Department: Music Administration Salary/Grade: NEX/16
Under general supervision, serves as the second piano technician of the Keyboard Maintenance team to carry out all aspects of the maintenance and rebuilding program for the Bienen School of Music’s inventory of over 250 performance, rehearsal, studio and historic keyboard instruments.
Serves as the second piano technician responsible for performing the highest level of tuning, maintenance, concert preparation of pianos and harpsichords used for public performance and to meet academic needs of the Bienen School of Music. This includes regular and specialized maintenance and repairs.
Provides the highest level of rebuilding and remanufacturing work, including refurbishing or replacement of sound boards, bridges, pin blocks, strings, dampers, actions, keyboards and pedal systems.
Assists in the supervision of services provided by contracted professional keyboard technicians, interns and student assistants.
Assists in the collection and maintenance of data on the keyboard inventory, including location, condition, maintenance and service history, as well as time and materials used in day to day operations.
Collaborates in the formulation of long-term plans for the refinishing, reconditioning, rebuilding, replacement and disposition of the keyboard inventory.
Assists in the organization and management of Keyboard Maintenance operations and special projects as required or assigned.
Other related duties as required or assigned.
Certificate/diploma in Piano Technology or equivalent experience
Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in piano voicing, regulation, tuning and repair required.
Extensive experience in preparing pianos for concerts and recordings. Must have a thorough understanding of piano technology concepts and methods. Highly developed skills in complete rebuilding and re-manufacture of modern grand pianos.
Ability to operate specialized piano repair tools, small power tools and equipment such as a drill press, table saw and band saw.
Experience developing proposals and presentations; ability to collaborate and recommend options
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others to plan and achieve strategic goals.
Strong interpersonal skills as well as the ability to relate sensitively to internal and external colleagues and constituents.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written and verbal forms.
Ability to maintain positive and productive working relationships with co-workers, employees, students, administration, faculty, artists, vendors and University departments.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Adaptability – Works effectively in an environment in which the parameters may change daily; adjusts behavior to meet the needs of different people and situations.
Collaboration – Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one’s own team; respects the needs and contributions of others.
Collegiality - Being helpful, respectful, approachable and team oriented building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Compliance - Honoring University policies and regulatory requirements.
Conceptual Ability - Deals effectively, not just with concrete tangible issues, but also abstract conceptual matters.
Efficiency/Dependability – Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly.
Judgment – Demonstrates logic, rationality and objectivity; shows common sense; uses all available information to make educated decisions.
Listening - Actively listens to others' opinions and ideas; respects and seeks to understand differences in opinions.
Meets Deadlines - Displays consistency and success in adhering to deadlines.
Multi-Tasking - Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Member of the Piano Technicians Guild with Registered Piano Technician status.
Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in piano voicing, regulation, tuning and repair required.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39215
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