La Jolla Playhouse
Electrics Supervisor

A word from Ben Seibert, Production Manager,
Becca Duhaime, Associate Production Manager,
and Eric Keen Louie, Executive Producer.

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Cambodian Rock Band, The Garden, Fly, Summer:  The Donna Summer Musical

Electrics Supervisor

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Electrics Supervisor

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: January 2022 (or ASAP)

SALARY RANGE: $68k-75k

BENEFITS:  

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage

  • 403b with Employer Match

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Flexible Spending Account

  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

  • Life Insurance

  • Paid Sick Leave (up to 2 weeks)

  • Vacation Leave (1st and 2nd yr = 2 wks | 3rd and 4th yr = 3 wks | 5th yr and beyond = 4 wks)

  • Complimentary, Standby, and Discounted Tickets to All Productions


Position Summary

 

Under the direction of the Production Manager, the Electrics Supervisor serves as a key member of La Jolla Playhouse’s Production Department. The position is expected to function independently in an environment conducive to the development of new work with changing priorities and detail-critical deadlines. The Electrics Supervisor works closely with and is responsible for managing projects from conception through completion with the design and creative teams for each production. Key to the success of those projects, the Electrics Supervisor, in conjunction with the Production Manager, will take an active role in facilitating communication with the Technical Director, Designers, IATSE production staff and La Jolla Playhouse Management to ensure all departments are informed about designs, changes, and planning for each production.

 

The Electrics Supervisor will have the primary responsibility to oversee the development, installation, acquisition, fabrication, maintenance and transfer of all electrics gear (owned, purchased, rented, or otherwise) for productions produced and presented by La Jolla Playhouse while maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. Strong candidates will possess a demonstrated ability to forecast labor and material budgets and track throughout the production process. The successful candidate is a manager and artist or technician committed to the artistic vision, mission and values of La Jolla Playhouse.

 

Essential Duties

  • Maintenance & organization of La Jolla Playhouse Electrics resources including venue inventory and materials, personnel management, budgets and estimates, and tracking of those resources throughout the production process.

  • Coordination with Production Management, Visiting Artists, Designers, Assistants, Engineers and staff of production activities related to the Electrics department.

  • Maintain early and constant communication with Production Managers, Production Department Supervisors, and Designers regarding coordination of artists’ requirements and La Jolla Playhouse resources.

  • Supervise and assist in season-wide labor planning for the Electrics Department on an on-going basis.

  • Direct the development, installation, acquisition, fabrication, maintenance and transfer of all electrics resources for all productions beginning with early design consultations through completion of projects.

  • Supervise and assist in scheduling, accounting, purchasing and planning for productions and shop operations tracking labor and material cost.

  • In conjunction with the Production Manager, estimate designs based on designer drawings, script requirements and director or designer requests.

  • Adjust and present options to designers to assist in the budget and implementation process.

  • When necessary, create and maintain bid packages for commercial electrics shops and supervise the technical design process with those shops to provide quality and efficiency assurance.

  • Advise on long-term capital improvement planning for the Electrics Department.

  • Perform and analyze risk assessments and reviews with visiting design teams and Production Management to achieve workable and safe productions at all levels.

  • Advise Production Management of the potential financial consequences of any proposed changes or other alterations to electrics plans.

  • Attend technical rehearsals and previews as requested.

  • Attend production and design meetings as requested.

  • Supervise and train IATSE electrics staff.

Skills and Qualifications

  • 5 plus years of professional experience in electrics, preferably in an entertainment environment.

  • Strong working knowledge and demonstrated skill in theatrical electrics, electrics stage rigging, and specialized tools of the trade including Standard and Wireless Dimming, LED, Moving fixtures, DMX accessories, Networking, and ETC Console suite.

  • Ability to read, understand and create working theatrical drawings.

  • Computer skills: Familiarity with and ability to direct work in Vectorworks, Word, Excel, ETC and emerging software desired.

