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Properties Supervisor - Part-time

Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ

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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution
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Properties Supervisor - Part-time

Position Description:

Rider University seeks a Properties Supervisor to support performance and production activities. This is a part-time staff position that reports to the Technical Director. The position is open until filled, and the successful candidate will start at the earliest possible time.

The Properties Supervisor is responsible for the supervision of the prop shop personnel in the acquisition and construction of the various decorative and functional props in a collaborative design process with the scenic designer. The Props Director closely coordinates with the scenic, lighting, sound, and costuming departments when any technical needs overlap among those departments. The production season runs from September to May. The schedule for this position varies and is flexible, but does include extended hours, evenings and weekends, especially during technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and productions.

The Properties Supervisor has a direct impact on musical theatre, opera theatre, and theater programs, providing a professional product to each production. The supervisor is expected to attend all technical rehearsals.

Core Responsibilities· Coordinate and manage student staff with the construction, pulling, purchasing, renting and/or altering of all properties, which include but are not limited to hand props, furniture, and set dressing, for mainstage productions.· Coordinate/collaborate with the stage director, scenic designer, technical director, and other departments as necessary.· Create prototypes, sketches, samples, and other proofs of concept as needed.· Maintain and adhere to the props budget on each production; recommend purchases and rentals as needed.· Attend all production meetings, technical rehearsals, and run-throughs for mainstage productions.· Ensure that all props, materials, furniture and other set pieces are cleaned and returned to proper storage at end of each production.· As needed and appropriate, assist in supervising painting of scenic designs.· Other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Production Management or the Technical Director.

Additional Duties· Supervise student crews during production hours and technical rehearsals.· Supervise student employees in organizing and maintaining warehouse properties storage.· Supervise student employees in managing the maintenance of properties stock and organization of rentals as needed.· Promote a safe and healthy work/learning environment alongside other staff and faculty.· Promote & practice safety and security procedures.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of high school diploma and 2 years experience in theatrical props construction.
  • Ability to source vendors and rental shops.
  • Ability to interpret designer and construction drawings, sketches, and paint elevations.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Strong problem-solving and communication skills and the ability to approach challenges collaboratively.
  • Able to work various hours and occasional work on nights and weekends.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work quickly and accurately with attention to detail, maintaining a positive attitude in fast-paced and rapid-changing environments.

Position Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency with hand and power tools.
  • Ability to work from ladders and/or aerial lifts.
  • Ability to safely lift 50 lbs.
  • Experience as a scenic painter or painting supervisor

About Rider University:

The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Rider University is committed to fostering an inclusive, vibrant living and learning community that embraces students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and enables them to achieve success.

Through reflection and open, respectful dialogue, we develop responsible citizens who demonstrate academic understanding and compassion to grow and serve as leaders in a diverse and global world.

Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.

Rider University has been included as one of the nation’s best universities by US News & World Report and remained in the top tier in the Regional Universities – North category. Additionally, The Princeton Review named Rider among its “Best 387 Colleges” in the nation. Both publications have ranked the University favorably in their respective surveys for more than a decade.

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity.


Lawrenceville, NJ

Do the essential functions of this job require lifting?:


If yes, # of pounds.:

25 - 50 pounds

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Divisional Unit:

Academic Affairs


Westminster College of the Arts (WCA)

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10 months

Work Schedule:

Typical 20hrs/wk for 26 weeks. Nights and weekends as needed.

Open Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a letter of interest, résumé, a statement outlining experience with properties supervision, a statement describing your commitment to supporting and working with a diverse and inclusive community, and names and contact information for three recent professional references. All materials should be uploaded on this site.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The completion of a background check is required for all new hires.


Our History and Path Forward

Over a 150-year legacy does not happen by accident.  Rider has always had a remarkable ability to adapt.  Yet it is not our shistory alone that defines u, but our future-the ability rethink our vision in fundamental ways, and come together to grow our students and institution as never before.  In that vision we reimage education as a vibrant, holistic experience, exciting and engaging in ways that go beyond classroom learning to real world.


Our Mission

Rider University welcomes students from throughout the region, across the nation, and around the world who seek to be challenged and supported as active members of our inclusive and vibrant living and learning community. Committed to student growth, transformation and leadership, we connect rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study with a rich array of learning experiences that engage students inside and outside the classroom. We prepare graduates to thrive professionally and to be lifelong independent learners and responsible citizens who embrace diversity, support the common good, and contribute meaningfully to the changing world in which they live and work.

Vision for Inclusive Excellence

Rider University is committed to fostering an inclusive, vibrant living and learning community that embraces students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and enables them to achieve success. 

Through reflection and open, respectful dialogue, we develop responsible citizens who demonstrate academic understanding and compassion to grow and serve as leaders in a diverse and global world.


Strategic Initiatives

As an institution striving for inclusive excellence, we intentionally infuse efforts to promote equity and inclusion in all aspects of our campus, including:

How Rider promotes equity and inclusion

  •  Recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty and staff
  •  Promoting a safe and welcoming physical environment and campus climate that garners a sense of belonging
  •  Facilitating cultural competency and understanding throughout the University community
  •  Developing equitable policies and practices
  •  Engaging proactively with the surrounding community

Rider University ranks on U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges list and the Wall Street Journal's Top U.S. College list.


Rider's leadership is committed to fulfilling our University mission statement and Rider Promise, advancing a vision for our future and sustaining academic excellence. Get to know our president, the cabinet and Board of Trustees. 


University's Partnerships 

Rider University welcomes partnerships with companies and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to the professional development of their employees by making higher education more accessible and affordable.View Rider University's Plan for a safe, enriching and adaptive academic year. As the knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve and new information becomes available, all relevant policies and plans will be updated as appropriate. Please check back frequently to stay informed.

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