San Diego Symphony seeks an experienced Director of Production to lead the Production Department at two world-class venues: the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, a newly opened state-of-the-art outdoor amphitheater, as well as Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center, an indoor venue currently undergoing renovation. This position demands extensive leadership experience and skills including effective communication, conflict resolution, and modeling values that are inherent in the San Diego Symphony’s mission. These include accountability, integrity, and a commitment to the highest aesthetics in both the visual and aural aspects of a diverse production landscape. Creating innovative production processes and protocols for the new venue and an increasingly complex production environment are required duties of this position
The Director of Production reports directly to the Vice President of Venue Operations, leading production budgeting, scheduling, and technical logistics for both venues. The qualified candidate will have robust knowledge and confidence interfacing with other departments including artistic, orchestra personnel, and operations. Experience supervising an IATSE crew is essential as well as negotiating a Collective Bargaining Agreement and implementing the guidelines of that CBA.
Accountable for the implementation, execution, and outcomes of budgets and production reconciliation for every performance.
In collaboration with Vice-President of Venue Operations, participate in IATSE Local 122 collective-bargaining negotiations, and act as the primary liaison with the IATSE representatives for CBA implementation, compliance, and administration.
Review and approve weekly stagehand assignments and payroll for accuracy and budget compliance.
Collaborate seamlessly and efficiently with all users of the production related aspects of both facilities.
Organize and lead all production meetings, create and track design deadlines and deliverables.
Ensure consistent execution of all aspects of the run of show, including supervision and mentorship of production manager(s) and stage manager(s).
Develop and implement policies, plans and execution strategies for all of The Shell’s production practices.
Develop relationships with vendors and coordinate with the Vice President of Venue Operations to continue to propose budget and purchase equipment to enhance state-of-the-art technical inventory at The Shell.
Collaborate with the production team to produce and present high quality performances, prioritizing a high-quality experience for the artists and visiting production teams.
Understand the operations of the artistic, personnel, and facilities departments as they relate to the production department, contributing to role clarity and cross department functionality.
Focus on positively motivating, directing and supervising staff.
Dedicated to San Diego Symphony’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives and ensure those values are reflected in the Production Department.
Project manage concurrent complex projects over multiple timelines, pivoting between big picture planning and detailed circumstance based problem-solving.
A dynamic leader with visionary and organizational abilities, able to work quickly and decisively with a superb attention to detail.
A positive attitude to engage with the unique challenges that come with collaborative environments.
The following positions report directly into the Director of Production:
Other Production and Technical positions as needed
College degree or equivalent experience required with major in production, management, technical design and/or entertainment-related field.
Minimum ten years professional experience in large scale performing arts operations with both hands-on and management skills in a variety of production and technical disciplines at the Director and Manager level or above.
Experience navigating the diverse cultural needs of symphonies, orchestras, and independent artists.
Experience working across musical genres and environments; well versed in the production-related needs of the symphony performing without guests, productions that integrate guests with the orchestra, visiting artists presented by the symphony, and guest artists who rent the venue.
Extensive experience advancing productions as well as interpreting technical riders and collaborating with visiting tour managers and production teams.
Experience with conflict resolution, advocacy, and leading a team to the best possible outcome for all involved.
Experience with large musical performances and extremely high-profile artists, as well as AEG, Live Nation, or similar presenters.
Experience advancing large incoming production, including reviewing and revising tech riders, placing backline orders, and scheduling the appropriate production and technical staff for each performance.
Experience with an outdoor venue and the related production and technical challenges that come with staging performances in a free and accessible park and the natural elements of sun, wind, rain, and ambient noise.
Strong supervisory experience, specifically: direct supervision of internal teams.
Detail-oriented, highly organized team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
Impeccable critical thinking skills, discrete negotiation, and integrity during high stakes moments across productions.
Familiar with stage lighting, audio, and video equipment and systems.
Familiar with COVID-19 compliance and safety procedures for backstage and FOH production positions.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, VectorWorks and AutoCAD software.
Familiar with Arts Vision software.
Strong understanding of computer technology, video and streaming technology and hardware, and live-streaming platforms such as OBS.
Familiar with online project management tools.
Outstanding oral communication, written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
Able to negotiate and implement union contracts, particularly those governing stagehand labor.
Able to orchestrate, in collaboration with Artistic, the aesthetics of the stage plot and related design elements such as the stage plot, video direction related to IMAG, lighting, and audio.
Possess appropriate professional and corporate demeanor, considerable tact and courtesy when interacting with staff and visiting artistic teams.
Able to perform effectively under significant pressure in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of efficiency, patience, and tactical problem-solving.
Strong ability in negotiating, structuring and documenting contractual agreements, particularly: collective bargaining agreements with IATSE.
Proven track record of successful financial management, budgeting, and accountability for tracking production and technical expenses.
Proven ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple (emphasis on multiple!) priorities.
Ability to read and understand music as needed for event execution and instrument and equipment rentals is helpful but not required.
Able to accommodate a demanding and flexible schedule with long hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
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