  • Demonstrated skill and success in the development, forecasting, management, and tracking of complex production budgets.

  • Strong attention to detail and proactive monitoring of processes with a collaborative demeanor.

  • Possess strong critical thinking, creative problem solving, and organizational skills with a learning and growth mindset.

  • Commitment to uphold and meaningfully engage with the mission, vision and values of La Jolla Playhouse.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects at various steps in the production process at once.

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • Deep knowledge of and dedication to safe working practices.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Familiarity with industry standard and developing video technology a plus.

 

Physical Requirements

  • Occasionally ascend/descend a ladder or personnel lift to access/troubleshoot Electrics Department equipment.

  • Frequently move items weighing up to 50lbs with team assistance.

  • Regular night time and weekend availability during the tech and preview process.

About La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse is a place where artists and audiences come together to create what’s new and next in the American theatre, from Tony Award-winning productions, to imaginative programs for young audiences, to interactive experiences outside our theatre walls. Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the Playhouse is currently led by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, the Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, and Managing Director Debby Buchholz. The Playhouse is internationally renowned for the development of new plays and musicals, including mounting 105 world premieres, commissioning 60 new works, and sending 33 productions to Broadway, garnering a total of 38 Tony Awards, as well as the 1993 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. These works include the Broadway hits Come From Away, Diana and Memphis, all directed by Ashley; The Who’s Tommy; the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife; and Jersey Boys.

Mission

La Jolla Playhouse advances theatre as an art form and as a vital social, moral and political platform by providing unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow. With our youthful spirit and eclectic, artist-driven approach we will continue to cultivate a local and national following with an insatiable appetite for audacious and diverse work.

 

In the future, San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse will be considered singularly indispensable to the worldwide theatre landscape as we become a permanent safe harbor for the unsafe and surprising. The day will come when it will be essential to enter the La Jolla Playhouse village in order to get a glimpse of what is about to happen in American theatre.

Vision and Values

 

At La Jolla Playhouse, we believe that stories enhance the human experience, instill empathy and help us see the world in new ways. We respect all races, ethnicities, cultures, physical/cognitive abilities, ages, genders and identities, and endeavor to be an anti-racist and accessible organization that removes barriers to engagement. As a community of life-long learners who celebrate the spirit of play, we innovate and collaborate to bring theatre to life.

 

We practice empathy by listening, challenging our assumptions and staying open to all perspectives.

 

We respect and recognize the complexities of all lived experiences, identities and cultural backgrounds.

 

We honor the Kumeyaay Nation, the original caretakers of the land on which our theaters sit.

 

We will fight against anti-blackness, the many forms of racism directed at BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and all types of discrimination and harassment, to be a more inclusive space where everyone feels welcome onstage and off.

 

We work with our community to identify, understand and address ways to make our theatre more equitable and accessible.

 

We infuse the spirit of play into everything we do, sparking creativity, fun and life-long learning.

 

We innovate and take risks to propel theatre as an art form and as a pathway toward fostering belonging and enhancing human connection.

 

We collaborate by prioritizing inclusive practices from which diverse voices, talents and ideas can strengthen engagement and creative thinking.

 

We vow to grow and embrace these values.

 

When we falter, we will hold ourselves accountable through transparent communication, measurable outcomes, self-reflection and humility.

 

With great joy and a strong sense of responsibility, we commit to these values in every aspect of our work.

 

La Jolla Playhouse is committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and off stage. We lead with our values and encourage individuals with unique perspectives to apply. La Jolla Playhouse is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

With guidance from our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) staff members, artists, and community members, rigorous and urgent anti-racism conversations are occurring within every department at La Jolla Playhouse. In order to become a theatre that is more representative of, and welcoming to, BIPOC voices we are making these first steps public so that we may be held to account for our commitments.

Please see the full Anti-Racism Action Plan on our website for more.

Covid Safety Policy

Covid Policy: La Jolla Playhouse is a fully vaccinated workforce. Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by an FDA approved vaccine is a condition of employment.