Theater Director/Theatre Tenure-Track Faculty

Job description

Salary Depends on Qualifications
Location Champaign, IL
Job Type Full-Time, Faculty, Tenure-Track
Department Academic Services
Job Number TheFac11.28.18

Job Summary

One of the largest employers in our area, Parkland faculty and staff are united in their passion for serving students. In addition to competitive salaries and robust benefits, you will enjoy the support, commitment to professional development, and collegial relationships that you will find here.

Parkland College is a fully accredited, public community college established to serve the needs of District 505, the third largest community college district in Illinois. Our college is a center for educational opportunity and community enrichment in east central Illinois and has earned a national reputation for its excellent academic standards, innovative programs, and quality instruction.

At Parkland we celebrate the diversity in both our community and our world. Our goal is to recognize, promote, utilize, and educate one another regarding the unique qualities and shared humanity of our people and cultures.
Parkland is now hiring for FALL 2019. Courses taught may be stage craft, theatre practicum, advanced stage craft, and general education theatre courses. Tenure-Track Faculty teach a full-time load as per the Parkland Academic Employees (PAE) bargaining agreement. They advise and mentor students, and participate in governance of their departments and the college. The Director is responsible for coordinating and implementing the scheduling, curriculum, and technical operation of all academic and special events held within the theaters according to safety codes, budget constraints, and department policies. Contractual load for each semester will be a combination of director and teaching responsibilities. Position requires at least 9 equated contact hours (ECH) overload in summer months to oversee facility operations.
Applicants must submit:

  • An online Parkland College employment application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Official transcripts from the institution where you received your highest degree.
  • Teaching philosophy

