Shop Supervisor / Instructor of Scenic Technology

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts, Professional Fields, Other Professional Fields, Vocational & Technical Fields, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Other Academic Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

The School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech seeks a dynamic, energetic, and creative theatre artist/technician to supervise our scene shop and instruct our students in state-of-the-art scenic technologies. We seek a colleague with recent professional practice and an attention to detail suited to the production of quality craftsmanship, while providing safe, hands-on instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The Scene Shop Supervisor works under the Technical Director and cohesively with other faculty and staff involved in the season’s productions. Duties and responsibilities of the Scene Shop Supervisor include: the supervision of scenic construction for all program productions in our annual season of events; the instruction of scenic technology topics to undergraduate and graduate students in the shop setting; the organization and upkeep of materials and supplies necessary for construction; the enforcement of shop safety and safe practices (in compliance with EHS and OSHA/NFPA guidelines); the coordination of the shop space in a safe and orderly fashion; and maintaining the scene shop facility and tool maintenance. The successful candidate will instruct students on our productions with a hands-on approach during all phases of production; construction, technical rehearsals, and strikes. A teaching load of one topics course per semester is expected in addition to teaching labs and maintaining the scene shop. The Scene Shop Supervisor may be asked to serve on committees and perform other university service as appropriate. Appointment begins January 10, 2022. The position has instructor status and includes a university health/benefits package.

The Theatre and Cinema program, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, has a strong commitment to diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. More information about the program and the School of Performing Arts can be found at

Required Qualifications

A BA or BFA degree in a theatre-related discipline or a BA in another field with equivalent technical theatre experience; a record of significant experience in the field of technical theatre, including: MIG welding; advanced carpentry, rigging, shop supervision, lighting, shop equipment maintenance, and electrical wiring practice. The candidate must be able to work at heights on ladders, telescopic lifts, and grids; be able to lift 50 lbs; and have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

M.F.A. in scenic technology or related discipline, AutoCAD and Excel use, TIG welding and metal fabrication (machining), experience in automation (hydraulics, pneumatics, motors, control), First Aid/CPR training, material requisition, and previous student supervision.

Review Date

November 15, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Chris Russo at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: September 13, 2021
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