Scene Shop Supervisor

Scene Shop Supervisor

CATEGORY: Technical

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland, OR 97520

Job Details


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is seeking a Scene Shop Supervisor to start in November 2019. This position oversees the workflow in the Scene Shop to ensure operations are carried out productively while meeting deadlines. In addition to problem-solving work-flow issues, this role supervises the work of others while actively pursuing staff development opportunities, including but not limited to coaching employees, resolving conflict; championing our efforts to diversify the workforce; functioning as an internal advocate in the development of staff’s skill around equity, diversity, and inclusion issues; and serving as a link between staff and upper management.

This is a full-time, year-round, exempt position. Successful candidates will be able to pass a background check.

All OSF employees are expected to understand and embrace our mission statement, in particular how it is reflected in our commitment to respect and represent diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions- on stage and off. OSF company members work in a manner that is consistent with this commitment and work to interrupt behaviors that hinder our diversity and inclusion efforts.

Salary Rate: $31.75

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Creates work-load assignments for staff and oversees the set goals for the construction and deadline process through transfer-to-stage by organizing the workflow between scene shop, scenic paint, automation and other departments; assigning duties to workforce and ensuring that the staff understands duties and/or delegated tasks; maintaining timecard and other personnel records; requesting and coordinating volunteers throughout the season; scheduling and coordinating maintenance and repairs of scenic elements as instructed by TD and Associate TD; and recommends tools and equipment needs to Technical Director.
  2. Attends ED&I, sexual harassment, and any other anti-bias trainings and workshops as scheduled by the institution.
  3. Models and supports the mission and values of OSF by:
    • Demonstrating inclusive behavior.
    • Maintaining a safe working environment free from any aggressions.
    • Recognizing micro-aggressions and interrupting behaviors that hinder OSF’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
  4. Operationalizes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by implementing OSF’s values into organizational practices including systems, processes, problem solving approach and personnel hiring and management.
  5. Using an EDI lens, coaches and develops staff members by monitoring employee productivity and providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict resolution among employees; mentoring and managing FAIR participants during their residency; ensuring adherence to legal and company policies and procedures and undertaking disciplinary actions if the need arises; completing annual performance evaluations; training and/or orchestrating training programs for new and existing employees on standard OSF/theatrical scenic construction techniques; and disseminating management communications in a timely manner.
  6. Ensures scenic staff, including carpenters, metal workers, automation workers, and scenic artists, uphold OSF’s mission and values, follow Scenic Department’s process, policies and practices, and use OSF safety procedures.
  7. Load balances the work flow of the shop, re-assigning labor from automation and scenic artist staffs as needed.
  8. Supervises daily maintenance, cleanliness and safety of the shop by assigning weekly cleaning tasks; scheduling repairs and maintenance of scenic shop tools, equipment and tool cart; tracking when inventory of stock materials is low and coordinating supply purchasing in collaboration with ATD, Business Management; coordinating restocking of automation equipment, tracking hardware and stock construction materials; and collaborating with Safety Manager to enforce safety policies and delivery of required and/or updated training. 

    Other Duties and Responsibilties:
  9. Constructs scenic elements to help facilitate the meeting of scheduled deadlines as needed
  10. Assists in packaging and storing co-productions until shipped and will verify inclusion of all scenic elements and associated hardware components leading up to truck pack.
  11. When Automation Supervisor or Scenic Charge are absent, provides management support of those staffs.
  12. Other duties as assigned by Technical Director


Education: High school diploma or GED

Work Experience: Four years of professional experience in managing complex construction or manufacturing projects. Experience in scheduling and managing work crews of at least 5 individuals including providing training.

Physical Ability: Must be able to lift and move materials and equipment weighing up to 75 pounds, wear fall arrest harnesses, wear respirator, frequently lift, load/unload vehicles and move scenery, regularly squat and maintain position, crawl and kneel, reach above shoulders, climb and work from ladders and personnel lifts. Ability to stand and walk for up to 8 hours.

Other Skills, Knowledge, and Ability: Comfortable working with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook). Ability to estimate build times. Ability to use standard wood working hand and power tools, specifically saws, routers, staple guns and lathes. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to do shop math. The ability to create a positive working relationship with designers, staff and other departments, even in stressful situations. Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Experience, ability and commitment to working with diverse groups including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, language, ability and socioeconomic status.

Special Qualifications: Valid driver’s license with good driving record and ability to drive an 18’ box truck. Ability to drive a forklift (OSF to provide training) and personnel lifts. Ability to pass and maintain a clear background check.

Special Hours Requirements: Occasional night-time and weekend hours are required for load-ins, load-outs, and technical rehearsal support.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree with a concentration in technical theatre with an emphasis in scenic construction. Basic knowledge of AutoCAD or other drafting program. Thorough knowledge of carpentry, welding, sculpting, mold making and casting, and soft goods. Ability to read scaled construction or design drawings. Demonstrated mastery in hands-on construction techniques and standards. Some knowledge of electrical wiring, foam, plastic and fiberglass techniques. Experience in scheduling/supervising multi-show build and CNC knowledge a plus. Computer drafting ability a plus.

Sick & Vacation Time
Relocation support for eligible employees
Health & Wellness Plan
Flexible Spending Account
Retirement Plan & Company Match
Employee Assistance Program
Long Term Disability
Paid Holidays
Complimentary Tickets to OSF productions and other select events
Discounts at select local businesses

About the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Located in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, our Tony Award-Winning company of extraordinary artists present seasons of ten to twelve plays in rotating repertory between the months of February/March and October. A robust and highly dedicated staff of over 500 employees produces these performances each season across three venues: the Allen Elizabethan, Thomas, and Bowmer Theatres. Inspired by Shakespeare's work and the cultural richness of the United States, the productions on our stages reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory and guided by our values of Excellence, Inclusion, Company, and Stewardship. We are also excited to usher in a new creative era this season as recently announced Artistic Director Nataki Garrett takes the helm!

In addition to our main stage plays, we offer an eclectic array of enrichment programs for audiences and staff alike including backstage tours, educational workshops, prefaces, prologues, a lecture series and the Green Show. We also partner with local organizations and community members on a number of immersive events and celebrations including an annual Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration, Juneteenth Celebration and Daedalus Project.

Why Should I Apply:
Be a part of an industry-leading professional non-profit regional theatre in its 84th season with a rich history and that values arts, excellence, and inclusion. OSF is nestled in a scenic mountain valley near the Oregon-California border where the weather is idyllic with mild winters and hot, dry summers. We are one of the only regional theatres of our size and caliber that is not located in a major metropolitan area! Southern Oregonians love the outdoors, and because of our non-urban setting, an abundance of stunning rivers and lakes, nearby state and national parks, hiking trails, outdoor music venues, white-water rafting and hang gliding excursions are just outside the front door. Southern Oregon also offers robust culinary experiences with dozens of top-notch restaurants, local breweries, charming cafes, and award-winning wineries. We care about community, and our region’s dedication to supporting local businesses and agriculture is notable. Our employee benefits are first-rate, too!

At OSF we believe that diverse ideas, cultures and traditions reflect the broad diversity of the nation and enrich our insights into the work we present on stage. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, including play selection, casting, marketing and public relation efforts, education programs, strategic recruitment of staff and volunteers, and the composition of the Board of Directors. People of color and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you wish to apply for this position please carefully read and follow these application instructions.

Please be prepared to provide:


3 work references (name, email and phone number)

A cover letter is requested but not required.

Only complete applications will be considered.





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