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Theatre Technician

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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 where thousands of children, youth and adults access our programs and facilities. We are much more than a gym, pool, and recreational facility—we strive to adapt to community needs and ensure that our programs and facilities can be accessed by all who need them. YMCA Calgary staff firmly believe that they are creating a positive impact in the community through their work at the Y. In our work, we deliver health and wellness programs, community outreach, aboriginal programs, newcomer programs, day and overnight camping, outdoor schools, leadership development, childcare, and much more.

We serve diverse community needs through the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA, Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot, Shawnessy YMCA, South Health Campus YMCA, Community YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA, Remington YMCA, and Camp Chief Hector YMCA. The YMCA also operates a stand-alone childcare centre in Quarry Park to serve 348 children… and we are only just getting started. In partnership with the City of Calgary, we will expand our impact operating new facilities Shane Homes YMCA in Rocky Ridge and Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton. These amazing new spaces will help us reach more people through our passionate volunteers, members, and staff.

At YMCA Calgary we are passionate about our work and know that we are creating a positive impact in the community. Our staff feel welcomed from the first day they start and quickly feel a sense of belonging here at the Y. If you are looking to care deeply about your work, make the community a better place, and develop your leadership skills this is the place for you!

Role: Theatre Technician (part-time)
Location: Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton
Start Date: December 2018
Compensation: $19 – $22 per hour

The Arts Department at the YMCA Calgary is a new development created to better serve our communities, we are dedicated to offering our communities quality opportunities to develop and grow creatively—a vital part of any healthy and thriving community.

YMCA Calgary also offers multiple other perks and benefits:

  • Complimentary YMCA Calgary membership including a linked membership for dependent children.
  • Program discounts.
  • Ongoing leadership development and opportunities.
  • Leadership award opportunities.
  • Scholarship opportunities.
  • Paid re-certification and training.
What qualifications are we looking for?

At YMCA Calgary we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals. The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Experience working as a theatre technician and/or related education in the field.
  • Experience with programming and operation of lighting consoles (element or similar).
  • Experience in live sound mixing.
  • Experience with digital sound processing and related equipment (Yamaha TF3 or similar) and analogue consoles (Soundcraft GB8 or similar).
  • Experience with AV equipment (Panasonic PTDz870 or similar).
  • Computer literacy in Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of safe rigging practices.
  • Experience working with and running crews.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Organizational and scheduling skills.
  • Working knowledge of Vectorworks is an asset.
  • Fall protection certification (YMCA will provide training opportunities for re-certification as/if needed).
  • Current Standard First Aid and AED certification required (YMCA will provide training opportunities for re-certification, as/if needed).
  • Evidence of a cleared police security clearance including a vulnerable sector search.
  • Three professional references required.
What does this role look like at YMCA Calgary?

Reporting to the Technical Director, this position will be responsible for the effective operation of lighting, sound, video, rigging, set and stage management at the Seton YMCA Theatre. The technician will act as a primary liaison with clients for the duration of their rental period, and will be responsible for the technical components of rentals and special events in the theatre. The position will also be expected to be knowledgeable of and implement protocols and practices that support the appropriate use and care of the performance space, especially as it relates to safety practices, as well as care of the equipment and of the space itself.

The Theatre Technician will be working within a major recreational facility; work will occur primarily within and around the black box theatre, but may also occur within traditional office settings and throughout the department including the visual arts studios, fitness/dance studios, art gallery space(s), lobbies and occasionally outdoor locations. The work schedule is very flexible, with many evening and weekend hours required.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Oversees and operates House equipment (lighting, sound, AV, clearcom, other) for productions and events occurring in the theatre (both in-house and rentals).
  • 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).
  • Supervises and assists with load in and strike, as required.
  • Supervises the event, ensuring the client and all workers, volunteers, patrons are operating safely and appropriately (per health and safety, fire regulations, and other protocols).
  • Undertakes the hanging, rigging, patching, testing, focusing, required for lighting, sound, AV, other event/production needs.
  • Provides design input for house hang, ensures/undertakes the restoration of the house to house hang position as required.
  • Troubleshoots and solves minor problems that may arise during technical rehearsals, set up, and performances.
  • Ensures spaces and equipment are being treated safely, and appropriately.
  • Effectively communicates in a variety of settings.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the best delivery of customer/client experience, consistency in program offerings etc.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
What qualities do we look for in YMCA Calgary Staff and Volunteers?

Our staff model and are committed to the following competencies:

Developing the 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.


  • Ability to know your environment, initiate and respond effectively to changing conditions.

Please note that evidence of a clear Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Search is a requirement.

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.

For any concerns, questions or to submit your cover letter and resume, please contact Ashir Ramji, Technical Director at