Ent Production Manager

Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Production Manager for UCCS Presents is responsible for supervising and coordinating the production department and facilities managed by UCCS Presents including all uses of stage and related equipment in the venues of Ent Center for the Arts overseen by UCCS Presents and for overseeing the production sequence for THEATREWORKS, the professional producing company of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. The Production Manager ensures safe and proper operation and maintenance of all theatrical systems. He or she develops production plans including budgets, schedules, and advance work with designers, directors, and artists' representatives for a wide variety of performances. He or she supervises and evaluates full-time and part-time production staff.


  • Internally the position will collaborate directly with the Director of the Ent Center for the Arts, the THEATREWORKS Producing Artistic Director, UCCS Presents staff including GOCA, Theatreworks and University Center and Event Services, academic program directors in the Ent Center for the Arts and various programs across campus.
  • Externally the Production Manager will collaborate with the managing leaders of community partner organizations who rent the Ent Center for the Arts.

Job Duties:

  • Develop and implement plans for operation of building technical systems. Research physical resource needs, recommend and make purchases. Analyze, research, and identify strategic needs, and allocate resources appropriately and establish facility policies.
  • Advise on schedules, budgets, and overall feasibility of production. Work with programming and education staff to determine viability of future performances that are under consideration. Determine staffing needs. Develop, monitor, and enforce production schedules. Monitor productions for safety and accuracy. Provide supervision to all production areas
  • Direct the preparation of and be responsible for all financial functions in order to ensure that the policies of the University are upheld, supervise budgets, and ensure expenses do not exceed revenue. Ensure fiscal integrity.
  • Hire, develop, and manage the performance of staff; ensure staff are compliant with UCCS policies and procedures. Direct the hiring, scheduling, evaluation, and coordination of student crews and local stagehands or other labor groups to accomplish setup, performance, and take-down work as needed for users of the facilities. Maintain an active training and qualification program on all stage equipment for student crews and contracted labor working in the facilities.
  • Prepare and administer operations, personnel, and capital budgets. Establish depreciation schedule for equipment replacement. Develop and oversee inventory management system. Generate and manage annual capital and operations budgets. Consult and participate in the design of large and long-term capital projects.
  • Collaborate with other members of the production team to assure timelines and needs are met. Collaborate with performance and artistic venue staff, university and community users, and touring productions. Respond to requests by staff, users, and volunteers for assistance with a variety of technical related projects.
  • Oversee and manage human resource management in order to ensure that the policies the University are upheld.
  • Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Ensures time, resources, energy, learning opportunities, and actions are focused on priorities that matter to the changing workplace.
  • Creates a team environment of accountability and commitment for reaching goals and desired results; ensures team is developed to address future needs.
  • Ensures compliance with codes of ethics that benefit the overall good of all constituents.
  • Demonstrates and communicates a big picture understanding of the organization, its interrelationships, and priorities.
  • Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
  • Participates in developing a variety of effective ways to deal with service challenges
  • Models service delivery and coaches others to deliver excellent service in a variety of settings.
  • Communicates well with direct reports, peers, leadership and external constituents.
  • Utilizes various methods for information sharing and information gathering. Modifies processes to enhance service.
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • Establishes and maintains positive and productive working relationships within and outside of own area and background.
  • Identifies and resolves disagreements/conflicts in early stages.
  • Promotes a safe, equitable, respectful environment in which concerns can be addressed effectively.
  • Recommends changes to work practices and policies to promote transparency and approachability.

Job Competencies:

  • Develop contingency plans to improve processes and to avoid problems before they occur.
  • Analyze stage-related systems and equipment for effectiveness and efficiency; develop and implement management and /or engineering improvements to increase efficiency and safety.
  • Manages conflicting priorities effectively by considering linkages and interrelationships.
  • Develop successful resolutions to critical or wide impact problems.
  • Update stakeholders on potential changes; re-negotiates requirements as necessary.
  • Advance performances in a manner that gives authority to stage staff to run shows when the show arrives.
  • Provide technical expertise and advice for productions using the facilities; supervise design and execution of technical needs.
  • Communicates emergency evacuation procedures and provides relevant knowledge to appropriate university departments in case of a disaster.
  • Manage maintenance of all stage-related equipment, including preventive maintenance, inspection, and repair.
  • Maintain inspection and repair documentation records.
  • Assist with coordinating maintenance and repair work on performance and artistic venue seating, electrical components, plastering, and physical premises.
  • Ability to implement plans to reach organizational goals.
  • Plan, estimate, staff, organize and monitor projects to satisfy technical requirements of concurrent production schedules of all users.
  • Coordinate preparation and performance schedules and spaces with multiple venues and their staffs, insuring compatibility with needs of the users.
  • Negotiate reduced requirements with performers and designers if possible and arrange additional support to satisfy requirements if necessary.
  • Utilize preferred tools, techniques and methods for estimating project cost and time. Consult and advise on techniques and other aspects of technical production.
  • Maintain open communication among project participants and interested parties.
  • Coordinate stage access for users and clients.
  • Elaborate on best practices of OSHS compliance based on own experience. Act as safety observer/supervisor for all uses of stage facilities.
  • Design work procedures and guidelines to minimize occupational hazards in the workplace.
  • Consult and advise departmental administration on applicability of and compliance with safety and health regulations.

For the purposes of FLSA this position has been determined to be exempt from (not eligible for) overtime under FLSA.

Salary Range: $50,000 to $60,000

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at http://www.cu.edu/employee-services.

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.


    Minimum Requirements:
    • A bachelor's degree plus 3-5 years of experience in technical theatre production or production management
    Preferred Requirements:
    • Master's degree
    • Experience working with professional stagehands, touring productions, and management
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience with ETC Products and QLab
    • Demonstrates considerable (typically 5-7 years) experience in technical production including a practical knowledge of theatrical systems to include lighting, performance sound, rigging and personnel management

    Special Instructions to Applicants:• Applications submitted by July 19, 2017 will receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. • Official Transcripts will be required upon hire.

    Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

    Job Category: External Relations

    Primary Location: Colorado Springs

    Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40255 - UCCS Presents

    Schedule: Full-time

    Posting Date: Jul 5, 2017

    Closing Date: Ongoing

    Posting Contact Name: Sterlynn Clendenin

    Posting Contact Email: sclenden@uccs.edu

    Position Number: 00735337