and projects, ensuring the Risk Assessment covers all risks and fire safety factors.
- To manage the venue risk assessments for the Old Fire Station, and advise other staff on event and project risk assessments, in consultation with the Deputy CEO.
- To be a part of the planning of safe fire evacuation procedures for all events and projects and ensure they are adhered to, consulting with the Facilities
Management team on this.
- To develop the training program and work alongside Crisis Members, Volunteers and Young People on technical aspects of theatre and training, for example through our Crisis Arts Training Scheme and partnership with Oxford Brookes University.
- Support in-house projects and productions where necessary as technical inhouse lead.
- To support the Crisis Skylight Oxford Facilities Manager with maintenance tasks on request, subject to availability.
- To undertake any other duties relevant to this post as required by the Senior Management Team.

Selection Criteria:
If you have all or most of these, please apply:
Experience in training others, managing a team and managing a staff rota
Experience of working within a budget
Knowledge and experience of all aspects of technical theatre (e.g. lighting, sound, video, construction, electrics) and stage management
An understanding of ETC Ion Lighting desk, Soundcraft SI Compact desk, and Blackmagic Atem Mini Pro streaming service
Experience using CAD programs like LXFree, Vectorworks or AutoCAD
An Electrical/City and Guilds Qualification or Technical Theatre Qualification
Qualifications in Working at Height, Manual Handling and Stage Electrics
Examples of making improvements and developments to theatre systems, digital systems and policies
Ability to interpret, understand and explain technical plans and diagrams
Experience in interpreting and writing Risk Assessments for events and performances
Experience of implementing health and safety objectives in a venue/theatre context
Experience of technical maintenance, including PAT testing
The ability to multi-task and work under pressure in an organised and tidy manner
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Good Microsoft Office skills and experience, including Outlook
The ability to work evenings and weekends
A willingness to undertake appropriate training
Energy and enthusiasm to be part of a small team
Interest in the Arts and experience of working in an Arts environment
Experience working with vulnerable adults
Qualifications in First Aid, Fire Marshall, Health and Safety
An eye for detail and ability to complete tasks

Contact Details: 

For more information please see the Technical Manager recruitment pack on our website:
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