Production Director (PRN31128B)

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
COMPENSATION: 60000 to 65000
Posted Date
Jun 27, 2022

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The School of Dance, within the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, seeks an experienced Production Director/Lighting Designer to join our team. This staff position serves as the primary production coordinator for all departmental productions, special events, and rental events.


University of Utah Job ID# PRN31128B 00076 - School of Dance


COMPENSATION: 60000 to 65000


WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time. Variable. Days, Evenings, Nights, and Weekends as determined by production schedule needs


Primary duties include:


  • Oversees and coordinates all departmental productions, special events, and facilities rentals. Oversees theater/performance spaces, dance studios, and the general facilities needs of the school. Manages and coordinates all MCD Production Staff including, but not limited to: technical director, stage manager, audio/visual specialist, costume designer and costume shop staff, student production crew and house managers. Budget oversight and payroll management Collaboratively develops and manages the MCD production calendar. Serves as a production resource for BFA and MFA projects. Chairs the School of Dance production committee (sets agendas and runs meetings). Lighting design for all mainstage concerts Assists the School of Dance Director with special requests.

Additional responsibilities may include:


  • Attending departmental faculty & staff meetings as needed/requested Serving on search committees as needed/requested Lighting design for works that may be performed out of town Writing grants for building maintenance and upgrades Serving on college and/or university committees as needed/requested

Special consideration will be given to candidates who:


  • Bring an awareness of inclusiveness and diversity to our production team. Have experience supervising employees who specialize in stage management, production management, costume design, and/or audio/visual Have experience with lighting design for dance on a national level Have experience with facilities oversight and maintenance Have experience with budgeting Have experience in building collaborations at multiple levels and with diverse constituencies Offer a unique viewpoint that offers different perspectives than the current faculty Have experience in teaching production and lighting to undergraduate and graduate populations.

Benefits for this position include:


  • Retirement Healthcare coverage at the 1FTE rate Flex Spending, Life/AD&D, Group Legal, Disability Tuition reduction Sick leave Holidays Any teaching will be offered on a separate teaching contract, resulting in additional compensation. The Production Director in the School of Dance gets first choice/opportunity as a lighting designer when outside entities rent our facilities, resulting in additional compensation.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related area of assignment or equivalency and 4 – 6 years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of assigned department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department. Completion of provided supervisory training within one year of employment may be required. Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.




The qualified candidate must:


  1. have an MFA in a production field. have a minimum of 5 years of experience working in a managerial position successfully overseeing a staff of at least three people; must have a minimum of 5 year of lighting design experience specific to dance; effective communication and interpersonal skills




The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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