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Lighting Supervisor

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 20, 2022

Job Description:

About Brown:

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more. To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity:

Brown University is undergoing a tremendous growth in the arts, with newly appointed leadership for the Brown Arts Institute, and the state of the art, one of a kind Lindemann Performing Arts Center scheduled to open in Fall 2023. Brown seeks to fulfill its ambitious vision for the arts as an integral presence throughout a liberal arts education. We believe the arts are fundamental to critical inquiry into the most important questions facing humanity around the world, and we support artists operating at the highest levels of their craft to inform, and be informed by, scholars in disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.


We seek to hire a Lighting Supervisor to join a growing team at the Brown Arts Institute (BAI). The Lighting Supervisor reports to the Director of Design and Production of the BAI and is responsible for supporting the artistic vision of directors and designers as it relates to the advancement, budgeting, and realization of lighting designs for the Lindemann Performing Arts Center and other BAI venues. The Lighting Supervisor will have strong lighting and electrical power distribution skills, work well under short time constraints, and be able to pivot easily from one task or idea to another. The Lighting Supervisor is responsible for overseeing all lighting functions of the eight major performance spaces in the Lindemann and Granoff Centers including programming computerized lighting consoles, managing lighting networks, working with both automated and conventional lighting fixtures and generating appropriate lighting paperwork.

An experienced, creative, and collaborative Lighting Supervisor will play a pivotal role in the future success of the Brown Arts Institute. The Lighting Supervisor must enjoy collegial, collaborative relationships with the BAI Leadership Team, as well as its subordinate division leads. In addition to working with artists, the Lighting Supervisor will work closely with producers, curators, creative team, Lindemann staff supervisors, students, faculty, and technicians to oversee the technical production process in their area of expertise. Open lines of communication are of the utmost importance, as the BAI programs are vast, complex, and often politically sensitive.


Education and Experience:
  • Required: BA or BFA , or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Preferred: BA or BFA in technical theater or related field

  • ETCP Certified Electrician. Certification may be obtained during the first year of employment

  • 5+ years lighting experience in a theatrical capacity, in either an academic or professional setting

  • 2-4 years of supervisory experience

  • Proven lighting skills in performance-based disciplines, theater, dance, opera, music including pop music technology

  • Extensive experience in CAD drafting using Vectorworks

  • Lighting paperwork development using Lightwrite

  • Proven skill in programming lighting consoles and working with automated lighting fixtures

  • Proven skill in maintaining lighting network

  • Strong Skills in electrical power distribution

  • Ability to work at height including being on lifts and ladders

  • Broad skill-set including experience in audio, video, lighting, and signal routing

  • Demonstrated competencies in professional artistic practice to appropriately communicate with a wide array of creative professionals (including faculty, visiting artists, etc.)

  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to prioritize and multitask

  • Ability to think strategically, with an eye to long-term planning

  • Proven verbal and written communication skills and a flexible style to successfully accommodate a broad range of individuals and developing priorities

Additional Information:

Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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Lighting Supervisor


Brown Arts Institute


Grade 10

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer, Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.

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