Watergate Theatre

Assistant Technical Manager

We present a diverse range of artistic activities to a wide audience base. We are a multi-disciplinary Arts Centre with a busy programme of theatre, music, dance, comedy, film, visual arts and literature performances, events and workshops.

The Assistant Technical Manager will report to the Watergate Technical Manager and ultimately to the Executive Director. In consultation with the Technical Manager, this role will be responsible for the technical and staging requirements of all the performance areas within the building.


Main Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that all visiting companies are made aware of all practicalities and possibilities involved in staging a show in The Watergate Theatre.
  • Ensuring that all visiting companies work within backstage health, safety and fire regulations.
  • Acting as duty technician during performances as appropriate, ensuring the smooth running of the show by sorting any technical problems backstage or front of house.
  • Assisting in fit-ups as required, including overseeing or undertaking plotting of shows as appropriate.
  • Operating the shows as required by the Technical Manager.
  • Ensuring companies follow standard procedures at the start of a show.
  • To provide the Watergate Theatre’s Health and Safety Statement on request and request production Company’s Health and Safety Statement or Risk Assessment Statements as necessary.


A spirit of internal and external co-operation, collaboration and communication is an important part of the work ethic of the Watergate Theatre. Staff at all levels are expected to maintain this spirit as a professional priority in their work.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A passion for and demonstrated commitment to working in the arts.
  • Experience of working in a theatre/arts centre environment.
  • Excellent teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills - comfortable dealing with people at all levels of the social and organisational spectrum.
  • The ability to develop excellent working relationships with all the Watergate Theatre’s clients.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • The ability to trouble-shoot, prioritise and to work under pressure.
  • Self- motivation and the ability to manage their time effectively and efficiently.
  • The ability to work within a structure and to instruction.
  • The ability to work towards a shared vision as well as in completion of day-to day tasks.
  • The ability to work with a wide range of users to include professional & amateur companies and to be able to offer technical support to all clients of the Watergate Theatre.
  • To keep up to date with current lighting, sound, stage and AV technology.

Desired Skill Sets:

Proficiency is desirable in one or more of the following theatre areas of theatre.

In addition, a knowledge of current industry practices and particulars in any area is desirable.

The list below is not exhaustive and is intended as guide to aid any possible application.


  • Knowledge of Strand and ETC lighting software amongst others, and possess a good working knowledge of fundamental electrical practice and theory.
  • Ability to interpret and follow a lighting plan. Sound & sound engineering:
  • Ability to set up and run sound based events. Ability to fault find, solder and maintain audio equipment.
  • Ability to interpret a sound plot/stage layout and work competently with the incoming show & engineers.
  • Familiarity with digital and analogue console setups.

Staging and carpentry:

  • A fundamental knowledge of basic set construction and woodwork skills.
  • Ability to erect scenery and fly staging pieces.

AV and projection:

  • Working knowledge of projection to include AV set ups,
  • Understanding of playback software e.g. Q-Lab
  • Understanding of Aspect Ratios, Lens sizing & cabling requirements.

IT skills:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, Vector Works, AutoCAD or similar.
  • An understanding of networking protocols.
  • Use of both PC (windows 8-10) and Mac OSX operating systems.

Health & Safety:

  • A working knowledge of current industry practices and an awareness of legislative requirements within the work space.

Where relevant, professional development training as well as relevant Health & Safety certification will be made available to the successful candidate, in the course of their work in this role at the Watergate.


  • This contract is for 40 hours per week across a 7-day call. Working hours vary according to venue programme across each season.
  • Any overtime incurred is managed via a TOIL (Time off in lieu) system.
  • The term of the contract will be for one year with a 6-month probationary period.
  • Salary €28,000 - €32,000 commensurate with experience.
  • Twenty (20) days holidays per annum pro rata.
  • Fortnightly pay via bank transfer.
  • The successful candidate must comply with Garda Vetting and adhere to company Child Protection Policies and Procedures.

Please email a cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for the position of Assistant Technical Manager, along with a detailed CV to Conor Mullan on

Closing date for applications: 5pm 3rd February 2023.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during the week commencing the 6th February 2023 with a view to commencing in early March 2023.


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