Technical & Production Director
Central City Opera
Technical & Production Director
|Reports to:||President & CEO|
|Work Schedule:||Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed)
Summer Schedule: Tuesday-Sunday during Festival Season (May-August)
|Salary Range:||$50,000 – $65,000 annually (depending on experience, benefits included)|
|Location:||Administrative Office: 4875 Ward Road Suite 100, Wheat Ridge, CO
During Festival: Central City
The Technical & Production Director is responsible for the operations of Central City Opera’s annual summer festival. This position oversees the working experience of the entire Festival. The Technical & Production Director will report directly to the President & CEO, and work closely with the Music Director, Company Manager, Director of Education & Community Engagement, and the Controller and Director of Human Resources. The Technical & Production Director supervises all production personnel, technicians, and Festival contractors. In addition to the Festival, the Technical & Production Director will also provide production and administrative support for other Central City Opera events and performances as needed.
Previous experience in Company Management is ideal. Candidates with five or more years of experience in artist relations, customer service, stage management, and/or other management roles will also be considered. The Technical & Production Director position is based in the greater Denver area; and receives company housing in Central City, CO, where they will reside from mid-May through mid-August.
- Collaborate with the President & CEO to plan long-term and short-term production strategies
- Develop a departmental plan reflecting the organization’s overall mission, vision, and values
- Provide organizational leadership and work together with other members of Senior management as a viable team member to model exemplary executive behavior both within and outside of the organization
- Partner with the Director of Historic Properties in the off-season to maintain the Historic Properties as appropriate
- Assist in the various projects of the Central City Opera Guild, Special Events Committees, and the other CCO departments as needed
Financial Accountability and Responsibility
- Manage and maintain Festival Production budget
- Develop and recommend a fiscally sound departmental budget based on organizational goals and needs annually
- Monitor and manage departmental expenditures within an established annual budget with the Company Manager while continuously seeking opportunities to reduce or eliminate unnecessary expenses
- Responsible for the oversight of the company’s Production functions, including: Production Administration, Stage Operations, Stage Management, Technical Administration, Costume Shop, Wig & Makeup, and Wardrobe
- Coordinate all production activities with the Company Manager, Stage Managers, and Music Director
- Oversee vendor and construction shop relationships and work
- Liaise with stage management in advance of the production period and throughout the rehearsal and performances
- Determine labor call times and personnel requirements for various work calls
- Place all Union work calls with IATSE and fulfill non-Union staffing needs
- Review and approve production and technical payrolls
- In conjunction with the Company Manager create and monitor master festival production and rehearsal calendar and approve the daily rehearsal schedule
- Negotiate and manage co-production contracts with other theatrical companies as well as all designer contracts
- Research and coordinate equipment and services related to physical production materials and labor, including but not limited to construction, acquisition, purchase, rental, and transportation of all sets, costumes, wigs & makeup, props, lighting, sound and video equipment, and production and technical equipment for all programs.
- Represent Festival Department in all collective bargaining negotiations involving festival personnel
- Consistently and successfully build relationships with third-party vendors and associates
- Prepare all touring, co-production, and rental technical and production documentation
- Procure working CAD drawings of performance venues
- Lead the team in solving unforeseen circumstances during the production process
- Attend performances, events, rehearsals, and meetings as required
- Recommend technology upgrades based on necessity and feedback from production
- Working with the Resident Lighting Designer and the set/video designers to create a repertory scenic and lighting plot
Workforce Planning Responsibilities
- Develop and execute strategic plans for program execution
- Manage and supervise a series of direct and indirect reports, including union and non-union personnel at multiple locations
- Consistently hire and successfully direct staff members
- Effectively communicate performance expectations to staff, delivering regular, specific, and objective feedback
- Consistently motivate staff and evaluate on an annual basis according to Human Resources policies and procedures
- Consistently adhere to and promote Central City Opera’s Employee Handbook, health and safety programs, policies, protocols, procedures, and education activities
- Other duties as assigned
Traits and characteristics:
As an integral part of a welcoming and creative organization, the Technical & Production Director will be a highly collaborative problem solver who demonstrates leadership. This individual should have a positive outlook and empathy for others, managing sensitive and confidential information with discretion and tact. The Technical & Production Director should be comfortable handling conflict while maintaining professionalism at all times. The ideal candidate has a clean driving record and is highly organized and flexible with excellent interpersonal skills.
A goal- and results-oriented leader, the Technical & Production Director will listen, observe, and gain an understanding of the motivations of others. An effective communicator who shows sensitivity to a diverse group of people and perspectives, they will be an authentic relationship builder with the ability to think both analytically and creatively. The Technical & Production Director will inspire and move team members forward with a keen sense of humor and joy in their interactions with people from all racial, political, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.
Other key competencies include:
- Leadership and Teamwork – The ability to inspire, build trust, and create a sense of purpose and direction while tactfully handling challenging and sensitive issues
- Professional Accountability and Interpersonal Skills – The capacity to accept responsibility for actions and results, reevaluate, and develop long-term relationships with people across the organization and throughout the community.
- Planning, Organizing, and Goal Orientation – The dexterity to adapt quickly when dealing with unpredictable situations while establishing and meeting specific, measurable, attainable, reviewable, and time-sensitive goals.
- Time and Priority Management – The flexibility to prioritize and complete tasks to deliver desired outcomes, effectively managing difficulties and delays to complete tasks on time while creating an environment that is conducive to effectiveness.
- Minimum of 7 years of previous technical or production director experience or related experience in a professional opera company, performing arts organization, or relevant equivalent experience required
- Exceptional time management and organizational skills with acute attention to detail
- Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and deadline-driven tasks
- Self-starting problem solver with a propensity for multi-tasking with minimal supervision or direction
- Ability to think ahead and maintain the self-driven initiative
- Experience in building and strengthening relationships
- Outstanding interpersonal written and verbal communications skills
- Attention to detail, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities
- Professional, positive attitude with the ability to work cooperatively with a broad range of individuals, even while under pressure
- An appreciation for and fluency in talking about opera, music, and the performing arts
Skills and Abilities:
- Substantial computer literacy with proven proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite
- Experience in budget management and expense tracking
- Experience in logistical planning including arranging and managing travel and accommodations
- Patron-centric and customer service focused
- Ability to drive a 26’ box truck encouraged
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to function in a collaborative environment while also working independently
- Must be amenable to fluctuating work schedules during busy periods, including the summer festival
- Evening and weekend work and driving to Central City and other event locations required
- Bi-lingual candidates encouraged
- Valid Driver’s License
- A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage
- 100% paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance
- Generous paid time-off policy for flexible personal use and holidays
- 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
CCO is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable work environment. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values and we are currently working to expand our capacities in these areas with company-wide understanding that this is an ongoing process that must be embedded into the fabric of the organization. We encourage candidates who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, otherwise-abled, and other underrepresented identities to apply. All applications will receive consideration for employment.
HOW TO APPLY:
Position available until filled.