Production/Technical Director
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas

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Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities - from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:

Campus Services, comprised of SMU Hospitality (Dining and Catering), Conference and Event Services, Parking and Id Card Services, Mail and Copy Central, SMU's Bookstore, and SMU Child Care Center, largely fund their operations through revenue generated from the sales of goods and services. In addition, Campus Services also contributes significantly to the bottom line of SMU's operating budget, and is committed to providing premier customer service, increasing revenues and decreasing expenses, and sustaining operational excellence. For more information, visit our web site at:

Conference and Event Services, a division of Campus Services, manages camps and conferences throughout campus, McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, as well as non-athletic events in Moody Coliseum and the Miller Event Center.

For more information on Moody Coliseum and Miller Event Center please visit:

For more information on McFarlin Memorial Auditorium please visit:

About the Position:

The Technical Director will lead all technical/back of house production efforts on behalf of all events occurring in McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, with a capacity of 2,386 as well as all non-athletic events in Moody Coliseum a 5,000-seat venue. This includes professionally interacting with clients on all technical needs, ability to function as Lead Audio Engineer or Lighting Director during shows, hosting meetings/tours/walk-throughs, hiring/scheduling/managing stage crew, determining pricing and invoicing for services & acting as manager on duty during rehearsals and technical load-ins. Provide oversight of all back of house areas, maintain an inventory of all technical/stage equipment, make recommendations for maintenance, repairs, purchases, rentals, supply orders, etc.
Current high event season is April - June, August and December. Candidate should expect to work extended hours and days during the busy season.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage technical/production planning in collaboration with clients for all events at McFarlin. Hire,schedule and manage crew for all rehearsals, load-ins/load-outs, and performances, which would include sound engineer, lighting director and general stage hands. Guide/assist client to reach goal of having high quality, professional event with a stellar back of house and technical experience.
  • Manage all technical/stage equipment, including providing an annual inventory, scheduling of annual cleanings, and making recommendations on equipment maintenance, repairs, replacements, rentals, etc.
  • Act as manager on duty during all rehearsals, load-ins, load-outs and performances which includes enforcement of building policies/procedures and addressing any needs or questions that arise. This would also include making sure equipment/lights are turned off, locked up, and the building locked down.
  • Responsible for procuring vendor invoices and creating client back of house invoicing for technical services, staffing and any rental items at McFarlin & Moody.
  • Attend event planning meetings from a production/technical standpoint, review riders, communicate with clients, meet with supervisor to discuss issues, concerns, and details of each event.
  • Maintain and submit an updated technical information packet on as needed basis (at least once a year) including a light plot, lighting specs, sound specs, general house specs, inventory list, rental item list. Also maintain a repair directory for all stage/technical equipment for who to call when something breaks and be on-site during repairs/assessments to provide information and assistance.
  • Supervise all stage areas (including stage, fly floors, dressing rooms and other backstage rooms) ensuring reset before/after each event. Keep backstage storage areas organized to help maintain accurate inventory of technical items. Provide access for vendors, stage deliveries, & clients at load-in's. Check in/out keys as required for stage crew for each event and maintain key inventory.
  • Utilize technical expertise to serve as lighting or sound operator for all small to medium shows in McFarlin Auditorium.
  • Act as Production Director for all non-athletic events at Moody Coliseum & Miller Event Center. This includes planning for all production efforts, supervising production/technical staff and assisting any outside technical vendors. This would be in addition to acting as manager on duty from the load-in through the load-out process.
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

Associate's is required. Bachelor' degree in a field of study in theater production, event production, technical direction, or related field is preferred.

A minimum of five (5) years of experience is required. Candidate with experience as a production manager, technical director, or stage manager in addition to experience as a sound engineer, lighting designer/coordinator, rigger, etc. within event industry is desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate the ability to run a light board, sound board, fly floors, review technical riders, answer technical questions, manage staff, interact with clients, and serve as technical point of contact for all shows at McFarlin and non-athletic events at Moody Coliseum. Candidate with lighting designers with technical director experience is preferred.

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

Required Software Skills:

Required knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point. Strongly preferred experience with PC and Apple products, projectors, DVD players, sound stacks, sound board, lighting board, spotlights.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Bend, crawl, squat, and stand
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Walk for long distances
  • Push/Pull
  • Handle objects
Deadline to Apply:

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by August, 5, 2022.

Deadline to apply: August 20, 2022

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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