Venues Production Chargehand

U of A, Students' Union

Posted 10-Jan-2017

Application Deadline


Minimum Education Required


Area(s) of Study


Duration and Term

  • Permanent -- Full Time


3429 / month

Job Status


Job Description

Responsible to the Manager – Programming & Venues, and under the supervision of the Technical Director,the Production Chargehand is responsible for the successful day-of-show operation of the Horowitz Theatre and additional Students’’ Union venues for varying levels of entertainment events. Flexibility and the ability to adapt and work in varying production capacities as well as effective communication skills and time management is integral to the position. Supervision and an understanding of all stagecraft and technical departments will be required. The specialization in one of the following areas will be required: Audio, Stage Management, Electrics.



  1. Assemble, deploy, and operate sound and/or lighting systems for all rentals to specific requirements set by the client contract. Amenable to the changing needs of clients during a rental, working to best meet the needs of the client, while balancing the best interests of the Horowitz and Students’ Union
  2. Ensure that Theatre productions are conducted following applicable house and program policies.
  3. To supervise and where appropriate carry out all preventative maintenance programs relating to all Students’ Union production equipment, including tools, properties, and accessories.Also involved with emergency equipment repair including, but not limited to, carpentry, painting, electrical and general cleaning and maintenance.
  4. Supervise and delegate to technical staff in the areas of production, during both maintenance and rental shifts in the absent of the Technical Director. Act as a training resource for technical staff as required.
  5. Limited supervision of Front of House staff as required.
  6. Assist in shipping and receiving of capital, supply and rental items.
  7. To monitor and maintain an inventory of all equipment and necessary supplies.  To ensure that inventory is maintained and controlled in an organized manner including supplies, tools and special maintenance requirements.
  8. Ensuring day-to-day compliance with existing safety regulations and building policies.
  9. Supervise, assist and advise clients to ensure that their needs are met within the terms of their contract while ensuring that theatre, building and campus policies, rules and safety regulations are adhered to.
  10. Report and advise on client use time, problems and concerns.
  11. To perform construction, renovation, maintenance and repair of Students’ Union Venues (including building, furniture and equipment) as directed.
  12. General caretaking of theatre areas as required.
  13. Pick up supplies when required.
  14. Work with other departments to ensure their entertainment technical needs are being met, including but not limited to SU Bars
  15. To perform other job related duties within the bounds of the required qualifications as coordinated by the Manager – Programming & Venues, the Technical Director, or other venue Operations Managers.


  1. Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of client types ranging from amateurs to professionals, touring productions to local shows, student and university groups.
  2. Ability to deal effectively with staff, students and general public.
  3. Completion of a level of education equivalent to Alberta Grade XII, also a diploma in Technical Theatre Arts would be desirable along with sufficient years of experience related to the business.
  4. Knowledge and ability in the setup interfacing and operation of sophisticated audio/lighting systems for diverse production situations. General theatre knowledge, maintenance and repair skills.  Up-to date knowledge of production techniques and equipment.
  5. Up-to-date knowledge of production techniques and equipment.
  6. Good physical condition.
  7. Extensive experience in operation of sound and/or stage lighting systems and/or staging and stage management.
  8. Expertise in the use of hand and power tools for carpentry, electrical and mechanical repairs/maintenance.
  9. Ability to work in an organized, independent manner.
  10. Drivers license following the guidelines set by the insurance company.
  11. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  12. Good organization skills. 



  • A shift schedule involving extreme variation in the number of shifts and hours per shift, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime to meet the needs of clients and show promoters.
  • Standard risks and physical requirements encountered in the entertainment theatre industry
  • Due to the limited bookings in the months of June, July and August, the employee will be required to take time off during the months mentioned in the following order: accrued time off, remaining vacation days, unpaid leave of absent, layoff. The shutdown period for the theatre will be coordinated at least two months in advance. 



  • Students' Union, University of Alberta

Application Requirements

  • Please include a covering letter.
  • Please submit a CV.

Application Instructions

You may apply for this position through any of the means below.

Contact Information

Brennan Murphy
(780) 492-1480