Director I (Production) - Pence Center (Theater)

Coolidge, Arizona
$58,014.00 annual
Oct 12, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

LOCATION:      District/Signal Peak Campus – Coolidge, Arizona             

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for the scheduling, budgeting, contracting and execution of all aspects of productions and support of all main stage events and performances including guest performances, graduation ceremonies, and other public events; coordinate all technical requirements for performances and activities staged in the Pence Theater and in other district locations, oversee a stage production crew; and coordinate the operation and maintenance of theater technologies and equipment.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will:

  • Work closely with Community Events and academic departments to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Pence Center, including managing college events; meeting student and faculty needs; hiring and scheduling of staff, payroll and budget management; new productions, rentals, coordinating details for marketing and public relations, soliciting of new business; and developing community related performing arts programs such as musicals and concert series.  Perform substantial outreach, building strong community relationships resulting in mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Responsible for overseeing and assisting the technical specialist with theatrical lighting and sound system technologies at events; implementation of lighting, sound and set designs; management of props and costumes, and production operations. Design and implement all technical aspects for district-wide performances and events including the use of software and programming for lighting and soundboards. Order and maintain an appropriate inventory of theatrical supplies and coordinate equipment repair and replacement within budget.
  • Provide training, mentoring, leadership and oversight to interns, work study/work experience students, and production crew members in the areas of performance and theatrical lighting and design, sound technology, set design, management of props, costumes, theater properties, and production techniques to support performing arts and District events including theater/drama, music, dance, guest performances, and community partnership productions.
  • Work closely with Creative Arts faculty members, Community Events staff members, adjunct instructors, and college employees to coordinate and schedule stage use to support on-stage academic coursework and labs, and college and community events. Report to the Creative Arts supervisory chain on items relating to budgeting, planning and scheduling. Partner with the Entertainment Industry Technology program to provide practical experience opportunities for E.I.T. students with regard to rigging, sound, and lighting technologies.
  • Prepare facility work order notices, semi-annual hazardous material inventories, safety incident reports and budget reports. Advise Community Events staff on technical / physical requirements and capabilities. Serve as an in-house liaison for incoming performances.
  • Supervise load-ins and load-outs of all guest artists.  Serve as an in-house liaison for incoming performances


EDUCATION:      Bachelor's Degree    

EXPERIENCE:       Two (2) years directly related experience

SPECIAL POSITION CONDITIONS:  Must be able to travel throughout district using own transportation.  Must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays to ensure proper coverage of shifts and events

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform this job include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Experience with complex venue management and hosting a variety of programs including music, theater, dance and other nontraditional performance activities and events.
  • Ability to participate in soliciting business, developing marketing and public relations campaigns, and developing relationships with external arts and community organizations
  • Ability to manage client contract negotiations, scheduling, and planning for production requirements
  • Ability to configure and operate theater-class digital sound systems and related equipment.
  • Ability to operate multimedia equipment (i.e. A/V equipment, PA systems, Mac & PC computers).
  • Ability to design and construct sets using handheld and power tools in a shop environment.
  • Understanding of the performing arts and the needs of various venues and performers.
  • Thorough knowledge of equipment, props, costumes and ability to troubleshoot and resolve operating kinks in a performing arts center, solve problems quickly and economically, establish all this in a safe environment for crew and performers.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with staff, community partners, faculty, students and the public.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong leadership skills and also take direction and constructive feedback.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team in accomplishing tasks.
  • Ability to form partnerships and working relationships with various college and community members and leaders.
  • Ability to analyze situations, develop solutions and make independent decisions based on established guidelines.
  • Ability to create and manage budget.
  • Ability to interpret a Tech Rider.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays – depending on scheduled events.
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule to ensure proper coverage of shifts and events

SALARY:   Entry salary is $58,014.00

Open until filled.  First review: Monday, October 30, 2107

APPLICATION INFORMATION:  The application packet should consist of:

  • Letter of interest
  • Current resume 
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts reflecting the required degree or course work (For position vacancy that requires college level coursework or degrees)

To apply go to Travel costs due to interview are the responsibility of the applicant.

Applications not accompanied with the required transcripts will not be considered. 

Copies of transcripts should reflect completed course work and conferred degrees. All academic course work and degrees must be from a regionally accredited college or university or be certified by an acceptable agency that the institution is recognized by the appropriate governmental agency in its home country (this is generally stated in the degree evaluation).

Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a full translation (word for word) by an acceptable translator. Additionally, each foreign transcript must be evaluated for equivalency to United States accredited course work by an acceptable agency such as those agencies certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Applications containing foreign transcripts that are not accompanied with the above required documentation, will not be considered.

Faxed application materials will not be accepted. 

Background Verification:  As a condition of employment, all candidates accepting an offer of employment for a full-time, part- time, temporary, student worker, or volunteer position, will be required to undergo a Background Verification.  The check will be conducted by third party agent, General Information Services (GIS) Inc.  Employment with Central Arizona College is contingent upon the successful completion of the background verification.  The college does not accept responsibility for information errors reported by GIS during the background process.   The level of the background check for this position is: Standard level.

The Human Resources Department is located in main administration building, H Building, Suite 131 on the Signal Peak Campus at 8470 North Overfield Road, Coolidge, Arizona 85128.  Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Central Arizona College prohibits discrimination in employment and educational programs based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, military status, genetic test information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.