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Lecturer in Theatre Technology; Technical Director/Scenic Studio Head Carpenter

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jul 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Lecturer in Theatre Technology; Technical Director/Scenic Studio Head Carpenter

Posting Number: R0003633
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
The Lecturer in Theatre Technology; Technical Director/Scenic Studio Head Carpenter assumes the responsibilities of Technical Direction, scenic and property builds, as well as the design of one mainstage project and a two-course yearly teaching load. The Technical Director/Scenic Studio Head Carpenter is responsible for overseeing and supporting student involvement in the areas of the scenic studio, properties, and scenic painting. The Technical Director/Scenic Studio Head Carpenter is an experienced professional responsible for demonstrating and educating the students on proper tool and material usage acceptable within industry standards. Position requires attendance at evening/weekend functions.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following functions:
  • Provide Technical Direction for all four main stage theatre department productions (3 plays, 1 dance concert)
  • Provide Scenic Design for one main stage project per year.
  • Teach one course per semester (2 courses per year): Stagecraft, and one additional course in candidate's area of expertise (Scene Design, Advanced Technical Theatre Topics, CAD, etc.)
  • Attend departmental meetings and functions as necessary.
  • Maintains all equipment and supplies within the Scenic Studio.
  • Works with Production Supervisor, Scenic Designer and Department Chair to develop and maintain production budgets for scenic and properties.
  • Upholds all OSHA standards and/or specific theatrical safety standards.
  • Demonstrates and teaches proper tool and material usage.
  • Communicates with Production Supervisor, Scenic Designer and Department Chair on all build schedules and processes.
  • Installation and realization of all scenic and properties designs.
  • Ensures theatrical facility maintenance and upkeep.
  • Aids the Production Supervisor with the purchasing of equipment and seasonal supplies..
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requires a high degree of collaborative and technical skills to engage the students in the implementation of theatrical designs for Willamette University Theatre. Performance of responsibilities has a distinct impact upon the operations of the University. The position requires an exceptional level of coordination and visual attention for all job functions and is exposed to typical hazards and environmental adversities standard in professional and academic scenic studios and performance venues. Functions are primarily performed indoors. Supervision is limited to student workers.


Any combination of education, training or experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential functions. B.A. or BFA with two years of relevant production experience required. Terminal degree preferred.
  • Skills necessary for the budgeting and purchasing of materials and supplies.
  • Skills necessary to read, understand, and create scale drawings. Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD preferred.
  • Skills necessary to teach student crews advanced in-studio building techniques including, but not limited to: welding; stage carpentry; finish carpentry; scenic painting and properties construction.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement designs related to the Willamette University Theatre on time and on budget.
  • Ability to supervise, train, and develop student employees.
  • Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of people in a manner that positively portrays the Willamette University Theatre and its programs, personnel, and philosophies.
  • Ability to effectively supervise multiple projects and multiple personnel involved in the projects in accordance with Willamette University Theatre's objectives, policies and procedures.
  • This position is subject to a criminal conviction record check.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with staff, faculty, guest artists, and students.


Willamette is a nationally renowned private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is the first university established in the western U.S. and has become a national leader in sustainability and civic engagement. Our beautiful, historic campus, located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol, features a residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and two professional graduate schools: The College of Law, and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Through small classes, close student-faculty relationships, a commitment to collaborative research, and a variety of programs to meet individual student objectives, we provide an environment where teaching and learning flourish.

Salary Range: $50,000 - $56,000

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Portfolio (web links encouraged)

Questions may be addressed to Jonathan Cole, Theatre Department Chair, at

​Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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