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 August 10, 2021.  The position has instructor status, includes a university health/benefits package, and is a single-year contract.

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 http://www.performingarts.vt.edu.

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.

Additional Information:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the global community.

As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers over 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $521 million. Virginia Tech is located in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia, offering a wide variety of cultural and outdoor recreational activities.

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae or professional resume, and (3) names and contact information for three references. Application materials must be submitted online at www.jobs.vt.edu, Job number 515773. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2021, and continue until position is filled.

Employment is contingent upon submission of official university transcripts and a criminal background check.

Questions may be directed to Chris Russo, Search Committee Chair, at crusso@vt.edu.

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. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or http://www.vt.edu/about/equal-opportunity.html