Job Title: Production Manager-Technical Director
Start Date: January 7, 2019
Reports to: Executive Director
The Production Manager-Technical Director is responsible for the overall quality of the show, the production’s budget and allocation of resources, and the success of the backstage operations of the theater as well as being responsible for the overall organization of the technical production process and ensures technical equipment in the theater is functional, maintained and safe (e.g. lighting and sound equipment). This position supervises build crews, coordinates installations, liaises between departments and organizes the strike and clean-up for production. The seasonal Rainbow Stage production team reports to the Production Manager.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
- Creates timelines for work completion in collaborations with the production departments (e.g.: technical, costume, set, and lighting design);
- Participates in meetings as required prior to the next season announcements;
- Creates updates and circulates production calendars;
- Provides production costings in collaboration with the Executive Director and Artistic Director for current and upcoming seasons;
- Oversees agreement negotiations with trades and suppliers to ensure production is within budget;
- Supervises the Technical Assistant , Head Carpenter and Production Associate;
- Ensures Workplace, Health and Safety procedures in place;
- Secures rehearsal space for the productions;
- Oversees rehearsal process and preparation;
- Works with the Iatse Head Carpenter in scheduling and approval of payroll submissions;
- Consults with the Assistant Executive Director with the flow of education activities taking place at the stage;
- Consults for and present at fundraising events for technical requirements;
- Assists with the confirmation and/or recruitment of latse department heads;
- Ensures technical equipment (e.g. sound and lighting equipment) is functional, maintained and in compliance with safe work practices and available for use at rehearsal spaces;
- Generates work drawings for construction;
- Provides budget estimates for materials and maintains accounts;
- Researches costing of materials, and is responsible for purchasing items as approved and adhering to payment processes;
- Schedules and supervises build crews;
- Organizes the strike and clean-up of productions;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Proven knowledge of production techniques and staging principles;
- Minimum 2-4 years in Production Management, Technical Direction or similar field;
- The use of relevant computer programs including CAD, and MS Office applications;
- Collaboratively liaised with other arts organizations in the city;
- Worked with health and safety committees and aware of all Manitoba Safety Laws and regulations;
- Possess a strong collaborative, team-driven ethic with proven ability to engage and inspire others to achieve organizational goals.
- First Aid and pyrotechnics certification
- Minimum of three years professional experience supervising in a unionized stage environment.
- Experience with a variety of types of live performance including theatre, dance, and music.
- Experience with collaboratively liaising with other arts organizations in the city
- Thorough knowledge of lighting, sound, and video.
- Knowledge of structural and mechanical construction for the stage, both materials and techniques, including welding, rigging and painting.
- Knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, and electrical systems.
- Knowledge of QLAB.
- Product, material, pricing, and logistics research skills.
- Ability to read and produce technical drawings and schematics.
- Knowledge and practical experience using VectorWorks.
- Strong personnel, scheduling, and budgetary management skills.
- Excellent written and clear verbal communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines and a positive attitude while working under pressure.
- Strong interpersonal skills, integrity, high energy, creativity, a collaborative spirit, and the cultural sensitivity needed to work effectively in a diverse environment of artists, producers, creative, and management teams.
- Demonstrated leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, and negotiation skills
Decision Making/Independent Judgment:
Job tasks are complex and judgement is required to plan and perform difficult work where only general methods are available. Job requires analysis or interpretation of data and judgement is required to develop appropriate alternatives and recommend or select appropriate course of action. Errors are serious and usually difficult to detect. Correct would require expenditure greater than original action.
Performance can be measured by the quality of the show, smooth and efficient backstage operations, proper allocation of resources, and realization of the directors’ visions.
Physical and Environmental Requirements of Job:
This position will involve freedom of movement with periodic sitting with no heavy lifting requirements.