Entertainment IndustryJob Opening for Director, Game Presentation & Events in Coachella Valley Firebirds (Palm Desert, CA)



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Job Category : Entertainment Industry
Company Name: Coachella Valley Firebirds
Position Name: Director, Game Presentation & Events
Location : Palm Desert, CA
Job Description : ABOUT OVG:
Founded in 2015 by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff, Oak View Group (OVG) is the largest developer of new arenas in the world with over $4.5 billion worth of projects underway in Seattle, Belmont Park, Austin, Savannah, Palm Springs, Milan, and Manchester (U.K.). The company has over 500 employees across five offices around the globe.

We are here to be a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports and live entertainment industry. At OVG, we own the space between the “What If” and the “How To.” We believe it is not enough to consider what our clients could be, we build businesses by dreaming of the impossible while thinking strategically and how to execute flawlessly. The status quo is our adversary.

We never forget that we are fans first and every decision we make is through that lens. It is that unique perspective that drives our passion for innovating and improving the live experience.

OVG is currently comprised of nine different business divisions that operate with one common goal in mind – to be a positive disruption. Each division is comprised of industry veterans who built their careers and reputations on the premise of leaving somewhere better and stronger than where they found it. Our immense practical and first-hand knowledge fosters an environment of trust, collaboration, and ingenuity. Humility is at our core. We do not strive to be the biggest – we strive to earn the respect of the industry and our clients through the world-class work that we do, and we take pride in being the best. Visit www.oakviewgroup.com to learn more about our company.

America’s hottest music festival destination is finally getting the world-class arena it deserves. Opening in the late 2022, the Acrisure Arena will provide the greater Palm Springs area of Southern California with a premiere 11,500+ seat venue to host the biggest artists and acts on the planet. Designed specifically for hockey and concerts, the new arena will provide top-tier hospitality, artist amenities, and all the benefits of a modern music and sports venue. In addition, the facility will serve as the new home of the American Hockey League affiliate of the Seattle Kraken.

The Coachella Valley Arena is a $290+ million project that is being 100% privately funded through outstanding partners Oak View Group, Live Nation, and the NHL Seattle.

We are building a championship organization that serves our fans, community, and business partners through exceptional sports and entertainment. We believe that Winning Matters, our Fans come first, with risk comes reward, great teams can achieve unimaginable results, and honoring the culture and diversity of the cities that make up the Coachella Valley in Southern California.

As the Director of Game Presentation and Events, this position is responsible for all in-arena and event activities/promotions/productions/operations. The position will manage and oversee all game and event operations staff. This position is responsible for enhance the experiences of the Firebirds fans, build relationships with vendors, building/event personnel, and clients. This individual will be proactive, well organized, able to multi-task and make well-informed decisions in a high pressure and fast paced environment.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Oversee production for all Firebirds home games and events as assigned, including: scripting, rundowns, timing sheets, in-game inventory, pre-production, live production, and operations. Controls creative, special effects, special presentations, ceremonies and promotions.
Maintain effective communication with and serve as liaison between Firebirds Game Presentation, AHL, Arena Staff, and Front Office.
Serve as project manager/producer on events for Firebirds as well as events/projects in cooperation with other departments, including: Broadcasting (radio/tv) Corporate, Marketing, Ticketing (sales and operations), Community Relations and Hockey Development.
Oversee Manager of Game Presentation and ultimately responsible for part-time staff for game operations.
Work with Kraken Game Presentation team to align Brand and entertainment value with the Kraken while adhering to the budget put forth by Finance and the Team.
Work with multiple departments on implementation of in-arena group experiences and in game assets, including (but not limited to): flag team, anthem singers, on-ice/concourse/stage performances, group recognitions etc.
Responsible for ensuring all graphic and video content is delivered, loaded and tested to be working properly prior to all game/events.
Produce, shoot, edit features and content that incorporates music, videos, vignettes, special ceremony videos, mascot skits, and in-game contest features.
Work to identify a game operations system and software that compliments a top end team presentation and works to stay on the cutting edge of creativity and innovation.
Work with Arena, Mascot(s), Ice Crew, Entertainment Teams, Organists, PA announcer(s) and Host(s) to bring to life Firebirds game experience.
Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
Minimum of 8+ years of increasingly responsible game presentation/production
Direct experience with Daktronics and Industry Standards A/V equipment/lighting
Knowledge of operational characteristics, services and activities of stadium, arena, public assembly facility or convention center
Demonstrated experience in event/sports production with a widespread knowledge of creative entertainment, game operations, event logistics, technical operations and production.
Knowledge of terminology used in control rooms and associated programs
Knowledge of principles of budget preparation and expense management
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with a special knack for storytelling
Work a flexible schedule including early mornings, days, evenings, overnight, weekends, holidays, extended (long) workdays and extended number of days

Working Conditions:
Minimal Travel (
Must be able to work a flexible schedule inclusive of weekends, nights and holidays required
Frequent bending, lifting 15-20 pounds, sitting, exposure to multiple external elements, extensive walking through the building
EEO Statement
Oak View Group is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

Vaccination Statement: We are committed to ensuring all of our buildings and office locations are the safest in the world for artists, teams, employees, and fans. Thus, OVG requires vaccinations of all employees, sub-contractors, and vendors.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

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