Job Listings

Technical Director and Lecturer

Salve Regina University
Job Location:
Newport, Rhode Island

Company Description:

Salve Regina University, ranked as one of the most transformative colleges in the United States by Money Magazine, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in the scenic coastal community of Newport, Rhode Island. The University's commitment to academic success and personal discovery extends beyond its historic campus into a dynamic world where the application of higher thinking and skill are most valued. Salve Regina offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, graduate certificates, and doctoral programs in humanities, international relations and nursing. Enrollment includes more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world.

With approximately 100 majors and minors, the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance contributes vibrantly to the Salve Regina academic and cultural landscape.  Students perform at the historic Casino Theatre, Megley Blackbox Theatre and non-traditional performance spaces around campus.

The Casino Theatre was designed by McKim, Mead and White, the premier architectural firm of the late 19th and early 20th century, and opened in 1880 as both a 500-capacity removable seat theater and a ballroom for dances.  While structural concerns forced its closure in the 1980s, the Casino Theatre underwent a complete restoration in 2009 through a creative partnership between Salve Regina and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  Now fully restored to its 19th-century grandeur, the theater provides a unique backdrop for students to gain real-world experience in performance, directing, set design, lighting and facility management.

Job Description:

Salve Regina University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance invites applicants for a full-time Technical Director/Lecturer with additional responsibilities in technical design.  The successful candidate is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of theatre, dance, and music productions in campus performance spaces including the Casino Theatre, teaching courses in aspects of technical theatre, assisting faculty and guest artists with all technical needs for performances and the day-to-day technical operations of the theatre spaces.  Additional responsibilities include design and/or oversight of lighting, costumes, set and sound. 

We seek a colleague who is committed to helping students become well rounded artists, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens within a supportive and professional environment.  The ability to work collaboratively with faculty and students across music, theatre and dance is essential.  The ideal candidate will have a demonstrable history as a dedicated educator, and a record of social consciousness.


Designs and/or supervises in scenic design, lighting design (theatre and dance), set construction, painting, rigging, light hang, sound design, sound mixing, property and furniture construction and/or procurement and production management of all music, theatre and dance productions during the academic year.

Determines the necessary technical supports such as light, sound and special needs necessary for events and performances presented at the facilities in advance of production dates.

  • Teach two courses (6 Credit hours) per semester.
  • Design in at least two technical areas per theatre production (3 productions per academic year).
  • Lighting design for 3 dance productions per academic year.
  • Assist guest artists and designers with all technical matters.
  • Assist student run theatre club for technical and design issues.
  • Oversee and train student crew.
  • Assist the theatre program coordinator with the preparation and control of production budgets; Keeps and maintains inventories and orders specialized supplies.


  • Handle paperwork such as time sheets, purchase orders, etc.
  • Arrange purchases and procurement of all necessary materials for productions.
  • Organize scene shop, costume shop and space utilization at the Casino Theatre and ensures the safety and security of sets and supplies.
  • Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; performs preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Coordinates strikes and storing all scenic elements.
  • Keep abreast of progress and developments in the field of technical theatre.
  • Participation in Department of Music, Theatre and Dance planning, recruitment, retention of students and additional service-related efforts as they arise.


  • Knowledge of purchasing policies, budgeting and personnel supervision.
  • Proficiency in MS software. Skills in scenic design (Vectorworks, AutoCad, InDesign) and construction, painting, lighting design, sound design (proficiency in DAW such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and Qlab), property and furniture construction and procurement.
  • Ability to multi-task, managing multiple projects at once; train and mentor students.  Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and climb stairs and ladders.


MFA in technical direction or design or equivalent professional experience.  Experience in at least two areas of theatrical design.


Teaching experience at the undergraduate level.  Experience working in traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces.  Expertise in lighting design and execution in addition to one other technical area.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including:

  • health and dental coverage
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability
  • 403B plan
  • tuition benefits and more

Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law, in the administration of Salve Regina's employment policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to making its programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliant with all applicable non-discrimination laws.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online by providing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one sample syllabus, link to website and/or portfolio of design work, and list of three references.  Salve Regina University, as a comprehensive Mercy, Catholic University, welcomes people of all beliefs and encourages students to work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful.  In your cover letter, please highlight how your teaching, scholarship, leadership, and service might serve to support the University's mission and its commitment to diversity, dialogue, and lifelong learning. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks are required of successful candidates. Salve Regina University participates in E-verify.

The review of completed applications will begin on February 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

This website is part of the HigherEdJobs network.