Assistant Lighting Director

  • 1 Symphony Place, Nashville, TN, United States
  • Full-time

Company Description

Our Mission: The Nashville Symphony inspires, entertains, and educates through excellence in musical performance.

One of Tennessee’s largest arts organizations, the Nashville Symphony has been an integral part of the Music City sound since 1946. Led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero, the orchestra performs more than 150 concerts annually, with a diverse repertoire that includes classical, pops, jazz, movies, and more. It is one of the most active recording orchestras in the U.S., with a total of 14 GRAMMY® Awards and 27 nominations.

Job Description

Reports to: Senior Lighting Director
Employment Status: Full-Time, Exempt

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Ensure lighting standards for all live performances, including orchestra rehearsals and performances.
  2. Operate Schermerhorn Symphony Center lighting equipment for the Nashville Symphony, as well as rental clients.
  3. Interpret technical riders and advance needs with touring productions.
  4. Assist clients in implementation of their technical needs.
  5. Provide event-related technical support to supervisor.
  6. Assist in the maintenance and use of all production-related lighting systems, technical equipment, and facilities to ensure readiness of stages, support areas, and technical systems.
  7. Ensure safety of department-specific equipment.
  8. Perform event- and production-related responsibilities for the Nashville Symphony and clients of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
  9. Support orchestra technical requirements off-site.
  10. Maintain system documentation and inventory to ensure departmental readiness and availability for in-house and rental events.
  11. Direct stagehands for “floor flips” in Laura Turner Concert Hall, as assigned.

The duties listed above are not all inclusive.  The person in this position is expected to perform other work-related duties as assigned even though they may not be considered primary duties.



High School diploma or general education degree (GED) required; college degree preferred.        


One to three years of related experience and/or training.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of theater lighting systems, orchestras, and touring industry.
  • Ability to work flexible hours depending on the operational needs of the staff or required maintenance of systems.
  • Excellent computer skills; working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, CAD and building systems programs a plus.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills; positive and helpful attitude in developing creative responses and solutions to needs and issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills: ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex technical manuals and specifications; reports and documents; ability to translate technical terminology into lay terms; strong oral skills for dealing with customer-service issues.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and balance a sense of urgency with lower priorities while maintaining calm.

Additional Information

The Nashville Symphony prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

The Nashville Symphony is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which maintains that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. If you have questions concerning the Nashville Symphony’s compliance with Title VI, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources and our Local Title VI Coordinator, Nakisha Hicks.

This company is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 39-17-1801-1810. In accordance with that law and company policy, smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas of company property.