Production Manager

New Jersey, United States
29 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   Music
Category   Arts and Museum Administration
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


The Department of Music at Princeton University seeks an experienced, collaborative, and creative partner for the open position of Production Manager. The Production Manager oversees production operations and technical support for over 150 curricular and co-curricular activities and performances offered annually by the Department of Music and Princeton University Concerts. With excellent leadership skills, technical expertise, and a proven record of accomplishment for effective project management, the Production Manager leads teams of production technicians providing professional event lighting, audio, video, streaming, and production and stage management support at multiple venues across campus. The Manager is central to the realization of faculty and graduate student research and a valuable resource to the department, providing technical consultation, strategic problem solving and meticulous oversight of the production calendar and workflow to support the vision of faculty, students, artists, and presenters.

The Department of Music hosts an active performance program (including but not limited to the Princeton University Orchestra and Sinfonia, Princeton University Glee Club, Princeton University Jazz Ensembles, the Princeton Sound Kitchen (the Department's new music series), Early Music Princeton, Princeton Remote Ensemble, African Music Ensemble, and other student and faculty performances). The Department also includes Princeton University Concerts, a nationally renowned presenting series that presents professional artists from all over the world. The Production Manager will work closely with faculty, staff, students, and guest artists to produce and present this wide range of programming and events.

In addition to overseeing the production details for rehearsals, concerts, performances, and programming for the Department, the Production Manager oversees the Department’s technical calendar and the scheduling and operations of the Department’s rehearsal and performances spaces including Taplin Auditorium and the Lee Music Room in the New Music Building at the Lewis Center for the Arts. Taplin Auditorium is the Music Department’s primary concert venue and musical laboratory, and the Lewis Center for the Arts is the University's newly opened Arts Center that is home to the Lee Rehearsal and Performance Room, the primary rehearsal space for the Department’s instrumental ensembles. The Production Manager works closely with campus partners at the Lewis Center for the Arts and Campus Support Services to manage and schedule events in shared spaces including Richardson Auditorium and the Co-Lab and Forum at the Lewis Center. The Production Manager is responsible for a myriad of project budgets and works collaboratively with the Department's Business Manager to ensure quality and fiscal accountability. The Production Manager oversees a team of professional production technicians and serves as the primary building manager for the Department’s academic and performance spaces including both the Woolworth Center of Musical Studies and Effron Music Building.

This is a full-time staff position. The Production Manager is expected to attend evening and weekend events.


Production Planning and Strategy - The Production Manager will produce the rehearsal and performance programming for the Department, including oversight of project timelines, budgets, production schedules, and overall department master technical calendar. The Production Manager will also serve as the producer and project manager for all the Department’s large-scale public events.  The Production Manager will work collaboratively and strategically with faculty and students, will publicly represent the Music Department as a liaison with key partners, including the Lewis Center and Campus Support Services, and will be ready to provide input and support to the Department’s Chair and Director of Administration and Operations in key strategic decisions related to the daily operations as well as expansion of Department events, programming, facilities, and equipment.  The Production Manager will help support the vision of both faculty, artists-in-residence, staff, and students by taking an active leadership role in the planning of events and developing new projects and initiatives for the future.  The Production Manager serves as a key and integral thought partner to the Director of Administration and Operations for long-term, strategic planning, and works collaboratively with the department's Business Manager to oversee multiple project budgets and ensure quality and fiscal accountability.

Production Operations and Facilities Management – The Production Manager will oversee day-to-day auditorium and rehearsal space operations, management, scheduling, and supervision, including overseeing and scheduling production crew as well as other independent contractors, tracking all expenses related to that work, and working in conjunction with the Director of Administration and Operations to set scheduling policies, scheduling the spaces and enforcing the Department’s scheduling policies. The Manager will be responsible for running regularly scheduled production meetings to review performance/production needs for the Department’s programs, reviewing the resources of all department facilities and making annual recommendations for maintenance and improvement of the facilities, including maintaining and overseeing use of instruments that are stored in both places.  The Production Manager will oversee a professional production staff and will be charged with developing and maintaining a long-term strategy for the production team to ensure appropriate staffing expertise, support, and resources to realize the academic and artistic vision of the Department.

Program support - The Production Manager is the first line of support for all Music Department programming and events, including but not limited to collaborations with the production staff at Richardson Auditorium, Campus Support Services, and the Lewis Center for the Arts, and performances in non-traditional spaces both on and off campus. The Production Manager will create and maintain the Department’s master event calendar. The Production Manager will offer production support to Princeton University Concerts including pre-production planning, working with artist management, scouting new venues, working with the Director of PUC on new initiatives, acting as primary liaison to the production staff at Richardson Auditorium, and attending dress rehearsals and concerts as needed. The Production Manager will work collaboratively with the entire administrative staff of the Department to ensure collaborative and cohesive department operations and will play a key role in soliciting and reviewing all the recital proposals for students completing degrees, acting as a mentor to students in the planning of their programs.

Tour Manager - The Production Manager will be the main producer of all details and logistics for ensemble touring when needed, including but not limited to overseeing tour budgets, working with the tour companies on logistics, overseeing marketing materials, working with ensemble directors to choose performance venues, and sometimes accompanying the groups on tour.


This position requires a Bachelor's degree with 5-7 years of concert production experience in a university setting or an arts organization. The Production Manager must be responsible and organized, while maintaining the ability to multi-task successfully. The Production Manager should have experience overseeing the technical support of live performances, from scheduling through the actual events. The Production Manager must be competent in the use of relevant technology to support productions for public performance including maintenance and use of house sound, lighting, stage, and other relevant production equipment. The Production Manager must have demonstrated interest in and curiosity about a wide variety of music.

The Production Manager must have excellent communications skills, and the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with faculty, staff, and students.  The candidate must be a team player and demonstrate success working with a wide range of personalities (i.e. students, faculty, professional performing artists, in house production support, stage hands and external production crews). The Production Manager will need to be resilient under pressure to handle and resolve situations calmly and effectively since long show days/nights may be required. They must be self-starting, interested in thinking ahead and about how systems can be improved, and able to work independently.  The Production Manager is expected to attend evening and weekend events.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.

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