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Associate Production Manager, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing ArtsAssociate Production Manager, Fisher Center for the Performing ArtsEmployer Website:
The Associate Program Manager (APM) is in charge of the the day-to-day management of all productions put on by the undergraduate Theater & Performance Program and the Dance Program, which average eight productions per year. The APM also assists the Director of Production in the planning, preparation and execution for all productions, residencies, concerts and special events (both on- and off-site as well as online) produced by Fisher Center Presents, UPSTREAMING (digital programs), Live Arts Bard, and Bard SummerScape. The APM reports directly to the Director of Production, oversees a Production Administrator, and works closely with the other members of the Fisher Center Production Department, the Fisher Center Producing Department and the faculty of the Theater & Performance and Dance Programs to deliver an excellent standard of support that furthers the mission of the Center and Bard College.

This is a full-time, exempt position eligible for Bard College’s group benefits package, compensated at an annual salary range of $45,000 - $53,000, depending on experience. If you feel you are a strong and enthusiastic candidate for this position, regardless of whether you “check all the boxes” or not, we encourage you to apply!

  • Oversee the planning and execution of all production elements of each Theater & Performance Program and Dance Program productions. Including but not limited to leading all production meetings and check-ins, overseeing all load-ins and strikes, creating and distributing tech schedules, and coordinating with professional designers and students about how best to execute their design/piece.
  • Work with students and their faculty advisors who are presenting work in the T&P and Dance productions to lay out concrete timelines and expectations, and schedule meetings with them as needed to discuss and implement the production elements of their piece.
  • Hire professional designers and stage managers as needed for T&P and Dance productions.
  • Hire student assistant stage managers as needed for academic productions.
  • Manage studio policies and reservations in the T&P and Dance Studios, and hire and coordinate with the Dance Program Assistant to assist with managing the Dance studios reservations.
  • Assist Director of Production with planning and advancing production needs for FC Presents and Live Arts Bard programming as needed
  • During the SummerScape Festival, be the production lead for projects as assigned, and assist Director of Production with production management of the festival
  • Lead administrative tasks for the production team (along with the production administrator), including purchasing and budget tracking, timesheets, and onboarding of new hires (both student and non-exempt employees)
  • Directly supervise the Production Administrator
  • Participate in development of production safety practices
  • Maintain a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace at all times.
  • Participate in the development of ongoing Equity and Inclusion practices as related to the production department.
  • Attend weekly production meetings and staff meetings, represent the Director of Production in meetings when required.
Company-Wide Responsibilities:
The Fisher Center is currently undergoing an organization-wide process of change toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural institution. All on staff are expected to: o Commit to anti-racism and inclusivity at the Fisher Center. This includes participating in any trainings when scheduled, supporting departmental, company-wide, and cross-departmental collaboration in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism o Contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture

  • Previous theatrical or live event production management experience. At least 2 years professional experience preferred.
  • Experience managing budgets, schedules, and calendars.
  • Basic knowledge in the practices and procedures of all theatrical departments.
  • Knowledge and ability to instruct others on current industry standard safety practices and procedures.
  • Ability to read and understand scenic and construction drawings.
  • Working knowledge of Google Suite.
  • Experience with Vectorworks, AutoCad and other production related software is a plus.
  • Experience working with students or in educational settings a plus
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as determined by production schedules.
  • Successful candidates possess strong communication skills and a keen attention to detail. They are collaborative, self-motivated, and bring a positive, can-do attitude!
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the contact information for three references to:

About Bard College
Founded in 1860, Bard College is a private, liberal arts college located 90 miles north of New York City on 1000 park-like acres in the Hudson River Valley, and is home to the Fisher Performing Arts Center and the Hessel Museum of Art. Building on a 160-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard’s mission has expanded across the country and around the world in order to meet broader student needs. The Annandale campus has 1900 undergraduate students and more than 600 graduate students studying in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,200 students in our early colleges and 2,500 at Bard’s global affiliates. Bard College is home to the Bard Prison Initiative, the largest college-degree-granting prison education program in the U.S. The College retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement and is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders

About the SummerScape Festival
SummerScape is a world-renowned multi-arts festival presented by the Fisher Center at Bard. This July and August, Bard SummerScape returns with a full season of live music, dance, opera, and performance, culminating in the 31st annual Bard Music Festival, Nadia Boulanger and Her World. Productions will be staged for limited in-person audiences both indoors and out, across Bard’s idyllic 1,000-acre campus, adhering to rigorous health and safety protocols while celebrating the joys of live performance and the beauty of the Hudson Valley.

About the Fisher Center
The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. As a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future. The Fisher Center demonstrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. Home is the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and located on the campus of Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Fisher Center offers outstanding programs to many communities, including the students and faculty of Bard College, and audiences in the Hudson Valley, New York City, across the country, and around the world. Building on a 159-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders.



Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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