Technical Director, Lighting and Sound Designer

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 2, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time

Official Title: Technical Director Business Title: Technical Director, Lighting and Sound Designer Employment Class: Non-Instructional Academic Staff FTE: 1.0 Compensation: Starting at $40,000 commensurate with experience FLSA Status: Exempt Terms of Employment: Fixed term-terminal; 9 month contract Position Summary:

Directs the set up and maintenance of technical and operational equipment for theater performances to ensure high quality theater production and department sustainability. Provides technical instruction, develops and implements safety policy, and may develop program budgets, and/or train and supervise stage crews (professional and/or students).

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.


This person maintains and supervises a scene shop, a 488 seat Proscenium Theatre and a 125 seat black box theatre all of which serve as learning laboratories for an undergraduate BA/BS theatre program. The Technical Director is responsible for the on-time planning, engineering, mechanical drawing/drafting and installation of the designed scenic elements as well as purchasing, budgeting, load in and load out of sets. This person supervises technical components at all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances. Candidate must also teach a course each semester.

Qualifications Experience with computerized and digital lighting and sound systems is required Required:

1. Master of Fine Arts or equivalent terminal degree in Theatre Technology or Theatre Design at time of application

2. Experienced Lighting Designer

3. University teaching experience at time of application

4. Knowledge of and experience maintaining safety standards per OSHA

5. Advanced experience with theatrical rigging systems and master electrician skills

6. Advanced experience with digital lighting and sound technology

7. Knowledge of software programs related to and used in the field

8. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion


1. 3 or more years of teaching experience

2. 3 years professional experience as a Technical Director

3. Knowledge of and/or preferred membership in off campus activities consistent with duties of this job such as Membership in United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

4. Scenic Design background

5. Training in AED/CPR, first aid and fire extinguisher use

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

Letter of Intent, Vita or Resume, Transcripts, and Contact information for three references.

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by July 25, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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