Theatrical Lighting Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) has 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as 40 adjunct faculty.

The University Center for the Arts is a nationally recognized state-of the art 350,000 square foot facility, that includes a 550-seat concert hall, a 275-seat organ and chamber music recital hall, a 320-seat thrust theatre, a 100-seat black box theatre, a 200-seat dance theatre, dedicated rehearsal, production and research spaces, along with classrooms, labs and practice rooms.

Colorado State University (CSU) is a land grant institution with a student enrollment of approximately 30,000 students in over 150 programs, and a faculty numbering 1,700. The College of Liberal Arts, within which the school is located, is the largest college in the University.

CSU is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a beautiful city of 150,000 located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. Outside magazine has named Fort Collins an “editor’s choice” for its “America’s Best Towns 2013” edition.

Colorado State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Position Summary

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University is seeking applicants for a 9-month Theatrical Lighting Technician. The Theatrical Lighting Technician position provides practical training and supervision for the CSU Music, Theatre and Dance Practicum (TH186/TH286/TH386/TH486, D286) sections. Students unrolled in these courses are seeking Bachelors of the Arts degrees in Theatre (Design and Technology, Performance and General Theatre Concentrations), Music or Dance. Up to 80% of their time is spent working with and training music, theatre and dance students. Hours are flexible, some evenings and weekends required during rehearsal and production runs.

Required Job Qualifications

  1. Bachelor degree (BA, BFA) in Theatre or Theatre Design and Production emphasis.
  2. Knowledge and experience in technical areas of theatre lighting and sound; basic computer and digital media skills.
  3. Knowledge of CAD drafting (Vectorworks) and Lightwright 5+.
  4. Ability to interact well with others and speak and understand common vocabulary among artisans is a must (lighting terminology and theatrical practices). Evidence of organization, self-motivation and self-sufficiency.
  5. Must be able to climb ladders/trestles and be able to frequently lift up to 50 lbs; 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.

Preferred Job Qualifications

ETCP (Entertainment Technology Certification Program) Certification is preferred but is not required.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Lighting Crew Head Duty/Responsibility

The Theatrical Lighting Technician is a lighting crew head, and is directly responsible to the lighting designer for the installation and maintenance of the lighting design, including assembling lighting equipment, supervising hang and focus, installation of special equipment such as automated luminaries, special effects lighting and all power distribution.
The Theatrical Lighting Technician must also be conversant on all lighting equipment and control consoles, as well as current trends in software and technologies, which requires constant research, practice and improvement of skills.
The Theatrical Lighting Technician is an Independent Lighting Supervisor for all production activity and preparation for MTD season productions.
Throughout the full 12-month annual contract for the maintenance, repair and ordering of parts, lamps, cable, gobo sheets, the entire lighting inventory, with special attention to safety lines and backups and liability.
The Theatrical Lighting Technician is responsible for the coordination of the cues with the lighting designer, stage manager, and board op, and is on-call for any problems that arise during technical rehearsals and performance, is the ultimate authority responsible for the programming and operation of the lighting control console during the production, as well as channel, color and focus check every evening before the performance. The Theatrical Lighting Technician reports to the Faculty Head of Lighting Design and the House Electrician.

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Training/Supervision Duty/Responsibility

The Theatrical Lighting Technician is a direct supervisor of the lighting crew, the stage electrician, and the console electrician (board operator). The Theatrical Lighting Technician trains students in the use and maintenance of lighting consoles, dimmers, automated and conventional lighting fixtures and associated equipment.

Percentage Of Time 40

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; to ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by November 12, 2017. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact Tina Little (970) 491-5562

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 and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. 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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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.