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University of Nevada, Reno
  • Position Number: 3254924
  • Location: Reno, NV
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance

Technical Director/Production Manager, Theater and Dance

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for Technical Director/Production Manager. The position is a twelve-month Administrative Faculty position beginning as soon as possible. Administrative faculty are professional staff members who perform responsibilities related to the operations of units within the University.

The UNR Department of Theatre and Dance is an energetic, supportive, and exciting community of professionals with a deep commitment to achieving excellence in research, teaching, and service to the University and the diverse northern Nevada community. This position is dedicated to working collaboratively with Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Dance faculty to facilitate the department's production season, as well as production components of departmental curriculum. This includes the areas of technical direction, production management, scenic construction, organization of scenery and properties storage, and the management of several production spaces.

The Technical Director will oversee the operation and maintenance of the scenic construction facilities and three performance spaces and be expected to engage in the professional management of equipment and personnel. Additionally, the Technical Director will coordinate the development of production seasons including the facilitation of technical elements and the supervision of technical rehearsals, maintain oversight of budgets and calendars with the department chair, liaison with university safety and facilities personnel, as well as other duties as assigned.

A component of the position is designated for teaching, specifically backstage and scenic practicum labs, and the Technical Director is expected to effectively supervise student workers, laboratory students, and student designers and stage managers with the goal to actively train these emerging professionals and further develop their skills in the field. Additionally, we seek a candidate capable of teaching any of the following courses for additional compensation: hand and CAD drafting, stage management, stagecraft, scenic and rigging technology, properties construction, or other topics that align with the incumbent's expertise and within the realm of technical direction and production technology. We particularly welcome candidates who can demonstrate their experience and interests through inclusive teaching and working with diverse student populations.

As a growing department that has recently revamped its B.A. Theatre Design/Tech emphasis, the Technical Director will participate in the development of academic curriculum as it relates to design/tech. We are interested in candidates who are thoroughly grounded in drafting scenic construction drawings in AutoCAD and/or VectorWorks, scenery construction and automation, rigging, welding, and are well-versed in theatre and scene shop safety procedures and protocols.

The successful candidate should have excellent communication, thoughtful budgetary and time management skills, and knowledge of running a scene shop in an academic setting. They should demonstrate potential as an excellent teacher and mentor, willingness to undertake service roles, and the ability to model professional standards and lead by example.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Theatre or related field with an emphasis in theatre technology/production management and three (3) years of related experience; OR a Master's Degree and one (1) year of related experience

Related Experience: employee coordination, supervision, and/or management; scene shop, theatre production, and stage management or related.

Preferred Qualifications
MFA in Theatre or related field with an emphasis in theatre technology/production management and two years of professional and /or academic experience.
Teaching experience at the college level
Evidence of attention to diversity, equity and inclusion

Schedule or Travel Requirements

Local travel and weekend and evening attendance of Theatre and Dance rehearsals and productions.

Compensation Grade

This is a full-time Administrative Faculty - Compensation Grade B

The typical salary range for this position is $50,000-$60,000.

Salary is based on related education and experience, internal equity and budgets.

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade.

Remarkable Retirement

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

Perks of working at UNR
  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave, life insurance and long-term disability - Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options. E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax


The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee's spouse or domestic partner. Faculty Grant-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Department Information

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors and minors in Theatre, Dance, and the recent addition of Musical Theatre. We believe that artistic exploration is integral to a liberal arts education. Participation in the process and product of theatrical production engages the mind, the body, and the spirit, and serves as a creative catalyst for further artistic, scholarly, and socio-cultural exploration across and within a variety of disciplines. Performance is the liminal space between form and meaning; it is the space of stories and the canvas of storytellers. The study of dance and theatre is the study of culture, of human emotion and intellect, of things felt and seen, and of the body, the voice, and the unknown. These linkages between exterior life and interior existence drive and unite our community of artists, scholars, and educators.

College and University Information

The College of Liberal Arts is home to the School of the Arts - an epicenter for the University's booming arts scene. The School of the Arts encompasses three departments: art, music, and theatre and dance. We are driven to help teach students and help them blossom into thriving artists. Students and faculty create work, which we showcase to the community to inspire and encourage imagination.

The University of Nevada, Reno and the College of Liberal Arts strongly value diversity, equity and inclusion. Besides housing a growing interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and affiliated faculty in the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. The College plays an active role in addressing racism, bias and inequities in society and at the local level. For examples of the innovative and unique ways we are working to dismantle racism, visit our Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public Research 1 land-grant institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. We are a comprehensive, doctoral university that has been designated as a Carnegie R1 institution with very high research activity and a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Nearly half of our students are students of color, and we are officially an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University's land grant, tier-one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of more than 500,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds bring to the education experience. We believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusivity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. The University of Nevada, Reno is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information

Search Chair - Nate Hodges,

Search Coordinator - Maria Cabangon,


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Please attach the following documents to your application

1) A current curriculum vitae or resume
2) Cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position
3) Contact information for 3 professional/academic references
4) A one-page diversity statement about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.
5) Portfolio or URL showing recent work, which should include technical drawings.

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevadas land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a "Top Tier" Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a persons age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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