Head Electrician

Dates of Employment: May 26 – August 13, 2023

Reports To: Lighting Supervisor, Director of Production

Supports: Lighting Department, Janiec Opera Company, Orchestras, Special Events


The Head Electrician, under the supervision of the Lighting Supervisor, is responsible for the hanging, mounting, rigging, circuiting, programming and execution of lighting for Janiec Opera Company productions, Orchestra and Chamber Events, Special Events and Special Projects. The Head Electrician works on a crew of electricians and lighting apprentices and oversees their progress. They are also responsible for the maintenance of the lighting equipment and supplies as directed.  A solid knowledge of lighting and electricity is required with strong knowledge of technical design for stage.  

Holistic effective communication and dissemination of information as well as a love of music and a sense of humor when appropriate is essential to the successful execution of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Lighting Supervisor; hang, circuit, focus, programing, maintaining, and striking all lighting for opera/musical season, the Orchestral season, and Special Events.  The Opera Season includes:  La Traviata, Turn of the Screw, Into the Woods, a Gershwin Review and many more.
  • Maintain safe, instructive, professional and productive workspaces.
  • Work as a crew member at all work calls – this includes hanging, focusing and programming lights.
  • Assist Lighting Supervisor to ensure that EVERY concert or event that requests and LD/ Board Op receives one in a timely manner.
  • As assigned, facilitate the repair of equipment and maintain accurate equipment inventories. 
  • As directed, maintain accurate and thorough paperwork which includes but is not limited to tracking equipment ownership, current location, maintenance needs etc.
  • Manage directly or supervise the training and education of each electrics staff member in proper safety procedures in conjunction with the Lighting Supervisor and Production Management.
  • Ensure excellence and professionalism in all 6 performance venues and over 80 performances.
  • Oversee Staff Electricians, Apprentices, Production Assistants, and work-studies in the workspaces.
  • Attend and oversee all load-ins and outs of productions as directed by Lighting Supervisor.
  • Run or assist in the run of overnight crews as needed.
  • Run shows as required.
  • Be prepared to assist other crews/departments at the end of season strike until dismissed by Production Management.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Supervised by the Lighting Supervisor and Director of Production.


  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Highly motivated. 
  • Good attitude and work ethic. 
  • Willingness to take ownership of your position and not blame other staff members or outside circumstances for your degree of success on individual tasks and on your position as a whole.
  • Able to take instruction and feedback from supervisors and use it to improve your job performance. 
  • Understanding of channels of communication and the importance of clear and open communication.
  • Maintain calm under pressure and receive/ intake information from multiple sources that you quickly prioritize and relay to Director of Production/ act upon if deemed appropriate.
  • Above all, must possess a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and ability to work well in a team dynamic.


  • Complete satisfactory background check
  • Must have valid state driver's license and possess a clean driving record


  • Includes a season stipend paid bi-weekly, full board, and on-campus housing

To apply, create an account and start an application using MyBMC. Please upload a cover letter and resume (with references listed) to be considered for this position.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

Any questions can be directed to:

Andrea Boccanfuso
Director of Production
Brevard Music Center

Please note: As Brevard prepares for the 2023 season, we continue to work with local and state health officials, along with campus and venue safety specialists, to develop and implement guidelines and protocols designed to keep our students, faculty, staff, and patrons safe. For the 2022 season, BMC's COVID-19 protocols included social distancing measures, indoor mask-wearing, and vaccination requirements. We will share updated policies for 2023 as more information becomes available from public health agencies.

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