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Piano Technician – School of Music

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: Generous benefits include paid time off including holidays and vacation, retirement match, and tuition remission for employee and dependents.  Details at www.duq.edu/benefits
Location: School of Music
Position Status: Full-time                                             
Hours: Varied
Position Number: 436000/10-910            
FLSA Status: Exempt   

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Piano Technician is responsible for the repair and maintenance of 70+ pianos located in the Mary Pappert School of Music.  In addition to that, maintenance and repair of pianos located throughout the Duquesne University campus, including in the Chapel, Student Union Ballroom, Genesius Theater, School of Medicine and the Power Center Ballroom.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Maintains tuning of piano inventory

Must be available for pre-event tunings for performances (including those given by guest artists), student recitals (when requested), masterclasses, and recordings, in coordination with the MPSOM Manager of Academic Support. Work will be necessary on nights and weekends

Regulate and voice pianos

Performs repair work on pianos and piano benches, and provides information to Manager of Academic Support for ordering materials needed for these repairs

Develops, oversees, and enforces policies and procedures for student use of pianos

Traveling when necessary for school events

Completes other duties as assigned

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum qualifications:

Experience working in both the private and public sector is required.

Experience tuning concert grand pianos for performance is required.

1-3 years of work related experience.

Valid driver’s license in good standing.

Preferred qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Music from an accredited institution.

Experience tuning for a dealer, especially a Steinway dealership, is preferred

Registered Piano Technician (Piano Technicians Guild) preferred within 2 years of hire.

Alternately, the successful candidate may possess any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Candidate must possess excellent tuning, regulating and voicing skills for working on our variety of pianos, from concert grands to uprights.  Must have excellent communication skills to collaborate with a diverse population of musicians, facilities manager and administration.  Must be a self-starter, and a highly organized individual. To possess the ability to rebuild grand pianos action is a preferred skill for the ideal candidate.

Ability to problem solve and prioritize is essential to this position.

The job should be completed on site, and it is preferred if no outside workshop is subcontracted for additional repairs.

The candidate must have their own tool set.

Commitment to the University’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recognition of the importance of treating each individual with dignity and respect consistent with the University’s Mission.  Demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, the broad diversity of the University community (students, faculty, staff and others).

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.

Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission of the University and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University.  The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.  Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit.  Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.