Assistant Production Manager

Princeton, NJ
Jul 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7753
Department Music
Category Arts and Museum Administration
Date Posted 7/11/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline 7/28/2017


The Department of Music is seeking a Assistant Production Manager to fill a newly created, term position on a full time, 10 month basis. This individual will report to the Production Manager and will handle production details related to concerts and other events presented by the Department of Music. The Assistant Production Manager will oversee the daily operational support of rehearsals and other Department activities and will work with faculty and students to produce a wide range of events, including but not limited to the Princeton University Orchestra, Princeton University Glee Club, Princeton University Jazz Ensembles, the Princeton Sound Kitchen (the Department's New Music series), Sinfonia and student and faculty performances.

The Department of Music at Princeton provides all students with the opportunity to learn from world renowned composers and musicologists, to take instrumental and vocal lessons in the private studios of top professionals, and to participate in performance courses in chamber music, opera, and vocal ensembles. Students may perform with the Department's six jazz groups, three choruses, two orchestras, a wind ensemble, a laptop orchestra, a steel drum band, and an African music and dance ensemble. The upcoming expansion of the Department into the new Lewis Arts Complex provides the opportunity for exciting new musical experiences for our students, and also the need for a new member of our production support team.

This is a newly created position, and is initially offered on a two-year term with the possibility for renewal at the end of the two years. This is a full-time, 10-month position with a comprehensive benefits package. The Assistant Production Manager's regular hours will fall primarily in the afternoons and early evenings and the selected candidate will be expected to attend weekend and evening events as needed.


  • Performance and Rehearsal space operation and oversight: The Assistant Production Manager is responsible for day-to-day auditorium & rehearsal room operations management and supervision, including overseeing production crew and other independent contractors as needed. They assist faculty and students with technical needs in Department spaces, liaise with University Services staff and assist as necessary with setups/strikes and running performances from front or back of house. During rehearsals and performances, the Assistant Production Manager will serve a number of possible functions, including but not limited to: stage manager, lighting console operator, run crew, front of house support, or artist liaison.

  • Production Preparation: In preparation for events and performances, the Assistant Production Manager provides setup support of stage elements, including chairs, stands, platforms, risers, scenery, and instruments. They participate in load-in and load-out of equipment as needed, and support the setup of technical equipment, including lighting console setup, focus of units, and any additional audio-visual requirements. The Assistant Production Manager attends a weekly production meeting to review rehearsal, performance, production, and maintenance needs for users of Department facilities, and maintains and oversees use of instruments that are stored in Department facilities.

  • Production Liaison: The Production team is the first line of support for Music Department events happening outside of Department spaces, including but not limited to collaborations with the Lewis Center for the Arts and performances in non-traditional spaces both on and off campus. The Assistant Production Manager will work collaboratively with faculty on developing new projects in the future, as well as strategize about future production needs. The Assistant Production Manager may be asked to publicly represent the Music Department as a liaison with key partners, including the Lewis Center, Richardson Auditorium, and University Services. This role is extremely important as it relates to the Music Department's upcoming expansion to the new Lewis Center for the Arts, which will add new spaces to the Department's portfolio.

  • Planning and Strategy: The Assistant Production Manager will work collaboratively and strategically with the Production Manager, faculty, and students. They will publicly represent the Music Department as a liaison with key partners, including the Lewis Center, and will be ready to participate in key strategic decisions related to the move to the new Lewis Center facility. The Production Manager will help support the vision of both faculty and students by taking an active role in the planning of events.


Required Qualifications:
  • At least 1-2 years of concert production experience in a university or an arts organization setting.
  • Must be responsible and organized, and have the ability to multi-task successfully.
  • Experience overseeing the technical support of live performances, from scheduling and rehearsal through the actual event.
  • Experience with all elements of concert production and theater operations, including:
    • Stage management
    • Lighting systems, setup, and design
    • Audio systems, setup, and design
    • Video and projection
  • Excellent communications skills, and the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Must be a team player and demonstrate success working with a wide range of personalities (i.e. students, faculty, staff, professional performing artists, in-house production support, stagehands, and external production crews).
  • Must be resilient under pressure to handle and resolve situations calmly and effectively since long show days/nights may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Knowledge of or interest in classical music, jazz, world and contemporary music.
  • Experience working with and/or mentoring students.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 040

Standard Weekly Hours


Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard Hours

afternoon and evening hours; weekends may be required

Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Estimated Appointment End Date


Comments Related to End Date

two year term with the possibility of renewal

Physical Capacity Exam Required


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