Piano Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
13 May 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2018
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. The facility houses approximately 80 pianos, including two Steinway Model D Concert Grand Pianos.

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 Piano Technician works in cooperation with the academic and artistic programming of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD). Primary responsibilities include the tuning, maintenance and repair of all pianos within the University Center for the Arts (UCA) for both internal and external constituencies.

The schedule and scope of work is determined by the Piano Technician based on his/her independent analysis of each individual instrument, based on his/her professional experience and specialized training. This position will be responsible for managing a budget. The Piano Technician reports directly to the Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

The required work hours for this position will vary, and will include early mornings, evenings and weekends.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, candidates must have:

  • Three full-time years (36 months) of professional experience in the areas of piano tuning and maintenance is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Highly sought applicants will have many of the following:

  • Steinway training and certification is preferred.
  • Yamaha training and certification is preferred.
  • Experience working in a university or conservatory is preferred.
  • Demonstrate advanced skill in concert grand piano preparation, including piano tuning, action regulation, damper regulation, voicing, replacement of parts and repair.
  • Demonstrated success with tuning, action regulation, voicing, repair, restoration and refinishing in order to maintain piano inventory of highest caliber; supervise contract vending.
  • Demonstrated success and experience with piano rebuilding.
  • Demonstrated success and experience with piano technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with high-profile guest artists.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Tune, repair and maintain pianos in the school. Duty/Responsibility

  • Tunes, repairs, maintains, and rebuilds pianos in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) according to his/her independent analysis of each instrument based on his/her professional judgment.
  • Availability for work calls after hours and on weekends is expected.
  • Schedules tuning, repair and maintenance of pianos for contracted rental events within the UCA. The scope of work is per the professional discretion of the Piano Technician according to his/her professional experience and specialized training. Availability for work calls after hours and on weekends is expected.
  • Maintain and service piano humidity control systems throughout the UCA as needed, based on the independent analysis of the Piano Technician. Availability for work calls after hours and on weekends is expected.
  • Oversees vending for contracted restoration and rebuilding of pianos, as needed, based on his/her professional experience and specialized training.
  • Provides professional analysis for SMTD in judgments regarding piano relocation, purchase, loan, lease, and replacement.
  • Provides leadership for SMTD academic departments in creating and implementing a long-term piano maintenance plan.
  • Tracks and documents the condition and service of all pianos.
  • Explores new methodologies and best practices for the maintenance and rebuilding of pianos as well as pursue professional development opportunities in the field.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.

Percentage Of Time 95

Job Duty Category Supervision. Duty/Responsibility

  • In cooperation with SMTD faculty and staff oversee the work of additional piano technicians, as needed.

Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources 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 Human Resources can calculate full-time work 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.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • 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.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which 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 humanresources@colostate.edu. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at https://jobs.colostate.edu


  • Please check the Help link online at https://jobs.colostate.edu/help/ 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 HR_Employment@mail.colostate.edu.

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.

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 www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. 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.