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Date Posted


Assistant Technical Director


August 21, 2017


The Assistant Technical Director will assist in the management of operations of the Eldred Theater scene shop and in general production operations under the guidance of the staff Technical and Production Director.


Directly supervise shop crew and participate in the hanging, circuiting, and focusing stage lighting for Eldred Theater productions. (30%)

Assist technical director with the supervision of shop staff, including outside contracted artists/technicians, graduate students, work-study students, and student practicum crews. Instruct crews in use of shop facilities and equipment and shop procedures. (25%)

Participate in construction of Eldred Theater productions, including scenic, lighting, sound and property elements. (15%)

Directly supervise shop staff and students in the set up and use of sound equipment for Eldred Theater productions. (10%)

Assist in management, and maintenance of scene shop and related technical areas, particularly maintaining lighting instruments, accessories, circuits, dimmers, lighting console, sound card, speakers and sound computer. (10%)

Assist with the organization and supervision of production activities and crews, including load-in, run-crew, and strike.(5%)

Assist with maintenance and inventory of equipment for the black box theater, including lighting instruments, cables, dimmers and console. (5%)


Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Daily ongoing contact with technical director, and production directors, designers, and crew, including members of the design faculty and/or guest artists.  Daily ongoing contact with front of house and department administration, such as department assistants and theater coordinators. Weekly ongoing contact with department chair and/or artistic director. Monthly participation in department meetings and events.

University: Occasional contact with university staff, particularly in Facilities Management and/or Plant Services. Occasional contact with Protective Services in event of emergencies.

External: Occasional contact with technical staff of graduate training partner Cleveland Play House.  Occasional contact with vendors and retailers when procuring equipment and supplies for production.

Students: Daily ongoing contact with students, particularly student production crews and work-study students, and those enrolled in THTR 185.


No staff supervisory responsibility. Supervisory responsibility for students in a complex set of interrelated and coordinated tasks pertinent to design and construction of theatrical production.  Direct supervision of student work-study employees and student wardrobe crew. Oversee skilled tradesman and technicians who might be contracted to provide specialized or supporting craftsmanship on theatrical productions for Eldred Theater.


Experience: 3 or more years of professional experience required. Experience in technical direction and/or lighting and sound supervision in an academic or professional theatrical setting strongly preferred.

Education/Licensing: High school diploma required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.


Skill set that would enable successful completion of all the tasks outlined is required; stage electrics, carpentry, rigging, drafting, computer skills, painting, etc.

Safety training and basic first aid is essential.


For training and supervision of personnel, may need to occasionally lift and carry items up to 120 lbs. and may experience discomfort from bending, twisting, climbing, crawling, pushing, kneeling, stooping, and reaching overhead; may occasionally be exposed to humidity and temperature outside normal ranges; may be exposed to dust, and electrical hazards from construction of stage sets and working with high voltage; stand and walk 75% of the time; may occasionally need to use special tools; weekend and evening hours.  Travel is mostly local and would consist of trips to the department’s storage facility at Bioenterprise or to local retailers for supplies.


Farm Utility Worker


August 21, 2017

POSITION OBJECTIVEMaintain all areas of the farm in a functional and safe manner. Farm facilities include indoor/outdoor spaces for teaching, research, recreation, as well as, meeting and residential areas.


Operate and maintain farm tractors with mower and other implements (20%).
Operate, maintain, and repair landscape equipment, including but not limited to mowers, trimmers, pruning tools, log splitter, chainsaw, and snow blowers. (20%)
Set up classrooms and meeting rooms (15%)
Operate and maintain tools needed for minor repairs such as nail gun, table saw, electric hand saw and floor scrubbing machine (10%).
Clean, remove garbage and keep up the facilities (10%)
Enforce university farm rules and regulations for visitors (9%).
Drive pickup truck to plow snow and spread salt (5%).


Responsible to do light painting, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry repairs (4%).
Perform vehicle maintenance including minor repairs and tune-ups (4%)
Help supervise volunteer students groups while volunteering at the Farm (2%)
Perform other duties as assigned. Help instructors set up class equipment, park cars during large events and assist contractors as needed. (2%)


Supervisor the work of student employees.


Department: Daily contact with full time farm staff to coordinate events, visitors or facilities repairs.

University: Regular contact with faculty members who teach and do research at the Farm to help with research projects set-ups.

External: Weekly contact with village employees and delivery people to assist with deliveries location and down loading.

Students: Contact with summer students and student volunteers to help train them to carry out needed tasks.


Experience: 4 years of experience on building and grounds-keeping maintenance and farming maintenance experience. Prefer prior experience working with students, faculty and staff in a university setting.

Education/Licensing: High school diploma is required. Must have a driver’s license.


Must be responsible and capable of staying on-task with only routine supervision.
Familiarity with the proper and safe use of basic hand tools, power tools, and safety equipment.
Proficiency in building maintenance skills is essential (painting, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and gardening). Must be able to identify basic problems and make minor repairs without direct supervision.
Excellent social skills, demonstrated ability to interact to faculty, staff, students, and farm visitors


This is a full time position 37.5 hrs. per week and every other weekend (Saturday and Sunday half days). Must be available to work evenings, holidays and weekends, as required. Daily outdoor work is required. The employee must be able to lift up to 100 lbs., climb ladders, and work at heights.


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