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Director of Production - Prior Center for Performing Arts

College of the Holy Cross
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
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Director of Production - Prior Center for Performing Arts

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The Director of Production is responsible for overseeing the entire Production unit for the brand new Prior Center for Performing Arts, anticipated to open in late 2022, assessing the technical needs for all performances and providing specialist support for its teaching and rehearsal spaces. The Director of Production will play a key role in shaping the Production unit for the Prior Center, including its staffing, resources and operational protocols.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Production will oversee the maintenance and upgrading of all venues and support facilities in both the Center and ancillary arts spaces; provide technical support for all events and performances produced by the Departments of Music and Theater & Dance; provide project management and technical support for all events and performances produced by Arts Transcending Borders (or ATB), as well as other initiatives featuring guest artists; and coordinate the technical needs of outside entities (both across campus and beyond) with the available resources of the Center. The ideal candidate will be comfortable operating in a managerial capacity or supporting the production needs as necessary.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Oversee all technical operations for all events and performances in the Prior Center and other on- and off-campus performance spaces, as needed, including technical show advance, sound, video, lighting, recording, equipment rental, and staging requirements.
  • Oversee, manage and evaluate a staff in the Production Unit;
  • develop the role of Associate Production Director (or APD), and coordinate the hires of the APD and other new production roles not currently filled at the College.
  • Working with academic and programming departments, assess and develop schedules and production crews for events in all performance spaces, review technical riders for visiting productions to ascertain technical needs, advise stakeholders on the feasibility and budget implications; make arrangements for special staging, rental equipment, overhire needs, etc.
  • Work with the Theatre & Dance and Music Departments to support rehearsals and performances, including the scheduling of equipment turnover with the Director of Building Operations.
  • 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.
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems; participate in professional development activities as appropriate.


To mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full, up-to-date vaccination (including a booster dose once eligible) by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an accommodation exempting the applicant from this policy has been granted. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information in your application materials.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ten years of theatrical production experience, including experience at a comparable arts center
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • 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
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience or familiarity with an academic environment is highly desirable

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt level position.

College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities which you can read more about here.

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.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:

Holy Cross Benefits at a Glance PDF for download: click here

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

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The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts ( and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium ( jeid-038ead0ecac1e544924628a38beac7cc
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