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College-Conservatory of Music, Staff Technical Director

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music is recruiting a staff Technical Director that will be directly responsible for the supervision and implementation of the scenery, rigging and flying elements for the College Conservatory of Music; Opera, Musical Theatre and Drama Departments. It will also supervise and teach students in classes, productions and work-study positions, as well as co-coordinate the student work programs. Additionally, the selected candidate will do the general planning and management for the scenery aspects for the Opera, Musical Theatre and Drama Department, as well as ensure safe-working practices and facilitate repair and maintenance of theatre resources and equipment. 

Essential Functions

  • Oversee and supervise student crews at work in the CCM scene shop and theaters, both on and off site.
  • Teach students enrolled in technical theatre labs through on-site interaction with majors and non-major undergraduates and graduate students.
  • Monitor production budgets and advises faculty Theatre Director and Production Manager of potential overruns.
  • Supervise all scenic aspects for event season of plays, operas and musicals including weekends/evenings.
  • Share with Faculty Technical Director on a show by show basis: technical direction advising and consultation for Student TD’s, ATD, and Lead Carpenters.
  • Assist Faculty in assigning of grades for lab work.
  • Serve as liaison to CCM Performance Management Office (PMO) for the maintenance and upkeep of theatres. Work with the PMO office to determine feasibility of staffing and resources for non-TAPAA events with TAPAA students.
  • Order and purchase supplies for productions and for theatre lab classes taught in the scene hop.
  • Serve as department safety officer (pyrotechnics, flame, firearms used in production) for the TAPAA unit.
  • Ensure all performance venues are in good working order and make recommendations and/or implement improvements/repairs.
  • Provide direct and/or indirect supervision (with consultation with the Production Manager) to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Coordinate weekly shop meeting with staff, faculty and students to provide calendar, budget, scope and scale oversight for the academic calendar and all TAPAA supported productions.
  • Support all University policies.
  • Provide a positive atmosphere for production area majors and non-majors.
  • Evening and weekend hours required.
  • Co-coordinate with Faculty Technical Director and Production Manager, departmental scenery and property rentals as needed.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Seven (7) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

  • Three (3) years of experience in technical theatre production in higher education.
  • Experience may also require at least one (1) year supervision.

Additional Qualifications Considered

Master’s Degree

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Seldom
  • Hearing, listening - Continuously
  • Talking - Continuously
  • Standing - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Bending - Often
  • Stooping - Often
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Often
  • Kneeling, squatting - Often
  • Crouching - Often
  • Crawling - Seldom
  • Reaching overhead - Often
  • Pulling, pushing - Often
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Often
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Often
  • Lifting - over 50 pounds - Often
  • Noise: There is sufficient noise to cause you to shout in order to be heard above the noise level.
  • Hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts of machinery or tools used to perform work, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals.
  • Atmospheric Conditions: Conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.
  • Oils: There is air or skin exposure to POLS (Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants) or other cutting fluids.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range of $55,000 - $65,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 83921 


College-Conservatory of Music, Staff Technical Director

Date:  Jun 16, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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