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Arts Laboratory Technician II

Technical Production Los Angeles, California

The USC School of Dramatic Arts invites applications for a Scenic Paint Charge position. This position is responsible for the safe and timely planning, execution, and completion of painting of all scenic elements for the Production Department. In conjunction with the Technical Director and Head of Production, the Scenic Paint Charge manages budgets and coordinates schedules.  This position supervises part-time Charge Artists as well as student painters (both student workers and students undertaking curricular assignments).  The position is a nine-month assignment beginning September 2017 and ending May 2018.  Regular work hours are Monday through Friday 9:30AM - 5:30PM.  Overtime may be required.

The ideal candidate has a breadth of knowledge and experience in a wide variety of paint techniques. The successful candidate has excellent written and verbal communication skills, knows how to multi-task and prioritize workload appropriately, can complete different projects with various deadlines, and is self-motivated.  Applications should include a cover letter describing the candidate's qualifications for the position and a resume.

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:

  • Provide specialized studio/laboratory/facility technical services for the Production department.
  • Assist faculty, staff, and students of performing or visual arts in the design and use of equipment and facilities.
  • Prepare and maintain studio facilities, equipment, and materials for instructional purposes.
  • Lead other laboratory technicians in their work assignments.
  • Ability to work at heights and carry 50 pounds.
  • Visual acuity and manual dexterity.

The University reserves the right to add or change responsibilities at any time.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education. The School offers innovative programs and curricula in acting, direction, playwriting, design, critical studies, stage management, technical directing and applied theatre arts. With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA, MA and MFA degrees and an active production program of more than 20 shows annually that utilize four venues on campus.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC is proudly pluralistic and committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women. USC actively seeks nominations of applications from qualified individuals and from broadest possible community. The School of Dramatic Arts is interested in receiving applications from individuals who enhance the diversity of its work force.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Preferred Experience & Expertise:

4 years of experience in Scenic Painting.  Expertise in advanced skills in all types of scenic painting and sculpture as well as proven proficiency in leading a crew of artists.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Specialized, responsible experience and training in applicable performing or visual arts.


REQ20045133 Posted Date: 06/08/2017

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