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Sonoma State Unversity

Job ID: 104777

Job Title:
GMC Piano Technician (Piano Technician II), Part-time, 50% Time

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Date Posted:
February 8, 2019

Closing Date:
Open until filled

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Department Name
Green Music Center (GMC)

Salary and Benefits
The anticipated starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience and salary budget, and will not exceed $2,719.50 a month at a 50% time base.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking the View Benefits Summary link or by request from SSU Human Resources.

Application Deadline
This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on February 22, 2019. Please refer to the Application Process section of this posting for additional details.

Conditions of Employment
This is a part time, non-exempt position, which will lead toward permanent status following the successful completion of a probationary period.

Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

Reporting to and under the direction of the Director of Production and Technical Operations (Director), the GMC Piano Technician is responsible for piano tuning activities at various locations at the Green Music Center, including halls and classrooms. The incumbent tunes, voices, regulates action, and repairs mechanical problems. In addition, the GMC Piano Technician tunes and provides minor maintenance to harpsichords and related instruments. Assignments will require significant adeptness at tuning, regular use of reversible voicing techniques, and regulating instruments to the exact tonal qualities and touch desired by individual pianists.

Major duties of the position include, but are not limited to, tuning, voicing, and regulating piano instruments to achieve the highest level of musical performance. On non-show days, this includes tuning and maintaining classroom/rehearsal pianos at times when the rooms are available, and on show days providing multiple piano tunings per Artist’s technical rider (i.e. in the morning before they arrive, in the afternoon after sound check, and a quick check during intermission). The incumbent remains onsite through intermission for additional touch-up for all presenting concerts and fundraising events, working closely with artists and their representatives, faculty and students to provide desired voicing and sound.

The incumbent tunes pianos, repairs and replaces worn or broken parts. Tuning includes tuning the instrument to the correct concert pitch 440Hz, 441Hz or 442Hz, and regulating the piano action and voicing the piano hammers to exact specifications, or tuning, voicing, and regulating an instrument to the exact tonal qualities and touch desired by individual pianists, including “concert preparation” for all public performances. Other maintenance and repair responsibilities include inspecting and diagnosing problems and the adjustment, repair, or replacement of working or broken parts such as strings, key coverings, keys, felts, pedals, hammers, whippers, straps, flanges, bridges, stop rails, pedal boards, damper assemblies, lyre assemblies, fall boards, music racks, lids, piano benches, and piano legs and piano casters. Maintenance also includes regular cleaning of the keys, dusting, and basic cleaning and polishing of the case of the pianos, both inside the instrument and outside.

When authorized and funded by the Director, the incumbent also overhauls and rebuilds pianos, which typically includes repairing of strings, sound boards, and repairing or replacing bridges, pinblocks and plates; restringing pianos with wire of the proper gauge; and rebuilding or adjusting damper assemblies, lyre assemblies, casters, key frames and keys. Basic maintenance and repair of the outside casing of the pianos is included.

The incumbent is expected to exercise initiative to maintain the pianos in excellent playing and appearance condition at all times; identify, maintain, and repair issues in a timely manner; and notify the Director of any required repairs or maintenance that require additional equipment and/or supplies to determine the best course of action. The incumbent also establishes and maintains an efficient process for piano users to report or request repair, maintenance, and/or tuning issues and documents follow-up that the issue has been resolved to the satisfaction of the user. A weekly log of work performed is maintained, including specific piano, location, time and nature of work performed.

Performs other secondary duties as assigned.

Duties take place mostly in various locations at the Green Music Center, and other venues located at Sonoma State University. As a non-exempt employee, any request for overtime will be specified and pre-approved by Appropriate Administrator. Your specific start time is determined by your Appropriate Administrator. Evening and weekend hours will be required and will be specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator. For performances, which usually take place on nights and weekends, the incumbent will perform a concert piano tuning prior to the dress rehearsal, a concert tuning before the event, and remain on site through intermission for additional touch-up, or as directed by the Appropriate Administrator. The position may require occasional travel, by automobile and airplane, and the incumbent must be able to work some night and weekend hours with overnight stays.

This position requires two years of experience in tuning and repairing pianos, harpsichords, and related instruments; as well as two years of experience in overhauling and rebuilding pianos. Completion of a formal training program which provides the individual with the knowledge and abilities required of the position may be substituted for the two years of general tuning and repairing experience. Five years of professional piano tuning experience for large organizations and/or concert halls, including experience in tuning and repairing pianos, harpsichords, and related instruments; and membership and active participation in the Piano Technicians’ Guild (PTG) is highly preferred. Certification and/or participation in workshops by premier piano manufacturers, like Steinway, Yamaha, Fazioli and license as a Precision Touch Design installer preferred. Intermediate proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) is required.

The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to tune, regulate action and voice a piano to exact specifications; ability to inspect and diagnose problems, sometimes in a limited amount of time, and make minor repairs, clean and polish pianos and related instruments; ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position. In addition, the incumbent must possess thorough knowledge of the principles of design, construction and mechanical operation of pianos; ability to tune, regulate and voice a piano to the exact tonal qualities and touch desired by various individual pianists, including world-class artists; ability to play the piano to the degree sufficient for thorough evaluation of the tuning, the regulation, the pedal operation, and the voicing of a concert grand piano; and the ability to overhaul and rebuild pianos.

The incumbent must also demonstrate a positive track record of working with artists, tour managers, administrators, staff, faculty, and students, demonstrate discretion and judgment relative to the artistic needs of visiting artists, faculty, and students. The incumbent must possess a wide range of voicing skills, and use a wide range of reversible voicing techniques to accommodate sometimes conflicting visiting artists performance needs. The incumbent must be capable and experienced in responding to the demanding standards of world-class performers, as well as providing impeccable service to local artists, students, faculty, and staff. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations.

Application Process
Please visit http://web.sonoma.edu/jobs/ to apply to this position, materials submitted with your application will not be returned. For questions related to the application process, please reach out to Human Resources (hr@sonoma.edu | 707.664.3100).

Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:
1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)
2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

The ADA Coordinator is available at 707.664.2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Other Information
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

About Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.

Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.

Sonoma State University's Jeanne Clery Act Annual Security Report is available at www.sonoma.edu/ps/about/jeanneclery.html; Annual Campus Housing Fire Safety Report is available at www.sonoma.edu/housing/general-info/emergency-prep/fire-safety.html.