Lighting Coordinator

Pennsylvania, United States
05 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


Zoellner Arts Center



Job Family:

Performing Arts


The Lighting Coordinator is responsible for supporting all stage lighting, video recording and projection needs for Zoellner Arts Center.  These needs include, but are not limited to design, coordinating, supporting, light board operation, and arranging technical and labor requirements for over 250 multidisciplinary music, theater, and other events.  Duties will also include supervising and managing the setup and teardown of equipment. The Lighting Coordinator will also teach as an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Theater in the area of lighting and video technology.


Provide stage lighting, video and projection (SLVP) services for all center events including the Guest Artist Series, Lehigh University Music Department productions, and rental client events which include, but are not limited to rock, pop, classical, jazz, live theater and speaking programs

  • Draws upon extensive experience and knowledge of current technologies to determine, negotiate and execute requirements for all events at the Arts Center including; reviewing lighting plots, paperwork, contracts and correspondence from clients, communicating with clients to clarify and facilitate lighting needs; preparing drawings and paperwork to communicate lighting plans to assistant and crew; supervising and implementing lighting plans to prepare lighting equipment for events; supervising or implementing lighting control during events; working within associated production budgets for events
  • Creates and oversees SLVP design for Lehigh University Music Department productions
  • Operates equipment consoles as needed
  • Stays informed of current trends in technology
  • Evaluates and advises on the purchase and rental of equipment for Arts Center events
  • Works with a diverse group of Managers, Artists and Technicians; acts as the liaison for Zoellner Arts Center to interface and assist the technical staff of touring productions and rental clients

Supervise and maintain all Zoellner Arts Center “house” equipment and associated budgets

  • Responsible for the budgeting, purchasing, installing and maintaining “house” SLVP equipment
  • Provide recommendations for major upgrades of video projection and stage lighting equipment
  • Inventory all equipment within the Arts Center and keep updated for public and internal review
  • Oversee all use of equipment and return equipment to safe storage at completion of each event
  • Maintain Arts Center equipment and provide recommendations for capital needs
  • Develop strategic plan for improving inventory over time and make recommendations for large purchases

Supervises Assistant Lighting Coordinator and other assigned staff including professional and student crew

  • Develop, communicate and maintain safety standards in the areas of SLVP
  • Schedule the Assistant Lighting Coordinators's variable work schedule in consideration of meetings, work calls, rehearsals and events while minimizing overtime
  • Communicate effectively departmental needs, set annual goals, develop projects and motivate
  • Directly supervise student workers and hired crew
  • Collaborate with Zoellner Arts Center technical staff to schedule crew, communicate requirements for production and maintenance and ensure budgets are maintained

Teaches as an adjunct professor for Department of Theater in area of lighting and video technology 

  • Teach three 2-credit courses per semester as assigned by the Department Chair in lighting technology for the Department of Theater, and independent studies as needed and approved
  • Attend faculty meetings and production meetings, develop syllabi, create and maintain office hours, research textbook and additional classroom teaching aids
  • Educate and supervise students in the field of stage lighting, video technology and design through classwork, demonstrations and other practical projects; including but not limited to load in/out
  • Work with Department of Theater to assign student crews, individual student assignments and lab hours in the areas of SLVP technology and other areas of expertise via credited coursework and associated projects
  • Develop methods for assessment following established standards for evaluating student progress
  • Attend rehearsals and production meetings as schedule permits to supervise and mentor students in the education of theatrical lighting technology and practice
  • Fulfill student participation requirements for lighting production activities, rehearsals, tech, performances or strikes
  • Instruct and supervise student workers in a lab or other teaching environment; making certain that safety protocols are followed
  • Supervise technical aspects and stage lighting implementation for Theater Department productions


  • Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theater or related area with an emphasis in stage lighting or video production required
  • Three to five years related work experience
  • Prefer work experience in a professional, year round theater, performing arts center, music hall or related field
  • Experience work in academic environment is a plus
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing ability and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Solid analytical, decision making and problem solving skills
  • Solid presentation skills
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Solid computer skills with experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software as well as Adobe Creative Suite, ETC EOS Family, Vectorworks, QLab, Watchout and other SLVP specific software
  • Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position

Special Considerations:

  • Will nearly continuously use hands and arms to reach, feel and handle objects
  • Will nearly continuously need to speak and hear
  • Will often be required to walk, stand, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel crouch or crawl and lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Will sometimes need to lift up to 100 pounds, work near mechanical parts, or in areas with risk of electrical shock or fumes and airborne particles
  • This position works with minors
  • This position has fiscal or financial responsibilities other than employee expense activity, such as processing or approving transactions; monitoring or preparing budgets; or generating income for the University
  • Will work a variable shift
  • Periods of high volume, complex, overlapping work that may require working in excess of 60 hours a week; usually during large productions
  • Required to be on call
  • Evening, holiday or weekend hours

FTE: 100%
Grade and Hiring Minimum: 9-40 
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary adjustments for internal candidates comply with University policy. For more information contact Human Resources.
Required Documents Message: Cover Letter, Resume