Assistant Director, Lighting and Sound

North Carolina State University
September 23, 2023
Offerd Salary:$52,000 - $53,800
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number PG192702EP

Internal Recruitment No Working Title Assistant Director, Lighting and Sound Anticipated Hiring Range $52,000 - $53,800, commensurate with experience Work Schedule 12-month, 40-hour/week position. will include weekends, evenings, with additional hours during production. Job Location Raleigh NC Department University Theatre About the Department

The Division of Academic & Student Affairs (DASA) is where students discover connections and community. It is where students live, where they gather, where they improve themselves, each other, and their university. DASA is where students seek guidance and support, both in and outside of the classroom. The division serves all students at NC State through three integrated components: academic affairs, student affairs, and University College.

The Division of Academic and Student Affairs is the place to work for values- driven faculty and staff who are passionate about promoting the success of the whole student.

NC State was named a great place to work in the 2022 Forbes annual survey as the best large employer in North Carolina. The Division of Academic and Student Affairs is the place to work for faculty and staff who are passionate about promoting the success of the whole student.

University Theatre : Since 1964, University Theatre has been NC State's open access theatre company serving the entire student body. Under the direction of a full-time professional staff, we produce six major shows each season: three in the Producing Series, one in the Studio Series and two in the summer TheatreFEST series.

University Theatre offers a blend of volunteer student productions and theatre training. Productions are open to all NC State students, regardless of major or whether or not they are enrolled in theatre courses.

Our Mission is to create a student-centered community that inspires meaningful connections grounded in the experience of making and sharing theatre.

Our Vision is to be a leader in non-major theatre programs that instills a welcoming sense of community. We will elevate theatre in all its forms through meaningful accomplishments and practical skills. By engaging in impactful experiences, we will develop capable students who are compassionate critical thinkers.

Essential Job Duties

As a senior member of the producing team at University Theatre, this role reports directly to the Director of University Theatre and is responsible for overseeing lighting, sound, and projection for six to eight productions each year.

The main production duties include collaborating with resident directors and designers to create lighting, sound, and projection designs, executing the designs, managing hang/focus sessions, tech and strikes, supervising and advising student technicians and designers, managing the lighting/sound/projection shop and budget, teaching and supervising student production crews, attending production and design meetings, and maintaining programmatic lighting/sound/projection equipment. The role also involves recruiting, engaging, and mentoring student volunteers and/or employees for production and shop needs.

This position will teach the lighting/sound portion of University Theatre's academic course Stage Craft (THE 233) as well as workshops, masterclasses, and other non-credit bearing activities.

Other duties include participating in title and programming selection with senior staff, participating in recruiting events, advising on theatre technology systems within the performing arts facilities, making necessary purchases and arrangements for loans and rentals, coordinating with the event operations manager on space and equipment use with outside users, attending staff, production, and committee meetings as assigned or necessary, and participating in departmental planning, instructional assessment, and other activities. Opportunities to lead other areas as qualified e.g. direct, scenic, costume, playwright, etc.

Other Responsibilities

  • Ability to teach/mentor in a secondary area of design and stage combat required by actors for performance work and safety during production.
  • Make appropriate purchases and arrange loans and rentals as needed.
  • Provide faculty advising and participate in committees as assigned.
  • Responsible for the installation, maintenance and inventory of lighting, audio and video equipment, and supplies.
  • Coordinate with production facilities manager with regard to the use of spaces and equipment with outside users.
  • Attend staff meetings, production meetings, and committee meetings as necessary.
  • Participate in departmental planning, instructional assessment and other departmental activities.
  • Additional opportunities may include directing a production if commensurate with education and experience.
  • Qualifications

    Minimum Education and Experience

    MFA (or equivalent degree) in theatre OR a bachelor's degree with alternative equivalent professional professional training and experience in lighting and sound design, which may be considered on an exceptional basis in place of an advanced degree.

    Other Required Qualifications

  • Professional background in theatrical lighting design
  • Strong commitment to training, teaching, and working in a community theatre and or higher-education setting, preferably with a non-majors program.
  • Strong creative skills in stage lighting design; the candidate should also possess experience and training in either sound or projection/video design with a willingness to learn and manage both.
  • Proficiency in drafting, specifically with Vectorworks and/or AutoCad, as well as proficiency in MS Office, Google Suite, and Lightwright.
  • Ability to program ETC lighting consoles, be familiar with ETCNet digital control systems, LED and intelligent lighting fixtures, and possess working knowledge of digital sound and audio equipment, including QLab cueing programs and digital editing.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Suite products, including Photoshop, Premier, and/or After Effects.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to teach basic electrical skills, be familiar with standard theater shop practices, simple rigging, and sound and light system maintenance.
  • Ability to produce design-specific paperwork and plots and work well with an ongoing collaborative design team to provide creative stage lighting that enhances the artistic vision of productions.
  • Ability to lift 30 – 60 lbs. frequently (30-60% of the time), work from heights, and carry 15-40lbs up ladders.
  • Preferred Qualifications


    Required License(s) or Certification(s)


    Valid NC Driver's License required Yes Commercial Driver's License required No

    Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions

    Job Open Date 07/06/2023

    Anticipated Close Date Open until filled Special Instructions to Applicants

    Candidates should submit a resume/CV and a cover letter. References will be requested later from finalist candidates.

    Position Details

    Position Number 00002827

    Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.00 Appointment 12 Month Recurring Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Non Mandatory - Emergency Event Department ID 248901 - University Theatre AA/EEO

    NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

    If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected].

    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

    NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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