Indiana University Seeking Lighting Specialist (Musical Arts Center)

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Indiana University Seeking Lighting Specialist (Musical Arts Center)


Type: Full-Time
Posted: 07/09/2021

Job ID: 295283



Department Information: Explore the IU Opera and Ballet Theater and the benefits the university has to offer.

  • Job Summary
  • Develops lighting designs for the center.
  • Facilitates designs of guest artists, while serving as an advisor and liaison to the guest artists during their visit.
  • Prepares logistics, conducts lighting hangs and focus sessions in advance of arrival of guest designers.
  • Acts as lead console programmer and assistant to guest designers.
  • Functions as lighting supervisor for all opera, ballet, concert and other performance events at the center.
  • Oversees the execution of stage lighting for productions presented by the school as well as the stage lighting for scheduled non-operatic/ballet performances.
  • Advises and facilitates lighting and projection equipment needs and implementation of the equipment.
  • Creates drafting, paperwork, and archival information for the implementation and recreation of productions.
  • Supervises hourly and temporary employees.
  • Provides and may implement processes improvement suggestions.
  • Assists in managing the departmental budget under direction of the executive director of production.
  • Maintains inventory and ongoing equipment maintenance records.

Specific department responsibilities:

  • Oversees all lighting requirements for all events for the center. This includes developing, designing, and implementing lighting for events produced and performed by the school.
  • Facilitates, organizes, and oversees the design implementation of guest lighting designers.
  • Serves as an advisor to the executive director of production for future projects regarding lighting technology and vision.
  • Creates drafting, light plots, and all necessary paperwork for the execution and archival of productions.
  • Maintains and manages the departmental annual budget, crew schedules, and inventory.
  • Coordinates with vendors for equipment rental and purchases to meet vision and design requirements.

NOTE: This is an ongoing, 9-month (August 1 – April 30), full-time, benefit-eligible position. Compensation is paid out monthly, August through April. During the summer months, May 1 through July 31, the employee is placed on a short work break. Salary is not paid during the summer work break, however, benefit coverage continues all year, including during the short work break. The position is as an employee of Indiana University and is not as an Independent Contractor.



Required: Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Preferred: Master’s degree in fine arts.


Required: 2 years in a related field.
Preferred: Experience in Lighting Design and implementation in the professional and/or academic arenas.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.



  • Proficient communication skills.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.
  • Highly thorough and dependable.
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure.


  • Familiarity with all lighting instruments, including automated instruments, projectors, and computerized lightboards and systems.
  • Familiarity with photographic and computer software used to create media for projection effects.
  • Intimate working knowledge of CAD/Vectorworks, Lightwright, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel and Word, and standard computer skills.
  • Familiarity with photographic and computer software used to create media for projection effects.
  • Current knowledge of latest lighting technology, HD projection software and hardware including media servers and automation.
  • Familiarity with all lighting instruments including automated instruments, projectors, media servers and computerized light boards and dimming systems.
  • Basic electrical and wiring skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Working Conditions / DemandsThis role requires the ability to remain in a stationary position as well as the ability to move about the workplace for long durations. It requires effective communication, the ability to operate machinery, tools, and controls. The role requires the ability to ascend/descend ladders/stairs, and to position one’s self in low level positions, detect a variety of chemicals and/or gases. The role requires the ability to ascend to rooftops and move in tight spaces to perform and complete inspections. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work LocationIU Bloomington campus, Musical Arts Center. This is an in-person position.

Bloomington, Indiana

Work HoursCombination of day and evening work hours, depending on needs of the productions, such as preparation, rehearsals, and performances.

Job ClassificationCareer Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Educational Resources & Tech

Job Family: Performing Arts

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Equal Employment OpportunityIndiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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Indiana University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. This institution is also a provider of ADA services.



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