Production Manager

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

37 South College Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 56374




May 06, 2022

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.

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

  • Leads the coordination of scheduling staff/resources for all events and productions to ensure the needs of all are effectively filled.
  • Works with the Fine Arts Department coordinators to confirm performance spaces and resource availability for all users. Works to 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+ in 15+ 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 all necessary performances.
  • Leads the team on audio needs in venues.
  • Provide technical oversight and coordination for rentals of theatre spaces by outside groups.

2.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.
  • Supervise crews (both student and professional) during all calls.
  • Review technical riders and event requests to coordinate meeting all 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 but is not limited to planning event flows, consulting on outside vendors/contractors, developing production designs and providing full technical support/management at events.
  • Supervision and provision of temporary (non-student) technical support personnel for Fine Arts Programming events as needed.
  • 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.

3.Support the Theater Department

  • In conjunction with the Department Chair, develops the yearlong production calendar detailing pre-production, rehearsals, material acquisitions, construction periods, tech, strike and all other related production milestones.
  • Advise Department Chair and theater production 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.

4.Stewardship for department and institution resources.

  • Provide technical oversight and coordination for rentals of theatre spaces by outside groups.
  • Advise Department Chair/Director of Operations of needed repairs to spaces and/or equipment in the Benedicta Arts Center and Stephen B. Humphrey Theater and assist in repair/upkeep as needed.
  • Recommend capital purchases of technical equipment.


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


Education: Bachelor’s degree and/or demonstrated professional experience in technical theatre, performing arts, and event management.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • 5-7 years of progressive experience in a theatrical or producing venue.
  • 5 years of supervisory experience, strong employee management and supervision skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of stagecraft, stage rigging, sound, and lighting.
  • Understanding of OSHA and industry safety standards as they apply to performance facilities.
  • Working knowledge of the operation and functions of technical equipment; lighting, sound, rigging, computer networks and media equipment, etc. as well as maintenance and repair of same equipment.
  • Practical experience with event management and front of house operations.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing production and/or departmental budget.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Exceptional ability to adapt and solve problems in a fast paced frequently changing work environment.
  • 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.
  • Ability to read and interpret professional technical riders, blueprints, drawings, plots, and related documents.
  • Excellent 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.
  • Physical limitations cannot totally hinder the ability to perform tasks.

Desired Qualifications:
MFA in technical direction
Professional touring experience.
I.A.T.S.E. member or Experience with I.A.T.S.E. crews.




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