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Production Manager Overview

  • Work Type: Non-Classified/Professional
  • Job Code: 75421
  • Pay Grade: P8
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Manager
  • Family: Performing Arts
  • Function: Production


The Production Manager augments the theatrical production team by supervising the setup, operation and maintenance of theatrical production equipment under the general direction of the Director of Production. This position assists with the hiring and training of full time and temporary staff, and the supervision of department lead personnel during the planning, setup (load-in), in-progress (run) and take-down (load-out) segments of stage productions.

Level Scope

Provides direct supervision typically to professionals or skilled technical employees at the entry or intermediate level. Functions as advisor to unit and administration and sets goals and objectives for team members for achievement of operational results. Analyzes and resolves problems through drawing from prior experiences. Interprets policies (e.g., fiscal management, HR, contracts and grants, resource management in defined areas) and demonstrates solid subject matter knowledge. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action. Supervises staff to assure accountability and stewardship of campus resources (operational, financial, and human) in compliance with departmental goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years equivalent professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, think independently and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to work efficiently, prioritize tasks and multi-task.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and collaborate with others outside the venue.
  • Ability to interpret and enforce venue policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of supervisory best practices and procedures
  • Availability to work nights and weekends as needed.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Production Manager  must:

  • Supervise stage technicians and personnel.
  • Liaison with artistic staff and show managers to ensure needs are met and quality of client experience exceeds expectations.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Production to formulate crew schedules for events and productions.
  • Inspects and tests as needed, all equipment prior to client arrival.
  • Assist with recruiting and training student, temporary and professional employees.
  • Research and recommend production equipment and facility upgrades that contribute to long term technical compatibility and patron satisfaction.
  • Assist the Director of Production prepare budgets for production equipment, facility upgrades, safety improvements, supplies and general inventories.
  • Manage facility use arrangements with the University, community and other users of the venue; monitors event/activity schedules to avoid space or usage conflicts.
  • Oversees the set-up of all stage lighting and theatrical equipment to meet specified event requirements.
  • Establishes, maintains and communicates expectations for staff performance standards and training.
  • Monitors and manages operational and event expenses, approves staffing and equipment invoices and assists Business Manager with the preparation of event financial settlement.

35% of Time the Production Manager

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Production Manager

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally (Occasionally: activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) and/or up to 30 pounds amount of force frequently (Frequently: activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. General office work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.


The employee in this position must be able to work extended hours, including nights and weekends.

Travel Requirement

May be required to travel

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work. Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual. In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.