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Under the guidance of the Administrative Department Manager, and working with RC Drama and Music faculty, the Keene Theater Manager will coordinate the collaborate efforts of theater management in the Residential College. Summary of major responsibilities include:
Keene Theater Management and Logistical Oversight
Manage and implement theater use policy and procedures
Collaborate with RC faculty to gain feedback on theater use, theater needs and curricular activity support.
Provide expertise on enhancing the classroom experience using theater resources
Manage various projects, house maintenance and various other challenges.
Keene Theater user support
Continually investigate new technologies and implement as needed.
Set up, operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and train users for a wide range of media performance and presentation technologies.
Provide timely feedback to faculty, staff, students, and external requestors regarding logistics needed when using the Keene Theater.
Manage Keene Theater calendar and schedule, connecting with requestors on logistical needs.
Build community around the Keene Theater by connecting with RC students and Drama Course students
Mentor and oversee several RC and EQ organizations and groups in their use of RC Technical spaces, including the RC Drama and RC Music programs, and student organizations including RC Players and RC Singers
Attend various student org meetings to relay updates, changes, policies and procedures to Keene Theater use.
Technology Maintenance / Upgrade / Replacement
Develop and Maintain Current / Future Technology Requirements in RC Performance Spaces
Collaborate with faculty and end users to provide resources for maximizing Keene Theater and studio spaces for curricular and performance events.
Oversee or provide project management support.
Oversee equipment management
Provide guidance and supervision over backstage and set storage areas, promoting community and shared space protocols.
Supervision and Training of RC Stagehand Staff
Hire / Train / Support / Schedule student staff
Hire: Interview, assess and select student stagehand staff that will successfully support Keene Theater end user needs.
Train: Provide education and hands-on practice to student stagehand staff in order to promote confidence and aptitude of theater operations and policies. Solicit feedback on training while following up on competency.
Support: Communicate and collaborate with student stagehand staff to remove barriers so as to promote their success. Receive feedback from staff on successful methods of support.
Schedule: Maintain staffing schedule to ensure event coverage and that staff understand their responsibilities.
Studio and other specialized instructional support not provided by LSA Tech Services (Keene Theater and Studios)
Provide service-oriented high quality customer service and training to students, faculty, staff and other clients.
Liaise and cooperate with LSA Tech Services, UM IT Groups and LSA Facilities.
Advise and consult RC faculty on technology needs, directing them to LSA Tech Services when needed.
Respond and support request from end users in emergent situations as it pertains to technology in the Keene Theater and RC studio spaces.
An Associate's degree or higher is required, with 3 or more years of progressive work experience in a theater setting. A successful candidate will have some experience working with theater light systems, and basic audio engineering in theater spaces. A successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills and enjoy learning. Excellent written and verbal skills are required. This position will need to work with a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and handle multiple scheduling and theater support logistics. Reasonable knowledge of student counseling and guidance practices is necessary. The Residential College depends on our staff to work in a team environment and independently. We are looking for someone who shows initiative; the desire to identify opportunities for changes to processes, procedures and responsibilities; and a willingness to assume additional responsibilities. High proficiency with information technology applications including Google Suites. This position must be willing to, at times, work a flexible schedule, which may include some evening and weekend hours. Some evening and weekend work maybe required during end-of-term performances, and coverage for RC events.
A bachelor's degree or equivalent with 5-7 years of experience in theater lights and sound management is desirable. The desired candidate will have experience working in a higher education setting and an understanding of the value of a liberal arts education and interest in student development. Reasonable knowledge of University policies, rules, and administrative procedures relating to student affairs is desired.
Higher Salary possible for exceptionally qualified candidates. This position is a full-time, term-limited position through July 31, 2023.
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