Scene Shop Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
13 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance prepares future generations of arts professionals – be it in performance, creative production and design, education, therapy, or research – are becoming contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society and advance knowledge in the arts through discovery, dissemination, teaching, and preservation.

Position Summary

This Scene Shop Technician position will serve the University Center for the Arts in relation to scene/set/stage construction.

This position will be responsible for working in the scene shop collaborating with the Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director/Shop Foreman in the planning, construction, and load-in/load-out, of all productions produced by the School of Music, Theater, and Dance; will be expected to execute assigned projects within established deadlines. Will execute specific production-related responsibilities and duties; must be able to work at any height on ladders (including trestle style i.e. “a-frame”), Genie personnel lifts, scaffolding, and a wide variety of catwalks; assist Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director in year-round maintenance, upkeep, and organizational tasks associated with running a large arts center and theatre construction facility. Will supervise practicum and work study students in their daily assignments.

Minimum Qualifications

While there are no quantifiable years of experience required for this position – mechanical aptitude and a willingness to learn are required.

How will this be measured? Great question!
Interested applicants are required to provide the following with the application uploaded as one attachment under “Portfolio”:

  1. Photograph of a set in which you played a key role in constructing.
  2. Written summary (not to exceed two pages in length) describing the project and the following:
  • The production in which the set was being designed/constructed, and unique requests/visions for the set.
  • Your specific tasks or responsibilities in the design/construction phases.
  • A brief outline of the people you collaborated with, and how you worked with them to bring the project to fruition.
  • A description of at least one project challenge which required you to use creativity and problem solving skills to provide a solution and successful outcome.



Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Design & Production or directly related.
  • Knowledge of stage craft & scenic design as well as experience with analysis of limitations
  • Knowledge of and ability to use power hand tools and tablesaw
  • Knowledge of safety considerations in set construction
  • Experience using Vectorworks
  • Demonstrated verbal communication and interpersonal skills in order to collaborate with a variety of performing arts stakeholders
  • Experience in Performing Arts within a Higher Education environment

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please see the Minimum Qualifications section of the posting for applicant document requirements and instructions


  • Clearly document job duties performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the “Work Experience” section on the application. We must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that we can calculate full-time experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening. **Please see the “Required Documents” section of the posting.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a complete application; however, resumes may still be required as a component of complete application materials.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which often requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from In addition to your Inbox, remember to check in your Junk and Deleted folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at
    1) Multiple ways to login:
    • Enter your Username and Password on the home page to login,
    • Click on Login (in the upper left-hand corner) – then Login (Under Apply without Vitae),
    • or Click on Returning Applicant – then Login (under Apply without Vitae)

    2) Select “Your Applications” in order to display all the applications you have submitted to open positions as well as the following:
    • You can view the Status of your application for each position
    • You can withdraw your application from consideration
    • You can view the job posting for the position you applied
    • You can archive the application once the position has been filled


  • Please check the “Help” link online at for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office at the main phone line: 970-491-MyHR (6947).

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.