Props Director

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Job Detail

Campus Location Boston Campus Working Title Props Director Description

The Props Director leads the props area for Emerson Stage, the producing organization within the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College. Emerson Stage produces up to ten mainstage productions each academic year. The Props Directors supports all Emerson Stage productions and the student designers assigned to those productions by supporting/understanding and actualizing conceptual goals of directors and designers in tandem with established budgets in order to achieve appropriate realized properties, supporting scenery
and effects work for the productions. Strong budgeting and mentoring skills, plus the desire to work with students in a highly-ranked training program, describe our ideal candidate.

Props Director Supervises the Assistant Props Director and both are responsible for the supervision and mentoring of students who are assigned to carry out these tasks and projects in a timely, safe, and efficient manner. The Props area manages/maintains a large prop warehouse (offsite, located four miles from campus), coordinates community borrowing of our inventory and acquires props through rent, borrow, build or purchase for our own productions.
The Props Director also maintains a digital inventory of the prop stock.
Props Director may also teach up to eight credits of classes per academic year as well as guest lecture in additional classes and seminars.

Primary Duties, Responsibilites, and Tasks Required Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

BA degree with 3 years professional experience.

Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask, prioritize.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Detail oriented with excellent follow-through.

Experienced with Word, Excel, Google Drive, Google Sheets and Photoshop;

Familiar with or able to learn additional computer software (database programs, design software, calendar/scheduling programs, email programs, etc.)

Valid driver’s license and comfortable driving trucks up to 27’ in length.

Ability to mentor and execute the following skills: carpentry, practical electrical wiring,
welding, good safety practices, furniture building and repair (including upholstery,
finishing, and maintenance), basic graphic arts.

Preferred/Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

Additional skills: plumbing, food preparation and handling, scenic design, sculpting, research librarian, upholstery, inventory management, graphic arts, jewelry making, casting and molding, model making, magic effects, quilting/embroidering/knitting, prop weapon building and maintenance, photography, animatronics, CAD, animal wrangling, and mechanical repair.

Required Prior Work Experience Special Instructions to Applicants Diversity Statement

Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email: [email protected]

Annual Clery Report

In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

Union Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 888 Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Emerson College also offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Benefits Package

Information on Emerson College’s benefits package can be found here.

Classification Title Intermediate IC Salary Grade 15 Classification Code C2 Job Duties

Individual Work Activities

Responsible for the upkeep of the properties shop, tools, equipment and inventory

Work with Production Manager to hire and supervise overhire properties artisans

Collaborate with Fight Choreographers/ Violence Designers to establish and fulfill needs for prop weaponry; all prop weapons and related expenses

Collaborate with Makeup Designers and Directors to create stage blood effects

Collaborate with Costume Designers to determine if any personal props will be provided by Costumes

Read all rehearsal and performance reports and follow up with timely repairs and
supplies as needed; collaborate with run crew to maintain properties throughout each
production process

Responsible for the strike, return, restocking and proper storage of all properties and set-dressing immediately after the closing of the show

Responsible confidentiality and professionalism with regard to current and future productions, casting, design, staffing, budgets, salaries and all other sensitive aspects of the production process

Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number FY11/121009STFF Open Date Close Date Requisition Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
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Posted: 3/30/2019
Application Due: 5/1/2019
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