lighting specialist — Live Events

Mills James has an immediate opportunity for an experienced live event Lighting Specialist to join the Mills James Experience Group. The specialist works closely with clients, producers, production managers, and the Senior Lighting Specialist to prepare relevant lighting/rigging designs and equipment for safe and timely installation and operation at live events. Serves as L1, ME, or Team Lead onsite at events as needed, leading a crew of staff, freelancers, and vendors to implement the creative vision. Maintains and prepares lighting equipment in service of the above.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential function and other duties that may be assigned. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Work closely with the Producer and the Production Manager as a Lighting Director, directing the lighting portion of live events, including placement of lighting specials for key moments, cueing of lighting effects, directing follow spot operators, etc. In some instances where a Producer or Production Manager is not present, all lighting direction may be at your discretion.

  • Work closely with the Video Director to obtain the best balance of stage lighting for the live audience and IMag/remote audience/recording.

  • Supervises riggers and stagehands during the installation of show equipment.

  • Provides appropriate paperwork to facilitate installation, patching, focus, programming, and operation of lighting equipment.

  • Work closely with the Director of Logistics and Senior Lighting Specialist to organize, manage, and maintain MJx lighting equipment and technology.

  • Manages inventories of expendables and replacement parts for lighting equipment. Repair equipment as necessary.


  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities by the organization's policies and applicable laws.

  • Supervises and coordinates crews of roughly 2 to 10 on various MJx projects.


  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university; or four years’ related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proficiency in the implementation of live lighting technologies and concepts, including lighting system and rigging design, conventional and moving light fixtures, dimming, gobo creation/selection, lighting color theory, analog, and digital console programming, and follow spot operation. Advanced troubleshooting and problem-solving.

  • Must learn and become adept at using Mills James scheduling software Vectorworks and Microsoft Office Suite. Familiarity with Hog4 and MA2 are a plus.

  • Valid driver’s license and medical card required. May require CDL. Required to obtain US Passport if necessary. Must be available for 60% travel and work flexible hours.

Mills James offers a comprehensive benefit package for this full-time opportunity, including health, dental and vision care, 401(k) and Roth 401(k) and our unique Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Mills James, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Your Right to Work – In compliance with federal law, all persons hired are required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.