State University of New York at Oswego — Technical Director and Scene Shop Supervisor

The Theatre Department at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a Technical Director and Scene Shop Supervisor. This is a full-time, 12-month position.

Posting Date: March 16, 2020

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit: or

Date of Appointment:  On/around August 1, 2020

Description of Responsibilities:
The Technical Director will be responsible for mounting all departmental productions during the academic year as well as overseeing the safe and efficient operation of the scene shop and affiliated performance venues. Our scene shop is newly renovated as of Fall 2019, supporting the Waterman Theatre (fully refurbished in 2016) and a brand new lab theatre. Responsibilities include working with both faculty and student designers,  budgeting all scenic elements of productions; creating technical drawings; supervising construction, load-in, and technical rehearsals; managing the scheduling, training, and supervision of student shop workers and production crews; maintaining scene shop inventory and equipment; maintaining theatre department facilities; assisting with affiliated performances; and organizing and traveling with productions performing at festivals. The Technical Director will also teach courses in their area of expertise and complete departmental and university service as needed. 

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan ( As such, the Technical Director and Scene Shop Supervisor will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA, BS or BFA theatre at time of application
  • Master carpentry and rigging skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with CAD drafting or other design software
  • Basic welding skills
  • A minimum of 3 years in experience in theatre production
  • Clearly articulated commitment to diversity and inclusion in professional activity, community service, or professional development
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MFA in technical theatre by time of appointment
  • Knowledge of props
  • Teaching experience 
  • ETCP Theatre certification
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse student population

To Apply Submit:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications and specifically addressing how you would engage with and serve diversity, equity, or inclusion within this position and SUNY Oswego
  • Resume
  • Portfolio of work (electronic link acceptable)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript (or copy of official transcript) for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred
  • Contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted)

electronically to:

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:

Search Committee Chair: Jonel Langenfeld  E-mail 

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. Background checks will be conducted for finalists.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department:  The Theatre Department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and offers a major leading to a BA in Theatre with concentrations in Acting/Directing, Design/Technical Theatre, History/Criticism, and Music Theatre. The department also offers a theatre minor and a dance minor. All of our facilities have recently undergone renovations, leaving us with state of the art equipment, brand new studio spaces and a fully refurbished scene shop. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare for a career in the theatre and its related fields through a combination of academic and production experiences.  The Department offers students training in the foundations of the history, theory and craft of theatre and promotes interdisciplinary and innovative connections while holding itself to high artistic standards of production in the context of a Liberal Arts education. We also promote engagement in educational opportunities and work that increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion. We are located 45 minutes away from Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, NY and 90 minutes away from Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY. For more information visit  or

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing   

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