22 February 2021

Technical Director & Course Designer

We are seeking a Technical Director & Course Designer to creatively conceptualize, design, and bring to life the DRL race course. The Technical Director & Course Designer will set the vision for DRL race courses and will have the functional knowledge of all technical production competencies to make this vision a reality. A deep understanding of branding, spacial awareness, drone racing, and lighting and scenic design will enable this individual to design a course that is unique, challenging, and aesthetically pleasing for both the pilots and the audience. He or she has advanced entertainment drafting skills and should be comfortable working in an office setting, as well as onsite environments, that include both traditional and non-traditional event sites.  

What You’ll Do: 

  • Lead the course design process including the creative vision, working cross-departmentally with key stakeholders to develop a venue-specific, sport driven, and visually exciting course line
  • Produce all technical drawings and renderings of the course line and event site
  • Develop the course branding plan, including design needs, shapes and materials, and location of all elements
  • Define scope of all technical equipment required for delivery of DRL races ensuring the needs of all departments are counted for
  • Oversee the on-site course build, working with key vendors and managing contractors, to ensure course is built to the plan specifications
  • Support course specific procurement and budget elements as it relates to the overall event plan
  • Work with other team members to ensure a cohesive and comprehensive approach to the site and course design process including the development of Run of Show and Production Build Schedules 
  • Enforce safety standards, policies and procedures and make recommendations as necessary
  • Work cross departmentally to consolidate on-site course requirements for all DRL departments including technical operations, marketing, sponsorship and broadcast / media 


Who You Are: 

  • 5 – 8 years’ experience in technical event design and production; live event experience preferred 
  • B.A. from a top-tier college or university 
  • Highly skilled in VectorWorks (2D and 3D workflows) required
  • Creative vision with technical backing; ability to communicate plan through sketches, mood boards, renderings and then bring those visions to life 
  • Comfort and confidence communicating technical ideas to non-technical stakeholders both orally and in writing 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage vendors and site on large scale productions 
  • Willingness to work long and sometimes irregular hours a must to include nights, holidays and weekends 
  • Willingness to travel approximately 25% of the time, for site visits, planning meetings, and on-site execution; may be higher depending on event schedule 
  • Knowledge of drones and drone racing a plus 
  • Desire to work at a high growth, early stage company 

Why You’ll Love DRL: 

  • We team up. We can promise you’ll work with some of the smartest and most interesting people in the industry. We work hard and we play hard too. We care deeply about our work and each other. 
  • Everybody sweeps. No task is ever too small for our team. We sweat the details and are not afraid to get our hands dirty.  
  • We embrace debate. There are no seats at the table at DRL because there is no table. Everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas. We embrace the idea that debate is healthy and knowing that an impassioned discourse leads to our best results. 
  • We stay hungry. We look for the hardest challenges and tasks and once we master them, we look for the next one. We celebrate our victories and are always excited for tomorrow knowing “good enough” is never really “good enough.”
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