Brown University — Senior Technical Director

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About Brown:
Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity:
Brown University is undergoing a tremendous growth in the arts, with newly appointed leadership for the Brown Arts Institute, and the state of the art, one of a kind Lindemann Performing Arts Center scheduled to open in Fall 2023. Brown seeks to fulfill its ambitious vision for the arts as an integral presence throughout a liberal arts education. We believe the arts are fundamental to critical inquiry into the most important questions facing humanity around the world, and we support artists operating at the highest levels of their craft to inform, and be informed by, scholars in disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

We seek to hire a Senior Technical Director to join a growing team at the Brown Arts Institute (BAI). The Senior Technical Director reports to the Director of Design and Production and is responsible for all technical components of productions and programs taking place in BAI venues, including the Lindemann Performing Arts Center and the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.  The Senior Technical Director will have supervisory responsibilities over a growing technical team within the BAI that serves as a new collaborative service, guiding the production efforts of the University’s seven core arts departments affiliated with the BAI. Key responsibilities include technical direction of all BAI projects, as well as ensuring the safety and maintenance of installed and loose equipment. The Senior Technical Director will also serve as a source of guidance and advice to the arts departments, ensuring that productions across the arts are executed safely and to the highest professional standards.

An experienced, creative, and collaborative Senior Technical Director will play a pivotal role in the future success of the Brown Arts Institute. The Sr. Technical Director must enjoy collegial, collaborative relationships with the BAI Leadership Team, as well as its subordinate division leads. The Senior Technical Director, in addition to working with artists, will work closely with producers, curators, creative teams, Lindemann staff supervisors, students, faculty and technicians to oversee the technical production process.  Open lines of communication are of the utmost importance, as the BAI programs are vast, complex, and often politically sensitive.

Education and Experience:

  • Required:  BA or BFA
  • Preferred: BA or BFA in technical theater or related field
  • ETCP Certified Electrician. Certification may be obtained during the first year of employment
  • 7+ years in technical design and direction or related area
  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience


  • Strong Technical Design skills in performance-based disciplines to include theater, dance, opera, and music, including pop music technology
  • Extensive experience in CAD drafting using Vectorworks and AutoCAD
  • Proven scenic fabrication skills
  • Broad skill-set including experience in audio, video, lighting, and signal routing
  • Demonstrated competencies in professional artistic practice to appropriately communicate with a wide array of creative professionals (including faculty, visiting artists, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Ability to think strategically, with an eye to long-term planning
  • Proven verbal and written communication skills and a flexible style to successfully accommodate a broad range of individuals and developing priorities

Additional Information:
Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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Senior Technical Director

Brown Arts Institute

Grade 11

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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EEO Statement:
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