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Theatre Technical Director/Lecturer of English

Apply now Posting Number: 493549
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Faculty, School of Liberal Arts

Position Title:

Theatre Technical Director/Lecturer of English


English Department, School of Liberal Arts

Salary/Pay Rate:

$65,000 - $70,000

Job Summary:

The Marist College Department of English invites applications for a Lecturer in Technical Theatre/Technical Director, starting in August 2024. This is a 9-month faculty position with administrative reassignments to serve as Technical Director on Marist Theatre productions. The English Department is an interdisciplinary department offering classes in theatre, literature, writing, rhetoric, and linguistics.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BFA in a related field with significant professional experience.
  • A strong commitment to undergraduate theatre education and a willingness to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for a diverse array of students from across the campus.
  • Thorough knowledge of scenic materials and construction techniques, rigging, theatre safety, and lighting; familiarity with sound and projection equipment desirable.
  • Effective communication skills and commitment to collaborative learning processes.
  • Experience operating a safe scenic studio and theatre facility.

Essential Functions:

  • Teach 2 courses per semester, such as Stagecraft, Theatre Practicum, and Introduction to Theatre, as well as other courses according to specializations.
  • Serve as technical director for Marist Theatre productions, mentor student technical directors, and oversee student build crews for productions. Marist Theatre is a decades-old student theatre club which serves as the producing organization for all campus theatre. The TD will work alongside club advisors and theatre faculty to teach through production work.
  • Collaborate with full and part-time faculty, students, and visiting directors and designers, to stage a 4-6 show season. A typical production schedule includes one play, one musical, one student-directed children’s theatre production, one student-directed experimental production, a monologue show, and a one-weekend playwriting festival with strictly limited investiture.
  • Work with campus partners and external contractors to maintain theatre facilities, including a 330-seat proscenium theatre with a counterweight fly system, scene shop, and a 33-seat flexible studio classroom space with a lighting grid.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MFA in Technical Theatre or MFA in Theatrical Design with technical theatre experience; Teaching experience at the collegiate level (classroom or shop-based experiential learning).

Required Application Documents:

Resume, Cover Letter, & Contact Information of 3 Professional References 

A link to an online portfolio or work samples.


The position includes a comprehensive benefit package*. Benefits for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Unlimited paid sick time.
  • 14+ paid holidays per year.
  • Medical, Dental & Vision insurance programs at a 15% employee / 85% employer contribution rate. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Dependent Care (FSD).
  • Life insurance.
  • Generous short-term and long-term disability programs and workers compensation.
  • 403(b) defined contribution plan:
    • First 6 years College contributes 7.5%, Employee contributes a mandatory 4%.
    • College contribution increases to 10.5% in year 7, and 12% after 15 years.
    • Employee contribution decreases to 1% in year 7. Remains 1% thereafter.
  • 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity – Roth option available. Voluntary, up to IRS maximum contribution.
  • Tuition Benefits:
    • Up to 16 undergraduate credits per semester. Up to 18 graduate credit per academic calendar. Eligibility extends to employee, spouse, and dependent children under age 26.
    • College pays 100% tuition only.
    • Eligible dependents may be Reimbursed up to $2,000 per semester towards tuition at another accredited institution.

*Eligibility requirements including waiting periods and/or employee probationary periods may apply at the discretion of the College.

About the Department/School:

The School of Liberal Arts includes 55 full-time faculty and over 75 part-time faculty. The School of Liberal Arts includes departments in English, history, modern languages, philosophy & religious studies, and political science, and many interdisciplinary programs such as American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. In addition, the ABA approved Paralegal Studies Program and the Pre-Law Program are part of the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Liberal Arts also houses the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership, the Hudson River Valley Institute, the Weiss Language Center, the Writing Center, and the Marist Theatre Program.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 53 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #1 in the nation by the U.S. State Department’s “Open Doors Report” and has also received the Senator Paul Simon Award for First Year Abroad programs in Italy and Ireland. Marist’s Joint Study partnership with IBM, which began in 1988, has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. To learn more, please visit 

Type of Position:



Faculty (Full-Time)

Months per Year:


Work Schedule:

Time as required for teaching, office hours, departmental/school activities and work with students on Marist Theatre productions.

Hours per Week:



Marist College Main Campus

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Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

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