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Piano Technician Pool - (Piano Technician) - College of Liberal and Creative Arts

San Francisco State University
San Francisco

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 533277
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Time Varies, Theatre Arts, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title

Piano Technician

SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Applicants may visit for more information on SF State's policy prohibiting discrimination, and how to file an online report using the procedures under Executive Order 1096 Revised. Inquiries can be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator and Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Administrator by calling (415) 338-2032 or emailing

San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus. Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Appointment Type

Temporary: This will be a one year temporary position. Position can be renewed annually

Time Base

Hourly Intermittent

Work Schedule

Irregular Schedule; varying hours.

Anticipated Hiring Range

$30.00 - $40.00 per hour.

Varies by assignment and salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

The Piano Technician will be primarily responsible for tuning the pianos utilized at performances and events in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts facilities. The Piano Technician will make minor adjustments to the tension of a piano's strings, aligning the intervals between their tones so that the instrument is in tune

Position Information

Piano maintenance and troubleshooting

  • Assessing the physical status of the piano.
  • Evaluate the sound quality by playing the instrument.
  • Tuning pianos by tightening or loosening strings with a tuning hammer.
  • Conducting post-tuning sound assessments.
  • Ensuring the artist is satisfied with the sound quality

At All Times

  • Demonstrate behaviors that are in line with the User-Friendly Principles (P530C) and Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University (P30D)
  • Demonstrate safe work practices for oneself, others, and the office environment.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge and Abilities:

Ability to tune, regulate and voice a piano to exact specifications; ability to inspect and diagnose problems, and make minor repairs to pianos and related instruments; ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position.

A thorough knowledge of the principles of design, construction and mechanical operation of pianos; ability to tune, regulate and voice a piano to the exact tonal qualities and touch desired by various individual pianists; and ability to overhaul and rebuild pianos.


Two years of experience in tuning and repairing pianos, harpsichords, and related instruments; as well as two years of experience in overhauling and rebuilding pianos. Completion of a formal training program which provides the individual with the knowledges and abilities required of the position may be substituted for the two years of general tuning and repairing experience.

Preferred Qualification

  • Ability to tune, regulate, and voice a piano to exact tonal qualities and touch desired by various individual pianists; ability to inspect and diagnose problems, and make minor repairs to pianos; ability to overhaul and rebuilding pianos.
  • Ability to function harmoniously in a creative environment involving student and professional musicians.
  • Ability to read and write English at a level appropriate to the duties of the position.
  • Ability to maintain repair and inventory records on a Macintosh desktop computer.
  • In addition to the experience requirement, a degree in Music or a closely related field is desired

Core Competencies - embody the following competencies:

  • Bias toward collaboration and teamwork.
  • Effective oral, written and nonverbal communication skills.
  • Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.
  • Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.
  • Diversity and inclusion.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Advertised: November 09, 2023 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled


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