DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
Duties: Reporting to the Annenberg Center's Executive & Artistic Director the Director of Production is responsible for the management of the Center's Production Department; is a key player in developing business strategy for the Annenberg's future growth at the University across venue management and production servicing; oversees stewardship, maintenance, and utilization of all Annenberg Center facilities; supervises all production staff; is a close liaison with the Center's Public Engagement Office, which oversees facility rentals and front-of-house operations (ushering & concessions); oversees & manages coordination of all building maintenance, theatre equipment inspection, repair, and safety; and the safe, smooth, efficient, and professional presentation of all Annenberg Center-managed performances, within budgeted projections.
The Director is an integral member of the Center's senior leadership team, working collaboratively to optimize programming within the Annenberg Center and with partner artists, ensembles, and institutions. The Director will serve as a resource for both the Annenberg Center and other cultural institutions at Penn, especially as new production servicing and events take place across the University campus. Senior leadership at the Center include the Executive & Artistic Director, Directors of Finance & Administration, Marketing & Communications, and Development. Key reports include an Associate Director of Operations; an Artistic Project Manager; numerous full, part-time, and temporary theatre technicians; and union stagehands, dressers, and teamsters (on an as-needed basis).
The Director supervises the Production Department's frontline Event Coordinators, working closely with them in the provision of high quality technical and patron service support to the Center's visiting Annenberg Center Live artists; to its local campus partners (e.g. Penn schools, departments, centers, and especially Student Life and student performing arts groups); and to its external, profit and non-profit clients, including the professional presentation of their programs and the comfort and safety of all attending audiences. Annually, these events comprise more than 800 activities per year, including a wide range of performances, rehearsals, classes, lectures, forums, exhibitions, special events, and other activities.
The position emphasizes extensive interdepartmental collaboration; requires evening and weekend hours, plus an active, supervisory presence at all major events.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, preferably in technical theatre or stage management (advanced degree in a relevant area of study preferred), plus 5-7 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; substantial management experience in technical production, events management, budgeting, forecasting, and personnel management, plus expertise and experience in some - and familiarization in all - of the following technical areas: power and lighting, audio, electronics and theatrical computer systems, rigging, theatre safety, and building maintenance.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Outstanding problem-solving skills, with a documented history of implementing new techniques and systems to improve accuracy and work-flow. Proficiency in the use of various Microsoft Office products; knowledge of and/or ability to learn and master new software such as the linked Artifax facility scheduling and Tessitura ticketing systems. Excellent attention to detail and organizational and prioritization skills; ability to manage multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines. Excellent customer service skills.
The Director must be willing to work evenings and weekends to handle special events and building emergencies. A formal background check is required.
Reference Number: 19-26269
Salary Grade: 028
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
Job Family: B-Executive/Managerial Administration