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Production Manager

Performing Arts Building


Reed College seeks a Production Manager to provide leadership, organization and communication to effectively manage the logistics to deliver a variety of successful Dance and Theater productions. On an annual basis, the Dance and Theater departments produce between 12-14 shows of varying scales. 

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including a comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance option for you (Reed pays 60% on medical and dental insurance premiums for your dependents), 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. 

This is a full-time, 37.5 hour a week exempt role with typical work hours of 8:30 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. Work hours may vary as needed based on productions with some evening and weekend work required. Pay for this position starts between $63,000 - $69,000 annualized. Pay pffers are based on experience and are determined through an internal pay assessment. This is an exempt position is on grade 6.

This position is a one year limited-duration appointment with the possibility of renewal for a total of two years. 

Who You Are

  • You are experienced in stage and production management
  • You have experience mentoring, leading or supervising members of a production team 
  • You take the initiative and have a plan and have demonstrated experience in anticipating evolving production needs
  • You are self-aware. You understand your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes
  • You understand inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, and are able to effectively communicate and collaborate across differences
  • You are an excellent verbal and written communicator with strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively
  • You are highly organized and use your creative thinking skills to solve complex problems
  • You have the interest and aptitude for teaching
  • You have a learning mentality and are good at analyzing hypothetical situations to formulate connections and new insights
  • You are able to work nights and weekends as needed to support productions

What You’ll Do

  • Create and manage production calendars for all theater and dance productions
  • Coordinate specific plans and goals for each production
  • Supervise production staff as assigned
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff and contracted designers and technical crews to ensure technical elements of each production are completed safely, on time and on budget
  • Schedule, plan and run production meetings
  • Attend and facilitate all technical and dress rehearsals
  • Coordinate with multiple internal and external partners to ensure space, equipment needs, ticketing, house management, scheduling and procedures are all met
  • Create, document and implement best practices for student production work
  • Teach students in a staff-taught Stagecraft course with a focus on stage management and production processes
  • Train and supervise student stage managers
  • Coordinate residency events
  • Coordinate theater and dance rehearsal spaces and schedules

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 3 years relevant work experience in a production environment

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. 

Applications will be considered as they are submitted but priority will be given to those received by June 24, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.