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Production Manager


Production Manager

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  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • Department of Dance + Choreography, School of the Arts
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Production Manager

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)

The Opportunity:

The Dance Production Manager coordinates the planning and producing each performance season for the Department of Dance + Choreography. Responsibilities include season and production planning and coordination, in collaboration with the chair, faculty concert directors, and theater staff; providing technical direction, stage management, communication, and facilitation for all Dance productions; management of students as the core production crew; budgeting and fiscal oversight (in collaboration with fiscal administrator) of production budget and guest artist/special projects budgets.

The Dance Production Manager will have undergraduate teaching responsibilities in lighting design which includes a dance production workshop course and an elective course in lighting design, and/or other courses at the discretion of the department chair. Additional duties include support for a senior project course during the Fall and Spring semesters by contributing to class content, communications, and ensuring appropriate support for student work.

The Dance Production Manager is expected to provide leadership by mentoring students; guiding students, faculty, and guest artists on lighting and production procedures in the pursuit of their creative work; promoting methods to utilize and grow production facilities and other assets in support of research and teaching; and demonstrating through teaching, mentoring, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience, integrating multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and professional practice tools.

Required Qualifications
  • Appropriate professional experience in technical theater and lighting design.
  • MFA preferred, and/or 5+ years in professional training and experience.
  • Knowledge of all procedures connected with technical direction of dance and theatrical
  • Demonstrated ability to design lights for dance, and knowledge of dance as an art form.
  • Experience teaching on an undergraduate level.
  • Interest and experience in working with students, running student crews, and training student crews.
  • Stage Management skills.
  • Communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting/fiscal oversight.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate.
  • Ability to create and execute technical production schedules involving many elements and many people.
  • Ability to set up, run and maintain theater/video/sound/lighting equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Application Instructions:

Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. VCUarts strongly encourages applications from all racial, ethnic, gender, and social identities.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribution to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience. For additional guidance on writing a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: https://provost.vcu.edu/faculty/prospective/.

In addition, the following documents should be submitted:
• A Letter of Interest that conveys relevant academic and professional experience

• Resume

• List of three professional references including names with titles and contact information (references will not be checked prior to candidate’s approval).

Only electronic applications submitted via the VCU Jobs Website will be accepted. For best consideration, completed applications are due by September 23, 2022. The application process is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the application process should be directed to Tasia Robinson, Assistant Director of Human Resources, VCUarts at thompsontl5@vcu.edu.

Ranked by US News & World Report as a top-five arts and design school, VCUarts (arts.vcu.edu) includes over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students with nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. Students are taught by over 175 full-time teaching and research faculty members, and the school is supported by over 50 staff members that assist in daily processes. The School of the Arts main campus is located on the university’s 75-acre Monroe Park campus situated in the city’s historic Fan District in Richmond, Virginia.

For more information on VCUarts, please visit arts.vcu.edu. Virginia Commonwealth University, please visit vcu.edu and https://www.vcu.edu/about-vcu/facts-and-rankings/.

ORP Eligibility: Yes


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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