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$26,000 biweekly


The Department of Theatre and Dance of MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY seeks applicants for an experienced Scenic Charge/Adjunct Professor for the 2021-22 academic year. The part-time position includes teaching, guiding the scenic paint process through completion, mentoring students, and managing scenic paint equipment inventories. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Contract begins September 2, 2021. Total compensation of $26,000 for a 30-week contract ending May 12, 2022 (employment term is based on 15-week Fall semester, 9/2/2021 to 12/20/2021 and 15-week Spring semester, 1/15/2022 to 5/12/2022). Pay rate is dependent on education and experience. Benefits are not included. Montclair State University is an equal opportunity employer. This position reports to the Technical Director and falls under the Head of Technology.


The successful applicant at minimum must have a BA degree, and ideally holds a terminal degree (MFA/MA) in Theatre or equivalent professional experience in scenic painting. We are interested in candidates who are able to teach within the theatrical production disciplines, are committed to working with undergraduates in a liberal arts environment, and can mentor design, technology, and management (DTM) students through the theatrical scenic paint production process.


o Adjunct Professor for at least one course each semester:
o THTR200 Production Stagecraft – offered Fall + Spring semesters
o THTR247 Scenic Painting – offered Spring semester
o Responsible for the organization and supervision of the scenic painting process for our main stage productions under the direction of and in conjunction with the Technical Director. The Scenic Charge is expected to be in attendance for shop paint work calls and shall assist the Assistant Technical Director in scheduling student shop hours.
o Responsible for assisting in mentoring of design, technology, and management (DTM) students.
o Interpret design renderings
o Mix color based on designer renderings and color-matching based on existing pieces
o Creation of pounces and stencils
o Base, primary, and finish painting of all hard pieces of scenery
o Sculpting and carving of organic foam shapes
o Laying out and painting of backdrops
o Assist props department on specialty paint projects
o Touch-up and maintenance of all completed projects
o Responsible for supporting scenic paint needs in all Theatre and Dance department Main Stage, Black Box, and Studio Productions.
o Responsible for assisting with the maintenance of stock paint supplies and inventory, as well as the acquisition of scenic paint supplies per each production.
o Responsible for assisting with documenting the Scene Shop and THDN Department Chemical Inventory records per NJ PEOSH and HazCom laws.
o Additional duties as assigned by the Technical Director.


o Minimum of three years’ experience in theatrical scenic painting
o Demonstrated proficiency and knowledge of painting techniques
o Ability to lift 50 lbs
o Must be available to work nights and weekends depending on the production schedule
o Must work well with others

Located 12 miles west of New York City, MSU is the second largest theatre program in the State of New Jersey. The Department of Theatre and Dance operates in three theatres, multiple studios, and presents eleven to twelve productions each year between the BFA Musical Theatre, BFA Acting, BFA Dance, and BA Theatre Studies programs.

SALARY $26,000

STARTING DATE September 2, 2021

Please submit the following materials: resume, letter of intent, and names of two references to:

Benjamin Merrick
Technical Director + Head of Technology
Montclair State University
Department of Theatre and Dance/ LI0335

1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

or via e-mail with the subject line [Name – Scenic Charge/Adjunct Professor]

APPLY BY – June 1st, 2021

To apply for this job email your details to merrickb@montclair.edu

About Montclair State University, Department of Theatre and Dance, Design, Tech, Management

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With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic institutions of higher education. One of four public research institutions in the state, Montclair State is designated a Research Doctoral 3 University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, the University offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus; a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level; and a highly productive, dedicated and diverse faculty and student body.

The University’s 11 colleges and schools offer more than 300 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs, and with more than 120 student organizations and 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams for men and women, Montclair State offers its students a comprehensive college experience.

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Additional information can be found on the website at www.montclair.edu/human-resources/about-us/eo-aa-and-diversity/