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Instructional Laboratory Specialist (open rank) (Theatre and Music Technology Coordinator)
University of Illinois Chicago

Date Posted Nov. 4, 2022
Title Instructional Laboratory Specialist (open rank) (Theatre and Music Technology Coordinator)
University University of Illinois Chicago
Chicago, IL, United States
Department The School of Theatre and Music
Application Deadline Jan. 6, 2023
Position Start Date Available Immediately
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The School of Theatre and Music at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) is seeking an Instructional Laboratory Specialist (open rank) for a full-time, twelve-month staff position.


The Instructional Laboratory Specialist will serve as the technology coordinator for the School of Theatre and Music. The position requires an integrated knowledge of educational needs for both theatre and music departments as well as a deep understanding of classroom AV, basic IT skills, music and theatre technology and production techniques - including live and recorded sound expertise. The technology coordinator will collaborate with faculty and staff to advance the School’s mission to develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imagination in emerging artists and scholars. â€‹They will also interface with various trades and campus IT units to manage technology upgrades for the School of Theatre and Music.  The technology coordinator may assist faculty in developing technology aspects of courses or curricula; will work with faculty and students in courses to introduce or teach specialized technology-related skills; and may or may not teach a course in the Department of Music or the Department of Theatre and/or work with. Staff may serve on committees as assigned.


Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in music, theatre technology, or a related field, a minimum of two years’ experience in a performing arts laboratory setting; as well as expertise in two or more of the following areas: audio system design; audio system technology for music and theatre; audio visual technology for classrooms; and entry level information technology.  In addition, the candidate must have working knowledge of Digital Audio Workstation programs such as ProTools, Reaper, LogicPro, or QLab as well as an understanding of license management software and license servers for common music and theatre technology software. An ability to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in educational and/or professional settings.


Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in a related field; experience with video and projection technology for theatre; an ability to support rehearsal and performance venue operations;  exceptional organization and communication skills; experience managing budgets and maintaining technical inventory; demonstrated ability to mentor students, staff, and faculty; experience as an administrator; and an active artistic/professional practice in music, theatre, or teaching in performance or technology.


Salary is competitive/commensurate with experience/qualifications.


UIC is a Carnegie Research 1 university that enrolls over 30,000 students on a 240-acre site one mile west of Chicago’s Loop. The School of Theatre and Music provides innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive academic and performance programs to a highly diverse student body. One of four units in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, STM enrolls about 100 undergraduate students in music programs and about 125 undergraduate students in theatre. The faculty consists of performing artists and scholars. There are about 30 full-time faculty and about 40 part-time faculty. The School offers coursework leading to a BA in Music, BA in Music Business, BM in Music Performance, BM in Jazz Studies, BFA in Acting, BA in Theatre and Performance, and BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology. Music ensembles include choirs, concert bands, jazz ensembles, orchestra, athletic band, chamber groups, jazz combos, among others. For more information, go to


Applications must be received by January 6, 2023, 5pm CST. Interested persons should submit a copy of their CV or resumé, a cover letter that describes interest and experience, and names and contact information for three references through  Any questions can be directed to Robert Difazio at


The University of Illinois Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks and other pre-employment assessments on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background Checks will be performed in compliance with state and federal law. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.


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Contact Information

  • Robert DiFazio
    The School of Theatre and Music
    University of Illinois Chicago
    1040 W Harrison St.
    Chicago, IL 60607


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