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Scene Shop Foreman/Preparator

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 5019

Title: Scene Shop Foreman/Preparator

Department: Arts & Communications

Essential Personnel: N

Job Family: Academic Administration

Job Sub-Family: Program Administration

FLSA Classification: NE

Job Grade: 11

Grade Min: $39,923

Grade Mid: $46,910

UHD Succession Plan: N/A

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: In-Range

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: Y

Job Summary

The Scene Shop Foreman/Preparator provides assistance in various aspects of live theatre productions and the art gallery.


  • Acquires, constructs, loads, unloads, and installs sets and props for theatre productions
  • Prepares gallery space for exhibit installations
  • Installs and uninstalls art exhibits and lighting
  • Loads, packs, and unpacks artwork; creates condition reports
  • Schedules and performs on-duty gallery coverage during public hours
  • Maintains and repairs all gallery, scene shop, and theatre areas, as well as tools, equipment, materials and theatre stock
  • Travels off-campus to pick up or deliver artwork and theatre production items

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • None

Delegation of Work:

  • N/A

Supervision Given:

  • N/A


Required Education:

  • Minimum of 60 hours of college course work

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of one (1) year of related job experience


  • Must maintain a valid, current driver's license

Preferred Qualifications

  • None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of construction principles and practices;
  • Knowledge of how to use power tools;
  • Knowledge of the safety practices required in the operation of construction tools and materials


  • Basic computer skills; good problem solving skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Ability to prepare and paint items or structures;
  • Ability to drive and operate a truck

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • Works in an office environment

Physical Demands:

  • Work is normally performed in a general construction environment, typical for a gallery, theatre, and/or scene shop. Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, but will require the use of power tools, and will require climbing and maintaining balance on ladders. Occasional exposure to noise, vibrations, saw dust, paint fumes, and cleaning products
  • Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, or walking for prolonged periods of time, as well as for bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, jumping and climbing; adequate speech, hearing, visual acuity, and ability to distinguish color is required;
  • May be required to carry, push, pull, drag, or hold medium to heavy weight objects of up to 60lbs
  • The use of fingers, both hands, both arms, and both legs is required
  • Must have the ability to handle normal construction materials and works of fine art
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends when needed
  • May be required to drive and operate a truck. May require occasional travel

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.

Communicates Effectively

  • Communicates clearly, concisely, and with courtesy.
  • Carefully listens to customer or thoroughly reads correspondence, and uses good judgment to respond appropriately. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Communicates requests for further action or resources to appropriate individuals with tact.

Equipment Operation

  • Demonstrates the essential skills required to use equipment and tools needed to perform job duties and responsibilities.
  • Follows maintenance and operation procedures and safety rules to minimize equipment malfunctions and prevent personal injuries.

Student Success Indirect Support

  • Contributes to student success by assisting students with anything that supports their student experience, whether directly or indirectly.
  • Helps students navigate their way through the different offices, programs, and services at the university and/or connects students with the appropriate party(ies).
  • Connects students with services or resources that can help them with career exploration, goal selection, and ongoing academic assistance.
  • Helps students build peer support networks.
  • Encourages student participation in out-of-class activities.
  • Provides encouragement and guidance to foster student success.
  • Treats students with respect
  • Maintains the learning environment to ensure quality and/or sound pedagogy.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.