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JOB VACANCY: THEATRE TECHNICIAN (MATERNITY COVER) AT HIGHGATE SCHOOL

6/09/2019 16:09 HRS

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JOB DESCRIPTION – THEATRE TECHNICIAN

Job Title:                    Theatre Technician (Maternity Cover)

Reporting to:             Director of Drama and Theatre Studies

Salary:                         £25,000 per annum depending on skills, qualifications and experience.

Location:                    Highgate, London

Type of position:       Fixed Term, Full-time (40 hours per week), term-time only plus 20 days

Start date:                  October 2019

 

THE SCHOOL

Highgate School was established in 1565 by a Royal Charter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the First. Sir Roger Cholmeley, our Founder, was granted Letters Patent to found ‘a grammar School…for good education and instruction’. Today Highgate is a flourishing coeducational independent School which includes the Senior School for pupils aged 11-18; the Junior School for pupils aged 7-11 and the Pre-Preparatory School for pupils aged 3-7. There are currently in the region of 1,850 pupils at Highgate and the School employs approximately 550 full-time or part-time teaching and support staff.

The School is situated in one of the most attractive and sought after areas of North London, only a short journey from Central London and adjacent to Hampstead Heath. The hilltop site in Highgate Village is the historic site of the Senior School. A few hundred yards along Hampstead Lane in Bishopswood Road lie the Junior and Pre-Preparatory Schools and the extensive playing fields, adjacent to the open spaces of Kenwood and Hampstead Heath. The Northern Line underground station is a short walk away and it is four miles to Central London.

Working at Highgate offers the opportunity to be part of a vibrant and welcoming community, committed to academic excellence and the highest standards of pastoral care for its pupils. The Governors consider the development of excellence in the education offered to the pupils to be the underlying purpose of activities undertaken by all staff.

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

DRAMA

Drama has developed significantly in recent years and is an important part of the life of the school at Highgate, both within the curriculum and as a co-curricular subject.  The department currently has two full-time members of staff, one-part time member of staff and a Director in Residence, all of whom teach GCSE and A Level Drama as well as directing school plays.  Major productions are divided into year groups, with Lower School, Middle School and Upper School productions taking place each year.  Recent shows include Sweeney Todd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest (taken to the Edinburgh Fringe) and Gulliver’s Travels.  In addition pupils are encouraged to direct their own plays, as part of both the annual House Drama Competition and the Young Directors’ Weekend, and the Classics and Modern Foreign Languages Departments have a history of staging productions too.  We have also performed at other theatres and last year we staged a highly successfully production of West Side Story on the main stage at RADA and the annual Highgate Festival culminates in a show at The Round House, Camden.

THE ROLE

A highly motivated and enthusiastic theatre professional is sought to join a team of Teachers/Production Directors to support Highgate’s technical production for in-house performances, visiting companies, events and projects.  The role will largely be based at the Senior School but will also be required to support the delivery of drama and productions in the Junior School and Pre-Prep.

The job would also include support in preparing for the main Festival at the end of the school year, which this year took place at The Roundhouse in Camden.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

Key Tasks

  • To provide, manage and/or assist as required with all supporting aspects of school productions, drama classes and examination performances, and other school events in or away from the drama facilities, theatre trips and workshops.
    •    To support the day-to-day running of Highgate’s Drama Department and performance spaces

Design

  • Under the direction of the Director of Drama and Theatre Studies and the Production Director, undertake all technical aspects for school productions and examination performances, including lighting/sound/video design: hiring, rigging, focusing, operating and repairs and returns; set/staging design, construction and decoration; props and mask design: production/acquisition, repairs and returns; costume design: production/acquisition, fittings, repairs and returns

Management

  • To provide expertise in technical aspects of productions, briefing designers/makers and supervising casual theatre technical staff under the direction of the Director of Drama and Theatre Studies
  • To provide first-line support to all users of Highgate’s drama resources
  • Provide technical support and advice to other school events and departments if required
  • Co-ordinate and manage external hires, ensuring best value-for-money, cost-effectiveness and  health & safety requirements
  • Input into any update or redesign of the drama facilities

Budgeting

  • In consultation with the Director of Drama and Theatre Studies, to ensure productions, maintenance and capital purchases are viable within budgetary parameters and that expenditure falls within these

Training

  • Run a Technical Theatre Club for interested pupils, allowing pupils to take an active and major role in the preparation and running of productions.  Through regular sessions, ensure the crew have adequate knowledge of the processes and equipment involved with all aspects of productions
  • Providing opportunities to learn the art of puppetry by running workshops with pupils and directing them in productions when required
  • Train interested pupils in the use of technical equipment in order that they can undertake this work during regular lessons and performances
  • Oversee IT Technician’s involvement in theatre-related tasks