Essential Job Functions
  • Provide classroom instruction in accordance with the stated philosophy, objectives, and established course outlines of the college and conduct program evaluation.
  • Inform students of course regulations, evaluation procedures, and other information pertinent to the course; prepare a course syllabus for each course and post with other course information on college's Learning Management System (LMS) by date set by the College.
  • Maintain regular office hours to ensure availability for student consultation; provides assistance to students in a timely manner.
  • Is available for student advising/mentoring.
  • Participate in the instruction of other classes, act as Artistic Director, or Program Director as needed.
  • Maintain accurate scholastic records of students; submit required reports on student progress according to published deadlines.
  • Participate in assessment as well as student recruitment and retention efforts.
Theater Director Functions
  • Work with FAA Department Chair, theatre faculty, department and division staff, students and volunteers to ensure the smooth operation of the theatre facilities as academic lab and community venues.
  • Serve as Lead Technical Director for all College productions and coordinate the assignment of production duties and responsibilities for all staff members and production crew members.
  • In conjunction with other theatre faculty, monitor work of students, provide advice and guidance, and ensure students have maximum educational opportunities.
  • Approve all event scheduling in the theatre according to college and departmental policy. Manage the master schedule of performances and, in consultation with FAA Department Chair, approve all scheduling of performances and other events to ensure that the necessary staffing and services are provided.
  • Work with FAA Department Chair, Division Dean, and staff to determine and assess goals, objectives and budgets.
  • Generate revenue through ticket sales, bookings and rentals to ensure profitability of the facilities.
  • Partner with the Operations Manager to track revenue and expenditures for rentals and College productions.
  • Assist Artistic Director in planning upcoming seasons; provide budget estimates and scheduling recommendations.
  • Act as community and high school liaison when needed.
  • Accept donations of material items to the Parkland Theatre and coordinate with Parkland College Foundation to acknowledge donations.
  • Use independent professional judgement to evaluate the equipment and technology needs for the theatre.
  • Report needed maintenance, repairs and improvements to Physical Plant and FAA Department Chair to ensure that the theatre is maintained in an orderly, clean, sanitary and safe condition.
  • Act as primary facility contact for Public Safety and ensure officers are aware of activities in the theatre as needed.
  • Work with Division staff to plan, implement marketing and promotional strategies for the venues, including providing content for website, social media, press releases and publications as needed.
  • Manage scenic engineering and cost estimates, construction, installation, and dismantling of all scenic elements.
  • Supervise inventories of departmentally owned equipment, costumes, props and set design; oversee the functions, maintenance, rental and purchases of the costume shop.
  • Propose rate sheets, standard contracts and other templates as necessary to FAA Department Chair and Division Dean.
  • Confirm and monitor all building schedules in the theatre shop.
  • Help define performance/meetings objectives with clients; determine performance/meeting and function space requirements.
  • Coordinate with the guest directors and designers to set meeting times and tech schedules.
  • Assist guest directors and designers with budgets and purchases.
  • Recommend budget items needed by the theatre, work with the department or division office to order and purchase all supplies, and other materials needed for theatre productions.
  • Monitor adherence to safety codes, budget constraints, and departmental policies.
  • Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field.
  • Serve as supervisor for theater staff, including FAA Shop Manager and Guest Artists.
  • Perform personnel management functions in accordance with college policies and procedures and appropriate collective bargaining agreements, including oversight of personnel selection, training, evaluation, and development; ensuring departmental practices are in compliance with college policy; and analyzing and recommending appropriate staffing levels.
  • Foster and maintain a collegial, equitable, and collaborative work environment in which all team members have a shared understanding of the mission of the institution and clear expectations of their responsibilities in that mission and accountability for those responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Technical Theatre or Theatre Design. Degree must be conferred by May 31, 2019.
  • Two (2) years experience teaching Theatre courses at the college level.
  • Two (2) years theatre management experience.
  • Two (2) years supervisory experience.
  • Experience in wood and steel construction, technical direction, computer-aided drafting, health and safety, and advanced technologies (fluid power, motion control, etc.) in the context of a performing arts theatre.
  • Verbal, written, and mathematical abilities sufficient to prepare proposals, design and execute technical operations, and communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  • Functional ability with professional theatre equipment and systems, including lighting, sound, rigging, costuming, and construction operations.
  • Ability to operate a man-lift, climb ladders, carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds from floor to overhead, pull counterweight system with up to 1,000 pounds.
  • Push and pull wheeled items weighting up to 200 pounds, and use fine motor skills for manipulations of sound and light board, remote controls and dimmers.
  • Pass a background check which includes an employment history and criminal history check with finger printing.
  • Ability to professionally engage in positive working relationships with members of the Parkland College community and members of the public.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects in a fast pace environment, and to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Functional ability in Microsoft Office Suite applications and database management, and the ability to learn Parkland information systems and new programs as technology changes.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Continuing education or courses in technical theatre, theatre design, or a related field.
  • Community College teaching experience.
  • Five (5) years of professional and/or educational theatre experience in a technical director capacity.
  • Five (5) years supervisory experience.
  • Academic theatre management experience.

All benefits outlined below are described in more detail in the
Parkland Academic Employees (PAE) Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Medical, Dental & Pharmacy Insurance
Parkland currently offers one health insurance plan option to full-time employees. The plan is a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP) with in-network deductibles of $4,000 for single coverage and $6,000 for family coverage. A separate deductible will apply for out of network providers. No monthly premium is charged for enrolling in the medical plan. Prescription benefits are included under the medical plan and are subject to the annual deductible.

A dental plan is offered separately to full-time employees. There is no cost for employee only coverage. A premium of $4.50/month is charged for family coverage. Preventive services are covered at 100%, general services at 80% and major services and orthodontics are covered at 50%. There is a plan year maximum benefit of $2,000 per person as well as a lifetime orthodontic benefit of $2,000.

Schedules of benefits for both the medical and dental plans are available through Human Resources. Employees are not required to enroll in the Parkland College medical and/or dental plans and do have the opportunity to make enrollment changes during Open Enrollment each year or if a qualifying event occurs. Please refer to the Summary Plan Description for more information.

