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Technical Theatre Director - Contractual Opportunity
Washington International School
Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary: $21 - $26 per hour
4 Year Degree
Reporting to the Middle and Upper School Principals and in collaboration with show directors and designers, the Theatre Technical Director is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of all WIS productions and concerts
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage pre and post production services.
Collaborate with show directors to create checklists, plans, timelines and drawings for design, build and strike for all productions and concerts.
Management of the booth, stage, shop, prop storage, scenic and costume storage.
Assist with International Baccalaureate (IB) exams/performance and recordings .
Use a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional and assessment methods to mentor and instruct students with an interest in technical theatre including work in the following areas: scenic construction, light hang/rigging, sound, and projections.
Supervise and maintain positive relationships with WIS employees, contracted labor, volunteers, parents and students.
Train certain students to be sound and lighting operators.
Establish and maintain standards of pupil behavior to achieve an effective learning atmosphere.
Practice regular, punctual attendance of instructional periods.
Ensure the safety of students, following supervision standards and guidelines in common areas.
Handle appropriately and professionally the supervision and/or re-direction of students.
Communicate in a timely, clear, and effective manner with students, parents, and colleagues, informally and formally.
Demonstrate a willingness to be available to students within contractual hours.
Attend meetings and events necessary for the productions.
Engage with students, colleagues, and parents to foster a sense of community.
Work with colleagues, management, and staff in a constructive, collaborative, and cooperative manner.
Represent WIS in a manner that reflects the Mission and the Core Beliefs of Learning.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Technical Theatre, Theatre Design or related field of study preferred.
Previous experience working with Middle and Upper School students is preferable.
Familiarity with current theatre software programs such as Qlab, Vectorworks, Google Apps, and hardware such as digital sound mixing board (Behringer “Wing”), Audio-Technica wireless mic system, Element light board.
Experience with set construction, lighting and sound operation.
Experience coordinating multiple ongoing projects
Calm under pressure.
Experience with the IB MYP and/or DP is preferable, but not required.
Valid driver’s license.
Able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
Passion for WIS’s mission.
Strong communication skills, a sense of humor, humility, and empathy.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Previous experience at an international school and/or cultural fluency derived from international experience is a plus
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.