The Reser is seeking a motivated, reliable and dedicated Production Manager to join our growing team prior to opening. The Production Manager is responsible for supervision of technical operations for The Reser, including communicating with internal and external production personnel, supervising crew, managing events, and serving as stage manager when necessary. The PM will ensure that all members of the production team, guest artists, and clients have the necessary support to accomplish their jobs safely, properly, and to a high standard of professional excellence. The PM will provide technical support for a wide range of events, including performances by national touring artists, regional performing arts organizations, community organizations, commercial clients, and special events. This position requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the operation, with night and weekend work frequently required. The successful outcome of performances, marketing, audience development, customer service, and client satisfaction, in the end, relies on the skill with which the Production Manager performs the job.
The Production Manager will have numerous relationships and interactions, primarily with the Executive Director, Operations Manager, Assistant Production Manager, and other members of the senior staff, over-hire stage and technical crews, national touring artists, local and regional arts organization, and commercial clients.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Manage all technical operations and serve as manager-on-duty during events
Ensure safe and proper operations of all technical systems
Serve as advance lead for all productions; research technical riders to ascertain needs for the production, determine feasibility, and make arrangements for special staging, rental equipment, special effects, and additional crew. Ensure that lighting plots, stage preparation, sound equipment, and other pre-event preparations are completed in accordance with performance contracts and advance instructions.
Coordinate to ensure that touring artists’ comfort and backstage security needs are met
Schedule, coordinate, train and supervise the work of regular and temporary workers performing both semi- skilled and skilled technical work for performances, including load-ins, performances, and load-outs; certify work hours and coordinate payroll for temporary and part-time workers.
Serve as senior manager backstage for all “TheReser Presents” performances
Supervise the installation and maintenance of technical systems
Recruit and train technical staff; certify individuals to operate technical equipment.
Coordinate budgeting for performance expenses, stage equipment, and stage maintenance with the Executive Director; participate in the development of the annual operating budget; maintain records relating to capital and maintenance needs.
Prior to opening:
Supervise final phase of construction to ensure stage systems are constructed and installed successfully in coordination with theater planner, architects, and CM/GC,
Initiate the procurement, delivery and installation of theatrical FF&E items including production lighting instruments and control (rep lighting plot), AV systems and loose equipment, rigging equipment and draperies, orchestra shell, and performance related equipment.
Create venue technical packet
Create rental and usage policies for the technical systems and labor
Reports to: Executive Director
Direct reports: Assistant Production Manager, over-hire light & sound techs, stagehands
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED
A bachelor’s degree in technical theater production or a combination of education and professional experience that demonstrates comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform at a professional level.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible technical theater positions at a managerial level, preferably as a technical director or production manager, including supervision of subordinate technical staff
Working knowledge of lighting, rigging, and sound systems
Experience and knowledge of the performing arts
A strong aptitude for organization and precision
Outstanding budgeting, planning, and time management skills
An exceptional ability to multitask and set priorities; must be punctual and reliable
Excellent communication skills; the ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively
Mature interpersonal skills; a talent for team building, motivating, and leading staff; a dedication to respectful and collaborative professional relationships; a commitment to equity and diversity in hiring
Previous experience working in a proscenium theater with fly loft
Previous experience commissioning a new theater, formulating policies, procedures, and training.
Ability to read technical drawings.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT – ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL ABILITIES
Many of the principal responsibilities of this position are performed backstage, often in the dark, and either using or in proximity to equipment that may present a risk of injury. Both safety and the successful completion of duties rely on the following physical abilities: Sufficient (corrected or uncorrected) vision to operate in a low-light environment, to read written production materials, and supervise workers. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to discern verbal instructions, communicate effectively in person and on a telephone, hear sounds within the normal range of conversation, distinguish emergency warning sounds, and determine the direction of sounds. Sufficient manual dexterity to operate theater equipment. Sufficient personal mobility, strength, and reflexes to perform heavy work and to reach, stoop, bend, kneel, climb, work at heights, and lift 50+ pounds occasionally, 25-50 pounds frequently, and 10-20 pounds regularly. Must also be able to stand for extended periods of time without assistance.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
An annual salary of $70,000 and benefits that include medical insurance, flexible spending account, paid vacation, and matching retirement plan contributions.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a resume, accompanied by a cover letter describing why this position is of interest and the personal and professional experience that has prepared them to be successful. All applications will be held in confidence. Initial review of applications will begin on or about February 22, 2021 and will continue until a pool of highly-qualified finalists has been identified. Interested applicants should submit materials as soon as possible. Applications received after March 8, 2021 may not be eligible for consideration.
All applications and/or inquiries should be sent via email only to:
Chris Ayzoukian, Executive Director (see note below)
MS Word or PDF attachments only, please
Subject Line: PRODUCTION MANAGER application
No phone calls please
File names of all resumes and attachments should include applicant’s last name
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The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity, at-will employer, dedicated to the goal of creating a diverse and inclusive working environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, persons of color, and LGBTQ individuals. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
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