UAF CLA Assistant Technical Director/Scene Shop Manager

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  • Job Number:518969
  • Classification:Campus Services Generalist 5
  • Grade:Grade 77
  • Work type:Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF College of Liberal Arts
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Arts/Museum, Other

Position Summary:

Join a team creating theatre and film in Alaska! The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking an Assistant Technical Director/Scene Shop Manager for a small but active Department of Theatre & Film with enthusiastic undergraduates.


20Assemble, install, operate, maintain, and repair shop equipment to include, but not limited to, various hand and power tools and the lift machine. Knowledge of handling hazardous materials. Maintain cleanliness and organization in the shop area.Essential
20Perform physical inventory of shop equipment, educational equipment and supplies. Perform cost estimates and purchase shop equipment and supplies. Recommend purchase or replacement of supplies, products, and equipment. Solicit bids, quotations and pricing information from vendors for the purpose of obtaining cost effective services.Essential
25Construct and oversee construction crew and assist in physical and logical design of various stage sets and properties for productions. Project cost estimates for supply costs and purchase supplies for production.Essential
30Responsible for overseeing projects and leading student works. Supervise and train Theatre & Film practicum faculty, staff and students and other affiliated individuals in the area of shop safety/risk management issues involving shop space, equipment and supply usage. Manage onsite supply and equipment usage. Enforce shop safety and UAF Risk Management issues within the UAF scene shop, theatre, studio, and support areas. Explain safe operating procedures to any student using the shop or other equipment since serious injury can occur. Maintain compliance with all safety procedures as set forth by Risk Management.Essential
5Supervise and take part in setup and take down, load in/out of production equipment & instrumentation of sound, stage, and lighting equipment. Deconstruction of stage set at end of production.Essential


To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

 The Film & Performing Arts Program at UAF offers a unique undergraduate degree providing opportunities for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study in theatre and film. This position complements an existing faculty and staff which includes three full-time faculty, a part-time costume shop manager, and a full-time department coordinator and box office manager. Stage and film productions center around a well-equipped theatre and shops.

 The UAF College of Liberal Arts Theatre & Film Department seeks a Assistant Technical Director/Scene Shop Manager to design and build sets and supervise student assistants for typically two main stage shows during the season (often one is a film), and supervise and advise for at least three student productions (stage and film) as well. Maintain the Scene Shop storage and resources in addition to designing and building sets for the above-mentioned productions.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities include, but are not limited to: detailed knowledge and experience in theatrical construction design, principles and techniques, drafting and demolition, theatrical lighting / electrical work, wood shop machine maintenance, scenic painting techniques; ability to manage the construction and installation of department productions; ability to supervise set construction crew; and ability to provide costs and budget for a production and keep purchases within the budget.

Typical experience includes 3 years hands-on, progressively responsible job experience in the trades or construction industry and/or in theatrical construction (set building and shop management), evidenced by portfolio. Experience in maintaining a log of previous sets designed and materials stored. Experience working in an academic setting. Experience with additional technology like programmable lighting, video editing, audio consoles, video cameras. Experience with supply ordering.

Required Education or Training includes college coursework and a minimum of three years of extensive experience and/or training in similar theatre scene shops at a lower level, and/or years of experience in the journeyman or construction trade, with verifiable record (portfolio) of past work projects demonstrating one has acquired the skills to satisfy the position required or Associate’s Degree. Experience with use and maintenance of equipment used in a scene shop. Supervisory experience.

To ensure consideration, please apply no later than 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time, Sunday, April 17, 2022. An initial review of applicants will begin Monday, April 18, 2022. The position will be open until filled.

This is a regular, 9-month, 40 hours/week position.

 Please submit:

  1. Cover Letter

  2. Resume

  3. Names of three professional references with phone and email contact information

  4. Portfolio of set designs and sets constructed


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.



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