Assistant Theatrical Electrician Part-Time

Creative Spaces & Event Services (CSES)

Cornish is hiring a part-time Assistant Theatrical Electrician to work with the Playhouse Lead Electrician at the Cornish Playhouse and other venues throughout the Cornish campus.  The Assistant will fill in for the Head Electrician (HE) as needed.  When doing so the Assistant fulfills the duties expected of the HE; works with the Client/Department  Lighting Designer in programming lights for shows and events.  This position will retain the right of first refusal for all lighting work required beyond the Lead Electrician. This position is represented by the collective bargaining agreement between IATSE Local #15 and the Cornish College of the Arts.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.


  • Fill in for the Playhouse Head Electrician as needed
  • Acts as lighting console programmer and operator when Head Electrician is not available
  • Act as Head or Assistant Electrician in other venues/spaces when needed
  • Must be willing to work cross-departmentally in all the other skills represented by local 15 and assist other crew members when requested
  • Assists in the maintenance and organization of lighting equipment
  • Attend production/staff meetings (2 hour minimum) when requested
  • Act as a running crew member for events and shows when needed
  • Helps HE maintain accurate inventory records
  • Work with students in an educational capacity
  • Work with students as lead during Cornish productions
  • Work with professional production teams, performers, and theater staff
  • Helps maintain a safe work environment
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BFA in technical theater or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Skilled in lighting console programming (primarily the ETC line)
    • Including both conventional and moving light programming
    • Knowledge in ETC Net
  • Familiarity with Vectorworks and Lightwright
  • Experience working at height (ladders, lifts, catwalks, etc)
  • Experience with counterweight fly systems safe operation and load calculations
  • Skilled at hanging and focusing theatrical lights
  • Experience with PC and Mac; working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace apps
  • Understanding of Theatrical Design processes
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population and a variety of constituents
  • Strong organizational skills; can effectively manage multiple priorities
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience in a union theater
  • Experience with student work environments
  • First aid, AED, and CPR training
  • Fall Arrest training
  • Aerial lift certification
  • Some experience with other theatrical specialties such as carpentry, sound, and projection
  • ETCP certification in electrics

Department:     Creative Spaces and Event Services (CSES)
Reports To:       CSES Technical Supervisor
Supervises:       Staff Assistants and Overhire staff
Pay Grade:        $28.14/hour (subject to change based on CBA)  Part-time 216 hrs. per academic year, IATSE Local 15
Guarantee:       First right to work other calls year around (subject to change based on CBA)
FLSA Status:    Non-exempt

Application Procedures

Please submit the following items to our email,

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish Employment Application Form

Equal Opportunity Statement

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; to promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and to actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff and curricula.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment and community in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment and community comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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