THEPOSITION: Otterbein University Theatre & Dance seeks a Staff Production Manager to join our team of collaborative theatre artist/educators. The primary goals of the Production Manager are achieving an effective production process appropriate for an educational theatre environment, being the nexus of communication and information within the department, and being a strong, consistent collaborator. The Production Manager is responsible for the successful production of all theatrical events along with academic duties including teaching in stage management and administering practicum.
THETHEATREDEPARTMENT: Otterbein is a NAST-accredited professional training program with 110 majors (averaging 30 BFAs in Design/Technology, 25 BFAs in Acting, 30 BFAs in Musical Theatre, and 25 BAs in Theatre). The Theatre Department traditionally mounts two musicals, two plays and a dance concert in the academic year using two theatres: a 1047-seat proscenium and a 240-seat arena/thrust, and plays to 25,000 people annually. Otterbein also produces Otterbein Summer Theatre (OST), a professional non-Equity summer theatre production company. The Department provides select undergraduate students with the training, education and experiences necessary for the successful pursuit of careers in the American professional theatre. Our program is a unique blend of professional training and the liberal arts and is centered around robust productions with a reputation for excellence in performance and production values. Our department has made a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome candidates who share these values and who will help move us forward towards a more inclusive future.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Goal: The primary goal of the Production Manager position is an efficient production process in which:
expectations, schedules, and deadlines are clear and adhered to
production values are successfully balanced with resources
communication is clear, open, respectful, and timely
productions demonstrate the high production values and artistic merit established by this institution
the educational needs of the students are the top priority.
To achieve this, the Production Manager is expected to be a nexus of communication and information within the department and must collaborate with the faculty, staff, and students to balance the needs of the various areas with the time, resources, and labor available; while maintaining a safe and student-centered environment.
Facilitate communication between directors, designers (resident faculty/staff, students, or guests), stage managers, shops, faculty and staff members, and the Department Chair.
With Department Chair, create, maintain, and manage all departmental calendars.
Establish deadlines and monitor progress of production processes.
Run design and production meetings.
Manage use of theatre and rehearsal spaces by productions, classes, University, and outside events.
Working closely with Department Chair, hire and contract guest designers and other technical personnel as needed.
In collaboration with Faculty and Staff, manage the Production Grid, which details the assignment of students to production roles.
With Student Auditions Coordinator, schedule and oversee audition processes for productions.
Mentor students assigned to Stage Management-related production roles from pre-production process through strike.
Teach Stage Management classes, currently scheduled as THR 2850, Stage Management and THR 3220, Stage Management Seminar.
Administer and grade the Theatre Practicum sequence, currently scheduled as THR 1010/1020, THR 2010/2020, THR 3010/3020, THR 4010/4020.
Serve on the Departmental and Production Budget Committees.
Establish and monitor production budgets in collaboration with the Managing Director and Chair.
Process and track expenditures for all technical aspects of productions (scenery, lights, sound, costumes, etc.)
Collaborate with the Managing Director to oversee work study hours, hiring, and payroll.
Supervise and train work study students, including office assistants and Student Auditions Coordinator.
General Departmental Duties:
Serve as a member of the Design Tech and BA areas, including assessment and adjustment of curriculum and assisting with recruitment.
Serve as Building Captain for Cowan Hall
Chair Support: Provide support for the Chair as needed, including:
Working closely with the Department Chair, Associate Chair, and Administrative Assistant manage the distribution of information relating to the academic aspects of the Department of Theatre & Dance.
Assist Chair with creation and maintenance of curriculum grids/class schedules.
Assist the Administrative Assistant with creation and distribution of advising materials.
Assist Chair with University assessment procedures and manage documentation of such within the University’s ePortfolio system.
Create and maintain Department Deadlines calendar to track academic deadlines
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Work study and non-work study students.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: BA in technical theatre or equivalent experience. Stage management experience, preferably professional. Teaching experience preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: N/A
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Must demonstrate competency in verbal and written English skills, including grammar.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Must be competent in general math. Skilled in Excel and Quicken or other accounting software.
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Must take pride in and be thorough in quality of work produced; must be able to use general office equipment including office PC, copier, telephone, etc.
REASONING ABILITY: Must possess excellent attention to details; must be a team player and interact collegially with co-workers and other constituencies. Must be able to solve routine and non-routine problems; must be able to creatively solve problems.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to meet regular and predictable attendance standards. Hours may be unpredictable depending on the needs of the production and the cast involved. Audition times may vary. Must be able to spend prolonged periods of time sitting, listening, extensive use of near and far vision.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Production stage environment which may expose the incumbent to noises inherent to the production of plays, dance, and events, and heat from stage light source(s).
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind of level of difficulty.
Otterbein University is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.
Otterbein University is committed to providing a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination. To this end, the University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, pregnancy, religion, creed, marital status, partnership status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, military status, or any other legally protected status in its programs and activities. However, the University’s commitment to a nondiscriminatory environment is not intended to abridge unduly its commitment to academic freedom, free speech, or its educational mission. Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to:
Scott Fitzgerald Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs Title IX Coordinator 614.823.1130
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