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Technical Director (Contract Position)

BlackHouse is an event production agency that creates experiences that spark connection.  We live to turn four blank walls into an immersive experience and produce events that make memories worth framing. We provide innovative solutions, fresh designs, and comprehensive production services for brands, corporations, media agencies and non-profit organizations.  Our tribe bridges the gap between ideation and execution, and brings together the best creatives and partners for each event. We offer a dynamic work environment, and an opportunity to grow with a group of passionate individuals who love their craft, and be fully immersed in production life.

Job Description: BlackHouse​ is looking for an experienced freelance Technical Director for contract based Event Production Projects.  The Technical Director is responsible for the management and execution of all technical production deliverables throughout scope and design, budgeting, pre-production, on-site, and post-production stages of an event. The Technical Director is solely responsible for the management of the technical production budget, all CAD drawings, equipment gear lists, technical production labor positions. The Technical Director will report to the Director of Technical Production and work on events as assigned.  The ideal candidate will be interested in a career in events and production and will be comfortable dealing directly with a diverse clientele and working remotely and at the BlackHouse office.  Candidate must be able to multitask in a fast-paced environment, meet quick deadlines, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills to liaise clearly and effectively with clients and founders.

Scope & Workflow  

  • Collaborate with the Account Manager & Event Producer in determining event scope and design deliverable timeline based on proposed budgets and deadlines
  • Collaborate with internal teams to determine all technical production requirements
  • Work with creative and design teams to ensure progress, identify technical issues and provide solutions
  • Complete daily time tracking via Harvest
  • Maintain a professional standard and demeanor for all working situations (in office, on-site, remote/calls etc…)
  • Follow all company policies within the handbook as they relate to policy, procedure, and general conduct
  • Attend BlackHouse in office Orientation and On-boarding meetings
  • Attend post-production meetings as needed and complete post-production reports

Pre-Production Support

  • Attend client meetings, site visits, and vendor shop visits as needed
  • Draft & Distribute RFPs for technical services per BH Producer’s direction and solicit bids for pricing from selected vendors.
  • Maintain the contact list in Event Master Sheet  – Add the info for every vendor you solicit pricing from and include primary contact person’s info with email and phone number
  • File all quotes and documents from vendors to the google drive promptly and when emailing within BlackHouse team send documents by inserting a google drive link (instead of attaching a document).
  • Create CAD drawings of the event designs for each design proposed to determine specifications needed to solicit RFPs
  • Build and manage the technical production budget
  • Manage and or assist with all technical production position holds/bookings
  • Other special projects will arise with responsibilities as needed.

Onsite Support

  • Manage the load-in/load-out of all technical production equipment & scenic elements
  • Attend with onsite production meeting and technical rehearsals  
  • Work with Show Director, Stage Manager, Event Producer, Creatives and Account Manager to resolve any issues as they related to technical production as needed
  • Be on radio during installation/ strike and clear communication throughout event
  • Oversee all technical departments & vendors


  • A minimum of 5 years experience as a Technical Director for premium corporate and non-profit events
  • Highly advanced skills and knowledge of all technical production disciplines including; audio, video (projection/LED, media servers), lighting, rigging, power, internet/networking, scenic/carpentry, media server, screen switching
  • Highly advanced skills in Vector-works
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, with an emphasis on InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, is a plus
  • Strong skills required in Google Office Apps including Drive, Calendar, Zoom, Forms, Sheets, Slides Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Keynote, Gmail,
  • Extensive experience in maintaining positive relationships with technical production vendors and deep knowledge of market fair pricing on equipment and labor positions
  • Strong negotiation and reasoning skills
  • Must be comfortable managing a large team of skilled and highly experienced department leads
  • Ability to keep a professional demeanor in high-stress situations & maintain a proactive approach to overall project management
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed

Personal Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Multi-tasker with the ability to prioritize multiple requests and projects in fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Familiar with both Mac/PC
  • Ability to work in a group environment or independently, with little supervision
  • Self-starter with a roll up your sleeves type and adaptable attitude
  • Commitment and follow- through on delegated tasks
  • Willing to take initiative and resolve problems creatively and resourcefully
  • Results-oriented strategic and conceptual thinker
  • Must be passionate about event production life and willing to work hard