SFOpera - Assistant Technical Director

Assistant Technical Director


To coordinate and oversee stagehand and technical work related to the construction, mounting, and running of San Francisco Opera productions.  



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred, or equivalent work experience.
  • Completion of an accredited VectorWorks and/or AutoCAD training course required (prior to or upon starting employment).


  • Minimum two to three (2 to 3) years technical theater experience.
  • Experience overseeing staff and stage crews.


  • Knowledge of: Shop and stage operations, scenic construction, and stage rigging, scenic painting and theatrical lighting; theater production and Opera repertoire.
  • Ability to travel for production and scene shop surveys.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, VectorWorks, AutoCAD; database skills desirable.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and exercise good judgment and initiative, while focusing on teamwork.
  • Ability to determine priorities as well as manage multiple, competing priorities successfully.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to interact with artists, staff, the public, and volunteers in a professional, confidential, and tactful manner.
  • Able to sit at a computer and/or production desk for over eight hours per day; see clearly in low-light situations such as are common backstage and in the theater; and walk on complex stage settings to accomplish the construction, rehearsal, and safe operations of productions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner.


  • Works with the Technical and Safety Director, Production Manager, and the Associate Technical & Facilities Director to determine technical design and requirements of designers and directors, as well as incoming productions and co-productions.
  • Assist in the review and coordination of productions with designers, directors, and Opera staff.
  • Assist in the preparation of bid documents and monitor construction and painting to ensure that productions are built within designers’ concept and San Francisco Opera budget.
  • Assist in the management of production installation and running of SF Opera productions on stage.
  • Generates, disseminates, and updates floor plans, sections, hanging plots, hang schedules, supporting documents for Stage Management and construction drawings.
  • Assist in the creation, dissemination, coordination, and oversight of the completion of production notes.
  • Transforms required materials into archival documents.
  • Represents production department at rehearsals as necessary.
  • Supports the on-stage safety program including, but not limited to, state and federally mandated safety programs and risk assessments.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with stagehand and scenic artist union Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • Provides logistical support for ALL shipping and receiving needs (i.e. international shipping, local drayage, small freight, incoming and outgoing co-productions/rentals).
  • Maintains inventory and database of all container storage and logistics, stock inventory, production information, production records, et al.


  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


E-mail required cover letter, job application, and résumé to [email protected] or fax to (415) 634-0203.  No phone calls please.  San Francisco Opera only retains résumés that are sent in response to specific, posted job openings.

Vaccination policy: San Francisco Opera has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, which requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID to perform work for the company or have been approved for an accommodation based on disability or sincerely held religious belief.  Within 24 hours of accepting a conditional offer of employment with SF Opera, individuals must either submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID or submit to the human resources department a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination policy. If proof of vaccination is not provided and a request for an exemption is either not submitted in the time frame stated or not granted, the conditional offer of employment will be null and void by its own terms as the condition will not have been fulfilled.  Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from SF Opera will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.

Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.




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