The Lighting Coordinator’s primary responsibility is the advanced planning and coordination of lighting related equipment for live presented, produced and rental activities. This includes onsite supervision and instruction of Technology Shop work for all partner programs. The Lighting Coordinator supervises student employees and contingent staff assigned to Production. The position is also charged with instructing and training all individuals in the Production department about lighting practices and equipment. The Coordinator assists in the acquisition, registration, inventory, locale assignment, maintenance and repair of Technology Shop lighting equipment assigned to Production, as well as, other duties assigned by supervisor. Through research, innovation, and instruction in new technologies and techniques, the Lighting Coordinator helps to build the future of the arts by educating, training and presenting the next generation of artists and creative innovators.
Essential Duty #1: LIGHTING PRODUCTION
- Coordinate and execute all lighting needs for partner programs as assigned.
- Meet with designers and faculty to discuss concepts for upcoming productions. Prepare both existing and rented equipment for use.
- Artistically advance the process of design into all productions and the methods in which the academic units teach the field of study.
- Oversee and coordinate the resources of the Technology Shop to support the training of students.
- Manage and execute the delivery of all lighting equipment and technical requests made by the mutually agreed upon deadlines.
- Review the material budgets, labor resources and scheduling in order to make recommended revisions to the designer and Technology Shop Manager.
- Manage and/or oversee all budgets assigned to lighting within the Technology Shop.
- Monitor and record expenditures for purchase card use.
- Encourage and assist research by other members of The Clarice.
Essential Duty #2: SUPERVISION
- Supervise assigned labor and provide staffing-plan work schedules. Assign and organize work shifts in within shift scheduling software. Train, supervise, and manage employees. Set goals for employees. Enforce accountability, expectations, and policies. Keep employees focused and on-task. Review and evaluate employee performance.
- Ensure that production run crews have been provided with appropriate training to manipulate and move equipment safely and effectively during onstage rehearsals and performances.
- Supervise load-ins, strikes and technical/dress rehearsals.
- Assist in maintaining a sufficient pool of employees to fulfill the needs of the Technology Shop.
- Supervise the day-today operations of the Technology Shop as required.
Essential Duty #3: EQUIPMENT
- Establish a regular inventory of supplies, materials and hardware as needed and within established budgets. Work with the Technology Manager to develop a plan to invest in capital purchases that support the use advanced production technology in the area of lighting.
- Oversee and maintain ongoing maintenance for all lighting equipment within spaces managed by Production.
- Maintain inventory of consumables and purchase as needed.
- Accurately inventory all equipment used by lighting within the Technology Shop.
- Maintain barcoding of all equipment that is not a consumable.
- Add new equipment to inventory system including new barcodes.
Essential Duty #4: HEALTH AND SAFETY
- Maintaining a safe work environment and safety procedures for The Clarice by maintaining certifications and trainings as necessary pertaining to the work of The Clarice production department.
- Oversee and support a safe and effective work environment.
- Actively work to avoid any situation that would create an unsafe work environment.
- Act as a Safety Officer for the Production department as requested.
Essential Duty #5: INSTRUCTION
- Maintain and ensure that there is an inclusive environment for students to learn in. This includes actively creating opportunities for all students regardless of their physical abilities, age, sex, race, religion, and gender identity or expression.
- Prepare and instruct students on current safety practices and standards.
- Actively engage/train/mentor students through frequent interaction that motivates them to succeed and conveys an enthusiasm for their learning.
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- Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience, plus one year of professional experience in lighting production – OR – a minimum of 5 years of experience specializing in lighting production.
- Experience programming and working with ETC software based lighting consoles.
- Experience working with and maintaining automated and LED lighting fixtures.
- Some lead or supervisory experience in a theatre production environment required.
- Working knowledge of industry best practices in safety and lighting production. Knowledge of current practices and procedures in professional performing arts environment.
Preferences & Additional Certifications:
- A bachelor’s degree in technical theatre from a performing arts program at an accredited college with a concentration in lighting and electrics work.
- Lead or supervisory experience in hanging light plots, focusing lighting instruments, networking and programming lighting consoles.
- Experience working in an educational environment and/or teaching.
- An understanding of VectorWorks, PowerPoint, EOS Family, LightWright and other lighting software/hardware on both Mac OS X and PC systems.
List of Physical Demands:
- Must be able to work from ladders and scaffolding; to work from catwalk heights of 60’.
-Must be able to lift and manipulate objects up to 50 pounds.
-Must be able to manipulate equipment, tools, supplies and/or exert force up to 50 pounds.
-Must be able to work in hazardous environments, confined spaces, and to wear and work in personal protective equipment.
-Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary
About The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.