Associate Technical Director

Associate Technical Director

CATEGORY: Technical

RWS Entertainment Group
Long Island City, NY 11101

Job Details


RWS Entertainment Group is a full service, worldwide production company that provides the very best in custom-designed as well as pre-packaged events and live shows for corporations, theme parks, cruise ships, resorts, and the fashion industry. Established in 2003, RWS Entertainment Group was built from the ground up through the dedication and devotion of a hard-working team. We have experienced continued growth embracing our mission, Raise Your Experience.

Who we’re looking for…

RWS Entertainment Group is currently seeking an Associate Technical Director to join our team of world-class designers and production staff.

About the role…

The ideal candidate will be responsible for supporting the in-house scenic and event designers in all technical aspects of the production process. This role is part administrative and part hands-on and will act as point person for scenic shops and other vendors and will manage the details needed to ensure the successful and safe installation of all productions and events. 

What’s expected…

  • Ensure all technical aspects of the production work smoothly, efficiently, and safely.
  • Coordination between the artistic, technical and production management departments within RWS as well as clients and vendors.
  • Convert designs into CAD drafting to translate the designer’s vision to a build shop and working construction drawings for scene shop bids and builds as necessary.
  • Coordinate the schedules of the design and creative teams for the timely execution of the install process.
  • Manage projects effectively within a given budget.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with vendors, co-workers and clients.
  • Continuously remain on the cutting edge of design, technology, rigging and safety practices and regulations. 
  • Being responsible for reading rehearsal schedules, facilities calendars, show and rehearsal reports and responding in a timely fashion, including following up on applicable details/notes and communicating with stage management, other department supervisors, and staff as appropriate.
  • Understanding that the position may require extensive traveling with evening and weekend responsibilities depending on production schedules.

Please Note: While this is intended to be an accurate description of the job, this is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the position, and may require that other or different tasks be performed as necessary and assigned.

What you bring…

  • A minimum BFA/BA degree in Theatrical Technical Direction or comparable professional experience
  • Experience in the entertainment, experience, and live event production industry
  • The ability to create floor plans, two and three-dimensional design models, and technical drawings
  • An extensive knowledge of safe theatrical and event construction and rigging practices and regulations
  • A working knowledge of all technical elements associated with lighting, sound, and video production and installation
  • Expertise with power tools, ladders, lifts and electricity
  • The ability to analyze technical riders and specifications, and advise on best practices for our clients
  • The ability to build and manage budgets and cost estimates for a wide range of clients and price points
  • The ability to train and supervise staff and over-hire crew in preparation for builds, load-in, running, maintaining, striking, and removing/storing scenic elements of productions
  • The ability to offer analysis and decisiveness when making decisions 
  • The ability to negotiate with vendors and discover creative solutions to keep projects on target and within budget parameters
  • Demonstrated strategic, critical thinking and problem-solving skills which exemplify the ability to identify issues or challenges and find a reasonable solution
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, calmly and effectively execute under tight deadlines, manage multiple projects, and work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Strong organization skills, exceptional attention to detail, safety, and excellent analytical, verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent project management skills with demonstrated ability to monitor and manage multiple priorities, and meet timelines on large projects from inception through completion
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to quickly develop trusting, productive relationships with clients, vendors, staff and all partners
  • Willingness to "roll up your sleeves" and get into the details as a team player with a "get things done" proactive attitude
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office, iWork, and Vectorworks applications
  • Loyalty, passion, and integrity
  • Self-motivation with the ability to work independently

What we bring...

  • Progressive PTO plan
  • Health benefits – Medical, Dental and Vision
  • 401K with company match
  • Commuter benefits
  • Paid parental leave
  • Employee Enrichment Program
  • CitiBike membership
  • Pet-friendly office
  • When available, complimentary tickets to Broadway/Off-Broadway shows and industry events

At RWS, we believe our bold makers and mold breakers can come from any background. Our stage is open to all applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. RWS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


February 24, 2020 -