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Production Manager (0460U)
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 12, 2019
Title Production Manager (0460U)
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Arts/Museum/Theater

Production Manager (0460U)

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies is in the Division of Humanities in the College of Letters and Science. Its programs integrate undergraduate and graduate instruction with student participation in theater and dance performance. The Department enrolls 1100 students in its 55-65 classes and seminars each semester. There are approximately 150 majors and 150 minors in addition to 25-30 students pursuing a Ph.D. Approx. 300 students are enrolled per semester in courses that engage in participation in production as actors, builders, stage crew, stage managers, directors, choreographers, or designers. An additional 170+ students participate in summer sessions within the Department.

The Department produces annually 4-6 shows; 2-4 workshop, or showcase productions; 8-12 Department produced events and lectures; and 8-12 additional activities (rentals/loans of venues and/or equipment, sponsorship of activities produced by other departments, studio loans to campus and non-campus entities, etc.). Department welcomes more than 8000 patrons to its events and productions annually.

The Department is responsible for three theaters - The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall (285-551 seats), The Durham Studio Theater (135 seats), and Zellerbach Room 7-Black Box (64 seats) - three fully operating shops and associated spaces, significant storage and curatorial space, three dance studios, three acting studios, three design studios, additional classroom service space, a department library, and faculty and staff offices in both Dwinelle Hall and Zellerbach Hall.

This position is set to start on July 1, 2020

  • Manages a performing arts program, including technical aspects, scheduling, and coordination with other departments. Manages the program's budget, including budget development and monitoring. Manages the quality and timeliness of the program's productions. Directs the production of all Department and Department-associated projects. Supervises and coordinates all design and technical aspects of production. Coordinates the work of staff, students, laboratories (shops), equipment, property, and facilities required to implement theater and dance productions, special projects, visiting professional productions, and other events supporting the curricular offerings and undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department. Formulates and monitors production schedules.
  • Provides technical supervision and consultation for all Department productions. Facilitates the communication between all branches of productions in order to ensure the successful and effective completion of productions. Arranges and chairs production meetings.
  • Works collaboratively with faculty and provides consultation on proposals for new productions. Recommends as to feasibility of pending or proposed projects. Attends technical/dress rehearsals and consults with directors/designers regarding notes, changes, and/or additions. Supervises and advises student participation throughout production process.
  • Directly supervises Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Scenic Artist, Properties Director, Costume Director, Head Costumer, Costume Curator, Theater Production Supervisor, and Assistant Production Manager.
  • Analyzes and proposes staffing requirements, identifies/resolves work flow problems, recruits, trains, assigns work and schedules, conducts performance reviews, resolves personnel problems and takes corrective action in accordance with applicable policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements; recommends merit increases, salary adjustments, and classification reviews to the Chair.
  • In consultation with the Department Chair and Department Manager, allocates, manages and supervises production budgets. Projects costs and assigns budgets for each component of productions. Handles BFS preparation and review, and blu-card purchasing reconciliation/review. Initiates contracts for all visiting artists, designers, guest performers, contractors, etc. as needed for execution of season. Secures rights for all copyrighted works produced by the department.
  • Provides consultation and recommendations for the planning and funding of theatrical equipment purchases, upgrades, repairs, and renovations.
  • In coordination with the Department Manager, ensures compliance with University guidelines pertaining to HR, financial, and health and safety policies. Ensures professional and safe general conditions and operations in all facilities, including fulfilling reporting and record-keeping requirements and all applicable rules/regulations including federal, state, OSHA and CalOSHA guidelines and regulations.
  • Mentorship of students. May supervise/teach production practicum courses within the Department. May assign, supervise, advise, and schedule students enrolled in technical courses and assigned to stage crew for Department productions in theater and dance.
  • Participates in planning for the program, including artistic diversity and educational objectives, goals, and strategies. Advises the Chair in the planning of courses and major requirements related to production and technical theater. Assists the Chair and faculty in long-range planning for production programs, related special courses or course sequences, development of undergraduate major and graduate programs. Assists the faculty in managing curricular programs including attending and chairing meetings within and outside the Department as requested.
  • Sits on departmental committees as assigned by the Chair, likely to include Undergraduate, Curriculum, Events, Safety, and Production Committees. Also sits on committees outside the department related to facilities and safety.
  • Manages all production-related facilities. Formulates and monitors schedules and use of theaters, studios, and shop facilities for all Department productions and events, as well as for guest or visiting professors. Supervises the maintenance and installation of facilities, equipment and systems. Coordinates capital improvements. Supervises space rentals.
  • Represents the program at campus and external meetings, activities, and conferences

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of practices of theater and dance in higher education.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn University and collective bargaining policies, practices, rules, regulations, etc
  • Experience with or ability to learn UCB EH&S Chemical Inventory Database, PPCS Facilities management database, email and network, etc.
  • Graduate degree and/or extensive experience in the performing arts; experience in both academic and professional theater environments; extensive professional experience in theater and/or dance production with specific emphasis in theater management and production management.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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