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Scene Shop Supervisor

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Work type: Staff
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Temporary, Full Time

Job No: 518971; 11/3/2022

Performing Arts Technician II
Theatre Arts and Dance 

Salary Range: $3,733 - $6,755/Monthly

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; temporary appointment expires on or before one-year from date of hire; may be extended, may become permanent; non-exempt classification.

Essential Functions: Under the general direction of the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance within the College of Arts & Letters, the Performing Arts Technician/Scene Shop Supervisor provides technical support for Scenic Technology as well as Production courses, including general safety training and supervision of use of power tools and equipment, hand tools, scenic materials and stage equipment for rehearsals, performances, and events. This position supervises students and student work in shops, studios, storage, and on stages; ensures responsible and safe use of all equipment and theatrical elements. Performs maintenance, inventories, and organization in all scenic lab, performance, storage, and classroom spaces. The Performing Arts Technician/Scene Shop Supervisor is an artisan charged with overseeing and working with students in the safe and effective execution of construction and painting work for theatrical productions; managing the use of the Scenic/Paint shops and related storage/lab areas; and supporting the Department of Theatre and Dance’s use of the College and campus performing Arts venues.

Required Qualifications & Experience: Applicable college coursework and three years of experience in professional scenery fabrication, stage rigging, and scenery automation in live theatre, musical theatre and/or related entertainment field. The incumbent must have comprehensive knowledge of the methods and problems in multiple production specialties; safety measures and hazards related to theatre productions; safety requirements and standards in the scene shop and related stage operations, and ability to train others in safety measures and ensure compliance with codes and regulations.; the safe use of hand and electrical power tools, such as, but not limited to, welding equipment, theatrical rigging equipment, and wood working tools, in the creation of scenery and properties construction and ability to oversee the correct and safe use of these tools by others, including students, faculty, and staff; technical aspects of construction, implementation, and operation of staging materials including carpentry, operation of applicable hand, power and woodworking tools; counterweight rigging systems and related stage equipment; basic electrical theory and usage related to audio and lighting effects and working knowledge of lighting, sound and stage effect techniques, including the ability to improvise lighting, sound, stage property, and other stage effects; and working knowledge and experience in implementation of theatrical lighting and sound operating systems. The incumbent must have the ability to read design and construction drawings and plots and to assist in their execution; familiarity with Vectorworks, Autocad, Sketchup; work with a wide range of set and scenery construction materials; and to work with faculty and other staff to provide training and supervision to students involved in productions. The incumbent must have a demonstrated interest and/or ability to work in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the California State University. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University employees who may apply for the position. As a part of the interview process, candidates will be asked to complete a task. 


CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


California State University, Los Angeles, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.


As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.


Desired Qualifications: BA or BFA, or BS in Theatre and five or more years of experience working in a theater, repertory or stock company engaged in scenery and properties production. Fluency in CADD, including Vectorworks, Sketchup, Autocad. Technically proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Professional; Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, Forms, etc.); projection and power point operation, Zoom webinar, reporting tools; intranet drives; and internet browsers. Ability to create scale drawings and fabricate mock-ups. Independently manage production support projects and productions by breaking segments into working units that coincide with production needs. Work on more complex projects/designs and to work with more difficult materials and equipment, including the ability to select and use the most appropriate materials to meet production needs. Use more complex features of applicable software packages for production specialty; plan the layout and use of work areas.


Special ConditionsHand and electrical power tools, such as, but is not limited to, welding equipment, theatrical rigging equipment, and wood working tools, in the creation of scenery and properties construction. Ladders, scaffolding and aerial lifts. Personal protective equipment (PPE), as required, by students and employees. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: wearing breathing protection when working with anything creating small dust particles or vapors, such as spray painting or sanding; wearing hearing protection when performing operations with tools or other equipment that produces loud or continuous noise, especially powered saws, routers, abrasive grinders, and planers; wear face and/or vision protection when working with any tools creating flying debris or sparks, which includes most of the tools. Generally, wear eye protection whenever you are working in in the workshops or on stages.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on November 17, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received. A COMPLETED ON-LINE CAL STATE LA EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED. RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF A COMPLETED APPLICATION.


The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, California State University, Los Angeles is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, disability, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

Candidates must demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. Certain positions require fingerprinting. The University actively encourages qualified minorities, women and persons with a disability to apply.  Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause an undue hardship. We are an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

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