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DFPA Event Technician

Company: Bowie State University
Location: Bowie
Posted on: September 14, 2023

Job Description:

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Position Title
DFPA Event Technician

Class Title

Regular or Contingent II
Regular (PIN)

Desired Start Date


$45,000 - $50,000

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the activities and events in the Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA).
  • Reports to and works primarily with the Technical Director and to the DFPA Chairperson and other FPAC staff to ensure successful execution of sponsored, academic and departmental events primarily but not limited to concerts, recitals, musical and theatrical performances, conferences, screenings, panels, workshops, exhibitions, presentations and lectures and related campus events and activities in the FPAC.
  • Works with DFPA Chairperson, DFPA faculty/staff and BSU Auxiliary Services/Event and Conferences Services as well as BSU-wide campus and community groups to coordinate and determine needs for successful execution of their events held in the Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC).
  • Coordinates with DFPA Chairperson and Technical Director with maintaining an approved and consistent work schedule (physical and virtual) as well as availability for events.
  • Works with the Technical Director, DFPA Chairperson and Event and Conferences Services to determine sound, lighting, and labor needs for supported events and performs any necessary pre-event support and post-show strike for events in FPAC
  • Supervises student or support event crew (as necessary) in FPAC spaces and in consultation with the Technical Director, DFPA Chairperson, DFPA Faculty and BSU Auxiliary Services/Event and Conferences Services.
  • Is present on-site for the support and the successful execution of events, activities, performances, presentations and acts as a crew member or technician for these events including troubleshooting and support of audio-visual presentations, performances, lectures; and virtual events supporting any technical needs as requested by the Technical Director and DFPA Chairperson.
  • Coordinates and works with the DFPA Chairperson, DFPA Faculty, Staff and Administration, Technical Director and BSU Conference Services for the support of scheduled and approved events, performances and activities in the FPAC both physical (in-person) and/or virtual (as necessary).
  • Ensures all events adhere to safety guidelines, COVID-19 guidelines (social distancing, PPE, etc.), fire codes and helps to support equipment in the performance spaces of the FPAC.
  • Remains abreast of training, research of technology, equipment, virtual/streaming as needed to support events related to DFPA and FPAC. Minimum Qualifications
    These are the job duties for required of the position

    • A High school diploma or GED required.
    • Bachelor's degree (preferred) in theatrical, musical, live production, performance; theatre arts, events or related field. Experience
      • A minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in live, theatrical, musical and performance and/or corporate events and support
      • Event coordination and support experience is required.
      • Experience reading and fulfilling technical riders for events; troubleshooting sound, video, and lighting systems during events; working as a crew chief preferred; working with Aviom, Strand, and Yamaha LS-9 preferred.
      • Experience in virtual and live streaming of performances, presentations and events is desirable. Knowledge Skills and Abilities
        • Knowledge of event management systems such as Ad-Astra and others.
        • Knowledge of Qlab, PowerPoint and other projection, performance and presentation software.
        • Advanced knowledge of lighting, sound, audio-visual equipment, presentations, technology and software for a variety of live, theatrical, musical and performance genres; digital sound boards and systems;
        • Knowledge of stage lighting hang and focus, lighting systems; mics, stands, supports, video/image projection systems; screens, display monitors and counterweight rigging systems.
        • Ability to work with height and challenging environments. Theatre stage spaces, including fly loft, catwalks, loading galleries, grid, storage spaces, and office areas.
        • Schedule has variable hours, including evenings and weekends.
        • Must be courteous and collaborative.

          Conditions of Employment

          Please be advised, COVID-19 vaccinations are not required but encouraged for faculty and staff to be employed at Bowie State University. This protocol is subject to change.

          The Event Technician should work with supervisor, the DFPA Chairperson to ensure an average of 40 hours/week. Must be available to work variable hours/days, which includes evenings and weekend as needed for various BSU/DFPA/FPAC related and external events and in support of academic courses for presentation, teaching and performance in FPAC spaces stated. Must keep and maintain a schedule approved by DFPA Chairperson and to support for FPAC/DFPA based events and activities be they physical or virtual. Of course, these events require proper advance notice and are subject to approval by the DFPA Chairperson and are dependent upon staff availability and any technical space or equipment limitations or restrictions in the FPAC.

          PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Highly physical work, including frequent lifting (up to 25-50 pounds), construction, reaching, bending and twisting. Ability to work with height and challenging environments. Theatre stage spaces, including fly loft, catwalks, loading galleries, grid, storage spaces, and office areas.


          This is a Union position.

          Bowie State University offers an excellent benefits package! This includes tuition remission including eligible dependents; choice of medical/vision plans, Carefirst BC/BS, United Health Care and Kaiser plans, dental, prescription, and life insurance, training and development, EAP; and as eligible generous leave package including sick/bereavement, annual, personal; and winter and spring breaks.

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