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Scene Shop Assistant (Performing Arts Technician II)

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Work type: Staff
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Part Time, Theatre Arts

Position Information    

This is a part-time, intermittent temporary position in the Department of Theatre Arts. 

** Successful candidates in these temporary appointments may be appointed from a few days up to one year depending on the assignment.  Temporary appointments must end on or before the end of the fiscal year (June 30th of the following year), with the possibility of renewal.

Conditions of Employment        

Employment is contingent upon candidate passing a pre-employment physical exam with the ability to lift up in excess of 50 lbs.

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The California State University (CSU) is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve, as well as maintaining higher education access and attainment for our students, as such, we embrace a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption if eligible.  Any candidate advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy. Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy may be sent to  

Application Deadline & Salary Information        

The application deadline is: Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

The salary range for this classification is: minimum: $3,489.00 - maximum: $6,313.00

Major Duties

Under general supervision of the Academic Resource Manager and in collaboration with the Department Chair and the Theatre and Dance Technical Director, the Scene Shop Assistant provides technical support for University Theatre leased events and functions as stage crew and set-up for labor. The incumbent provides lead work and trains students, oversees budget for production and is responsible for a variety of technical specialties including stage and set construction, rigging and scenery automation.


Required Education and Experience

Education: applicable college coursework and practical experience.

Experience: one to two years of experience working for a theatre, repertory or stock company engaged in the applicable production specialty such as costume construction, stage and set construction, lighting production, and/or sound/audio production.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to construct and oversee the construction of stage sets, stage properties, and other stage effects and rigging for stage and lights;
Knowledge of lighting, sound, projection, counterweight, and other stage systems and equipment;
Knowledge of design theory and principles in order to translate design and construction of materials;
Comprehensive knowledge of historical periods for design and construction of materials and effects related to applicable production specialty;
Thorough knowledge of safety requirements and standards related production support specialty and stage operations and ability to train others in safety measures and ensure compliance with codes and regulations;
Ability to paint scenery from designer renderings, elevations, sketches, or models;
Ability to create scale renderings or models;
Ability to operate and oversee the operation of stage equipment;
Ability to operate hand, power, woodworking and welding tools and metal fabrication;
Ability to train and provide lead work to students and staff;
Ability to use more complex features of applicable software packages for production specialty;
Computer skills for PC and Mac, Microsoft Office and familiar with Vecto1Work and CAD.

Preferred Qualifications

Education: Some college, preferably in Theatre and Dance concentrations.

Experience: One year of experience in the theatre or related field. Outstanding achievement in theatre technology and production is desirable.


80% Provide technical support for University Theatre Leased events and function as stage crew and set-up labor; lift, carry and install theatre scenery and equipment; function as running crew and stage crew for Theatre Events and Production; provide lead work direction to students.

10% Prop and Scene Shop inventory, construction, maintenance. Construct sets for plays, musicals, and dance concerts for Theatre Arts and Dance productions in two theatre spaces and the dance studio; construct, operate, and maintain stage materials and equipment utilized in stage production activity that supports the Department of Theatre and Dance program; responsible for cost estimation, budget preparation, reconciliation, pricing, ordering, purchasing materials, supplies and props related to Theatre Arts and Dance productions; oversee budget for productions and inventories props and scene shop. 

5% Set-up and oversee safety standards and policies in operation of all stages of construction and related equipment; train students on scene shop and stage equipment to include safety standards and policies in operation of all stage construction and related equipment to ensure compliance with codes and regulations.

5% Other duties as assigned. 

Closing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce.

California State University Dominguez Hills is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.   For more information or definition of these terms, please visit:

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at , or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639. Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9

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