Technical Production Manager

San Jose, CA
Mar 29, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Technology, Multimedia & Audiovisual
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 24461
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 0840
Department: Hammer Theatre


Classification: Performing Arts Technician - III
Salary Range: $3,717 /month - $6,155 /month
FLSA status: Nonexempt

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on programs available, please visit

About the Position

Working under the general direction of the Hammer Theatre Center Executive Managing Director, and in close coordination with Hammer employees, constituents, theatre clients and their designers, directors, managers and associated personnel, the Technical Production Manager (PM) requires limited supervision and works independently to achieve specified outcomes. The PM interfaces with on-campus and off-campus renters and users as well as University units that connect with the Hammer and is responsible for execution and processing the needs of events including pre-planning, resource needs and estimates (labor, outside equipment), timing requirements, load-in, rehearsal, sound check, performance, load-out and resource utilization reporting for event settlement. The PM hires, trains and oversees student assistants and other similar workers and must have working familiarity with electrical codes and requirements in both stage sound and lighting and knowledge of stage rigging practices and procedures. The PM also has responsibility for oversight of health and safety inspections and reporting.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

-Manage incoming productions including advance communications and/or meetings, satisfying technical and production needs of incoming productions, and oversee production while on site through the load-out.
-Maintain and refine facility production schedule.
-Coordinate resources to meet the needs of artistic and technical personnel.
-Manage expense estimating and reporting of each production including rentals, purchases, in-house expenses and personnel including union labor.
-Manage Associate Production Manager and perform duties related to event production as needed with, or in lieu of, Associate Production Manager.
-Recruit and train stage workers from SJSU student population and outlying community; develop a pool of qualified stage workers for event needs.
-Schedule stage workers in appropriate numbers and skill sets to satisfy production needs and approve payroll as appropriate.
-Coordinate with IATSE Local 134 when union labor is required; ensure labor is scheduled according to union rules and review/approve payroll invoices.
-Coordinate with front-of-house patron services and box office operation to ensure smooth operations.
-Provide team support for a safe and collaborative working environment.
-Stage lighting, sound, rigging, design, execution and maintenance with a priority on health and safety.
-Responsible for health and safety oversight and compliance for the facility.

Education and Experience

Professional training or applicable college coursework and three to four years of practical experience in multiple areas of production support coordinating the most complex projects and providing overall technical and operational leadership. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

-BA or BS degree in performing arts or related field
-Three (3) years or more of paid experience as a stage/studio lighting and/or sound/sound mixing technician
-Minimum five (5) years of experience in event production management or closely related work
-Demonstrated work experience in a union environment or with event production labor matters
-Demonstrated experience in training and supervision of students and/or others with little or no experience in technical theatre
-Demonstrated thorough knowledge of basic electrical theory and safety

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

-Ability to arrange and meet production needs including rentals, purchases and other.
-Ability to maintain labor payroll records for event settlement.
-Ability to plan, organize and delegate work of stage workers.
-Ability to apply or quickly learn a variety of state, federal, CSU and SJSU policies and procedures.
-Strong oral communication, customer service and public relations skills.
-Ability to train and supervise students involved in productions and theater operations.
-Ability to handle multiple work priorities, organize and plan work and projects with a high level of detail and accuracy.
-Ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriately handle sensitive communications with superiors, colleagues, subordinates, students and external agencies.
-Ability to work long hours according to event production hours and schedule, within a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends.
-Knowledge of office computing and applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint/Keynote, Acrobat and other basic software.
-Knowledge of or ability to learn relevant software systems for purchasing, fiscal operations, and other employee-related systems at the university.
-Demonstrated knowledge of health and safety best practices and ability to learn and uphold relevant policies and procedures to ensure health and safety of productions and staff.
-Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to ability to understand and assess stage lighting design and concepts. and execution as well as maintain stage lighting equipment.
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to ability to understand and assess audio-visual and projection design and concepts.
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to ability to understand and assess stage and theatre audio design and concepts.
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to ability to understand and assess stage scenery and rigging design and concepts.
-Demonstrated ability to maintain and operate stage lighting equipment and to work effectively with stage lighting plots and paperwork to execute lighting designs.
-Demonstrated ability to maintain and operate stage and theatre audio equipment and to execute and implement sound designs.
-Demonstrated ability to maintain and operate audio-visual equipment and to execute and implement A/V designs and concepts.
-Demonstrated ability to maintain and operate stage scenery and stage rigging equipment and to execute and implement scenic rigging designs and concepts.
-Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to stay current with performing arts practices within the artistic disciplines of dance, drama, music, digital media, etc.
-Knowledge of OSHA, fire and life safety requirements and ability to perform safety inspections, keep clear records, and interface with relevant inspection officers and colleagues with expertise at SJSU and the city of San Jose.
-Knowledge of or ability to learn about safety programs for equipment use and training and to train appropriate staff and volunteers.

Posting Date

February 16,2018

Application Screening

Application Screening begins March 2, 2018
Applications received before that date will receive first consideration.

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Material:

Letter of interest
Complete SJSU Online Employment Application

Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Note To Applicant

Every applicant who reaches the final level of interviews will be required to complete a background check. The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Contact Information

One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0046
Phone: 408-924-2250


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