Head Lighting Technician

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Head Lighting Technician

Why work at The GRAND?

We are a non-profit presenting arts organization, seeking a head lighting technician to join our team of strategists, creative thinkers, artists and collaborators. Our team consists of players who love what they do and love to help others realize their goals. As we are preparing The GRAND for a sustainable future, rebuilding our place in the community and our relationship with artists, there is ample opportunity to make a positive contribution to The GRAND’s future. By striving to create a work culture that allows each team member to be at their best, we believe we can create a team that can accomplish any big goal and have fun doing it!

Who are we?

The GRAND is Western Canada’s oldest theatre and has contributed to Calgary’s theatre and live performance communities in a myriad of ways for over 100 years. Today we are a non-profit organization committed to being the home of creative placemaking in Calgary. Our mission is to be a Culture House presenting high quality and thought provoking art, creating diverse and inclusive experiences, and bringing together artists and audiences to invoke a new way of thinking, appreciating and being, which transforms the community.

We are dedicated to presenting art from all disciplines and a variety of perspectives, supporting local artists in presenting and mastering their craft, and creating memorable experiences for our audiences.

The GRAND is currently hiring in a number of important roles, bringing together a team of talented and committed people who are passionate about the arts and who value collaboration, team work, innovation, respect and integrity.

Learn more about The GRAND visit thegrandyyc.ca.

Your Core Skills and Expertise

Cooperation and Collaboration: The ability to collaborate effectively with others, to be part of a team and to lead and promote quality work through effective contribution to others’ efforts.

Focus on Quality and Details: Detail oriented and creative problem solver who consistently prepares high quality work.

Initiative: Demonstrates the ability to take initiative and be self-motivated.

Client Service Orientation: Focusing efforts on discovering and meeting the clients’ needs and resolving client issues in a timely way.

Specialized Subject Matter Expertise and Knowledge: Demonstrates a solid understanding and consistent ability to apply independent judgement and technical theatre competency in most situations; Has thorough working knowledge and experience with technical theatrical subject matter.

Ability to use Technology and Software Applications: Consistently uses relevant software.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Coordinating and overseeing all lighting activities for the Studio, Flanagan Theatre and lobby spaces.
  • Acting as operational and running crew in the Studio and Flanagan Theatre as assigned.
  • Supervising casual technicians in cooperation with the head stage carpenter/rigger and head of sound.
  • Inspecting, maintaining and repairing all lighting equipment and tools.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of all lighting equipment.
  • Leading/ assisting with scenic carpentry projects as needed.
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of the stage, backstage and workshop areas.
  • Operating rigging systems and related equipment, as required.
  • Maintaining a safe working environment at all times by conforming to all established safety policies and procedures.
  • Following all company procedures regarding incident/ accident reporting and human resources policies, including completion of the Respect in the Workplace program.
  • Attending all production meetings, load ins, set-ups, rehearsals, events/ performances, strikes, load outs, and maintenance calls as scheduled.
  • Ensuring efficiency in communications and contributing to the overall effectiveness of the technical team.
  • Assisting other departments as assigned.
  • Assisting with the maintenance of technical equipment outside the lighting area.
  • In the absence of the head stage carpenter technician, serving as Fire Warden for the Flanagan Theatre.
  • Cross departmental work is expected where appropriate.
  • In the absence of the head stage carpenter technician, complete and submit show reports.

Required Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of ETC EOS Software and console operation; video projector installation and set-up, and Playback Softwares (Q-Lab; Watchout; Isadora).
  • Good general understanding of all technical aspects of live performing arts and events, including theatre, dance, music and corporate events.
  • Ability to interpret technical and design drawings.
  • Good organizational and communication skills.
  • Interested in collaborating as part of a dynamic technical team a must.
  • Standard First Aid with CPR certification, Fall Protection training, and WHMIS certification.
  • Knowledge of stage rigging and theatre sound an asset.
  • Experience with Vectorworks and Microsoft’s Outlook suite an asset.

Additional Information

Reporting to the technical director, the head lighting technician is an integral part of the technical production team at The GRAND. The GRAND technicians work under a collective bargaining agreement with Local 212 of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees).

The position will work evenings and weekends as required based on scheduled events in the facility.

Salary: As per IATSE Current Contract – 2021-2022 rate $30/hr.


  • Social and team building events.
  • Internal growth opportunities.
  • Personal and professional development opportunities.

We will support you in creating the life you desire through your work!

Where you’ll be Working

The GRAND is situated on the land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Moh’kinstsis, which is also referred to as the City of Calgary. We honour and acknowledge Moh’kinstsis and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Iyarhe Nakoda and Tsuu T’ina nations who also call this place home. We also acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.

This position will include hours worked in-office and at-home. In office work will take place in The GRAND building located at 608 1 St SW in Calgary, Alberta.

Ready to join our team?

If you’d like to be part of a non-profit organization that is committed to being Calgary’s Contemporary Culture House and fostering an environment where everyone feels welcome and respected, The GRAND is the place for you!

To apply, submit your detailed cover letter and resume in confidence to Jesse Carroll by email to jobs@thegrandyyc.ca.

Please include in the subject line: Head of Lighting.

The posting will remain open until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

We appreciate your interest in working with us, but only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

The GRAND is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, gender-identification, or sexual orientation. We encourage and welcome applicants of Indigenous heritage, applicants who identify as racialized, marginalized or disabled, people of colour or diverse cultural backgrounds. We endeavour to provide a culturally safe and supportive environment and have an existing work-place harassment policy with zero tolerance for harassment in all working environments.

The GRAND is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities in all parts of the hiring process. The GRAND invites candidates who may require assistance during the application and/or hiring process, to let us know and we will work with them to meet their needs.

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