Director of Lighting/Assistant Technical Director

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2022-10-01
  • Organization: Towson University, Department of Theatre Arts
  • Organization Type: College/University
  • Grant / Salary: $52,000 - $54,000
  • Location: Towson, MD
  • Primary Discipline: Theatre (non-musical)
  • Recurring: Array
  • URL: Link

Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland. Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion to cultivate the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.

Towson University’s Department of Theatre Arts is accepting applications for a Director of Lighting/Assistant Technical Director. This individual will execute the lighting needs and support scenic, sound, projection, and technical aspects of all faculty, guest artist, and both undergraduate and graduate department productions. The training and supervision of students is also central to this position. This individual will report to the chair and work closely with the Technical Director and Lighting Designer. This is a twelve-month appointment.

The Department of Theatre Arts maintains a commitment to nurture a diverse community and to create equitable and inclusive structures in our courses, productions, and administration. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds to further our diversity and create a department that mirrors the world in which we live.

Responsibilities and Duties
– Implement all lighting needs for four performance venues and other spaces as needed. Assume full responsibility for completion of associated tasks on time and under budget.
– Support all technical aspects of production in collaboration with other members of the production team. Examples include the building of scenic elements and special effects, the installation set-up of sound and projection technology, and other technical elements required for rehearsals and performances.
– Train students on the proper and safe handling and use of lighting, projection, sound, scenic equipment and software, and work with students to ensure completion of assigned tasks.
– Serve as the on-call technical supervisor for all departmental productions. (Nights and weekends required).
– Perform preventative maintenance and repairs of lighting and other technical and shop equipment to keep all in good working order.
– Participate in safety training and perform tasks with an understanding of safety regulations and potential hazards.
– Attend all technical and dress rehearsals as well as production and department meetings.
– Model professionalism and collegiality for students.
– Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills
– Bachelor’s degree in technical theatre or related field.
– At least 3 years of related experience.
– Knowledge of industry standards and safe practices. (OSHA 10 or willing to get certification within six months of employment.)
– An Ideal candidate will share the department’s outlook of a student-centered community that practices kindness and collaboration, and engages in department’s ongoing commitment to create an equitable and inclusive environment.
– Knowledge of basic electrical theory and ability to program, maintain, and install and maintain complex lighting systems, such as ETC systems, Intelligent Lighting, and Networking protocols.
– Proficiency with CAD Drafting (both VectorWorks and AutoCAD preferred) and LightWright

Preferred skills:
– Rigging
– Welding
– Motion Control, Conners System preferred
– Knowledge of sound and projection equipment
– Candidate who does not enter with preferred skills will be expected to develop them within the first six months of employment.

Salary and Benefits
$52,000 – $54,000 annually and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, please click here. TU also offers a variety of great perks and discounts, which can be found here.

If you are motivated, innovative and team-oriented, we would love to hear from you. For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with your online application. This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the University System of Maryland (USM) has strongly encouraged full COVID vaccination and up-to-date booster shots (when eligible) for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM as both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety.