Technical Director

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Technical Director

YMCA Calgary is actively building healthy communities — join us in creating a better Calgary.

YMCA Calgary opened its doors in 1902, since then we have evolved into a vibrant charitable organization that responds to the needs and health of the community.

Guided by four core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility, YMCA Calgary develop and delivers quality programs and services that promote the health of the community and provides opportunities for all Calgarians to belong, grow, thrive and lead. Our team of staff and volunteers are committed to creating a positive impact in the community through our health and wellness programs, child care and early education programs, community outreach programs (such as Indigenous, youth at risk, and cultural integration programs), leadership programs, camp experiences and much more.

YMCA Calgary serves the community at our six health and wellness locations, six child care centres, two outdoor camp locations, and 60 community outreach locations. Join us in building healthy communities!

Technical Director
Salary: $53,654 – $61,000/year
Start date: Immediately

You can make an impact in the community — locally and across the globe. You will work with a fun culture of people and enjoy many of the benefits and opportunities the YMCA offers:

  • Complimentary YMCA Calgary membership including a linked membership for dependent children.
  • Program discounts.
  • Ongoing leadership development and opportunities.
  • Leadership award opportunities.
  • Scholarship opportunities.
  • Paid recertification and training.

Job Purpose:

This position plays a vital role in YMCA Calgary’s mission to provide exceptional arts experiences to the community. By working closely with the Business ILT Department and the Asset ILT Department, the successful candidate will ensure that both theatres operated by YMCA Calgary are run smoothly and efficiently. With a focus on positive customer service and technical expertise, this position is an important part of YMCA Calgary’s commitment to belonging and meaningful experiences.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Oversees, safeguards, and operates the technical assets of the theatres, including but not limited to lighting, sound, AV, clear-com, and other equipment, for productions and events occurring in the theatres (both in-house and rentals).
  • Provide friendly guidance and supervision for theatre events, ensuring the client and all workers, volunteers, and patrons are operating safely and appropriately (per health and safety, fire regulations, and other protocols).
  • Liaises with clients, both internal and external, and YMCA staff to coordinate renter needs and schedules for all theatre-related events, and determine the necessary technical supports, including equipment, timing, and staffing.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, problem-solve, and work calmly under pressure.
  • Recruits, trains, supervises and assigns paid and/or volunteer technical staff.
  • Maintains and operates lighting, AV, and sound systems for productions and projects; assists renters with technical matters; troubleshoots and solves problems that may arise to ensure the best experience in the theatres.
  • Able to interpret CAD plans, plots, and schematics necessary for the facilitation of production requirements.
  • Able to work heights.
  • Ensures and/or undertakes the safe and appropriate rigging of all equipment, including overhead (including but not limited to lighting, AV, sound gear, draperies, etc.)
  • Monitors the condition of the theatres and related equipment including but not limited to lighting, sound, AV, rigging equipment, floor, walls, seating units, pianos, and other related equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints, and/or coordinates repair and replacement with Asset team; performs preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Assists with the preparation and control of related budgets (i.e., equipment, supplies, technical crew, production-related, other).
  • Effectively communicates within the YMCA and with clients.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the best delivery of customer/client experience.
  • Is available to work flexible hours, including irregular and extended hours, esp. evenings and weekends.


  • Experience working as a theatre technician, technical director for a theatre, and/or related education in the field.
  • Experience in providing positive and service-oriented client interactions is an asset.
  • Experience with programming and operation of lighting consoles (Element or similar)
  • Experience in live sound mixing, and with digital sound processing and related equipment (Yamaha TF3 or similar) and analogue consoles (Sound craft GB8 or similar).
  • Experience with AV equipment (Christie Digital 1-DLP or similar).
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for various events and performances.
  • Ability to plan, develop, schedule, and provide the technical support required for each event or performances.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of various groups, vendors, co-workers, others.
  • Knowledge of safe rigging practices.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office 365 including Office Suite, Teams, SharePoint, and One Drive.
  • Working knowledge of Vector works, Q-lab is an asset.
  • Efficient in PC and Mac operating systems
  • Organized with scheduling, staff communication, file organization and setting up systems to assist in the smooth operation of the theatre and its assets.
  • Fall protection certification.
  • Lift certification.
  • Standard First Aid and AED certification.
  • Evidence of a cleared police security clearance including a vulnerable sector search.
  • Three professional references required.

Working Conditions:

As the technical director, you will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse recreational facility, where you can use your skills and knowledge to help create unforgettable experiences for everyone. You will be an integral part of a team that collaborates across departments, and your contributions will help to bring the association’s vision to life.

Expected Hours of Work:

This is a 40 hour per-week position, and this position is non-exempt from the YMCA Calgary Lieu Time Agreement.

Physical Requirements

The Technical Director position may require moderate lifting, repetitive movements, and extended periods of standing, bending and walking. This position will be required to travel to other YMCA branches in Calgary regularly.

Our employees embody the YMCA values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. In addition, they model and are committed to the following competencies:

  • Developing Self and Others: Developing people with a view toward present and future capacity.
  • Building Purposeful Relationships: Relating to people authentically with their best in mind.
  • Creating a Culture of Community: Gathering people to purpose and vision.
  • Making Intentional Impact: Intending to make a difference every day.
  • Thinking and Acting Strategically: Applying thoughts, words, and actions in service to the vision.
  • Applying Business Acumen: Demonstrating excellence in technical skills and stewarding the YMCA Business Model.
  • Innovating: Ability to know your environment, initiate and respond effectively to changing conditions.

YMCA Calgary is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must have legal authorization to work in Canada by way of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residency or a valid Canadian work permit. YMCA Calgary is currently not engaged in international recruitment efforts as we are required to demonstrate that we have exhausted all means of recruitment both locally and nationally.

Potential candidates will only be contacted if selected for an interview.

All applications are to be submitted online but for any position specific concerns or questions, please email

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