Shippensburg University is currently seeking applications for a Production Manager at The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. The expected salary range will be $50,000-$60,000 annually depending on experience and qualifications and includes an extensive benefits package and tuition waiver for the employee and dependents.
Reporting to the Director, the Production Manager is responsible for establishing the technical requirements, equipment and manpower requirements to service events. Specific duties include the following:
Responsible for advancing shows with promoters and partners and acts as a liaison between the show and the company.
Work with talent buyer and artist to work out a tour schedule, build offers and create show budget.
Develop and foster relationships with artists, tour crew, artist management, venues and other important personnel to ensure streamlined communication and successful execution of each show on tour.
Oversee the load in and load out of the show from artists, vendors and all that apply in addition to managing production crew by interfacing and making production arrangements with local labor vendors, creating production crew schedules, diffusing employee relation situations and conflict resolution, review, approve and submit payroll for production staff.
May be responsible for show settlement after the show has concluded. Ensures that artist(s) and venue are paid accordingly and provides all pertinent information to accounting.
May be responsible for hiring local labor, rental equipment and other show needs.
Responsible for daily operations of lighting, electrical, sound, props, audiovisual, etc.
Responsible for routine maintenance (preventative and repairs) of all production equipment, house restoration, event set-ups and break downs (as pertaining to the production department), and other back of house needs. Direct and supervise staff within parameters of company policies.
Participates in customer site visits and throughout the event booking, planning, and execution cycle as an in-house resource on facility light and sound systems as well as methods, and practices which may save the customer money or improve the production value of events.
Informs clients and sub-contractors on rigging points and methods for hanging sound, lighting, and audiovisual equipment at LPAC.
Study technical riders, light plots, electrical requirements, and hanging plots as to the complexity and feasibility of hanging a road show or local production in the facility. Also, provides solutions that work to the benefit of the facility and the client.
Works with clients to determine the Stage Technician manpower required for production work.
Provides a written estimate based on the technical rider or information supplied via the client and current contract rates.
Creates and manages all event scheduling for production employees as determined by assessing event and building needs
Provide day-of production schedule to Luhrs Center staff.
Informs Director and box office staff of pit seating restrictions or obstructed views prior to offer and on-sales.
Develops training programs and ensures all staff members are proficient in operating and maintaining all related equipment, tools, and related job functions.
Evaluates preventive maintenance programs, and modifies programs to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Tracks and documents PM and training systems.
Assists in planning, coordinating and implementing of major capital improvement projects.
Maintains safe working conditions and safe working procedures in a clean and orderly working environment. Demonstrates an on-going awareness of safety issues. Maintains, implements and updates safety policy and procedures for Stage Technicians.
In absence of comprehensive client information, develops light plots and sound system specification to fit needs of the event.
Supervises and facilitates production equipment rental to event contractors.
Provides written estimates to contractors for equipment rentals.
Provides final cost outs for production services rendered for settlement.
Maintains accurate event history which includes any billed services, issues, or opportunities for future improvement of production efficiency.
Prioritizes customer service recognizing that the position is a representative of Shippensburg University.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Shippensburg University employees’ value teamwork and collaboration, are dependable, take initiative, solve problems effectively, communicate clearly and support organizational change. University employees work closely with individuals of diverse backgrounds and race, as well as those of differing religious affiliations, sexual orientation and gender. They must possess good interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with all members of the campus community.
A Bachelor’s Degree and five years of experience working with light, sound, and AV production in a performing arts center, arena, convention center or road show environment (two years of experience must include related supervisory experience) or an equivalent combination of experience and education is required. The following are also required: strong working knowledge of facility, theatrical production (professional and commercial venues); strong attention to detail; knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and the ability to read production drawings and use Computer Aided Design Software for the preparation of rigging plots and production layouts; demonstrated knowledge of modern digital and analog production sound, lighting and AV technologies; the ability to read and understand technical “riders” for stage presentations; working knowledge of the principles of facility management, services and equipment for a similar facility; excellent interpersonal, organizational and customer service skills; demonstrated knowledge of conference and meeting production requirements; strong knowledge of applicable life and safety codes; and strong problem solving skills and the ability to create novel solutions when planned processes break down. Candidates must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays; be able to lift up to 100 pounds frequently; stand for 8-14 hours during assignments; climb ladders; and work in environments that include weather, noise, dust, fumes and above ground conditions. Successful performance in an on-campus interview is also required. ETCP Theatre Rigging Certification is preferred.
For full consideration candidates must apply online at https://jobs.ship.edu by January 31, 2020 with acceptance of materials continuing until the position is filled. Materials submitted in other formats including paper documents will not be considered. All applications and inquiries will remain confidential.
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
About Shippensburg University
Shippensburg University, established in 1871, is a comprehensive public university offering baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree programs. Enrolling 6,600 students, the residential campus is located in scenic south central Pennsylvania. The campus is in close proximity to Harrisburg, PA and within a few hours’ drive of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. The University is noted for its strong sense of community with a commitment to student success and offers an attractive campus, and strong alumni support.