Academic Staff - Academic Staff in Theatre Design and Production / Facilities Management (Public May Apply)

Code: 14340 Posted: 05/24/2018

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for an Academic Staff in Theatre Design and Production/Facilities Management.

The Theatre Arts Department is seeking to hire an Academic Staff position in Theatre Design and Production/Facilities Management. This year round position includes a wide variety of responsibilities, including teaching two academic courses a year in theatrical design and production, providing theatrical designs for two to three productions a year in the Theatre Department main stage season within the candidate’s areas of expertise, and managing the facilities of the Rita Tallent Picken Center (RITA). This individual will be involved in additional supervision and mentoring of students through production work.





  • MFA/MA in Theatrical Design and Technology
  • Proven experience in production and/or facilities management


  • Previous experience in collegiate teaching
  • Professional Theatrical Design Experience
  • Experience with Lighting, Projection, and Sound Design and Technology
  • 2 years minimum teaching experience


Essential Duties and Responsibilities



Theatre Design and Production:

  • Design 2-3 productions a year lending to the strength of the candidate’s areas of expertise.
  • Assist in the execution of the design work prepared by the candidate.
  • Serve as the company Production Manager by assisting with the assignments and scheduling of backstage crews, strike crews, and technical rehearsals.
  • Work with the department chair to develop the yearly production calendar
  • Participation in weekly department and production meetings, as well as monthly company meetings.


Facilities Manager of the Rita Tallent Picken Center for the Arts and Humanities:

  • Setup, Management, and strike for campus and outside rental events
  • Repair, upgrade and maintain production inventory for the RITA
  • Supervision of staff assistants
  • Develop and recommend long-range plans, objectives, and facility needs for the RITA
  • RITA production budgeting



  • Teach two academic courses per year in the Theatre Arts Department - depending on the need and candidate’s areas of expertise
  • Mentor student designers and technicians in the production process.
  • Career advising and mentorship of students
  • Participate in annual academic and artistic assessments of company members
  • Participate in program entry auditions and interviews, as well as Visit and Scholarship Days


Standards of Performance


  • Overall thoroughness, organization and accuracy
  • Timeliness of meeting goals.
  • Willingness to make suggestions and soundness of those suggestions.
  • Soundness of judgment and operational decisions.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work while being responsive to University personnel.
  • Timely and effective communication of problems and opportunities. This includes the responsibility for identifying and communicating information of importance as soon as possible.
  • Integrity in dealing with customers, students, vendors, employees, and management.
  • Punctuality, attendance, effective use of time, and willingness to work overtime when necessary.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Willingness to assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.


Essential Knowledge And Abilities


  • Proven success as a teacher with strong emphasis on student learning, high impact practices and pedagogical knowledge
  • MFA in Theatrical Design and Technology
  • Principles, practices and procedures for planning, implanting and managing performance programs for the CAH and the community
  • Facility scheduling and management
  • Familiarity with technical theatre equipment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Effective communication skills
  • Flexibility and problem solving skills
  • Through understanding of the functions behind the operations of the Rita, specifically the Main Stage Theatre, Black Box Theatre, Studios A and B, Bedford Concert Hall and the Theatre Scene Shop.
  • Must have the ability and willingness to work evening and weekend events
  • Experience in personnel management

Ergonomic requirements:

  • Work performed: Setup, management, and strike for campus and outside rental events. Physical Demands: Lifting and/or moving theatre equipment, tools, and materials weighing up to 30lbs regularly and up to 100 lbs.
  • Work performed: Setup, management, and strike for campus and outside rental events. Physical Demands: Climbing and reaching required to set, reposition and strike lighting and/or sound equipment. Able to work at heights up to 20-25’ and restricted spaces.
  • Work performed: Setup, management, and strike for campus and outside rental events. Physical Demands: Grasping and manipulating hand and power tools required for setup, management or strike of events.
  • Work performed: Setup, management, and strike for campus and outside rental events. Physical Demands: Bending/squatting required for setup, management and strike for events.
  • Work performed: Setup, management, and strike for campus and outside rental events. Physical Demands: Ability to communicate with team members at a distance (across a performance space) during event setup, management or strike.
  • Work performed: Setup, management, and strike for campus and outside rental events. Physical Demands: Ability to visually and auditorily identify, interpret and evaluate information during event setup, management or strike
  • Work performed: Repair, upgrade and maintain production inventory. Physical Demands: moving lighting, shelving, lifting.



The University and Area


UW-Parkside is a regional comprehensive university that is committed to accessibility, academic excellence, student success, diversity, and community engagement. This beautiful campus is on 700 acres of woodland & prairie in the heart of the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, between Racine and Kenosha and near Lake Michigan. The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom are first- generation and nontraditional students. UW-Parkside benefits from the diversity of the communities it services in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. Kenosha and Racine are small cities that offer tranquility and convenience. The myriad attractions of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible, as is the solitude of the country. UW-Parkside is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a multicultural, pluralistic campus environment.

The tri-county region that comprises the University’s primary service area is home to an impressive array of businesses. There are more than 10,000 small businesses in the region, as well as a large number of globally-recognized employers. The college, through its active, engaged Advisory Board, enjoys a close relationship with many of these businesses. For further information regarding the University and community, please see our website at


Review of Applications


Applications received by 11:59 PM Saturday, June 23, 2018, are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled.


Application Process


STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants:  (Candidates NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System) – follow link then continue to STEP 2

Internal Applicants: (Candidates currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System) – follow link then under “Main Menu” choose:

  • “Self Service”
  • “Recruiting”
  • “Careers”

STEP 2: Under "Job Search" choose:

  • "More Options"
  • Job Opening ID: "14340"
  • "Search"
  • Select "Academic Staff in Theatre Design and Production/Facilities Management"
  • Click "Apply"
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STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position
  • CV/Resume
  • 3-5 Portfolio samples of theatrical design work in area of expertise
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Three References

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Please Note:
In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Salary and Benefits


Commensurate with experience and education. The UW System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Joe Lambin

University of Wisconsin Parkside

Office: (262) 595-2331



Legal Notices


Employment will require a criminal background check in accordance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.

Note: Criminal Background Check - The Department of Workforce Development, Equal Rights Division prohibits employers from using criminal background check information, policies or practices that have a “disparate impact” and is not “job-related and consistent with business necessity” in hiring decisions. All information used to screen or hire job applicants should relate to the duties of the job.

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer:  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

It is the policy of UW-Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-595-2204. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

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Contact Name: Joe Lambin

Contact Phone: 262-595-2331

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