Director of Production
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Posted Job Title
Director of Production
Job Profile Title
Director B, Arts and Media, Events
Job Description Summary
Supervised by the Director of Venues & Capital Projects, the
Director of Production serves as an active and hands on leader of
the stage operations team. This role will work collaboratively with
different stakeholder representatives across all streams of Penn
Live Arts events: student performing arts (cocurricular &
extracurricular), PLA presenting season, university events,
non-profit and commercial external rentals, and support of
curricular performing arts spaces. The Director of Production
supervises the work of the university technical staff, union and
non-union stagehands and wardrobe crews in concert with artist and
client facing members of the production and operations team. Key
reports include two Production Managers, an Audio Supervisor, and a
The Director has an active supervisory presence of the frontline
event technicians and stage operations team, working closely with
the team to ensure high quality technical support to PLA's visiting
PLA presents artists; to its local campus partners (e.g. Penn
schools, departments, centers, and especially Student Life and
student performing arts groups); and to its external, profit and
non-profit clients. Annually, these events comprise more than 800
activities per year, including a wide range of performances,
rehearsals, classes, lectures, forums, exhibitions, special events,
and other activities.
This position requires evening and weekend hours.
- Function as the chief of staff for the production team,
managing day-to-day production operations in PLA venues, PLA
supported venues, and off-site project venues.
- Serve as Principal Production Manager for major productions and
- Oversee the scheduling and coordination of production staffing,
ensuring productions and events are adequately staffed within
- Serve as chief Workday liaison between IATSE workers, PLA
business office, and UPenn Payroll and Onboarding offices.
- Supervise the stage operations team including Production
Manager(s), Audio Supervisor, Lighting Supervisor, Audio Engineer,
and Technical Staff.
- Work with production team to track all stage operations
expenses including labor, rentals, purchases, and repairs.
- Prepare expense estimates as requested for events and
- Coordinate department collaboration in events and scheduling
management database (currently Artifax) including estimate
creation, resource allocation, staff management, and reporting to
the operations team.
- Serve as a collaborative member of the PLA operations team,
attend, and participate in weekly meetings.
- Work with stage operations team to maintain venue equipment and
to keep inventory and preventive maintenance database (currently
Asset Tiger) up to date.
- Ensure production staff adherence to applicable safety
- Offer collaborative input to Director of Venue & Capital
Projects regarding venue infrastructure, theatrical equipment, and
- Bachelor's degree, preferably in technical theatre or stage
management (advanced degree in a relevant area of study preferred),
plus 5-7 years of related experience or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
- Substantial management experience in technical production,
events management, budgeting, forecasting, and personnel
management, plus expertise and experience in some - and
familiarization in all - of the following technical areas: power
and lighting, audio (digital and analog), electronics and
theatrical computer systems, digital video production and
livestreaming, video and projections, rigging, theatre safety, and
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- Outstanding problem-solving skills, with a documented history
of implementing new techniques and systems to improve accuracy and
- High level of proficiency in Microsoft O365, Vectorworks, and
- Knowledge of and/or ability to learn and master new software
such as Artifax (or equivalent - EMS, 25Live, etc.), Smartsheet,
Wireless Workbench, Adobe Creative Suite.
- Excellent attention to detail and organizational and
prioritization skills; ability to manage multiple priorities and
meet tight deadlines.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- The Director must be willing to work evenings and weekends to
handle special events and building emergencies.
- A formal background check is required.
Job Location - City, State
- A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for
this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to
upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.
Department / School
Penn Live Arts
$61,046.00 - $75,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications,
experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the
requirements of the position, as well as internal and market
factors and grade profile.
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of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion,
creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age,
disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made.
Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the
requirements of the job.
- Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn
offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health,
dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your
family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending
accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care
expenses with pre-tax dollars.
- Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition
benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get
tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also
eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
- Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to
help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and
Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a
pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment
options through TIAA and Vanguard.
- Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a
substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the
year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal
affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with
family—whatever your personal needs may be.
- Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth
Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family
members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the
costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community
or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you
won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to
underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always
provide proof of good health and are subject to
- Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to
supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing
demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide
variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health,
your family, and your work-life balance.
- Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an
array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and
- University Resources: As a member of the Penn community,
you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as
cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the
University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our
arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at
Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest
music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn
Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member
of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the
excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these
activities for free.
- Discounts and Special Services: From arts and
entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great
deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and
cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission
and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy
substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars
from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie
tickets, and admission to theme parks.
- Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer
creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance
between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use
of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job
- Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable
loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or
currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for
closing costs or home improvements.
- Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible
employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal
adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up
to two adoptions in your household.
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