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Working As A Senior Technical Director

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • $110,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Technical Director Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Senior Technical Director

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Average Length of Employment
Technical Manager 3.9 years
Technical Director 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Technical Director
Director 7.6%
Consultant 4.8%
Manager 4.4%
Supervisor 3.3%
Top Careers After Senior Technical Director
Consultant 8.7%
Director 5.2%
Supervisor 4.9%
President 2.7%
Owner 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$110,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
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$110,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$189,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Walmart
Highest Paying City
Pleasanton, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Senior Technical Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Technical Director in the United States is $110,408 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $189,000.

Real Senior Technical Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Technical Director Finley Engineering Group, Inc. Tallahassee, FL Oct 01, 2011 $292,180
SR. Technical Director Symantec Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2014 $231,000
Senior Director of Technology Nbcuniversal Media, LLC New York, NY Oct 10, 2016 $210,000
Senior Technology Director R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $210,000 -
$230,000
SR. Technical Director Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Sep 13, 2013 $208,000
Senior Director, Pivotal Technical Staff EMC Corporation Palo Alto, CA Feb 19, 2014 $202,500 -
$360,000
SR. Director, Technical Accounting Accretive Solutions, Northern California, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 07, 2016 $200,907
Senior Director, Technology Solutions EPAM Systems, Inc. Conshohocken, PA May 25, 2015 $200,000
Senior Director Technology Metricstream, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 12, 2013 $200,000
Senior Director Technology Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 26, 2016 $198,952 -
$298,000
Senior Director of Technology Financial Health Strategies, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Jun 11, 2012 $170,612
Senior Director of Technology Financial Health Strategies Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 04, 2015 $170,000
Senior Director of Technology Financial Health Strategies Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Feb 11, 2013 $170,000
Senior Director of Technology Financial Health Strategies Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 04, 2014 $170,000
Senior Director, Technology Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 17, 2014 $168,400 -
$252,600
Senior Director Technology Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 15, 2014 $168,400 -
$252,600
SR Director of Technology The Orchard Enterprises Inc. New York, NY Jun 16, 2015 $165,000
SR. Director of Technology V2Soft Inc. Bloomfield Hills, MI May 23, 2016 $165,000
Senior FX Technical Director SONY Pictures Imageworks Inc. Culver City, CA Feb 13, 2012 $135,200
Senior Technical Director Industrial Light & Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Enter San Francisco, CA Dec 27, 2012 $133,568
Senior Director/Chief Technologist Ventech Solutions, Inc. Columbus, OH Aug 08, 2016 $131,511
Senior Technical Director K and R Technologies LLC Frederick, MD Aug 01, 2012 $130,832
Senior Associate/Technical Director Abt Associates Inc. Bethesda, MD Mar 28, 2016 $130,603
Senior Technical Director at&T Services, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 26, 2015 $130,360
Senior Effects Technical Director Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 20, 2016 $130,350

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Top Skills for A Senior Technical Director

  1. Strategic Plan
  2. Service Delivery
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Applied strategic planning, prioritization and project management skills toward consistently achieving critical deadlines while maintaining high quality standards.
  • Restructure service delivery processes, technical systems and processes to optimize overall functionality on an ongoing basis.
  • Worked with Solution Architects to define High-Level-Architectures for projects requiring new infrastructure.
  • Collaborated with application Solution Architects on delivery of High-Level-Architectures for IT projects involving new applications of Customer solutions.
  • Scaled an integrated software engineering organization and technology platform in the wake of multiple corporate acquisitions.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Technical Directors

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Georgia
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Maryland
  6. Minnesota
  7. New Jersey
  8. Nevada
  9. Washington
  10. Hawaii
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Senior Technical Director Demographics

Gender

Male

75.8%

Female

15.8%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

11.3%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

14.3%

Portuguese

9.5%

German

4.8%

Marathi

4.8%

Gujarati

4.8%

Dakota

4.8%

Hindi

4.8%

Urdu

4.8%

Korean

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%

Italian

4.8%
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Senior Technical Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.9%

George Washington University

5.9%

Purdue University

5.9%

University of California - Berkeley

5.1%

University of Pennsylvania

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of Southern California

5.1%

Villanova University

4.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.4%

University of Washington

3.7%

Northwestern University

3.7%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.7%

Stanford University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.7%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.7%
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Majors

Business

22.6%

Computer Science

17.1%

Electrical Engineering

8.0%

Management

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.7%

Communication

4.3%

Information Technology

4.3%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Chemistry

3.1%

Photography

2.7%

Project Management

2.6%

Finance

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Information Systems

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Mathematics

1.9%

Physics

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Biology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.6%

Masters

32.9%

Other

11.6%

Doctorate

7.2%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

1.1%
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