The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is seeking an experienced candidate to fill the Production Manager/Technical Director position.  This position reports to the Arts Center Director and will oversee and coordinate production and technical needs for all events in the Scott and Sanders theaters and oversee function spaces within the Arts Center and serve as site manager during events.
The Production Manager will have demonstrated skills in communication, advance planning, creating and executing production timelines, team building and the ability to stay on task without supervision.  Previous experience in the production arena of a performing arts organization or events venue is desired.  Ability to create budget reports, database management in Microsoft Office and excellent written and verbal skills required.  The flow of Production Manager work schedule will adjust according to the theatre client needs and will include evenings, weekends and some holidays.  

Summary

The Production Manager/Technical Director will oversee and coordinate production and technical needs for all events in the Scott and Sanders theaters and oversee function spaces within the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC) and serve as site manager during events. The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is a 77,000 square foot facility located in the Cultural District That is dedicated to providing accessible and affordable exhibit, performing arts and administrative spaces to the regional arts community.

Specific Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

- FINANCES

·         Develop and supervise theatre consumables budgets. The Production Manager will keep the Business Development Director apprised of the status of the Production budget on a regular basis; overall expenses may not go over budget without approval of the Managing Director. Process, and track all production department accounts payable and over hire/seasonal employee payroll w/ Director of Finance.

- SCHEDULE

·         In collaboration with Business Development Director, develop programming schedule for all FWCAC programming. Determine load-in and tech schedules for the stage. Manage resource calendars for all theatrical facility spaces.

- MANAGING PRODUCTION PERSONNEL

·         Hire, contract and supervise, in consultation with the Business Development Director when appropriate, all production staff and contractors including, but not limited to: technical staff, electricians, carpenters, stage managers, production assistants, wardrobe personnel, running crew, artistic consultants and any additional personnel required to meet specific client production needs.

·         Work with the Business Development Director and in compliance with FWCAC policies and procedures, schedule, coordinate, oversee and evaluate FWCAC production staff and other regular and temporary production personnel.

 - PRODUCTION LIAISON

·         Coordinate and participate in event setup, staffing and technical management, before, during and after events.

·         Work with the Business Development Director to advise on technical production needs of booked and/or prospective events. Review technical needs and riders of prospective clients.

·         Provide efficient and effective service to clients, the public, and colleagues.

·         Must be able and willing to work with a widely varying clientele with wide ranging skillsets in theatrical production. Must be able and willing to educate and assist in the development of these skillsets in returning clientele.

- DEPARTMENT SUPPORT

·         As necessary, support productions with hands-on projects including (but not limited to) special effects, video and projections, assisting with stage work, purchasing, sourcing and researching materials and techniques. Maintain a safe work environment at all times. Address safety hazards with appropriate personnel promptly.

- DOCUMENTATION

·         Prepare reports such as event evaluations, incident reports, event expenditure reports or other reports as necessary. Develop and maintain production area records including, but not limited to, equipment inventory, equipment manuals and documents, warranty information, maintenance and repair logs, equipment rental agreements, service contracts, personnel event records, and billing information.

- HUMAN RESOURCES

·         Production Manager is responsible for HR documentation for all production personnel, including but not limited to: prepare contracts, collect tax forms, process and sign timesheets.

- INVENTORY AND PURCHASING

·         Oversee inventory and maintenance of all shop, lighting, and sound equipment. Oversee all routine facility supply stocking as well as general facility hardware such as lamps and stage supplies such as tape.

- SAFETY OFFICER

·         The Production Manager is the FWCAC Theatre Safety Officer responsible for overseeing the maintenance of a safe work place in compliance with (OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, IBC, ESTA, etc.) Safety officer is responsible for developing a safety manual and addressing any safety hazards or safety infractions and following up on any hazard reports. The safety officer is also responsible for ensuring that all employees are familiar with the safety manual and Emergency Procedures policy in regards to theatrical venues.

·         Provide training and ongoing oversight of safe work practices.

- RENTAL LIAISON

·         Oversee facility, scene shop, and equipment rentals. Including but not limited to updating fee schedule and policies, fielding all requests, meeting with prospects, negotiating contracts and acting as or supervising the technical liaison when the FWCAC facility is rented to outside organizations. Responsible for meeting a small annual rental income goal.

-WORK PLACE

·         Develop and grow the technical capabilities of FWCAC, contributing recommendations for audio upgrades, including research and bids.

·         Promote a cheerful and supportive work environment through working alongside guest artists and engineers in facilitation of their work, maintaining FWCAC equipment and supplies.

·         In collaboration with Business Development Director find explorative new ways to service the Fort Worth community and its thriving arts scene.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education/Experience Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in theater, technical theater, theater management, or related fields. Equivalent work experience may be considered if longevity in business and practices dictates. Equivalent to three years of full-time work experience in technical direction and/or production management in a multi-venue performing arts facility or similar venue or application. Applicable experience may include lighting and audio implementation and execution, touring technical management, and/or theatrical production organization.

Knowledge of contemporary theatre and performing arts issues. Ability to perform at a level as specified by FWCAC performance evaluation criteria in the following skill sets:

·          Knowledge of and experience with event booking software.

·      Best Practices in Workplace and Other Safety Standards (OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, IBC, ESTA, etc.)

·      Fire and Occupancy Codes and Standards (Fort Worth – modified IBC)

·      Counterweight Rigging Systems (with mulling)

·      Lighting Equipment Operation and Use (ETC equipment experience preferred)

·     Sound Equipment Operation and Use

 ·    Stage Management Best Practices and Standards

 

·     Knowledge of Theatrical Carpentry and Scenic Methods

Interested parties please send your resume to the Arts Center Director, marla@artscouncilfw.org  

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