The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of North Dakota seeks a full-time faculty technical director. This is a 9-month non-tenure
track Teaching Assistant Professor position, contingent upon the availability of funding.
The University of North Dakota
Department of Theatre Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with tracks in acting, technical theatre, and theatre generalist, and a BFA in
Musical Theatre. The department seeks to inspire its students and the local community through education, performance, and scholarship. The
Department of Theatre Arts provides a rigorous course of study that cultivates the highest degree of artistry, innovative teaching,
professionalism, and critical inquiry. The University of North Dakota is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of
Schools of Theatre.
Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is
the state's flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong
liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and
top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in
the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the
state's only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of
the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.
UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant
college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high
quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of
Grand Forks' advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America's Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers
stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.Duties & Responsibilities
applicant will receive a competitive salary and become the technical director for UND Theatre, which typically produces four theatre
productions each academic year - including 1-2 musicals. This faculty position will be at the Assistant Teaching Professor level,
typically teaching 2 courses per year in addition to the technical director responsibilities. All faculty are expected to contribute service
within the department, college, university, and community. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek
applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.Specific aspects of the
- Oversee the planning, construction, installation, and strike of scenery for all departmental
- Supervise the Burtness Theatre scene shop, which includes working with and training student assistants and those
completing practicum and similar technical theatre experiences.
- Manage scene shop and production budgets.
- Maintain prop
and equipment inventories.
- Participate in departmental governance, including oversight of the curriculum and selection of
production season offerings.
- Advise and mentor students, including stage managers.
- Draft shop drawings, manage sound
design and video elements of theatre productions, and occasionally design sets.
- As part of faculty service activities, serve as a
technical resource for the Theatre Arts Department.
- Required Competencies
- Expertise in building and designing theatrical
- Expertise in all scene shop and lighting equipment.
- Expertise in sound design equipment, live mixing, and
- Expertise in projection/video equipment.
- Expertise in computer software such as Vectorworks, AutoCad, and
other rendering media
- Demonstrated knowledge of the safe use of equipment.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
along with the ability to inspire and mentor students.
- Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate
effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
- Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside
the Department of Theatre Arts.
- MFA in Theatre Design/Technical Theatre by August
15, 2021 or equivalent professional experience
- Successful completion of criminal history records check.
- In compliance with
federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment
eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.
Minimum Hiring Salary
- Experience in the areas of drafting/digital rendering, welding, woodworking, rigging, and
other traditional methods of fabrication and construction.
- Experience using contemporary technology, equipment, and practices
applicable to the discipline, such as sound, lighting, and video equipment.
- Demonstrated capability to create, organize, budget,
and effectively execute technical production schedules involving many elements and people.
- Five or more years as a technical
director in a professional or academic setting, including managing shop schedules, budgets, and supervising shop crews.
- Teaching or
instructional experience related to theatre, stagecraft, and stage management.
$50,000, Full-time, Benefited, ExemptWork Schedule/Start Date
Initial contract extends from August 16,
2021 to May 15, 2022. Summer teaching may be available, but is neither guaranteed nor required.To ApplyFor full consideration, applications must be received by May 10, 2021 and include the following materials:
- Curriculum Vitae
- A portfolio of work that provides a visual documentation of professional, teaching, and/or
- A list of three current references, including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
- Academic transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable for initial application)
- Position is open until filled.
can be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Ryan Zerr at email@example.comAdditional Information
To find out why living and working in
Greater Grand Forks is way cooler, check out Grand Forks is Cooler.
All information listed in this position announcement will be
used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.Confidentiality of Application Materials
Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to
the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the
public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.Veteran's
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility
includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.Clery Statement
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus
Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the
university's policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years' of crime statistics for
our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at
UND.edu. You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.
To Apply: Please use the "Apply" Button Below or see the Job Description Above
When inquiring or applying for this job opening, please also reference AcademicCareers.com.
Be first to receive notifications of new jobs in your specific area by signing up for Job Alerts Here.