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Production Manager - Aspen Opera Center

The Production Manager of the Aspen Opera Center (AOC) supervises the general operations and production staff of the AOC, and serves as the liaison between the AOC and the operations department of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Responsibilities include creating and maintaining the production schedule (in consultation with the operations department, program administrator, and directors) in the ArtsVision database, acting as production quality director of rehearsals, approving the use of the Wheeler Opera House for non-production and non-AOC related requests, managing load-in, load-out, and contents of the AOC storage units. The Production Manager also schedules, sets the agenda for, and runs weekly production meetings, recording and distributing notes to AOC and other key AMFS staff.

Another facet of the Production Manager’s duties involves working with the operations department as well as directors and designers to manage the scale and complexity of productions to stay within budget and develop design/production options that are financially and artistically viable. This individual also tracks and allocates funds within the AOC budget between the production divisions and assists in the preparation of future AOC budgets by submitting weekly reports.

This position requires attendance at stage rehearsals and note sessions to receive notes from the director and participate in real-time observations to advise on production concerns. The Production Manager also acts as the AOC representative at a weekly AMFS operations meeting and a weekly Wheeler Opera House production meeting. Finally, the Production Manager assists with recruitment and hiring, as well as the training and management of seasonal production staff of the AOC in consultation with the Operations Manager.

Requirements: MFA (preferred), BA/BFA in Technical Theater and a minimum of 5 years of related management experience, required. Significant experience in the design, configuration, mechanics, and safety/quality assurance requirements of theater equipment and systems is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a background in technical direction and be comfortable working with AutoCAD. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and knowledge of computers (Microsoft products) and information technology are essential. A demonstrated strong background in interpersonal skills is a must with ability to mitigate and solve difficult issues with musicians, managers, and seasonal staff. Candidates must have sensitivity to the needs of student performers and staff and a proven ability to work well with others. Candidates also must be independently motivated, possess a sense of humor, be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and climb stairs and ladders comfortably. Additionally, candidates must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle for the summer of 2017 is preferred. A DMV check will be conducted for the candidate hired.

Duration: May 29 - August 27, 2018, plus some pre-Festival remote work from January - May

Compensation: Weekly salary plus seasonal housing

Application procedure: Please complete the online application process and attach your cover letter and resume (with references) where prompted. PDF files only.

No phone calls please.

Application deadline: December 31, 2017

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