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Lighting and Sound Technical Specialist

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada
Posted Date
Dec 14, 2022

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Job Description

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for Lighting and Sound Technical Specialist. The position is a twelve-month Administrative Faculty position beginning July 1, 2023. Administrative faculty are professional staff members who perform responsibilities related to the operations of units within the University.


The UNR Department of Theatre and Dance is an energetic, supportive, and exciting community of professionals with a deep commitment to achieving excellence in research, teaching, and service to the University and the diverse northern Nevada community. This position is dedicated to working collaboratively with Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Dance faculty to facilitate the department’s production season, as well as production components of departmental curriculum. This includes the areas of lighting, sound and projection technology and design. lighting technology and design, sound engineering and design, and projection.


The Lighting and Sound Technical Specialist will oversee the installation, operation and maintenance of the lighting, sound and projection equipment, related facilities and performance spaces, and be expected to engage in the professional management of budgets and personnel. Additionally, the Lighting and Sound Technical Specialist will advise and participate in the development and execution of production seasons including the facilitation of design and technical elements and the supervision of technical rehearsals, liaison with university safety and facilities personnel, as well as other duties as assigned.


A component of the position is designated for teaching, specifically backstage practicum labs, and lighting and sound practicum labs. The Lighting and Sound Technical Specialist is expected to effectively supervise student workers, laboratory students, and student designers and technicians with the goal to actively train these emerging professionals and further develop their skills in the field. Additionally, we seek a candidate capable of teaching any of the following courses for additional compensation: sound technology and design, lighting technology and design, projection technology and design and other topics that align with the incumbent’s expertise and within the realm of the Design and Technology curriculum.  We particularly welcome candidates who can demonstrate their experience and interests through inclusive teaching and working with diverse student populations.


As a growing department that is in the process of revamping its B.A. Theatre Design and Technology emphasis, the incumbent will participate in the development of academic curriculum as it relates to design and technology. We are interested in candidates who are thoroughly grounded in current professional standards, proficient in Vectorworks, Lightwright and QLab, familiarity with various digital lighting and sound consoles and are well-versed in theatre and shop safety procedures and protocols. 


The successful candidate should have excellent communication and collaborative skills, thoughtful budgetary and time management practices, experience of and knowledge of running a scene shop in an academic setting. They should demonstrate potential as an excellent teacher and mentor, willingness to undertake service roles, and the ability to model professional standards and lead by example.



Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre or related field with an emphasis in Lighting, Sound, and Projection Technology and Design and three years OR a Master’s Degree and one year of professional and /or academic experience.

Related Experience: Employee coordination, supervision, and/or management; theatre production, rigging and/or theatre design or related.


Preferred Qualifications

MFA in Theatre or related field with an emphasis in Lighting, Sound, Projection Technology and Design and two years of professional and /or academic experience.

Teaching experience at the college level.

Evidence of attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion in philosophy and practice of artistry and teaching.


Schedule/Travel Requirements

Variable work Schedule

Occasional Travel


Compensation Grade

Administrative Faculty - B


To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.


Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at



Please attach the following documents to your application:

  1. A current curriculum vitae or resume
  2. Cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position
  3. Contact information for 3 professional/academic references
  4. A one-page diversity statement about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.
  5. Portfolio or URL showing recent work, which should include technical drawings.




This posting is open until filled

First review of applications will begin February 1, 2023. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received, or a hiring decision has been made.



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Department Information

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors and minors in Theatre, Dance, and the recent addition of Musical Theatre. We believe that artistic exploration is integral to a liberal arts education. Participation in the process and product of theatrical production engages the mind, the body, and the spirit, and serves as a creative catalyst for further artistic, scholarly, and socio-cultural exploration across and within a variety of disciplines. Performance is the liminal space between form and meaning; it is the space of stories and the canvas of storytellers. The study of dance and theatre is the study of culture, of human emotion and intellect, of things felt and seen, and of the body, the voice, and the unknown. These linkages between exterior life and interior existence drive and unite our community of artists, scholars, and educators.

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College and University Information

The College of Liberal Arts is home to the School of the Arts — an epicenter for the University’s booming arts scene. The School of the Arts encompasses three departments: artmusic, and theatre and dance. We are driven to help teach students and help them blossom into thriving artists. Students and faculty create work, which we showcase to the community to inspire and encourage imagination.


The University of Nevada, Reno and the College of Liberal Arts strongly value diversity, equity and inclusion. Besides housing a growing interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and affiliated faculty in the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. The College plays an active role in addressing racism, bias and inequities in society and at the local level. For examples of the innovative and unique ways we are working to dismantle racism, visit our Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts.


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