OZ Arts | Technical Director

Status: Full-time with expectation to work some nights and weekends

Reports to: Production Manager

About: OZ Arts is a 501c3 non-profit, contemporary arts center housed in the former CAO cigar headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. Utilizing the flexible, newly- renovated 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse and surrounding 5 acres of manicured grounds at OZ, the organization presents artworks from a variety of disciplines by local, national and international artists. Since opening to the public in 2014, OZ Arts has contributed to the expanding cultural landscape of the Mid-South region by offering an intimate context for performing and visual art programs that challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences.

Mission: OZ Arts supports the creation, development, and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by leading artists whose contribution influences the advancement of their field.

Summary: The Technical Director works with OZ Arts Production Manager, Artistic Director and other staff to support the artistic programs, both on and off-site, ensuring the delivery of world class standard presentations with the highest caliber of safety, technical and logistical procedures specific to artists, audiences and staff. The Technical Director is responsible for conducting research, producing technical drawings, managing crew and overseeing maintenance and upkeep of technical instruments as well as facility safety and operations. The Technical Director also operates as a liaison with clients and rental event coordinators at the OZ facility.

Responsibilities:

  • -  Assist OZ Arts’ Production Manager & Rental Event Coordinators in the analysis of the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, video, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production/event dates.

  • -  Operate, maintain and safeguard the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, video, communications equipment and the use and maintenance of stage facilities on a daily basis, including any supplementary rental equipment.

  • -  Co-design truss structures, set up, maintain, and operate lighting, video and sometimes basic sound systems for theatre, dance, music, visual art and other productions, projects and events as part of OZ Arts curatorial program or supporting events.

  • -  Assist guest designers and artists with specific technical needs as outlined by their riders and OZ Arts Production Management. (PM)

  • -  Work with OZ Arts Production Manager to determine cable runs for all technical components, lighting, video and sound, based on the technical specifications from touring shows and vendors needs to fulfill the task.

  • -  Assist in analysis of rigging load limitations, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show and supervise the implementation of approved technical designs.

  • -  Supervise and assist with set and stage construction and management on a daily basis.

  • -  Assist OZ Arts PM & Rental Event Coordinators in recruiting, training and assignment of tasks to paid technical overhire crew for individual shows and events.

  • -  Orient facility renters and visiting production personnel to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of the facilities operations; facilitate the use of the technical equipment by the visiting company and others engaged by or renting the facility.

  • -  Monitor the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, elevated work platforms and rigging equipment; arrange for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints and in consideration of the presentation calendar; perform preventive maintenance on equipment.

  • -  Make recommendations to the OZ Arts PM regarding capital purchases of technical equipment.

  • -  Maintain technical inventory and oversee the ordering of specialized supplies, maintenance weeks to clean all equipment and have specialists re-certify equipment (e.g. scissor lifts, chain motors).

  • -  Run crews, oversee load-ins/outs, operate consoles as needed for rehearsals and shows, assist OZ Arts PM to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of the mounting of the show/event and reconcile weekly time sheets with the PM for processing overhire crew payment.

  • -  Assist the CFO/Operations & Facility Manager with reasonable knowledge and assistance on overseeing the grounds management, when necessary communicate with vendors (landscape gardeners, plumbers, maintenance crews, pest control, etc.) to ensure continuous, optimal, safe and clean presentation of

Qualifications:

facilities and grounds, help with general maintenance of the facility (e.g. replace light bulbs), help with common day to day building issues that may occur and need attention to, help identify suitable vendor/s to solve issues if they can not be fixed internally.

  • -  Liaise with OZ Arts Staff & Rental Event Coordinators and vendors to confirm programming and event schedules in advance for grounds upkeep, including sprinkler irrigation system on/off according to these schedules.

  • -  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in performance or art-related field.

  • -  Proficiency in CAD or Vectorworks programs

  • -  Suitable level of experience on ETC - ION lighting console

  • -  Ability to analyze and evaluate technical support needs for variety of events and

    performances

  • -  Proven high level knowledge of safe, code, power tie in and distribution

  • -  Assist in planning, developing, scheduling and providing the technical support

    required for each event or performance

  • -  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing for effective working

    relationships with vendors, co-workers, sponsors, and others.

  • -  Ability to listen, ask questions and implement accordingly.

  • -  Proficiency in set design and construction

  • -  Proficiency in lighting design

  • -  Basic knowledge of sound and video systems, at a minimum

  • -  Experience overseeing stage crews and volunteers

  • -  Skills to perform minor repairs and execute preventative maintenance on

    equipment

  • -  Ability to maintain inventory of necessary supplies

  • -  Maintain irregular and extended working hours

  • -  Able to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 lbs. using appropriate tools.

  • -  Ability to perform tasks at elevated heights/ on elevated platform.

  • -  Passion for the arts.

The succesful candidate will enjoy taking an enthusiastic, positive approach to working within a small, mission-driven organization. They will have the ability to work collaboratively, and possess strong written and verbal communication, technical, and organizational skills. The Technical Director will also have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, be able to work under pressure at times and handle confidential matters with discretion. A tenet of this role is to assist in bringing to fruition, the dreams and aspirations of the founders, the executives and the artists of OZ Arts Nashville.

Schedule:

Flexible work week with expectation to work some nights and weekends.

Compensation:
OZ Arts will negotiate a full-time salary commensurate with experience and capacity. PTO plan and benefits to be discussed with candidates at time of interview

Interested candidates should send their resume, including two professional references, to program@ozartsnashville.org.

As a recent 501(c)3 contemporary arts institution in the midsouth region, OZ Arts' particular style of programming has begun to transform the cultural landscape of Nashville. Utilizing the venue's flexibility, OZ Arts presentsthe work of leading artists from around the world, offeringanintimate context for performing and visual art programs that challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences.

OZ Arts also serves as a catalyst for local creativity through a program called TNT (Thursday Night Things). TNT is a quarterly series of unexpected collaborations with Nashville-based artists from varying creative disciplines. OZ Arts' "blank slate" provides a platform onto which these artists can create, develop and present a one-time-only event that would traditionally not be seen in a white wall gallery or proscenium theatre.

OZ Arts is located in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family. Their generosity provided the seed money that breathed new life into the column-free, 10,000 square-foot space nestled amidst artfully landscaped grounds.