Maintenance/Health & Safety

  • Maintain all equipment/spaces/machines/furniture/fixtures and fittings and other technical resources in the Drama Department, ensuring staff and pupils are able to utilise the equipment when required
  • Ensure all areas are kept clean and tidy and that storage is used effectively, ensuring equipment and materials are securely and safely stored when not in use
  • Take responsibility for updating and creating Risk Assessments for the department under the direction of the Director of Drama and Theatre Studies and adhere to them at all times Maintain a log of all safety checks (e.g. PAT tests) and request new tests as and when required
  • Maintain a current, up-to-date health & safety knowledge (especially for working at heights), ensure that best practice is followed at all times and modelled for pupils and colleagues

These duties and responsibilities are intended as a guide. They are not exhaustive: the Theatre Technician will be expected to undertake any reasonable task or responsibility as required by their line manager.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Criteria:

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs, or equivalent, including Maths and English

Experience

  • Experience of working in a main-stage theatre
  • Demonstrable experience of lighting systems, lighting control apparatus, lighting equipment and its maintenance, refurbishment and use
  • Previous responsibility for maintaining and working with risk assessments and safe working practices

Ability / skills

  • A sound understanding of current Health & Safety requirements and legislation regarding theatre
  • A confident user of audio and audio-visual equipment; both live, recorded and playback techniques, its maintenance and use
  • Knowledge of electrical principles and electrical safety

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships
  • Flexible with a “can-do” approach
  • An aptitude to undertake work efficiently and effectively and use initiative without constant supervision
  • A proactive approach to work and meeting targets
  • A willingness to take on additional responsibilities and amend working hours to meet the demands of school productions etc

Desirable Criteria:

Qualifications

  • Relevant professional qualifications e.g. Diploma in Production Arts or a Foundation Degree in Lighting Design

Ability / skills

  • A familiarity with set building, painting and design techniques and their application
  • Knowledge of theatre scenery, safe rigging and staging equipment
  • Knowledge of costumes and properties, their construction and application in the theatre
  • A competent user of the Microsoft Office suite

CHILD PROTECTION

All members of staff must comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding & Welfare Policy which is posted on the staff intranet; a copy also accompanies this job description.  If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of our pupils, these concerns must be reported immediately in accordance with the Policy.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Salary

£25,000 per annum depending on skills, qualifications and experience.

Hours of Work

Flexible hours within a 40-hour week (under the guidance of the Director of Drama and Theatre Studies), including evenings and weekends. This appointment is for term-time only (36 weeks) plus an additional 20 days per annum to be worked as agreed with the Director of Drama and Theatre Studies. A high level of commitment is expected, particularly in the weeks leading up to a major production.  There will be overtime during busy periods of the term, but it is expected that this will be taken as holiday in lieu during less busy periods.

Probationary Period and Notice Period

This appointment will be subject to the completion of a probationary period of six months to the satisfaction of the Governors. There will be a one term notice period for this role.

Lunch Period

There is an unpaid lunch break of one hour.  A complimentary lunch is available in the Dining Hall.

Holidays

The remuneration includes 25 days’ paid holiday entitlement plus public holidays. It is expected that all annual leave will be taken during School holidays.

Pension

The School runs a defined benefit pension scheme which provides a pension benefit of 1/80th of final salary for each year of membership based on a current employee contribution rate of 6%.

Leisure Facilities

Subject always to the needs of pupils and School’s operations, staff are offered free access at stipulated times to the School’s sports facilities including swimming pool and fitness suite.

Confidentiality

The need for absolute confidentiality and discretion, both within Highgate and the wider community, must be understood.

Dress Code

Teachers and support staff are expected to set an example to pupils and should dress appropriately at all times.

Smoking

Smoking, including vaping, is not allowed on or immediately outside any school premises (the footprint of the buildings and grounds) or in areas where smoking might be seen by parents or pupils during working hours.

Health and Safety

Highgate takes its obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act seriously and the postholder will be required to comply with all aspects of Highgate’s Health and Safety Policy, particularly in relation to safe working practices.  All staff must keep up to date with Highgate’s Health and Safety Policies which are regularly updated and posted on the Staff Intranet.

Equality and Diversity

Highgate is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments please let us know at application stage if you have any special requirements.

Data Protection
Highgate staff are expected to adhere to the Data Protection legislation at all times. Our Privacy Notice is available on the recruitment portal.

As a member of the support staff, this role is responsible to the Bursar. Job descriptions may be updated by the Bursar from time to time to accommodate the changing needs of the School.

For operational reasons, the School reserves the right to transfer employees to alternative duties. For this reason it is a condition of employment that employees are willing to do so, if requested, from time to time.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications should be made via Highgate’s website https://www.highgateschool.org.uk/work-with-us/

For any queries please contact Alice Buchanan, HR & Recruitment Officer, Highgate School, North Road, London N6 4AY. Recruitment@Highgateschool.org.uk

Closing date:  Sunday 22nd September. Applications will be considered on receipt and we reserve the right to close an advert early if we find a suitable candidate.

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