Director of Production

Academic Administration Worcester, Massachusetts


Description

A catalyst for creativity and learning, The Prior Performing Arts Center amplifies the arts at Holy Cross and provides the College, the greater Worcester community, and visiting creative thinkers with an inspiring environment to pursue diverse questions of the human experience. An active classroom, laboratory, performance venue, and exhibition site opened at the College in 2022, the Prior Performing Arts Center offers world-class spaces to experience and train in the performing and creative arts, fostering collaboration across artistic disciplines and catalyzing transformational exchange between the arts and other fields.

Programming, production, and operations staff at The Prior share the following goals:

  • Enable the success of the creative and performing arts departments by hosting departmental programs within appropriate Prior venues; by providing superb technical expertise and administrative support as required to ensure high-quality offerings; and by enhancing and elevating Holy Cross’ national reputation as a leading destination for creative and performing arts talent.
  • Present leading arts voices to multiple audiences (College, city/community, region, nation) under the banner of the “Prior Presents” series and through other public-facing or community-oriented offerings.
  • Incubate cross-disciplinary learning and support creative collaboration by working together with individual faculty, departments, academic programs, and other units, including The Cantor Art Gallery, which is housed on the third floor of the center, to originate and host arts-based and arts-integrative programs.
  • Foster a diverse, inclusive community related to the arts.
  • Develop and enhance relationships with greater Worcester through targeted opportunities to develop educational and arts-based programming with local community members and/or to host community-led programming related to the arts.
  • Host special events within appropriate Prior venues (as requested by the College) in order to promote prospective student, family, alumni, and philanthropic engagement with Holy Cross.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Production is responsible for overseeing the production unit for The Prior Performing Arts Center. The Director will provide or supervise technical support for all events and performances produced by the Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance within The Prior as well as for the Creative Writing program and Department of Visual Arts in The Prior as needed; provide project management and technical support for all visiting artist events and performances produced by The Prior; coordinate the technical needs of student, faculty, staff, and community partners who produce their own events and performances at The Prior; lead the production unit in providing structured and enlightening mentorship to student workers; and facilitate the maintenance and, as relevant, upgrading of all venues and support facilities in both The Prior and ancillary arts spaces. The Director of Production will play a key role in continuing to shape the production unit for The Prior, including its operational protocols. The ideal candidate will be comfortable operating in a managerial capacity, collaborating with a wide variety of constituents and colleagues, and supporting various production needs as necessary. 

Key Responsibilities

Managerial

  • Oversee, manage, and evaluate a staff in the production unit, including several staff with dotted line reporting structures to the Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance.
  • Maintain and approve direct report timesheets and expense reports, PTO requests, and other personnel records. 
  • Partner with HR on hiring processes as well as on coaching, mentoring, performance evaluations, and goal setting for staff.
  • Coordinate the hires of the Production Unit, including overhires as necessary.
  • Promote teamwork as employees work to achieve common goals in support of The Prior’s overall mission.
  • Foster a culture of respect, communication, and collaboration.
  • Develop processes to allow for work-life balance among the production team, cross training and learning opportunities for professional development, and team-building with a focus on staff retention.

Production

  • Oversee all technical operations for all events and performances in The Prior and other on- and off-campus performance spaces as needed.
  • Collaborate closely with the Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance to assess and develop schedules and production crews for events in all performance spaces; advise stakeholders on feasibility and budget implications; make arrangements for special staging, rental equipment, overhire needs, etc; and support rehearsals, performances, and finals
  • Maintain engaged and open communication with the leads of other campus units served by the centralized production staff and ensure the successful flow of technical information between Prior staff and other groups producing in the venue.
  • Maintain technical packets for all venues in The Prior for use by campus and community partners as well as by visiting artists.
  • Review technical riders for visiting productions to ascertain technical needs and create production labor and estimates for Prior programming.
  •       Create the production department's annual budget and oversee the budget in a fiscally responsible manner.
  •        Maintain a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems; participate in professional development activities as appropriate.
  • Safety and Other Policies

·     Cultivate and promote a safe working environment.

·     Ensure that all spaces throughout the facility (as well other performance spaces on campus such as The Pit and Brooks Concert Hall) adhere to the Safety and Health Standards of the National Association for the Schools of Theatre as well as current health and safety regulations, standard building, electrical and fire codes, and best theater practices. 

·     Create and evaluate additional policies, procedures and processes to maximize safety, ensure best use of resources, and enhance the stakeholder experience. 

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ten years of production experience with music, theater, dance, and/or other creative arts, including experience at a comparable arts center.
  • Bachelor's or other higher education degree.
  • Technical competency with theatrical equipment and programs (lighting, sound, video, basic rigging, etc.).
  • Five years of managerial experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Flexibility in work schedule to adjust for evening and or weekend events as needed.
  • Budgetary experience and strong analytical skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively, flexibly, and comfortably with a large number of faculty, staff, students, interns, community members, guest artists, other professionals, and audiences representing a wide diversity of personalities and cultures
  •  Experience or familiarity with an academic environment is highly desirable.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or other higher education degree in a related field.
  • Production management experience in a college or university setting.
  • Experience with diverse genres within the creative and performing arts (e.g., from classical to popular, from traditional to global to modern)
  • Fluency with industry standard safety practices with shop, rehearsal, and performance facilities.
  • Proficiency with Google Drive and related programs.


Additional Information:

This is a full time, exempt level position. The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees.  The salary range for this position is $95,000-$101,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:

  • 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)
  • This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement
  • Condensed summer 4-day work week
  • Tuition benefits
  • Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
  • Generous paid time off

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to: https://www.holycross.edu/human-resources/benefits

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Please upload a resume (CV) and cover letter.

In your cover letter please address how your work might support the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see http://www.holycross.edu/mission) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. Please provide examples of any past work that illuminate your commitments in these areas. For more information, please visit http://holycross.edu/diversity.

Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.