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Foundation for Jones Hall

About Jones Hall
Built in 1966, the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts is a multi-purpose performance venue in Houston that is the permanent home of the Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts. It is also rented frequently as a performance venue for concerts and presentations, as well as by schools and civic organizations for graduations, public ceremonies, and other special events. It welcomes more than 400,000 audience members every year.

Jones Hall has a maximum seating capacity of 2,912 seats, and can also be adjusted to provide a smaller configuration of 2,304 seats. It is owned by the City of Houston and operated by the Houston First Corporation, which contracts with the Foundation for Jones Hall (a nonprofit corporation) for backstage management. The Director of Backstage Operations is Charles (Chip) Purchase.

Position Overview
The Technical Director (TD) will report to the Director of Backstage Operations (DBO) and will have broad responsibilities that will include supporting the work of the Director and also managing the backstage operations in the Director’s absence and during hours when the Director is not on site. On days when evening performances are scheduled, a regular work schedule will require availability on evenings and weekends. The ability to work directly with the staffs of the Houston Symphony and Society for the Performing Arts, as well as with non-resident organizations, is of utmost importance. While the presenting organizations will manage their own productions, the Technical Director will need to work proactively to maximize efficiency and coordination between the organizations.

In addition to the technical aspects of the position, the Technical Director will be required to work well with a wide range of individuals in a positive and constructive way. The successful candidate will be someone who:
   • Has a minimum of 3 years of experience
   • Is highly organized
   • Is familiar with, or is dedicated to learning, best practices for backstage
     facility operations
   • Can solve problems resourcefully
   • Understands contracts, with a specific ability to interpret technical
   • Has experience with labor unions
   • Is competent in basic stagecraft, with knowledge of all areas of
   • Has a solid understanding and experience with all of the technical
     demands of productions: lighting, sound, set changes, etc.
   • Has a firm, kind, respectful, and calm manner, and can interact
     persuasively and decisively when dealing with others
   • Can manage issues quickly and effectively when required, but who is
     organized so that emergencies do not occur
   • Listens well, and communicates well in writing and verbally
   • Is dedicated to a culture of safety
   • Understands risk and is focused on mitigating occupational hazards and
     taking safety precautions
   • Is a proven, energetic team leader who can encourage and motivate
   • Has a sense of humor

A knowledge of Jones Hall, its systems and contractors, and/or the organizations involved in the use and management of the Hall would be helpful but is not required; and we encourage candidates to apply whether or not they are acquainted with the facility. Organizations involved in use and management of the Hall today include Houston First Corporation, the City of Houston, Houston Symphony, Society for the Performing Arts, Andy Frain Security, TD Industries, and the IATSE.

This position is a full-time exempt positon with benefits. While it involves supervisory responsibilities, it is also a hands-on, “working” position. The Technical Director will be asked to work during scheduled hours in support of all Jones Hall performances for all presenting organizations, but the scope of responsibilities may be adjusted in accordance with the presenters’ collective bargaining agreement with various labor unions.

This is a temporary position. Jones Hall is scheduled for renovation beginning as early as 2020, and this position will not be retained during the renovation.

The Foundation for Jones Hall does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin. The salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.

Please apply by sending an email with a resume or summary of qualifications, salary requirements, and three references to Patricia Lawson at no later than August 15, 2017. Questions can be asked via email as well – but no phone calls, please.