Assistant Chief Engineer
Job Details
615 - Houston, TX
Full Time


Founded in 1947 by Nina Vance, the Alley Theatre is a pioneer of regional theatre, and one of the leading nonprofit theatre companies in the United States. The Alley has been awarded the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award® and the Texas Medal of Arts Award. The Alley has transferred productions to Broadway, Off-Broadway, major European Festivals, and to 40 American cities. Unique among regional theatres, the Alley is committed to maintaining a Resident Acting Company and providing them work year-round. Nationally recognized directors, actors, playwrights, and designers from across the country have regularly joined the Resident Acting Company.

Rob Melrose, Artistic Director at the Alley, took over as artistic leader of the organization in 2019. His vision for the future of the Alley is both thrilling and ambitious as the Theatre nears its 75th anniversary in 2021-22. When the Theatre reopens, his strategic goals include upholding the Alleys artistic excellence, keeping longtime Alley Theatre devotees eager to return each season, and creating productions and cultivating new audiences that are as diverse and vibrant as the city of Houston.

Rob Melrose, Managing Director Dean Gladden and the Alleys leadership team are committed to promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the Theatres programming and operations. We are conscious about fostering an environment where everyone is encouraged to bring their authentic selves. We embrace differences and strive to be inclusive of all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.


JOB START DATE:   7/1/2021

SALARY: 60,000 /YR Minimum


The Assistant Chief Engineer assists the Chief Engineer in the maintenance and care of HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and all life safety elements the buildings that the Alley Theatre operates. In addition, the Assistant Chief Engineer works closely with the Chief Engineer in the supervision of the stationary engineers. The Alley Theatre owns and operates a 75,000 square foot theatre facility and a 75,000 square foot production facility that is on floors 14-18 of the parking garage on the Alley Theatre property.




  • Work closely with the Chief Engineer in the management of day-to-day activities of maintaining all areas of the Alley Theatre properties.
  • In collaboration with the Chief Engineer, work closely with MM Properties Management (operator of Garage) on the day-to-day operations of the Production Center.
  • Communicate with Alley Theatre staff regarding building maintenance and activities as directed by Chief Engineer.


Oversee all Inspections In Coordination with Chief Engineer

  • Elevator Inspections
  • Sprinkler Inspections, Dry/Pipe, Deluge System, Fire Pump, & 5 YR. FDC
  • Fire Alarm Inspection
  • Fire Damper Inspection
  • 5 Year Smoke Exhaust Test
  • 5 Year Gas Test
  • Annual Fire Drop Test {7}
  • Annual Emergency Lighting Test
  • Annual Generator Load Bank Test
  • Fire Extinguisher Inspection


Maintain all Building Permits In Coordination with Chief Engineer

  • Banner Permits {4}
  • Elevator Operating Permit
  • Spray & Dipping Permits {2}
  • Flammable Storage Permits
  • Hot Works Permits
  • Place of Assembly
  • Combustible Waste Permits
  • Boiler Operating Permits {6}
  • Meet with High/Low Rise Fire Marshal and have all Inspection Reports available upon request
  • Meet with all City Inspectors


  • Supervises three engineers with Chief Engineer.
  • Monitors licenses and permit renewals for departmental staff.
  • In collaboration with Chief Engineer, motivates and coaches employees to improve performance, provide feedback and training opportunities.
  • In collaboration with Chief Engineer, organizes and oversees the schedules and work of departmental staff.
  • Ensures staff members follow company policies and procedures.



  • 5+ years of related work experience in a commercial property setting or any similar combination of education or experience in the operation, installation, and maintenance of building systems and in depth understanding and knowledge of all HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire/life safety systems.
  • Must be familiar with BAS Building Automation Systems such as Convergentz and Metasys
  • Must be familiar with MEP
  • Experience managing a team of people.
  • Basic computing skills in Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Working knowledge of all aspects of building systems and operations.


Ideal licenses and permits:

  • Engineering License from the City of Houston
  • Boilers Permit
  • 3rd Grade Engineering License
  • 2nd Grade Engineering License
  • 1st Grade Engineering License


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Employee is regularly required to communicate in-person as well as by email, phone, and video conference
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment where directions and priorities can change rapidly
  • Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Must have ability to stoop, stand, climb, frequently lift a minimum of 50 lbs. of equipment (pumps, tools, ladders) and safely install rigging/lifting devices,
  • Regularly required to crouch and reach to install/move equipment by bending forward at the waist or by bending legs and spine,
  • Involves movement between departments, floors, and properties to facilitate work,
  • Regularly required to communicate in-person as well as by email, phone, and video conference.
  • Regularly required to utilize vision abilities, allowing reading of printed material, drawings, and schematics.
  • Typical hours are during the day, but the position requires the flexibility to be available for weekend, holidays and evening work hours during performances and as needed.


  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid vacation, floating holiday and sick  time
  • 401(k) with matching, FSA, HRA (Alley paid deductible)
  • Free  and  discounted tickets to Alley Theatre performances
  • Free parking 
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Employee wellness program & EAP  
  • Houston, TX is one of the most affordable cities in the nation with no state or city income tax. 

Alley Theatre is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us


The Alley Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities, veterans, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. Read more at Alley Theatre Official Website - Equity Diversity Inclusion