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Head Stage Technician – University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC

Company: University of British Columbia

Location: Vancouver, BC

  • Full Time

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

$52,356 a year

Job Posting

Job ID:



Vancouver – Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:

CUPE 2950 (Chan Centre)

Job Category:

CUPE 2950 Chan Centre

Classification Title:

Head Technician

Business Title:

Head Stage Technician


Faculty of Arts


Chan Centre for Performg Arts


$52,356.00 (Annual)

Full/Part Time:


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Funding Type:

Self Funded

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Job Summary

    This is highly specialized work of a technical nature; responsibilities include the operation, maintenance, and installation of the stage and rigging equipment systems commonly used within large and medium sized theatres for all types of events. Is also responsible for calling staff and filling vacancies from the casual labour roster as necessary.
  • Supervise the operation of the Stage department of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Backstage Operations.
  • During evening/weekend events or performances may be responsible for the management of the facility.
  • Supervise the stage for events as required.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all stage and rigging related equipment and works within assigned budget.
  • Provide recommendations to the Production Manager on an ongoing basis regarding modifications and upgrades to stage and rigging equipment within the Chan Centre.
  • Maintain professional currency with respect to industry trends and standards in the operation of stage and rigging equipment and safety and related equipment.
  • Support the Production Manager by actively participating in the design, planning, installation, and operation of all stage and rigging systems and related equipment within the Chan Centre.
  • Participate and provides input to the Production Manager regarding hiring decisions.
  • Train Chan Centre Staff (casual and full time) on the use of the all stage and rigging equipment within the Chan Centre.
  • Play a key role in the budgeting process, make recommendations for an annual operating budget for the Stage Department
  • Make recommendations for departmental capital purchases.

Organizational Status

Reports to the Production Manager

Work Performed

  • Assist in training, overseeing, and scheduling staff. Supervision of stage technicians (all types) as required.
  • Review all incoming client riders and makes recommendations regarding the stage and rigging requirements listed within those riders.
  • Advance all production aspects of shows as requested.
  • Ensure that client requirements are met in a timely manner.
  • Work within the schedule as provided.
  • Resolve, with direction from Production Manager, or the Co-Managing Director of Facilities and Operations, client challenges related to Stage, Rigging, and backstage areas.
  • Ensure effective implementation of new & previously arranged Production Services and Equipment to clients for their performances and related activities at the Chan Centre.
  • o These Services should follow within the guidelines provided in the Chan Centre Production Policy and Procedures.

    o This includes effective implementation of all new equipment installations related to safety, stage, and rigging systems.

  • Recommend policies and procedures to the Production Manager
  • In conjunction with other technical, ticketing, and front of house staff ensure that performances and events run smoothly.
  • Oversee and ensure that negotiated client production requirements are met for each performance event.
  • Represent Chan Centre in a professional manner to the general public, clients, and Artist’s Representatives. Internal to UBC this includes, as required, the staff and students of the University and, specifically, of the Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing Departments, Ceremonies Office, and the UBC School of Music.
  • Ensure the security of the building and safety of the performers, staff, and patrons. Operates within Worksafe BC, Chan Centre, and UBC safety guidelines at all times. Positively promote these safe work practices to other staff members and clients at all times.
  • Report deficiencies of building amenities to Production Manager or Trouble calls to the Chan Centre Production Clerk.
  • Compile performance and event reports on the night of an event and submits to appropriate staff.
  • Act as the primary Stage technician for most events.
  • Act as the primary Lighting technician for select events.
  • Perform preventative and reactive maintenance as required on all Chan Centre Stage, Rigging, Safety, and seating in order to keep the Chan Centre operating at a high level of efficiency.
  • Maintain an inventory of all necessary spare parts and supplies.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Varied shift work and days off are required.

Supervision Received

Works under the direction of the Production Manager.

Supervision Given

Responsible for motivating, leading, casual stage and production staff.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Errors or lack of professional judgment could have a serious impact on relations with clients and patrons. The Head Stage Technician is the primary “day of” client contact and must represent the Chan Centre in a highly professional manner at all times. Poor customer service, or lack of professional judgment, could negatively impact these relations as well as Patron Safety and the Chan Centre’s financial viability. It is expected that clients be treated in a courteous and positive manner at all times. ial viability. It is expected that clients be treated in a courteous and cheerful manner at all times.


Diploma in a related field of arts production or an equivalent combination of expert level education and experience. . Minimum of seven years experience in various production related facets of music, the performing arts and production stage work that demonstrate progressive responsibilities.

A minimum of two year’s full time experience as Head Stage Technician in a high end/high profile “Road House” environment preferred. Proven experience in rigging and stagecraft. Must be able to demonstrate superior technical knowledge in stage rigging trouble shoot, event rigging, and maintenance of stage equipment. Must be able to work at heights Proven effective judgment, communication, organizational, interpersonal, customer service and technical skills. Must demonstrate excellent record keeping skills Additional specific skills in Stage/Music Audio, Communications and Video are preferred. Additional specific skills in Stage Lighting, Console operation, and equipment maintenance are preferred. Expert Knowledge and Concepts in Stage Rigging and Stage Machinery are required. Working Knowledge and Concepts in Fall Arrest, Fall Prevention, and Worksafe BC requirements are required.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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