The Technical and Production Manager (TPM) reports to the Curator of Public Programs and Performance and is a member of the Education team. The TPM is responsible for the Te Ata Theater and Founders Hall Dance Studio's technology, production and facilities. They support a diverse, year-round arts center's programmatic, exhibition and event needs. This position is crucial in facilitating the high-quality programs, performances, events and exhibitions that advance our mission. This position will work with production partners to advise on theater performances, set up and engineer sound for our summer music series, and hire staff needed for weddings and conferences. As a manager, the TPM will hire, train and schedule part-time stagehands and technical production assistants. The position requires a positive, strategic and proactive communicator who enjoys working cross-departmentally in a creative environment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Advance all arts center events and correspond with appropriate personnel and external sources to effectively plan for and answer questions regarding the facility and its technical specifications.
- Verify all production details and requirements provided by internal and external sources.
- Determine the allowability of any equipment not owned by the arts center and coordinate with outside vendors for any rentals, delivery, setup and use.
- Work with multiple departments to set production times (load in/load out, rehearsal, performance, cleanup, etc.) and establish crew schedules.
- Prepare advance cost estimates for internal and external users for any additional labor and equipment. Work to adhere to budget requirements.
- Work with the Operations Team to determine the preparedness of spaces for public access.
- Develop, update and enforce policies for performance spaces in conjunction with the Curator of Public Programs and Performance and the Operations department.
- Hire and train any part-time production staff and stagehands.
- Train relevant staff in the best production practices and basic theater functions and operations.
- Based on budget, purchase required equipment and materials.
- Oversee and ensure rigorous maintenance and care for all theatrical, stage and event equipment and performance spaces.
- Collaborate with the Exhibition staff on multi-media technology as needed for gallery use.
- Attend departmental meetings, weekly cross-department production meetings and monthly all-staff meetings.
- Due to the nature of this position, hours will vary each week due to the demands of Oklahoma Contemporary’s events and programs.
- Other duties as assigned by the Curator of Public Programs and Performance.
Education and Experience Requirements
- At least five years of professional experience in production management and/or technical direction; experience in major markets or on large national tours is a plus.
- Associate degree, undergraduate or higher degree in technical production, theatrical design, theater studies or related field preferred.
- Knowledge of contemporary and traditional event production and presentation techniques for theatre, dance, music, opera, film, lectures and live events.
- Working knowledge of techniques and methods of stage carpentry, rigging, lighting, sound, projection and communications design, installation and preparation for theatrical or related performances and events.
- Keen ability to solve problems independently and collaboratively.
- Ability to design, operate and maintain technical lighting and sound equipment and systems.
- Familiarity with ETC consoles and equipment.
- Ability to oversee arts center staff and other non-professionals around theatrical equipment, ensuring safety and proper use of equipment and spaces.
- A positive, team-first attitude is a must.
- Ability to balance competing priorities in planning and execution of annual programming and rental events.
- Knowledge of basic first aid.
- Fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese is a plus.
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.
Other requirements and working conditions
- Use of a car required; legally registered and insured for daily use
- Use of a computer/monitor, telephone and copier daily
- Flexible schedule with ability to participate in evening or weekend events
- Team environment with frequent group meeting participation
- Physical requirements: Lifting/Carrying - heavy work may include routine lifting of a maximum weight of 25 lbs. - combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis
Oklahoma Contemporary is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.
Submit a cover letter and resume here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Unfortunately, because of the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to give status updates.
Application review will begin immediately. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Salary commensurate with experience ($45,000 - $50,000); excellent benefits package, including healthcare, dental, vision and retirement plan.
Oklahoma Contemporary strives to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and value the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding.
We commit to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster cultural equity and create an accessible and inclusive environment. Oklahoma Contemporary does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status or religion. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to our mission and are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive place for them to explore creativity.
About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, Oklahoma Contemporary creates opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. With year-round classes and seasonal youth camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center’s education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new skills. Oklahoma Contemporary believes that art is for everyone and places accessibility and education at the center of all programming. Admission to exhibitions is always free. Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.
About Oklahoma City
In the middle of its third decade of economic and cultural expansion, Oklahoma City is a surprisingly lively and diverse American city. Recent growth has spurred exciting developments in the city’s recreation and nightlife, with the construction of new parks, a streetcar system, bike trails, shops, restaurants, breweries and bars. The construction of Oklahoma Contemporary’s new building in the urban core, opening in March 2020, represents a significant commitment on the part of the city and its inhabitants to a new era in contemporary culture.