Assistant Technical Director, Performing Arts

Staff / Full-Time

Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA

Founded in 1866, Noble and Greenough School is an academic community dedicated to student growth and self-discovery. Nobles inspires students to achieve their highest potential and to lead lives characterized by service to others. One of the school’s deepest values is “relationship before task”—a belief that excellence is built on community and connection. Nobles is committed to creating a learning environment that represents diversity of race, gender identities, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, background, experience, and perspective. Doing so is intrinsic to our mission and improves the educational experience for all.

Noble and Greenough School seeks a full-time Assistant Technical Director to join the performing arts department. This position may also provide technical support for a physics lab as needed. Each year, the performing arts department (theatre, dance, instrumental, and vocal music) produces five to six theatre productions, one or two dance concerts, and six to eight music performances. The science department runs two single-semester project-based physics/engineering courses, which challenge students to design, prototype, construct, and troubleshoot.

 This person will work under the supervision of the Director of Technical Theatre and Design (DTTD), head of the performing arts department, and director of theatre to support the yearly slate of productions, performances, and events in theatre spaces.

The Assistant Technical Director works directly with the DTTD to ensure the proper operation of the Nobles theatre and auditorium spaces and the scene shop, overseeing the staging, scenic, rigging, and soft goods needs of department productions and projects. 

Responsibilities include:

  • In coordination with the DTTD, ensures that scenic elements are built according to specifications, on schedule, safely, and in 
  • support of learning objectives during the academic day and Afternoon Program.
  • Assisting in daily shop prep for and construction of productions, including picking up rentals and other materials, maintaining equipment, and promoting safe, clean, and efficient working conditions 
  • Maintaining the inventory, placing orders, and prepping for load-in and strike of shows Serving as a secondary instructor for stagecraft and design classes as well as the technical theatre afternoon program to ensure proper technique and safety standards for all students 
  • Assisting in training and supervising students on proper equipment protocols, communicating and enforcing safety procedures in scenery/electrics/rigging, and teaching the necessary skills and procedures for the construction and finishing of scenery and properties
  • Providing instructional and mentoring support to students
  •  Supporting the technical needs of the performing arts program, including music and dance concerts and schoolwide events. Duties often include Saturday/weekend work calls and evening technical rehearsals, concerts, and support at performances of our theatrical productions. Physically supporting the safe management of space, materials, and project work in the physics lab 
  • Other duties as assigned 


 Physical Demands:

  • Comfort working on ladders/ scissor lifts/ personal lifts 
  • Ability to regularly lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Ability to move and manipulate ladders and other large objects
  • Ability to easily climb stairs and ladders
  • Comfort working at heights of over 5’-0”
  • Vision requirements: Full-color vision and depth perception
  • Ability to distinguish sounds and hear well in a noisy environment


  • Minimum one to three years of relevant professional experience, including project and crew management
  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre or related field. MFA preferred, other MFA disciplines, or commensurate professional experience also considered
  • Availability to work some nights, weekends, and possible holidays, as scheduled in advance with the director of technical theatre and design 
  • In possession of a valid driver’s license 
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S.A. to be considered and satisfactorily pass required state and national background checks

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of theatre drafting standards
  • Understanding of scenic construction techniques
  • Rigging experience and skills; experience with rigging in a dead-hung space, a plus
  • Skills in crew management and scheduling
  • Creative problem solving
  • Shop and inventory management and organization
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD, Vectorworks
  • Finer woodworking, furniture, and house construction knowledge a plus
  • Compliance with and supervision of safe workshop practices


Desired Skills:

  • Metalworking abilities, especially welding, are a plus
  • Ability to visually inspect and direct color-matching efforts
  • Capability to assist with paint as needed
  • Carving and sculpting foam and other media a plus
  • Knowledge of general stage electrics (lighting/video)
  • Experience using and programming ETC Eos Consoles and Dimmers
  • Basic understanding of sound console usage or mixing, a plus
  • Experience using Lightwright and QLab


People of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, religious minorities, and members of other historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.  To apply, please complete the online application and upload a resume with a cover letter addressed to Daniel Halperin, Director of Theatre, 

Noble and Greenough School

Dedham, MA
Middle School, High School
Day, Boarding
All Gender