Entertainment IndustryJob Opening for Production Manager in Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08542)



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Job Category : Entertainment Industry
Company Name: Princeton University
Position Name: Production Manager
Location : Princeton, NJ 08542
Job Description : Overview:

The Department of Music at Princeton University seeks an experienced, collaborative, and creative partner for the open position of Production Manager. The Production Manager oversees production operations and technical support for over 150 curricular and co-curricular activities and performances offered annually by the Department of Music and Princeton University Concerts. With excellent leadership skills, technical expertise, and a proven record of accomplishment for effective project management, the Production Manager leads teams of production technicians providing professional event lighting, audio, video, streaming, and production and stage management support at multiple venues across campus. The Manager is central to the realization of faculty and graduate student research and a valuable resource to the department, providing technical consultation, strategic problem solving and meticulous oversight of the production calendar and workflow to support the vision of faculty, students, artists, and presenters.
The Department of Music hosts an active performance program including both faculty and student-led ensembles as well as a nationally renowned presenting series, Princeton University Concerts, which presents professional artists from all over the world. The Production Manager will work closely with faculty, staff, students, and guest artists to produce and present a wide range of programming and events. In addition to overseeing the production requirements for rehearsals, concerts, performances and other programming for the Department, the Production Manager oversees the technical master events schedule for the Department, working closely with campus partners at the Lewis Center for the Arts and Campus Support Services at Richardson Auditorium to manage and schedule events in shared performance spaces. The Production Manager oversees a team of professional technicians and serves as the primary building manager for the Department’s academic and performance spaces.
The Production Manager serves as a senior member of the Department’s administrative team and is responsible for multiple production and capital expense budgets, working collaboratively with the Business Manager to ensure strategic and fiscal accountability. This is a full-time staff position. The Production Manager is expected to attend evening and weekend events.

Production Planning and Strategy:
The Production Manager will produce and manage the rehearsal and performance programming for the Department, including creation and oversight of project timelines, budgets, production schedules, and master technical and events calendar, and serve as the point person for all the Department’s large-scale public events. The PM will work collaboratively with faculty and students, will represent the Music Department as a liaison with key partners, including the Lewis Center and Campus Support Services, and will be ready to provide input and support to the Department’s Chair and Director of Administration and Operations in key strategic decisions related to the daily operations as well as feasibility studies regarding expansion of/addition to programming, facilities, and equipment. The Production Manager will support the vision of faculty and students by taking an active leadership role in the planning of events and development of new projects and initiatives for the future. The Production Manager serves as a key and integral thought partner to the Director of Administration and Operations for long-term, strategic planning, and works collaboratively with the department’s Business Manager to oversee multiple project budgets and ensure quality and fiscal accountability.
Academic and Performance Program Support:
The Production Manager is the first line of support for all Department programming and events, including collaborations with the production staffs at Richardson Auditorium, Campus Support Services, and the Lewis Center for the Arts, and performances in non-traditional spaces both on and off campus. The PM oversees the student recital process for music majors and certificate-program students, and coordinates all final class projects, performances, workshops, and presentations in consultation with faculty and the Program Manager for Performance Activities. Mentoring students on the process of planning and executing a culminating degree-required program is a key component of the position. The PM also provides production support to Princeton University Concerts as needed, including planning, working with artist management, scouting new venues, working with the Director of PUC on new initiatives, acting as primary liaison to the production staff at Richardson, and attending dress rehearsals and concerts as needed. The PM works collaboratively with the entire administrative staff of the Department to ensure consistent and efficient department operations and systems.
Production Operations, Policies/Processes, and Facilities/Resource /Staff Management:
The Production Manager oversees daily operations, management, scheduling, and supervision of production spaces, equipment, and staff, including overseeing and scheduling production crew and independent contractors, tracking all related expenses, and working closely with the Director of Administration and Operations to create, implement, assess, and improve departmental policies and processes such as scheduling spaces, equipment or instrument loaning, resource allocation, capital expense requests, budget management for production support, etc. The PM will be responsible for running regularly scheduled production meetings to review performance and production needs in support of the Department’s programs, to assess efficiencies in staffing, and make annual recommendations for maintenance and improvement of facilities, technology, and staffing. The PM will oversee a professional production staff and will be charged with developing and maintaining a long-term strategy for the production team to ensure appropriate staffing expertise, support, and resources to realize the academic and artistic vision of the Department while keeping safety as a top priority.
Tour Management:
The Production Manager will be the main producer of all details and logistics related to ensemble touring when needed, including but not limited to overseeing of tour budgets, working with tour companies on logistics, overseeing marketing materials (working closely with marketing team to generate assets), and working closely with ensemble directors to choose performance venues and on occasion accompany the groups on tour.

This position requires 7 years minimum of concert production experience in a university setting or an arts organization. The PM must be responsible and organized while maintaining the ability to multi-task successfully. The PM should have experience overseeing the technical support of live performances, from conception through the actual events. The PM must be competent in and have a strong working knowledge of the use of relevant technology to support productions for public performance including maintenance and use of house sound, lighting, stage, and other relevant production equipment. A demonstrated interest in and curiosity about a wide variety of music is essential for this position.
The PM must have excellent leadership and communications skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, guest artists, and students. The candidate must be a team player, a strong collaborator, and demonstrate success working with a wide range of personalities (i.e., students, faculty, professional performing artists, in-house production support, stagehands, and external production crews). The PM will need to be resilient under pressure and in situations with tight deadlines and must be able to handle and resolve situations calmly, quickly, and effectively. Long show days/nights will be required. The PM must be self-starting, able to work independently, and driven to anticipate issues and improve systems and policies on an ongoing basis. The PM is expected to attend evening and weekend events and must be willing and able to work with a flexible schedule, including early mornings, late nights, weekends, holidays and long hours.
The following tasks and skills are necessary for any person to fulfill while working as the Production Manager:
Stand or walk 2 – 4 hours at one time, up to 6-8 hours per day
Sit for less than 2 hours during an 8-hour day, except a technician may sit for up to 6 hours during an 8-hour day when operating a production console
Lift or carry up to 70 pounds occasionally (less than 33% of the workday) • Lift or carry up to 25 pounds frequently (34 – 66% of the workday)
Lift up to 70 pounds to waist height and up to 25 pounds in a range of motions from floor to overhead
Frequently use hands for simple grasping, fine manipulation, pushing or pulling (34 – 66% of the workday)
Occasionally push or pull with forces up to 100 pounds, squat, reach overhead, kneel, knee stand, lie down, crawl, or lift overhead (less than 33% of the workday)
Frequently push or pull with forces up to 50 pounds, bend, climb ladders or stairs, (34 – 66% of the workday)
Work in a variety of temperatures and environmental conditions, including hot or humid attic spaces, or occasionally shoveling snow
Possess ability to work at heights, full range of body motions and physical agility, and ability to maintain balance.
The ideal candidate would possess the following:
Thorough understanding of all theater operations including: lighting systems, instruments, and design; audio systems, setup, and design; scenery design and construction; rigging; video; stage management.
Demonstrated computer skills, including ability to utilize production management software such as ArtsVision
Working knowledge of multiple digital platforms including video capture and editing
Demonstrated ability to assist all levels of student, departmental, and external performers, and presenters, from professional to novice
Experience working in a university environment
Experience working with 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
Standard Weekly Hours: 36.25 Eligible for Overtime: No Benefits Eligible: Yes Probationary Period: 180 days Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail): No Physical Capacity Exam Required: No Valid Driverâs License Required: No Experience Level: Mid-Senior Level : #LI-NR1

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