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Piano Technician

St. Olaf College
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 17, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Piano Technician


Position Title: Piano Technician

Department: Music

Reports To: Music Department Chair

Classification: Exempt

FTE: 1.0

Salary: $66,000 - $73,000

Essential Job Duties:

1. Tune, maintain, and/or supervise all service of music department pianos, harpsichords and fortepiano
  • Maintain tuning pitch to within reasonable and appropriate tolerance of A440
  • Update piano service inventory records in the department database inventory file
  • Prioritize rebuilding and maintenance projects
  • Rebuild or supervise the rebuilding of pianos and piano actions to maintain inventory consistent with department priorities and practical limitations
  • Work with students, faculty, and guest artists to prepare for events with piano use
  • Manage the purchasing of piano supplies, parts, and shop equipment consistent with department priorities and within guidelines of budget resources

2. Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Assign duties and approve timecards for Assistant Piano Technician
  • Prioritize and coordinate the scheduling of all piano services
  • Assess progress and/or new problems and issues
  • Discuss methods and procedures for specific tasks as appropriate
  • Supervise moving of harpsichords and fortepiano as needed and serve as department contact with professional piano movers

3. On-site piano repairs and regulation
  • Problem-solve issues that arise and develop an effective, practical solution
  • Note service performed, and future recommendations, in the piano service inventory records database

4. General responsibilities
  • Regularly monitor the department calendar of events to coordinate service
  • Be informed of industry trends and developments as is beneficial for the department and be involved as is feasible with the Piano Technicians Guild
  • Share information on Piano Technology as requested and feasible to interested students. This may include occasional class presentations on subjects related to piano technology
  • Meet with Piano faculty and/or Music Chair as requested and appropriate to discuss long and short-term strategies regarding current piano inventory placement, project priorities, or new acquisitions
  • Keep Music Chair updated with the status of current projects and new developments as situations evolve

5. Support, respect, and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community

6. Complete and meet deadlines for required training and performance management cycle

7. Perform other duties as assigned

Work Schedule:

Term: Year-round

Shift: The standard 40-hour work schedule is Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; flexible work arrangements can be proposed and are subject to approval by HR and relevant supervisors; some evening and weekend hours are required for special events throughout the year

Required Qualifications:

Education: Technician education sufficient to achieve RPT status in Piano Technicians Guild or equivalent certification; maintain a valid driver's license and meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria with a satisfactory driving record

Experience: 5+ years of certified piano technician work and recognized professional experience in the field of piano technology that includes experience with concert piano preparation; 1+ years of supervisory experience or demonstrated leadership skills/abilities

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Experience: 10+ years of experience in the field that includes post-secondary institutional work preferred


Employment in this position is conditioned upon successful completion of a background check, which may include criminal background checks, reference checks, verification of work history, verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, a motor vehicle check, verification of a DOT certification, a credit check, employment eligibility verification, and/or a pre-employment physical. Whether a background check is deemed successfully completed will be at the sole discretion of St. Olaf College. Please note that St. Olaf College reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to conduct periodic background checks.


This job description is for general information purposes. It is not intended to list all duties and responsibilities of the position. This job description is subject to change at any time, with or without prior notice, by St. Olaf College.

About Us

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a 9% retirement match, monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, contributions to eligible employees' health savings accounts, a significant tuition discount (up to an 80% reduction) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employees' children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of the college's benefits, please see the summary of our benefits here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

A summary of the Flexible Work Policy for staff:

A link to our DEI page:

A virtual campus tour:

An overview of Northfield:

An overview of the Twin Cities:

The college strongly recommends that incoming students and new employees complete the primary COVID vaccine series before beginning their studies or work on campus, and that all members of our campus community remain up to date with COVID vaccines, per CDC guidance.

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

For Staff Application Assistance:

For Faculty Application Assistance:

Title IX Contact Information:
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180
Northfield, MN 55057

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St. Olaf College

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf serves 3,000 students, ranks #1 among U.S. colleges for the number of students studying abroad, and celebrates carbon-free electrical power.  Its mission is to challenge students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.  The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities.

A St. Olaf education embraces the entire undergraduate experience. Students learn not only in the classroom, but also in residence halls, rehearsal rooms, practice fields, worship services, student employment, and community organizations. These diverse learning opportunities work together to help students achieve a comprehensive set of college-wide learning goals.

At St. Olaf College we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and globally engaged community. We believe in fostering different identities, beliefs, and traditions because our differences make us stronger. St. Olaf strives to promote cultural diversity and multicultural understanding and create a campus where individuals of all backgrounds feel accepted and supported. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the enrichment of our diverse community.

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