Head of Properties

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 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.

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 Colorado State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is seeking a Head of Properties for immediate hire.

We seek an experienced Head of Properties with significant professional experience in theatre or opera, and experience in an academic setting, to train and supervise property shop staff and safely deliver our main-stage Theatre and Opera-Theatre productions, currently five productions. CSU productions are designed by faculty and by students; willingness to work with and train developing talent is essential.

The Head of Properties position provides practical training and supervision for the CSU Music, Theatre and Dance Practicum (TH186/TH286/TH386/TH486, D286) sections. Students enrolled 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. This position requires some evening and weekend calls, as needed.

Required Job Qualifications

  • BA, BFA, or MFA in Design, Technical Theatre, or General Theatre with evidence of experience in the area of technical theater and/or film production
  • Prop artisan portfolio
  • Experience in a professional or academic theatre
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience buying, sourcing, building properties
  • Experience maintaining a scene painting shop
  • Experience with working within and maintaining a budget

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 Properties Training Duty/Responsibility

Responsible for training work-study and practicum students assigned to learn skills in the properties shop. Work and training includes, but is not limited to, carving, sculpting, texturizing, refurbishment, reupholster work, purchasing, organizing, and paint mixing; interpret technical drawings, and coordinate with scenic designers and staff on most effective way of realizing the design of each production; attend and participate in rehearsals, as needed; ensure that touch up kits are created and stage management and running crew have been instructed in the proper care and maintenance of finished properties; ensure that properties are actively inspected during run of shows and repaired, as needed; read all rehearsal and production reports, and respond, as needed; supervise and assist with production load in and strike of properties, as needed, including, but not limited to properties being returned to inventory and restoring theatre spaces to neutral; maintain and revise build and properties schedule for prop shops, including hours of operation, as needed.

The Head of Properties will ensure a clean, safe, and efficient working environment in the paint and prop shops and off-site storage facilities, and train staff and students in those areas. They will train, coordinate, oversee, and participate, as needed, in the appropriation, construction, alteration, creation, painting, finishing, and setup of properties for productions.

This position will maintain a properties inventory, tracking and checkout system; monitor and maintain adequate inventory levels of designated materials in the properties shop; perform daily maintenance of tools and equipment, as needed; serve as a resource for: students learning real world skills, professional or faculty directors, choreographers, musical directors, designers, technical staff, and faculty advisors regarding scenic and prop requirements and feasibility for main stage productions and classroom use; provide general scene shop support, as assigned. Attend production and staff meetings, as needed.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Budgeting/Purchasing Duty/Responsibility

Coordinate with the SMTD Production Manager to maintain, record, and submit documentation related to university PCARD; coordinate purchasing, ordering, and tracking of all production/consumable materials for the prop shops.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Assist with the assignment and supervision of student Properties Masters for productions; assist with scheduling work-study students in the prop shop; assist with scheduling of practicum students in the properties shops and provide performance feedback, as needed; develop and maintain weekly build schedules, including property shops’ hours of operation for timely delivery of properties and finished scenery to rehearsals and productions.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application procedure:

  1. Submit a cover letter
  2. Submit a resume
  3. Submit a portfolio (this can be a document with embedded photos, drawings, and/or renderings; or website links featuring past work)
  4. Submit the contact information for three references

All materials must be submitted digitally.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by July 22, 2018. Please note that a complete application consists of the requested materials and three letters of reference. Your referees will be emailed a request for a letter of reference immediately upon submission of your application. Please inform your referees that letters should be submitted by July 29, 2018 to ensure full consideration.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

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.