Cultural Arts Specialist-Lighting Supervisor

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title: Cultural Arts Specialist-Lighting Supervisor
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 50515

School of Theatre

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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Responsible for establishing, maintaining and updating the lighting support policies and procedures for the School of Theatre. Establish quality standards and monitor each production to ensure professional quality standards are met. Occasional off campus travel required for the procurement of supplies and to transport equipment between on-campus locations.

Function as the head of the stage lighting technology department for the School of Theatre. Establish and monitor training policies for stage lighting technology and electric for the shows. Direct students or provide lighting technology support for the School of Theatre productions if no qualified students are available. Position regularly engages in physical labor including lifting up to 50 pounds, moving lighting equipment, loading University vehicles to transport equipment to production location, etc. Will use ladders to hang and repair lighting equipment. Occasional loads of 100 pounds which are moved with the help of machinery or another person.

Supervise students and OPS as needed. Oversee an annual operating budget in excess of $10,000. Oversee equipment expense budgets which vary between $2,500 and $15,000.

Start date would be January 2022.

By valuing, celebrating and leveraging the differences and similarities within our community, we create a fertile environment for problem solving one that is more inventive and compassionate. All are encouraged to apply.


Bachelor's degree in lighting design technology or other related degree and four years experience related to the duties of this position; or a high school diploma and eight years of experience related to the duties of this position. (Note: or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to eight years.)

Experience in interpreting lighting design renderings.

Experience working with Vectorworks and Lightwright.

Experience in constructing lighting for shows to include planning, lighting techniques and operating mechanical and small hand tools.

Experience providing instruction in the correct and safe operation and maintenance of the items used in a theatre including tools, equipment, lighting peripherals and lighting boards.

Experience preparing and monitoring budget information.

Able to meet the physical demands of the position to include the ability to move objects up to 100 pounds with the assistance of machinery or another person.

Ability to operate a motor vehicle and have a valid driver's license, or the ability to obtain one prior to start date.


MFA in lighting design/technology is preferred.

Contact Info

Please email the School of Theatre at [email protected] with any questions.

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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Anticipated Salary Range

Salary range is mid to upper thirties, commensurate with experience

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

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M-F, 8am-5pm. Nights and weekends required during light hang, focus, and technical rehearsals and other events as required. Schedule may vary according to production schedule.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

A letter of intent, current resume, and 3 references are required. Additional information and/or materials may be requested. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning December 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

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