The Technical and Production Manager (TPM) reports to the Curator of Public Programs and Performance and is responsible for coordinating the theatrical, performing arts and occasional technical needs of special events in and on the grounds of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. The TPM supports the programmatic and technical needs of a diverse, year-round arts center, with specific responsibility for the Te Ata Theater and Founders Hall Dance Studio. The TPM works closely with the Curator of Public Programs and the House/Box Office Coordinator as part of the Public Programs and Performance Division of the Education Department. Additionally, they will work cross departmentally with the External Events Manager, Executive Assistant and the Development team. Their role is to collaboratively assist in coordinating all production facets of the arts center’s performances, public programs, exhibition openings and events to advance our mission. The position requires a positive, strategic, collaborative and proactive communicator who is a strong and innovative thinker.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Advance all applicable 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 allowability of any equipment not owned by the arts center, and coordinate with outside vendors for any rentals, delivery, setup and use.
- Working with Curator of Public Programs and Performance and other appropriate staff, 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 House/Box Office Coordinator to determine 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.
- Train relevant staff on 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.
- Other duties as assigned by the Curator of Public Programs and Performance.
Education and Experience Requirements
- Undergraduate or higher degree in technical production, theatrical design, theater studies or related field preferred.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis. Nothing in this job description is to be construed as a contract of employment. All job duties are subject to change as business needs necessitate.
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 and weekend events
- Team environment with frequent group meeting participation
- Physical requirements: Lifting/Carrying - heavy work may include routine lifting of a maximum weight of 50 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 or CV highlighting your education and experience along with three references 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.
Salary commensurate with experience ($48,000-$50,000). Oklahoma Contemporary offers a highly competitive benefits package, including health insurance, vision, dental, employer-matched 403b plan, paid time off, an employee assistance program and more.
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.
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 City
In 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, originally scheduled to open in March 2020 prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, represents a significant commitment on the part of the city and its inhabitants to a new era in contemporary culture.