Flexible Spending Account/Dependent Day Care Account
Parkland College provides full-time employees the opportunity to have pre-tax payroll deductions deposited into a Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or a Dependent Day Care Account. Funds deducted for these accounts may only be reimbursed to the employee for eligible health or child care expenses as defined by the IRS. The annual maximum contribution for the Medical FSA is $2,600 and the annual maximum contribution for the Dependent Day Care Account is $5,000.

Enrollment in the Qualified High Deductible Health Plan may make an employee eligible to enroll in a Health Savings Account on an individual basis. Please see a Benefits Team member for more information.

Life Insurance
Parkland provides twice the base salary in basic term life insurance benefits at no cost to the employee. This policy is double indemnity and has portability provisions if the employee separates from employment. During the first 30 days of employment the plan provides a guaranteed issue period where the employee may elect up to $150,000 in supplemental coverage for themselves and $100,000 in supplemental coverage for a spouse, no questions asked. Any coverage above those amounts or after the guaranteed issue period ends, will be subject to evidence of insurability. Child Optional Benefits can also be purchased in increments of $2,500 to a maximum of $10,000. Premium rates for supplemental coverage are available through Human Resources. Coverage is underwritten by Reliance Standard.

Long-Term Disability Coverage
The disability plan pays 60% of base salary after a 90 day elimination period. Coverage is underwritten by the Reliance Standard. This plan is provided at no cost to benefit eligible, full-time employees.

State Universities Retirement System (SURS)
Eligible employees will be certified in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). A mandatory contribution of 8% will be deducted from gross pay. New members to SURS must choose from one of three retirement options within 6 months of their start date. This is a one time, lifetime, and irrevocable investment election. Failure to make an election within the 6 month time period will result in a default election to the Traditional plan. More detailed information will be provided by SURS soon after your start date. Information can also be found via their website at

In addition to the 8% contribution to SURS, full-time community college employees in the State of Illinois also contribute .5% to the College Insurance Program for retirees.

Additional retirement savings options are available for employees via pre-tax payroll deductions to 403(b) and 457(b) plans. Account applications and salary reduction agreements are available in Human Resources. For additional information, schedule an appointment with the Benefits & Compensation Manager. There is no employer match for 403(b) or 457(b) contributions.

Paid Time Off
Parkland Academic Employees accrue sick and personal leave as defined under the collective bargaining agreement. Sick and personal leave are granted up front at the beginning of the academic year.

Sick leave - 13 days per contract year, granted on the first day of the academic year. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the academic year. PAE employees on a 215-day contract will earn 14 days per contract year. Sick leave will be granted to PAE members for summer employment at the rate of one-half day for half-time employment, and one day for full-time employment. Sick leave is not subject to carryover limits.

Personal leave - 2 days per contract year, granted on the first day of the academic year. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the academic year. Bargaining unit members on 215-day contracts and those employed during the summer session will be permitted to use one additional day of their sick leave for personal leave purposes. PAE members may accumulate up to 4 personal leave days. Days in excess of 4 will roll to sick leave.

Bereavement leave is available in the event of the death of a member of the employee's family. See the Parkland Academic Employees collective bargaining agreement for more information.

Miscellaneous Benefits
  • Domestic Partner benefits for same and opposite sex domestic partners.
  • Wellness Reimbursement up to $200 per fiscal year for the development of an individualized weight loss or smoking cessation program as needed by the employee.
  • Employee Assistance Program that offers free, confidential counseling services for employees and members of their household.
  • Payroll Direct Deposit
  • Corporate Memberships at local fitness centers including The Fitness Center, Refinery and Mettler Center. Please contact these facilities directly for membership rates.
  • Free use of Fitness Center on Parkland Campus via registration in the non-credit course for Fitness Center use and submission of a tuition waiver.
  • Employee and Dependent Tuition Waivers for eligible Parkland courses.

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Posted: 11/29/2018
Application Due: 1/28/2019
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