Vanderbilt University Technical Services Assistant in Nashville, Tennessee

Technical Services Assistant (Job Number: 1801603)


About This Position :

The Theater Technician is part of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for planning, organizing, and performing technical support activities for the Blair School of Music. The Theater Technician will display a flexible attitude, and will undertake varying roles as dictated by performance and rehearsal requirements in an educational setting. The Theater Technician will support educators and students in achieving learning goals within the scope of the theater and other related venues. The Theater Technician will assist in the safe operation and maintenance of theater lighting, sound, rigging, video projection and related equipment and systems used in support of staging musical events.

About the Work Unit :

The Blair School of Music serves as the focal point within Vanderbilt University for the study of music as a human endeavor and as a performing art. Music offers to all persons a medium for the expression of the human spirit. Accordingly, the Blair School of Music addresses music through a broad array of academic, pedagogical, and performing activities. Consistent with the mission of Vanderbilt University, the School maintains and promotes the highest standards in the pursuit of scholarly and creative work, in the delivery of instruction, and in the promotion of professional and public service.

In its scholarly and creative work, the Blair School of Music proposes to advance the discovery of knowledge, to expand the horizons of musical expression, to promote academic excellence, and to sustain an environment supporting these pursuits by faculty and students.

Pedagogically, the Blair School is committed to providing superior musical instruction to pre-collegiate and adult students in the environs of Nashville, Tennessee; stimulating classroom and studio instruction to collegiate music majors and minors; and, to the students of Vanderbilt University at large, an array of academically rigorous, culturally enriching courses appropriate to one of the nations' leading institutions of higher learning.

In its commitment to professional and public service, the Blair School of Music contributes to cultural and intellectual life at Vanderbilt University and throughout the region through concerts, lectures, and recitals by faculty and students, and by providing a forum for visiting artists, scholars, and composers of national stature.

Duties andResponsibilities:

Stage managing small shows

  • Makes set changes/lightingchanges during theatrical/musical performances throughout the year.

  • Operates the mixing console inrecording performances (ETC ION lighting console).

  • Opens and closing doors forguests, answering any questions about the performance; provides generalinformation about the performance.

General stage technician work

  • Builds sets and props usingpower tools, table saws, screw guns, etc. to enhance various performances.

  • Rigs and handles light fixturesand set pieces.

  • Unrolls and tapes down dancefloors

  • Hangs and focuses lightingrig(s).

  • Performs set changes, whichincludes moving equipment and set furniture.

  • Operates counter-weight flysystem by pulling on a rope as something/someone flies in and out of thescene.

  • Regularly lifts up to 50pounds.

Work with clients to design lighting for events

  • Goes through each scene tounderstand effects to be achieved and determines how to visually createthe effect with lighting.

  • Works closely with the clientto determine lighting needs and subsequently carries out those decisionsby setting up the lighting.

Perform general maintenance to lighting equipment

  • Cleans lighting and dimmerunits.

  • Maintains lighting cables;inspects and replaces, as needed.

Other duties

  • May be asked to moveinstruments within the building.

SupervisoryRelationships :

The position does not have supervisory responsibility; the position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of Technical Services.

Experience and Skills :

  • At least three years ofexperience in theater production and technology is necessary.

  • Knowledge of and experiencewith a theater lighting console system is necessary.

  • Knowledge of ETC ION lightingconsole is highly preferred.

  • Working knowledge of ETC lightingprogramming language is highly preferred.

  • Working knowledge of Unisonlighting programming language is highly preferred.

  • Experience with constructionand power tools; carpentry; scenic design and construction ishighly preferred.

  • Rigging experience is necessary.

  • Comfort working fromheights is necessary.

  • Strong interpersonal skills andcomfort in customer relations are preferred.

Success Factors:

  • Analytical &Detail-Oriented – Accurately assessesinformation and applies applicable law, policy and procedure. Considersthe long term implications of actions today and advises employeesappropriately. Even small mistakes can create big issues; attention todetail work indicates care about the outcomes.

  • Autonomous – Self-managing; self-motivated. Managestime, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track. Cleansup after themselves.

  • Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; makethem feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well.Doesn’t expect from others effort that one is unwilling to dothemselves. Finds ways to acknowledge other’s strong suits.

  • Works through Issues – Recognizes that the work is about successfuloutcomes. If things aren’t going well, outcomes suffer. Is willing to havecrucial conversations if things aren’t going well. Doesn’t justcomplain to management . . . does everything possible to remedy thesituation directly first.

  • Hard-Working – Is industrious as well as efficient (busy isn’tthe same as productive). Can juggle multiple competing prioritiessimultaneously without becoming overwhelmed.

About VanderbiltUniversity

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and staff frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently named the “best large employer” in Tennessee and a top employer for women by Forbes , ranked #1 in the PrincetonReview among 384 top colleges and universities for having the best financial aid in the nation – as well as #3 for “happiest students,” “quality of life” and “beautiful campus,” #4 for both being in a “college city that students love” and for having “great campus/city relations.”

About VanderbiltBenefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

This position requires high school diploma or GED and at least 3 years of experience.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 13000 - Blair: Office of the Dean

Job: Technology Tech / Paraprofessional

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action