Employment Opportunities

Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA): VCA is a multi-disciplinary arts center located on beautiful Vashon Island, WA. Vashon is a short ferry ride from either Seattle or Tacoma and boasts a large population of artists along with an award-winning school district. Our year-round programming includes a performing arts venue, arts classes for children and adults, a pre-professional sequential dance program, Vashon Artists in Schools, a visual arts gallery and an arts and crafts consignment store. VCA has completed a new 20,000 sq. ft. arts center which opened in April 2016. Visit our website for more information: www.VashonCenterfortheArts.org

 

Program Manager, Vashon Artists in the Schools

Reports to: Executive Director of VCA
Central to VCA’s mission is Vashon Artists in the Schools, a program which, for thirty years, has enabled teachers to bring artists into their classrooms to create immersive experiences in the arts for students. 2018 is a highly significant benchmark in this program’s long history of service to island students in that it marks the 30th anniversary of the program’s foundation.

VCA is seeking a compassionate, caring and community-oriented individual who passionately believes in access to the arts for all. Imaginative and creative, the program manager is an advocate for the arts and the life-long benefit of early exposure and opportunities to experiment create and implement through a wide variety of artistic disciplines.

Essential duties include coordinating and supporting artist residencies, public art projects, artist/teacher mentorships and performances; maintaining and refreshing a roaster of teaching artists; managing teaching artists’ contracts and bio information; supporting and creating collaborations between teaching artists and partner sites; troubleshooting and problem solving any logistical and other issues that might arise during the planning and course of multiple residencies; performing regular teaching artist observations and evaluations; collaborating on quarterly teaching artists meetings; and offering professional development workshops.

The coordinator oversees the application and project approval process and works with artists and teachers to develop, conduct and document projects; develops content for grant proposals for program funding with the Director of Development to include public, government and private funding sources; and networks extensively with teachers, principals and school board members to advocate for the program and to ensure that the arts remain a core part of the students’ curriculum.

Position requires on-site work at VCA, Chautauqua, McMurray and Vashon High schools.  Administrative work may be done from home and/or satellite office. Attendance at weekly, bi-weekly and monthly VCA staff meetings is a requirement.

This position is part-time with work flow that fluctuates with the school year.  Please send resume and letter of interest to Angela Gist at angelag@vashoncenterforthearts.org.

 

STAGE CREW

Job Description: 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Temporary, Part-Time

SALARY RANGE: $15.00 - $20.00/hour

NOTE: This is a temporary, part-time position with no benefits. Hours may vary depending on facility usage. Shifts may include days, evenings, weekends, holidays and extended hours.  

BASIC FUNCTION: 

Under the general direction of the VCA Technical Director, Stage Crew perform a variety of duties related to stage/conference technical support within the VCA while having considerable public contact in a fast-paced environment. These positions assist in supporting both community arts productions and professional touring events; serve as production equipment operators during technical rehearsals and performances; ensure that lighting, sound and rigging equipment are in proper working order and operating in a safe manner; install and assist in the maintenance of stage lighting, audio, and related technical systems; operate sound, lighting, communication and stage equipment; perform routine repair work as needed; build and install sets and scenery including stage props; perform other related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

  • Assist with the load-in and operation of staging, lighting, backline, video and audio for events.
  • Operate all types of lighting equipment, including computer and manual lighting controllers, follow-spots, and theatrical, lighting instruments.
  • Operate all types of equipment including video equipment and projection equipment.
  • Install both small- and large-scale symphony shells.
  • Install and take down the equipment required for all Production Department events in the facility, including areas outside of the theater hall.
  • Conduct work in a technical position and know how to operate technical equipment during events, rehearsals, and performances.
  • Clean and maintain all theater production equipment and backstage areas.
  • Knowledge of practices, materials, resources, and tools associated with stage production.span>
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES: 

  • Knowledge of the basic principles and philosophy of community and professional stage events.
  • Digital networking in AV and IT based systems; knowledge of router protocols, switches, etc.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and related safety precautions to be observed in working around stage equipment.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to safely operate power tolls, hand tools, office equipment and materials appropriate to the specific job assignment.
  • Ability to respond to numerous public inquiries and disseminate accurate information while maintaining a high level of customer service.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to perform custodial duties in line with regular and specialized facility maintenance.
  • Ability to utilize computer applications and technology related to the work.
  • Ability to bend, climb, reach and carry a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Ability to climb ladders.
  • Ability to work in low-light work environments.
  • Must be punctual and reliable; report to all work calls at the scheduled time.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 

High School graduation or equivalent is required, plus 1 year of experience in a theater setting.

