Assistant Technical Director

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Assistant Technical Director

Reporting to: Technical Director
Location: Calgary Alberta
Type of Position: Seasonal Contract (mid-August to end of May)
Division: Company Department: Production
Direct Reports: IATSE Alberta Ballet Regular Crew as well as IATSE Local Crew as required.
Rate of Pay: $30.89 per hour


Reporting to the technical director, the assistant technical director is responsible for assisting in all maintenance and building of productions and supervising the operations of the Alberta Ballet warehouse. The ATD will work closely with the Technical Director and the IATSE Alberta Ballet Regular Crew. The ATD will assist the Technical Director with the day-to-day management of the production department including supervision of personnel, general organization, scheduling, crew management, expense management and function as the production contact for Alberta Ballet School.

Key Deliverables/Responsibilities

  • Company Production
  • Alberta Ballet School Production
  • Facility Management
  • Leadership and mentorship.

Detailed Tasks Associated with Key Deliverables

 Company Production:

  • Assist with supervision of load ins, performances and load outs at venues
  • Assist in managing the production department and warehouse space.
  • Collaborate with designers and other members of the artistic department in the planning and creation of new productions. Plan and coordinate scenery and props builds. When remounting existing shows without designers present, plan and coordinate scenery and props maintenance.
  • Schedule and supervise maintenance of technical equipment within both safety and budgetary guidelines.
  • Ensure safe and clean working conditions onstage, backstage and in the warehouse.
  • Source and collect supplies locally during builds, maintenance and when the company is in performance.
  • Support and help arrange all logistics; including truck rentals, trucking scheduling and all movement of production elements.
  • Manage daily, weekly and project deadlines as required by the demands of each individual production.
  • Manage all production needs for Company donor and special events.
  • Administrative tasks as assigned by the TD.

Alberta Ballet School Production:

  • Manage all production needs for ABS events, adjudications, showcases and the year-end performance.
  • Sourcing production equipment and rentals required on a show by show basis.
  • Schedule and supervise installation of school productions in local venues.
  • Develop crew calls by liaising with each venue’s technical personnel and provide schedules and crew calls to the venue crew.
  • Schedule production transportation to and from the School/Warehouse to venue and back.
  • Supervision of load ins and load outs at performance venues.

Facility Management:

  • Maintain database inventories for scenery, soft goods, props, lighting, and shop equipment.
  • Manage the organization of warehouse workshop & storage space.
  • Reply to inquiries relating to equipment usage, track all borrowed and loaned equipment.
  • Ship and receive equipment and deliveries.
  • Support monthly safety inspection with the Joint Health and Safety Committee and make arrangements to execute any required action.
  • Document forklift maintenance, both end-user daily and annual third-party inspections
  • Manage and update SDS binder, oversee safe storage and handling of hazardous products.
  • Maintain warehouse safety binder, bulletin board signage, and safety/emergency documentation in shared drive.
  • Track replacement dates for emergency eye wash stations and first aid kits
  • Recurring inspections and maintenance of shop tools and PPE. Arrange and document annual third-party fire extinguisher inspection.
  • Develop emergency procedures and best work practices for hazardous warehouse tasks.
  • Participate in the Alberta Ballet Joint Health and Safety Committee.
  • In collaboration with the Joint Health and Safety committee, contribute to the active growth and development of safety awareness and practices at Alberta Ballet.

Leadership and Mentorship:

  • Communicates our mission and values to all stakeholders.
  • Provides a comfortable and safe place to work.
  • Motivates and develops direct and indirect reports.
  • Contributes to good inter-departmental communication and interpersonal relations.
  • Attends all staff meetings and informs direct reports of significant events.


  • Must have good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Experience in either Vectorworks or AutoCAD is an asset.
  • Knowledge of scenery construction, lighting, audio, video, and special effects for the stage with a minimum 5 years experience working in a performance theatre environment.
  • Must be fully versed in the operation of all theatrical equipment.
  • Sound interpersonal, team building skills, and a positive attitude.
  • 1-2 years management experience.
  • Valid First Aid, Forklift Certificate an asset.
  • Must be a full member of IATSE 212 or have sister status with IATSE 212 if from an outside local. Must be Pink Card eligible.

Working Conditions / physical requirements:

  • Shift work including regular evening and weekend work as determined by the technical director.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, and speak and hear. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be prepared to use their own personal vehicle for occasional company business, and will be reimbursed for such use on a per kilometre basis.
  • A demonstrable ability to handle a deadline oriented, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to drive 5-ton trucks required.
  • Primarily working at the warehouse when not on site for events/productions. Will be occasionally required to attend meetings both in person or virtually.

Key Relationships:

  • Foster productive working relationships with the designers, rehearsal directors, artistic director, production department, stage management, wardrobe, project managers/ consultants as well as with representatives of the School of Alberta Ballet.
  • Ensure working collaboration with Alberta Ballet administrative staff.
  • Foster good relations and communication with a variety of interest groups, these include suppliers, IATSE locals, the performing arts industry and the community at large.
  • Act at all times in the best interest of Alberta Ballet in promoting its artistic objectives.

Direct Reports / Supervisory Duties: Scheduling and supervision of seasonal and casually employed production staff, including IATSE personnel as required.

The position of assistant technical director is an IATSE position with days and hours of work to be determined by the Technical Director. This position is subject to the conditions set forth in the IATSE/Alberta Ballet Collective Bargaining Agreement. A Police and Vulnerable Sector Check will be mandatory. All overtime must be discussed and receive prior written approval by the director, artistic operations.

Please apply through the Alberta Ballet Careers page, visit

Alberta Ballet’s mission is to ignite the curiosity and imagination of people in communities across the province through dance training, creation and performance. We have proudly served the province since 1966, bringing dance to tens of thousands of Albertans each year, and we’re preparing to embark on a renewed commitment to share more dance with more Albertans.

Alberta Ballet’s artistic and production teams are at the heart of our work, inspiring deep personal engagement through our events.  Alberta Ballet’s events take place in Calgary and Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditoriums and in cities throughout the province.

Alberta Ballet is committed to an inclusive workplace culture. This includes valuing diversity in our workforce, providing a safe work environment and fostering a culture of belonging. We believe a workplace with equal opportunity employment fosters creativity and strengthens connections to the communities we serve.

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