Position Overview: The Department of Visual and Performing Arts seeks to hire a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty member who will serve as part-time Technical Director and teach courses in the Theatre Arts Program. Courses in Theatre Production and Design will be required, as well as other areas of interest/expertise. The ideal candidate will have a background in scenic design, lighting design, and/or sound design, technical direction, and scenic construction, as well as the broader Theatre Arts curriculum.

Teaching Responsibilities:

Teach one introductory and/or intermediate-level course in theatrical production or design per semester, in addition to one other general Theatre Studies course.

Technical Director Responsibilities (include duties but are not limited to):

  • Assisting in the design, fabrication, and implementation of sets, paint, and properties for all Theatre Program and student group productions;
  • Managing the scheduling and fabrication of scenic elements and properties with additional staff and student workers;
  • Recruiting, directing, and supervising guest designers, professional experts, overhires, and other temporary employees as needed in coordination with the Theatre Arts Program Director;
  • Advising, mentoring, and encouraging students with regard to curriculum, research projects, internship opportunities, and career possibilities;
  • Supervising and mentoring students in all aspects of stagecraft including set construction, design, and shop maintenance;
  • Supervising all additional personnel in their use and operation of Theatre Arts Department equipment and software including lighting, sound, and projection equipment;
  • Scheduling all load-ins and strikes, including mounting of technical elements of productions such as rigging, sets, lights, sound, and special effects; and
  • Overseeing stock/storage of light/sound equipment, scenery, and properties

The candidate will be expected to contribute to the Department’s interdisciplinary curriculum shared by Theatre, Graphic Design, Music, and Art/Art History and collaborate on a shared departmental vision for future development of graduate-level programs such as Arts Management.

Qualifications: Terminal degree in theatrical design, production or related field, completed by the time of appointment; experience working with students in a shop environment; successful undergraduate teaching experience in theatrical design and production; and interest in contributing to curriculum development for the Theatre Arts Program.

The successful applicant will have knowledge of and expertise in the principles and techniques of technical direction, including the design and administration of construction, prop construction, lighting, sound, rigging, scenic painting, and/or multi-media projections. In addition, they must possess the interpersonal and organizational skills to coordinate with colleagues and students to accomplish production design and construction within designated production schedules and budgets.

Proficiency and experience in CAD and/or Vectorworks, and QLab preferred.

Merrimack College seeks to nourish and sustain our five core values of leadership, community, awareness, scholarship, and service. The College is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates are encouraged to describe in their application previous activities or interest in building a culture committed to diversity and inclusive excellence, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that values diversity and inclusive excellence at Merrimack College.

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

To Apply:

Interested applicants should apply through Academic Jobs Online with the following materials: Letter of Application

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Contact Information for three professional references
  • Link to portfolio of creative and/or professional work (can be a link in letter of application or curriculum vitae)

About Merrimack: The only Catholic, Augustinian college in New England, Merrimack College is an independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,200 undergraduates and graduate students from 34 states and 36 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 220-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Mass. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack recently placed 21st in the nation for “Colleges That Add the Most Value” in Money’s special Best Colleges report and was ranked as one of the top 10 colleges in the northern United States for the fourth year in a row — and the only regional college judged “up and coming” by higher education leadership in the northern United States, according to U.S. News.

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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