Associate Production Manager

Irish Arts Center

New York, NY 10019


Aug 31, 2021


Aug 13, 2021

Irish Arts Center seeks a highly organized and motivated Associate Production Manager to work closely with the Production Manager to ensure artistic and technical excellence and smooth and efficient production operations across an ambitious and eclectic multidisciplinary program, including theatrical performance, dance, music, interdisciplinary work, visual arts, film, literature and humanities, as we prepare to open a landmark new facility on Manhattan’s West Side toward the end of 2021.

Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center (IAC) is a national and international home for the presentation, development and support of work from artists and cultural practitioners, established and emerging, who work in Irish, Irish-American and other contexts, in traditional, contemporary, and modern disciplines. We seek to broaden the lens of Irish culture to include artistic work that might not traditionally be seen as “Irish”, but engages the relationship between Irish culture and other cultures represented in New York City.

We aim to provide cultural experiences for artists and audiences that are innovative, dynamic, meet the highest standards of excellence, and celebrate our common humanity, in an environment of warm and welcoming Irish hospitality.

We seek to preserve and engage the evolving history and traditions of Ireland and Irish America, while actively embracing the modernity, dynamism, and diversity of the global Irish diaspora, and Ireland’s identity as a modern European country, placing Irishness in dialogue with the broader cultural ecology of New York City and beyond, as we seek to inspire, innovate, and entertain.

As we have throughout our history, the Center also provides community education programs in Irish arts and culture, and seeks to increase access to the arts for adults and children of all ages and ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

We are seeking to build a diverse team and create an inclusive environment in the pursuit of these cultural goals.

The Associate Production Manager joins at an exciting time in the life of the organization, as we prepare open our landmark new facility building housing a flexible theatre, studio and library classrooms, and café.

The ideal candidate is hard-working, flexible, supportive and creative, and passionate about learning new things. Start October 1. (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a closing date of August 25.)

Key Responsibilities

• Work closely with the Production Manager to help artistic leadership, staff, and production designers and collaborators accomplish project goals.
• Communicate with and assist Production Manager to facilitate advance technical coordination for all IAC produced programming, including assisting in the creation of schedules, equipment purchases and rentals, contracts, and production related hires; on certain projects assume responsibilities for leading crews through load in and tech.
• Serve as lead production manager for discreet projects as determined with Production Manager.

• Lighting and/or sound operation to support IAC produced programming on evenings and weekends, as part of a schedule of management coverage developed and shared with the Production Manager.
• Develop and implement maintenance routines and protocols for all theatrical systems with supervision from the Production Manager.
• Work with director of facilities to have a basic understanding of all building systems, to be able to provide triage support if needed.
• Manage rentals of catering equipment; tables, chairs, etc.
• Track budgets and expense reports as directed by the Production Manager.
• Help to develop and maintain relationships with crew.
• Help develop meaningful internship opportunities that will benefit both IAC and the wider industry.
• Attend meetings with IAC staff, company staff, directors, and stage management as necessary.
• Develop relationships with designers, directors, and artists to help them accomplish their artistic goals, balancing their needs with those of the company.
• Responsibilities to be added or adjusted as we work through opening season, with discussion.

This job description is a summary of the primary responsibilities and qualifications of the position. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range $65k–$70k. Benefits include employer-provided medical/dental/vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, and pre-tax savings on transit/parking.

As IAC is committed to representing diverse identities in our artistic programming, so too are we committed to diverse representations in our administrative team. We are proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer, and will consider all applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed (religion), color, sex (including gender expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF file to with your last name and “APM A4” in the subject line (e.g., “Doe APM A4”). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a closing date of August 25.


Irish Arts Center is a national and international home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds. Based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, Irish Arts Center presents, develops, supports, and promotes work from established and emerging artists, providing cultural experiences that are innovative, collaborative, diverse, authentic, and emotionally and intellectually transporting, meet the highest standards of excellence, and celebrate our common humanity in an environment of Irish hospitality. Founded in 1972, throughout our history the Center has also provided community education programs and access to the arts for adults and children of all ages and ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Irish Arts Center has recently completed construction of a $60 million landmark new permanent home, including a state of the art flexible performance and arts space for the presentation and development of work across a range of disciplines, including music, dance, theatre, film, visual arts, literature and the humanities; classrooms and studio spaces for education programs, development, and collaboration; technology to stream and distribute content on the digital platform; and an avenue-facing lobby café that will be a hub for hospitality and interaction between artists and audiences. As part of a second phase, IAC will renovate its adjacent existing 51st Street building to provide a second, intimate performance space—the historic Irish Arts Center theatre—optimized for the most intimate live music and conversation, recordings, podcasts, master classes and special events, and a beautiful new courtyard entrance on 51st Street where the historic Irish Arts Center and the new building will meet.

Thanks to the fortitude, discipline, creativity, and generosity of our people, Irish Arts Center has maintained stability throughout COVID-19, despite the interruption of construction and the suspension of in-person programming and is ready to provide a beacon of hope for artists and audiences as part of New York’s cultural restoration.


  • 3-5 years of combined live theater, concert production, video, audio, and production management experience.
  • Administrative and leadership experience that demonstrates excellent judgment, the ability to listen well, manage and prioritize multiple tasks while paying attention to detail, and the ability to work independently as part of a coordinated team.
  • Scheduling flexibility to work nights, weekends, and holidays determined by the production and performance schedule.
  • Excitement to open a new theatre, and flexibility required to thrive in a brand new environment full of learning opportunities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to work within a tight time frame and budget when necessary, and to pitch in to get the job done. Tech periods require late night and weekend work hours.
  • Functional competencies in technical theater, basic stage carpentry, props, basic theatrical rigging, sound reinforcement, production lighting, and audio & video production
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, flexible, and interest in promoting a team/collaborative work environment
  • BA, BFA, or equivalent professional work experience in production
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and climb stairs and ladders
  • Computer literate and functional competencies with Mac OS, MS Windows, MS Office, Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD, Lightwright, Qlab, ETC Eos