Lighting Designer & Electrician

Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, NH 03833


Lauren Caldwell

Job Details


TITLE:                                    Lighting Designer and Electrician

LOCATION:                         GOEL Center for Theater & Dance

REPORTS TO:                     Theater and Dance Department Chair

STATUS/HOURS:              Full-time, academic year, including 1 week prior to the beginning of school, some evening and weekend work.  Schedule may vary according to departmental and Academy needs. 

FLSA:                                     Exempt

CLASSIFICATION:             Administrative Faculty (ADF)

  Position Purpose

Collaborates with the technical faculty and staff to coordinate and supervise the safe execution of theatrical designs for the Theater & Dance Department.  Works with the directors and choreographers of shows to evolve a design concept that serves the production and that can be executed in appropriate time and within budget. 


Design responsibilities include: Lighting, Sound (in collaboration with the Technical Director), and occasionally scenery and projections as needed. Key Accountabilities


·         Respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.

  • Interact with students, faculty and staff by being present in the daily life of the Academy. 

Lighting Designer

·         The lighting designer is responsible for the lighting design, operation of the lighting systems, and special lighting effects used in the theater & dance department productions. 

    • Responsible for research and script analysis of all theatrical productions in regards to lighting requirements and needs of the show.
    • Coordinates lighting design elements of the production through design meetings with the directors & choreographers.
    • Creates a light plot for each production.
    • Teaches, trains, and supervises the student Light Board Operator, Follow Spot Operators, and other students involved in the lighting of the productions.
    • Works closely with the student stage manager and teaches the proper execution of lighting cues.
    • As needed, runs lights for school events in the theaters.

·         Teaches or collaborates in teaching credit-bearing courses in theatre technology, stagecraft, and theatre design if and when the Academy chooses to offer such courses and as staffing needs allow. 

Sound Designer:

  • Responsibilities are shared with the Technical Director. Responsible for the operation of the sound systems in all theaters and support spaces. Acts as sound designer on an as needed basis.
    • Reads, researches, and analyzes the play as many times as necessary to familiarize oneself with all sound design elements.
    • Presents design ideas and concepts to productions team during design meetings
    • Supervises the installation of sound equipment for productions.
    • Teaches, trains, and supervises the student Sound Board Operator, Sound Assistant, and other students involved in the sound crew of the productions.
    • Provides microphones and amplification for all productions requiring them.
    • As needed, runs sound for school events in the theaters. 


    • Maintains a safe and clean work environment for students and staff of the GOEL Center theaters and technical support spaces.
    • Establishes a production calendar for completion of lighting elements (hang, focus, dark time, etc.)
    • Creates a production budget for each production.
    • Ensures that the electrics shop, cat walks, tech booths, and support spaces are properly used, and that lights are turned off and doors locked at the end of each night.
    • Maintains all electrics shop equipment in good working order; makes improvements as necessary for lighting instrumentation, lighting positions; generates annual capital requests for new equipment and improvements of the facilities. Schedules yearly inspections/maintenance of lifts and equipment.
    • As needed, supervises and mentors the technical intern for the department.
    • Acts as a teacher and supervisor of student tech crew for all productions. 

Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of safety, initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff and department operations.

Expected to solve technical problems or address issues that require immediate attention. Direct/Indirect Reports

Direct: Technical crew

Technical intern

Student Proctor force Internal & External Contacts

Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students office, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, and staff.  External contacts may include parents, outside organizations, visitors and local community neighbors.  Position Requirements


·         Bachelor’s degree in Theater Design or Lighting Design required.

·         Master’s degree in Lighting Design preferred. 


·         5-years’ experience in duties described or equivalent preferred.

·         Familiarity with equipment, materials, and methods used in lighting and sound design.

·         Experience working with adolescents in an educational setting preferred. 

Skills & Knowledge

·         Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.

·         Maintain a positive and encouraging attitude.

·         Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.

·         Demonstrated ability to work with students by building trust and credibility.

·         Proficient in Vectorworks or CAD.

·         Knowledge of basic electrical work and electricity.

·         Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

·         Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.

·         Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.

·         High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.

·         Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.

·         Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.  Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


1.       Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work and will require the ability to remain standing for extended periods of time, go up and down flights of steps, lift and push heavy objects as well as stoop, squat, bend, kneel, crouch, and lift.

  1. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  2. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example using a keyboard.
  3. Communication skills using the spoken and written word.
  4. Ability to see with normal parameters.
  5. Ability to use a visual display terminal with continuous wrist movement on a keyboard.
  6. Ability to hear within normal range.
  7. Ability to lift and transport a minimum of 70lbs without assistance.

Additional Requirements

1.       Successfully complete a criminal background check (reviewed every 5 years).

2.       Clean Driving record (reviewed annually).