Production Manager

College of St. Benedict/St. John's University

37 South College Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 56374




Aug 09, 2022

The Fine Arts Programming Department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (CSB+SJU) invites applications for full-time, benefit eligible position of Production Manager.

A successful candidate for the position of Production Manager embraces the opportunity to create excellent artistic experiences that foster connections within the community on campus and off. The Production Manager leads the production team through seasons of 250+ events on two campuses and multiple locations and venues. Providing a model of leadership, a successful candidate believes in mentoring students and creating skill building experiences that will contribute to the overall success of student academic and experiential learning, while building a legacy of appreciation for the arts. This position demonstrates a strong work ethic centered on excellent organizational skills with an ability to develop and maintain positive collaborative relationships and communications with all artistic parties, faculty, students, and staff.

The Production Manager is the leader for the CSB/SJU production team and offers oversight on all events in all the CSB/SJU performance venues. The production manager leads high caliber commitment to ensure safety, technical quality for national and international touring artists, and production leadership for the Theater Department. This position oversees the technical director and an assistant technical director and coordinates closely with front of house. The position provides event support and requires night, weekend, and summer commitments.

CSB/SJU Fine Arts Programming is dedicated to bringing exceptional professional performing and visual art to central Minnesota. We contribute to and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve by presenting and producing local, national, and internationally renowned dance, theatre, music, and gallery exhibits. With two campuses in St. Joseph and Collegeville, MN we serve five performance venues
( and two visual art galleries (10 shows/year). We support our whole campus community and host multiple lectures, camps, conferences, renters, and various large events. We are an integral part of campus and the St. Cloud community and a leading arts presenter in MN and the Midwest.

CSB/SJU are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice. The schools are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at CSB/SJU. Learn more in our
Institutional Statement on Diversity and in our brochure regarding Higher Education in the Catholic and Benedictine Tradition.

This position is a 1.0 FTE and Working hours vary and include frequent evenings and weekends.

Leadership and Oversight of CSB/SJU Production Team Fine Arts Programming and Theater

Leads the coordination of scheduling staff/resources for events and productions to ensure the needs are effectively filled.
Works with music, art, and theater departments to confirm performance spaces and resource availability for all users. Helps resolve staffing and space conflicts when they arise.
Provides leadership of Student Employee Management for Production Team, including establishing and modelling the best leadership methods and assisting with student development.
Actively supports department and campus-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and participates in efforts to incorporate DEI practices that impact the production process and student experience.
Oversees Fine Arts Programming and Theater Department Production budgets ($200k+ in15+ individual budget lines)
Responsible for implementing industry-standard venue safety practices – maintaining best practice knowledge must be a continuous part of position.
Leads team with setup and operation of video streaming (both in person and fully remote)for necessary performances.
Leads the team on audio needs in venues.
Provide technical oversight and coordination for rentals of theatre spaces by outside groups.
Support Fine Arts Programming
Provide Technical Support (Includes but is not limited to: Rigging, Lighting, Audio, Projections, Staging, and Construction) for events hosted or supported by Fine Arts Programming from preparation through performance and post event care.
Manage professional, student, and contract production staff.
Review technical riders and event requests to coordinate meeting event technical needs.
Communicate with internal and external space users (of various knowledge levels), to advance events and prepare the theatre spaces and crews to best serve the client’s needs.
Provide event services and support for Campus on major live events, includes planning event flows, consulting on outside vendors/contractors, developing production designs and providing technical support/management at events.
Coordinate rental, delivery, and/or pick-up of extra equipment not in the inventory when needed.
Support Fine Arts Programming Gallery Manager with expertise and student labor as needed for exhibits.

Support the Theater Department
In conjunction with the department chair, develops the yearlong production calendar detailing pre-production, rehearsals, production budget, material acquisitions, construction periods, tech, strike and all other related production milestones.
Collaborate with department chair, show director, and assistant technical director on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for individual shows.
Determine the necessary technical support required (lighting, sound, staging, and special need), for performances in advance of production.
Coordinate rental, delivery, and/or pick-up of materials and/or extra equipment not in inventory.
Stewardship for department and institution resources.
Provide technical oversight and coordination for rentals of theatre spaces by outside groups.
Advise of needed repairs to spaces and/or equipment.
Recommend capital purchases of technical equipment

Provide transportation to students, equipment, and artists as needed.
Performing other duties as required by supervisor.



Bachelor’s degree and/or demonstrated professional experience in technical theatre, performing arts, and event management.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Progressive experience in a theatrical or producing venue, in a leadership role including supervisory experience.
Working knowledge of the operation and functions of technical equipment; lighting, audio, rigging, stagecraft, streaming, computer networks and/or media equipment, etc. as well as maintenance and repair of same equipment.
Understanding industry safety standards as they apply to performance facilities.
Demonstrated experience overseeing production and/or departmental budget.
Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Strong organizational and time management skills to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to assess multiple priorities & gather input to assure mutual solutions and cooperation in a fast paced, frequently changing work environment.
Ability to read and interpret professional technical riders, blueprints, drawings, plots, and related documents.
Computer skills including AutoCAD or Vectorworks; Microsoft Office.
Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends on a regular basis.
Must be able to withstand long hours of concentrated physical activity.
Must be able to work in catwalks, on grids and on ladders.
Must be able to lift 50lbs.
Desired Qualifications:
MFA in technical direction, production management, or related field.
Professional touring experience.
Practical experience with event management and front of house operations.

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