Advance, manage, and oversee technical aspects of live events in partnership with other Production Operation Team members and UMS colleagues.Who We Are
Housed on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, UMS is one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, committed to connecting audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences. With a program steeped in music, dance, and theater, UMS contributes to a vibrant cultural community by presenting approximately 50-60 performances and over 100 free educational activities each season. UMS also commissions new work, sponsors artist residencies, and organizes collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners.UMS was selected as one of the 2014 recipients of the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest public artistic honor.UMS values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. UMS supports recruiting and cultivating a diverse workforce, as it reflects our commitment to serving the diverse people of Michigan and beyond.Review and negotiate technical rider obligations, provide budget estimates, establish and publish finalized schedules, and execute all technical aspects of in-venue events.Schedule, hire, and supervise IATSE labor within budget and contract requirements; maintaining a successful working relationship with IA business agent.Manage timely IA Timesheet approvals, processing, and budget tracking.Provide technical drawings and plans for load-ins (AutoCad, Vectorworks, etc.).Operate and engage in general production correspondence to advance active production needs, potential engagements, and other UMS initiatives.Negotiate and secure cost-effective rentals from sound, lighting, staging, backline, keyboard, video, tuners, and other vendors as needed.Update master production schedules in tandem with the rest of the Prod-Op team, providing details, crewing information, shipping, logistics, and other relative data before they are disseminated to venue staff, UMS colleagues, and relative vendors.General Operation Duties include:Submit, and track invoices, log expenses, and reconcile monthly statements (AMEX bills/petty cash/other).Act as onsite UMS representative and stage manager for main-stage performances.Liaises with all UMS/venue staff where/when presentations take place.Supervise safe working environment and practices with employee, crew, staff, and artists safety and security in mind.Oversee the movement of production support equipment to/from storage facilities for live presentations.Monitors and maintains relative production supply inventories.Online file management (Dropbox, Network Drive, Google Drive) and vendor contact management.Manager overall state, cleanliness, and efficiency of UMS Prod-Op storage facilities.Liaise with fire marshal, public safety, city police, and parking management units to achieve performance requests.Collaborates with Production Coordinator to maintain accuracy in a centralized calendar system (production, live events, load-in/out, venue filming initiatives, education events).Operates as technical liaison with UMS departments for all additional in-venue activities (pre-show, post-show, other).Collaborates with the Production Coordinator to schedule meetings and site-visits.Provides redundancy / additional support for Production Coordinator and/or Company Liaison when appropriate.Provides organizational assistance and problem-solving initiative at all times.Awareness of/experience with other department job functions.Required Qualifications*
Minimum 3-years of professional experience within a producing, repertory or presenting performance environment. Experience shall include: team contract review, rider and fulfillment, calendar planning/management, data organization and delegation, and financial tracking and reconciling.A breadth of experience in performance genres including Acoustic/Reinforced Music, Theatre, Dance, Installations, and performance art preferred.Practical skills and experience in modern professional theater practices as well as openness for evolving trends and approaches.Initiative and ability to work independently, while thriving in a team-based environment.Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (phone, email, in-person, zoom, other).Strong writing skills to prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, and schedules with great attention to detail.Demonstrated organizational ability under pressure to work on multiple projects with competing deadlines, establishing goals, and workload priorities.A high level of professionalism that reflects well on the organization which demonstrates customer service values to artists, invited guests, and touring production personnel.Ability to handle the public with professionalism in a backstage environment.Demonstrated skills to effectively motivate and offer support to fellow team members.Proficiency with Google Suite, Dropbox, Microsoft Office, Network File Storage, AutoCAD, and Vectorworks.At least 2 years experience working with IATSE labor crews, for theater, dance, classical and contemporary music is preferred.Experience Stage Managing large musician ensembles.Willingness to improve systems, rethink possibilities, and engage in tough conversations to reach new goals.Bachelor's degree in a performing arts field is desired.OSHA30 Certification or willingness to complete training.Ability to work a flexible schedule including many evening and weekend hours.A valid driver's license and the ability to operate University vehicles is required.This position requires considerable use of arms and legs and activities such as lifting, balancing, walking, and the handling of materials which at times weigh as much as 50 poundsWork Locations
This full-time position is based in Ann Arbor, MI. UMS Hybrid work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change depending upon business needs.Application Deadline
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.