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Lighting Supervisor/Master Electrician

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, EMPAC

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Job Summary

The Lighting Supervisor/Master Electrician will be responsible for all production lighting aspects of performance venues in avant-garde and traditional artistic productions during the development, set up and post-event phases including functional project supervision. The Lighting Supervisor/Master Electrician will perform a full range of duties pertaining to performance lighting infrastructure in all venues and spaces of EMPAC and will assist in the ongoing research of performance technologies and media applications. The position will act as the Lighting Supervisor before, during and after events and productions.

Minimum Qualifications

• BA Theater with emphasis on production technology, electrical/lighting field, theater or related field

• Five (5) years of experience in theatre lighting in a high-level production environment.
• Managing crews and lighting equipment for a wide range of production methods
• Extensive knowledge of lighting controls and wiring, dimmers, rigging and automated lighting fixtures

Relevant combinations of education, training and experience may be considered.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Applicant must be motivated and capable to work under the conditions of a high pressure environment for fast paced productions in a four venue performing arts center with avant-garde programming.
• Must be a self-motivated, able to organize production time lines and teams to effectively support a wide range of lighting designs while delivering consistent quality in the production schedule.
• Requires substantial expertise and knowledge with lighting equipment, electrical, automated lighting fixtures, computer control system and facility lighting systems.
• Is versed in lighting aspects of design, peripherals (foggers, hazers, etc) and preferably experience with show-control.
• Knowledge and experience with lighting production, lighting maintenance and electric shop operations.


Business Hours with weekends or evenings occasionally required


Local travel between campus locations only


Incidental driving possible, but not required

Starting Salary/Rate

Expected hiring range: $27.00 and $29.00 / hour

Pay transparency disclosure: The selected candidate’s salary will be determined based on factors that include the available budget, internal equity, and the final candidate’s qualifications, experience, education and other job-related credentials. This hiring range is provided as Rensselaer’s good faith estimate of the expected hiring range at the time of posting.

Application instructions

Follow the on-screen prompts to create a brief online profile. Please be ready to upload your resume and cover letter.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact

Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Culture of Safety at Rensselaer

Rensselaer is committed to providing a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for its faculty, staff and students.  As such, we strongly recommend that faculty, staff and students obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and remain current with available boosters to protect themselves, as well as to protect vulnerable members of the community.

Total Compensation and Benefits Information

Rensselaer’s Total Compensation Program is designed to provide stable pay growth, a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and a comprehensive and affordable retiree medical and prescription plan. Rensselaer is recognized locally and nationally for the depth and breadth of its compensation and benefits program. Our goal is to provide you and your family with a comprehensive health and welfare program as an umbrella of financial security and protection during your employment. For more information, please visit Benefits | Human Resources (

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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