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College Conservatory of Music Scene Shop Foreman

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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 Scene Shop Foreman that will assist with building of props and scenery for all productions produced by the Theatre Arts, Production, Arts Admin (TAPAA) Department. This position will also assist faculty and staff Technical Director with educational mission by having the scene shop and 3 performing spaces (theaters) act as lab portion of classes.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with the set-up and tear-down of scenery and props
  • Supervision of scene shop students. Answer students’ questions, check work to ensure students are following directions, and oversee student, shop and tool safety.
  • Hire, supervise, track and submit payroll for hourly student workers.
  • Assist with the tracking of Freshmen shop hours for class credit. (Each Freshman must work 6 hours per week in the scene shop for class labs)
  • Maintain and repair tools and equipment. Improve facility functionality.
  • Assist with the maintenance of facilities and all storage spaces, both on and off campus.
  • Assist with inventory control.
  • Maintain the scene shop calendar/schedule and share with other faculty and staff positions.
  • Assist with property/scenery rentals.
  • Provide a positive atmosphere for production area majors and non-majors.
  • Assist with evening and weekend load-ins and tech rehearsals as necessary.
  • Evening and weekend hours required.
  • Assign work; ensure proper workflow of the unit; act as lead worker.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).


Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Six (6) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

  • Two (2) years professional scene shop experience.
  • The ideal candidate will be skilled in theater carpentry, furniture carpentry, welding and rigging, as well have knowledge of standard theater and scene shop practices, in addition to Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Automation and mechanical design experience desired but not required.
  • Extensive experience with tool maintenance, stationary and portable, highly desired.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Hearing, listening - Continuously
  • Standing - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Bending - Often
  • Stooping - Often
  • Reaching overhead - Often
  • Pulling, pushing - Often
  • Crawling - Seldom
  • Shoveling - Not Required
  • 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.
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Seldom
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Often
  • Kneeling, squatting - Often
  • Crouching - Often
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Often
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Often
  • Lifting - over 50 pounds - Often
  • Atmospheric Conditions: Conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.
  • Talking - Continuously
  • Sitting - Often
  • 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 $40,000 - $50,000 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: 83842 


College Conservatory of Music Scene Shop Foreman

Date:  Jun 16, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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