Scene Shop Manager

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

Job Details

Job Title: Scene Shop Manager
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 9025

The Scene Shop Manager will supervise operations of the Maltz Center for the Performing Arts (MPAC) scene shop under the guidance of the staff Technical and Production Director and serve as Assistant Technical Director to the same. This position will report to the Department Chair, but with day-to-day operational guidance from the Technical and Production Director.


    Supervise shop operations and personnel, including outside contracted artists/technicians, graduate students, work-study students and student practicum crews. Instruct crews in use of shop facilities and equipment and shop procedures. (25%)Directly supervise shop staff and participate in organizing construction materials and in building, rigging and assembling scenic elements for MPAC productions. (30%)Directly supervise shop staff and students in hanging, circuiting and focusing for lighting and sound equipment for MPAC productions. (10%)Assist in management and maintenance of scene shop tools and hardware and related technical areas, particularly maintaining lighting instruments, accessories, circuits, dimmers, lighting console, sound card, speakers and sound computer. (10%)Participate in coordinating MPAC productions, including scenic, lighting, sound and property elements. (15%)Assist with the organization and supervision of production activities and crews, including load-in, run-crew and strike. (5%)Assist with maintenance and inventory of equipment for the proscenium and black box theaters, including lighting instruments, cables, dimmers and console. (5%)


Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


Department: Daily ongoing contact with Technical and Production Director and with play directors, designers and crew, including members of the design faculty and/or guest artists. Daily ongoing contact with front of house and department administration, such as department assistants and theater coordinators. Weekly ongoing contact with department chair and/or artistic director. Monthly participation in department meetings and events.

University: Occasional contact with university staff, particularly in Facilities Management and/or Plant Services. Occasional contact with Protective Services in event of emergencies.

External: Occasional contact with technical staff of graduate training partner Cleveland Playhouse. Occasional contact with vendors and retailers when procuring equipment and supplies for production.

Students: Daily ongoing contact with students, particularly student production crews and work-study students and those enrolled in THTR 185.


No staff supervisory responsibility. Supervisory responsibility for students in a complex set of interrelated and coordinated tasks pertinent to design and construction of theatrical production. Direct supervision of student work-study employees and student run-crew. Oversee skilled tradesman and technicians who might be contracted to provide specialized or supporting craftsmanship on theatrical productions for MPAC.


Experience: 5 or more years of professional experience in technical direction and/or lighting and sound supervision in an academic or professional theatrical setting required.

Education: High School education required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.


    Skill set that would enable successful completion of all the tasks outlined is required; stage electrics, carpentry, rigging, drafting, computer skills, painting, welding, etc.Safety training and basic first aid is essential.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.


For training and supervision of personnel, may need to occasionally lift and carry items up to 120 lbs. and may experience discomfort from bending, twisting, climbing, crawling, pushing, kneeling, stooping and reaching overhead; may occasionally be exposed to humidity and temperature outside normal ranges; may be exposed to dust and electrical hazards from construction of stage sets and working with high voltage; stand and walk 75% of the time; may occasionally need to use special tools; weekend and evening hours. Travel is mostly local and would consist of trips to the Department’s storage facility at Bioenterprise, or to local retailers for supplies.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.



Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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