Assistant Theater Technical Director
Reston Community Center
Job Overview

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Reston Community Center (RCC) is seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals who are eager to support professional touring artists, community-based arts organizations and arts education programs in the professionally equipped and managed CenterStage venue at RCC Hunters Woods. Successful candidates will possess extensive knowledge of current practice in lighting, sound, and related equipment systems, as well as be able to fulfill backstage and production office roles for RCC’s multi-faceted arts programs.

Responsibilities also include offsite technical support for concerts and events RCC programs throughout the community or in other facility spaces at its two buildings: RCC Hunters Woods and RCC Lake Anne. Abilities to interface with artists and participants of all backgrounds and to maintain the highest standards of safety are required.

Schedule: Work shifts vary due to theatre schedule and programming, and includes day, night, and weekend shifts. Occasionally overtime with supervisor approval, due to workload and scheduled events.

Illustrative Duties

  • Supervises the work of the scene shop staff, including professional and volunteer carpenters, painters, riggers and property crafts-persons;
  • Controls inventory and maintenance of all scene shop tools and equipment;
  • Serves as master technician during stage performances including the technical installation of equipment;
  • Conducts training in all areas of technical theater work;
  • Performs or leads preventive and emergency maintenance on stage lighting instruments, cables and controls, sound system, and rigging system;
  • Assists the Technical Theater Director in developing designs for lighting, scenery, sound and stage effects by creating technical drawings of construction details and lighting plots;
  • Assists the supervisor during health and safety inspections, and regularly enforces applicable codes for theatrical technical operations.
  • Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
    Knowledge of the techniques of theater technical operations including rigging, sound systems, lighting and set construction;
  • Ability to train and supervise others;
  • Some knowledge of applicable safety codes and common hazards associated with theater technology;
  • Ability to create technical drawings for set construction details and lighting plots.

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; plus formal training in the theater arts, and two years of technical theatrical experience involving work with lighting, sound and stage sets.

Lift Pro Mobile Elevating Work Platform Operator Training (Required within 12 months)


All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check and Child Protective Services Registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre, theatre arts, arts management or a related field; plus four years of technical theatre on-the-job experience, including two years of supervisory experience.
Knowledge of Yamaha or similar digital sound consoles and Dante systems, ETC or similar lighting consoles and systems, LED equipment and systems, QLab Live Show Control, Vectorworks, Lightwright, Lift Pro Mobile Elevating Work Platform Operator Training (required within 12 months).
Proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Experience with using power and hand tools.
Ability to perform calmly and make decisions during stressful situations.

Work may require considerable strenuous physical exertion, such as frequent climbing of tall ladders and stairs, lifting and pulling. Employee will be required to do some walking, standing, bending and carrying/lifting items up to 50 pounds in weight. Requires manual dexterity and flexibility of limbs, balance and ability to withstand heights up to 50 feet. Requires excellent hearing and vision. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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