Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
August 21, 2014

Technical Director
College of Arts and Architecture - Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

Search Number     15-849
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) fiscal year Montana University System contract; subject to annual renewal

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, education and qualifications.

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


Montana State University seeks a Technical Director for the University Black Box Theatre. The facility is a shared performing arts space utilized by The School of Film and Photography, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and supports a variety of campus and community events. The TD will oversee all aspects of technical production including supervision and maintenance of theater infrastructure and equipment. Qualifications include a Bachelors degree in Technical Theatre or equivalent professional technical theater experience. The position requires in-depth knowledge and experience in all areas of theatre technology including lighting, sound, scenic, and facility management. Must be detail-oriented, able to maintain a flexible schedule, able to multi-task, have excellent management skills, and be an assertive and self-driven individual. Design experience is desirable. Salary is commensurate with experience and full benefit package.

The Black Box Theatre is a facility that houses the office space for both Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and the MSU School of Film and Photography. The performance space is a 50’x50’ flexible black box theatre with a 200 seat capacity and a connecting 1000 square foot scene shop, lighting and sound booths, fixed catwalks as well as a two rolling catwalks. The lighting system consists of a full ceiling pipe grid with 192 circuits and DMX 512-A. The lower floor of the building contains two dressing rooms/restrooms and one common greenroom/ makeup room. There is a small costume shop and two major storage rooms for sets, props and costumes.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is a professional theatre company housed at Montana State University's College of Arts and Architecture. For most of the year, MSIP tours the northern Rockies with a combination of summer theatrical productions and educational theatrical tours during the school year. Over the past 42 years, the program has grown from a short summer tour to a ten-week tour of about 65 communities throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, Eastern Idaho, western North Dakota, and eastern Washington.

Duties and

  • Manage, maintain, operate, and safeguard all technical theatre aspects of the facility including the scene shop, theatre, lighting, sound, and storage areas.
  • Develop, implement and manage annual production schedules for all events occurring with Montana State University’s Black Box Theatre.
  • Manage and develop all production meetings and facilitate all technical rehearsals and previews for all university related programming, including incoming professional events that require the usage of the Black Box Theatre.
  • Manage and maintain and all MSU Black Box related storage units, including budgeting the annual cost of storage.
  • Manage all technical staff, including the Properties Master, Costume Shop Manager, Stage Management, and Sound/Electrics Manager.
  • Repair and troubleshoot equipment as necessary.
  • Train and supervise crews, students, and outside renters using the facilities.
  • Potential for additional design work and related projects

1.   Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline
2.   Minimum three years professional experience in technical theatre
3.   Knowledge and experience in all basic areas of technical theatre including, scenic construction, lighting, sound, maintenance and operation of stage facilities.
4.   Experience supervising technical crews
1.   MFA in relevant discipline
2.   Design credits in at least one area: sound, lights, and/or scenery
3.   Digital media production experience
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency, ability to troubleshoot.
  • Have the ability to work under pressure on many projects with people of varying experience levels.
  • Demonstrate strong verbal communication, diplomatic and leadership skills.
  • Be detail-oriented, assertive, self-driven, and able to maintain a flexible schedule that may include early mornings, evening and/or weekends.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion, and maintain a positive attitude in stressful environment

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Valid drivers license (commercial driver’s license preferred)
3.   Ability to lift 40lbs., climb ladders, and perform manual labor on an occasional, as-needed basis
4.   Night and weekend hours are required as needed.

Screening of applications will begin on September 19, 2014, and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
  • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #15-849" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Kevin Asselin
    • Executive Artistic Director/Chair Search Committee
    • Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
    • College of Arts and Architecture
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 174120
    • Bozeman MT 59717-4120
    • (406) 994-3903

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted (08/21/14kw)