TO APPLY:  

Send a letter of interest, resume and referrals to Jesse Bell

 

Lighting and Audio Tech

Job Description: 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Temporary, Part-Time

SALARY RANGE: $17.00 - $25.00/hour

NOTE: This is a temporary, part-time position with no benefits. Hours may vary depending on facility usage. Shifts may include days, evenings, weekends, holidays and extended hours.  

BASIC FUNCTION: 

Under the general direction of the VCA Technical Director, the Lighting Technician and Audio/Video technician perform a variety of duties related to stage/conference technical support VCA while having considerable public contact in a fast-paced environment. These positions assist in supporting both community arts productions and professional touring events; serve as production equipment operators during technical rehearsals and performances; ensure that lighting, sound and rigging equipment are in proper working order and operating in a safe manner; install and assist in the maintenance of stage lighting, audio, and related technical systems; operate sound, lighting, communication and stage equipment; perform other related duties as assigned.

LIGHTING TECHNICIAN: 

  • Serve as lighting engineer on select events and facilitate the experience of guest engineers and artist crews; oversee event lighting installation and operations.
  • Assist in advancing lighting specifications with facility users.
  • Possess knowledge of all types of lighting equipment, including control consoles, DMX, dimmers, lighting fixtures, and lighting plots. span>
  • Read and understand light plots while leading crew in implementing light plots, circuiting, hanging and focusing lighting fixtures; trouble-shoot theatrical electrical problems efficiently and safely; program computerized lighting consoles for conventional and intelligent fixtures.
  • Possess an expert-level experience with product lines from ETC and Strand.
  • Possess experience in designing, programming and operating lighting for live stage events.

AUDIO/VIDEO TECHNICIAN: 

  • Serve as audio engineer on select events and facilitate the experience of guests engineers and artist crews; oversee event live sound, webcast/broadcast mixing and archival recordings as needed.
  • Possess knowledge of all types of audio equipment, including mixing consoles, playback units, amplifiers, speakers, and microphones.
  • Possess an expert-level experience with product lines from Yamaha, Digidesign, Digico, XTA, Meyer Sound Laboratories, D&B Audio and L-Acoustics.
  • Possess experience engineering audio for live events and live webcasts.
  • Possess knowledge of UHF band radio frequencies and mitigation of intermodulation and multi-pathing within FCC secondary-user class equipment.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

  • Assist with the load-in and operation of staging, lighting, backline, video and audio for events.
  • Operate all types of lighting equipment, including computer and manual lighting controllers, follow-spots, and theatrical, lighting instruments.
  • Operate all types of equipment including video equipment and projection equipment.
  • Safely operate a theatrical counterweight system, including the loading and unloading of arbors from both a loading bridge and stage floor.
  • Install both small- and large-scale symphony shells, including towers and flown ceilings.
  • Install and take down the equipment required for all Production Department events in the facility, including areas outside of the theater hall.
  • Conduct work in a technical position and know how to operate technical equipment during events, rehearsals, and performances.
  • Clean and maintain all theater production equipment and backstage areas.
  • Knowledge of practices, materials, resources, and tools associated with stage production.span>
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES: 

  • Knowledge of the basic principles and philosophy of community and professional stage events.
  • Digital networking in AV and IT based systems; knowledge of router protocols, switches, etc.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and related safety precautions to be observed in working around stage equipment.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.
  • Skill in communicating effectively in English both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to safely operate power tolls, hand tools, office equipment and materials appropriate to the specific job assignment.
  • Ability to respond to numerous public inquiries and disseminate accurate information while maintaining a high level of customer service.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to perform custodial duties in line with regular and specialized facility maintenance.
  • Ability to utilize computer applications and technology related to the work.
  • Ability to bend, climb, reach and carry a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Ability to climb ladders.
  • Ability to work in low-light work environments.
  • Must be punctual and reliable; report to all work calls at the scheduled time.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 

High School graduation or equivalent is required, plus 3 to 5 years of experience in a theater setting. Some college coursework or other training specifically lighting or audio/video, is preferred.

TO APPLY:  

Send a letter of interest, resume and referrals to Jesse Bell