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Technical Assistant III

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Fine Arts Center
Union: USA/MTA
Categories: Skilled Labor, Technical, Theater/Performing Arts

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Since its founding in 1975, the UMass Fine Arts Center has been a central force in the cultural, social, and academic life of the University, the Five College campuses, and the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The Fine Arts Center's combination of educational, visual, and performing arts programs not only makes us unique, but it also secures a very vital and necessary position for us to meet the diverse needs of scholars, faculty, students, alumni, and the broader community.

 

Job Summary

The Technical Assistant III oversees all operations in the lighting department. Supervises lighting and related electrical aspects of all productions with Fine Arts Center including outdoor, hybrid, virtual, rental and on/off campus, assists in general production duties, and supervises student and professional crew members in these activities.

 

Essential Functions

  • Coordinates lighting and production planning with visiting professional and student production companies; designs, adapts or implements lighting plans for all stage productions; supervises the hanging and focus of stage lights and operation of lighting control consoles.
  • Repairs and provides preventative maintenance for all stage lighting and related electrical equipment; responds to lighting and electrical problems occurring during productions; makes recommendations on major repair of lighting and on new equipment acquisitions.
  • Creates and maintains all lighting records including but not limited to detailing current lighting positions, circuit, focus, purpose and rentals. Manages and maintains all lighting inventories. Tracks electrical expenses for events from pre-production through post production.
  • Trains and supervises student work crews in the performance of lighting and general stage production duties.  Works collaboratively with touring technical production personnel. Also supervises professional and union crew members.
  • Assists in general stage management duties, supervision of load-in, set-up, dismantling, and load-out of touring productions and securing of the performance area before and after production. Works with Production Manager to advance all events. Assists AV Head with technical projection and camera needs.

 

Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.

 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Over two (2) years’ experience in theatrical lighting design.                                                                                 
  • Knowledge of Eos Family Programming (ETC Ion), intelligent lighting systems, and wiring is required.
  • Software knowledge including Windows, Mac, Vectorworks, Lightwright, Microsoft Office.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, organizational and time management skills, as well as a focused work ethic and professional demeanor.

 

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in theater or technical theater. Over four (4) years’ experience as a Master Electrician for theatrical venues.
  • Experience with moving lights.
  • Experience working with student crews and student development.

 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Ability to work at substantial heights.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs over a distance. 
  • Work requires significant manual skills, physical effort, and an exposure to risks from heights, electricity, and stage rigging.

 

Work Schedule

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5:00PM
  • Occasionally works an irregular schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.  Possible 18-hour shifts.
  • Expected to work evening performances related to FAC events.

 

Salary Information

Grade 15

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

 Please submit your application online and include a resume and cover letter to ensure consideration.

 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

 

 

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