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Master Carpenter & Scene Shop Supervisor

Siena College
Loudonville, New York
Salary range: $57,380.00 - $60,249.00
Posted Date
Aug 1, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Company Description


Located in Loudonville, New York - just 10 minutes from the state capital of Albany - Siena empowers more than 3,400 students each year through a transformative journey we call the Education for a Lifetime. All members of the Siena College community work together to advance the College's mission to graduate leader’s intent on making the world more just, peaceful, and humane. That spirit reverberates across our 174-acre campus ranked among the 50 most beautiful college campuses in the country by Condé Nast.


Job Description


The Master Carpenter and Scene Shop Supervisor at Siena College's Theatre Department plays a crucial role in transforming the scenic designer's vision into reality and managing the day-to-day operations of the scene shop and paint shop. As the primary builder of sets, the Master Carpenter crafts the physical world of the play. In this dual role, the individual will work closely with and provide guidance to students involved in production activities, promoting a safe and productive learning environment.


Master Carpenter:


  • Collaborate closely with the scenic designer to interpret and implement design plans for the set. Act as the primary builder, crafting intricate sets to design specifications. Plan, coordinate, and supervise the construction of sets, maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship. Ensure all construction and assembly processes follow established safety procedures and regulations, maintaining a safe working environment for all staff and students. Possess and apply rigging knowledge where necessary during set construction and installations. Oversee the installation and dismantle of the set in the theatre. Be available on-call during performances to address any set or rigging-related issues that may arise.

Scene Shop Supervisor:


  • Oversee the daily operations of the scene shop, ensuring efficiency, safety, and effective use of resources. Manage scene shop budgeting, track expenses, and coordinate student work schedules to meet production timelines. Hire, train, and supervise scene shop students, promoting a culture of learning, safety, and craftsmanship. Maintain equipment, ensuring tools and machinery are in good working order and used safely. Collaborate with the design team to ensure work aligns with the director's vision and troubleshoot any arising issues.

Salary range: $57,380.00 - $60,249.00


*The hiring salary above represent the College’s good faith estimate at the time of posting in compliance with the Albany County Salary Transparency Law.


Job Requirements


A background screening will be required.


  • Bachelor's degree in Theatre or related field or equivalent professional experience. Proficiency in carpentry, interpretation of design plans, and knowledge of safety practices in a shop setting, including some level of rigging knowledge. Experience in managing a shop, including budgeting, scheduling, and student supervision. Must have a clean driver's license in New York State within one month of accepting the job, and be able to drive box trucks and college vehicles.  Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license and insurability at the time of appointment and must maintain such license and insurability throughout the tenure of employment. Strong leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills. Ability to work closely with a diverse range of individuals, including faculty, staff and students.

These roles involve lifting and moving heavy objects, working at heights, operating machinery, and potentially working extended hours, especially during production periods. The scene shop can be a noisy and dusty environment, requiring the use of appropriate protective gear.


Additional Information




Siena College offers a generous benefit package to eligible full-time employees.  The benefit package currently includes a retirement plan contribution equal to 10% of an eligible participant’s compensation (as defined under the plan) after meeting the plan's eligibility requirements, and tuition reimbursement and exchange opportunities for eligible employees, spouses, and dependents. Eligible college employees currently enjoy a work schedule that includes half-day Fridays in the summer and an expansive holiday schedule, including up to two weeks off during winter break. Other perks currently include complimentary breakfast Thursdays in the dining hall, access to College community lectures and productions, complimentary College gym and library memberships, discounted and complimentary tickets to Siena Division I sporting events, and more. Opportunities for remote work may be available as well.


Siena cares for and values each member of its workforce and actively supports upward mobility. We are a community of Siena Saints, and as we often say, the world needs more Saints.


*Eligibility for individual employee benefits is determined at the time of hire and is subject to the terms and condition of the individual benefit.


Siena College is a Franciscan and Catholic institution and expects members of its community to be knowledgeable about its mission and to make a positive contribution to that mission. Siena College is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.


Siena College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Application Instructions


Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references


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