Health, dental and vision insurance; life, AD&D, and long-and short-term disability insurance; FSA; paid sick days, vacation days and holidays; 401(k) plan.
Summary: The Director of Production provides critical leadership and oversight to the production team and stage crew, responsible for delivering a busy schedule of performances by the San Diego Symphony and high-profile guest artists at Jacobs Music Center, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park and at a variety of other locations and venues in Southern California. The Director of Production will be a production professional with extensive experience working with orchestras, commercial artists, and the ability to support rental events in Association venues. In addition to highly developed production skills, the Director of Production must be an excellent leader and communicator, motivating and managing a wide range of team members and maintaining positive relations with peers, partners, and performers. This is a full-time, year-round position with a busy schedule of weekend and evening work. Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Team Management: • Lead a team of production associates to manage all aspects of production planning and advancing of concerts for San Diego Symphony at the Jacobs Music Center and The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, as well as run outs and community concerts, which take place in other venues, plus same for non-orchestral events at Association venues. • Maintain knowledge of musician and stagehand union agreements to ensure compliance. • Takes lead on all matters pertaining to the stage crew. • Provide oversight of relationships with key production vendors and contractors. • Lead weekly Production and Artistic/Production Meetings to advance concerts and events. Financial Management: • Prepare and manage Production Department budget. • Review contracts and riders to prepare expense estimates including labor costs in a timely manner for the Vice President of Artistic Administration and Audience Development to determine feasibility of booking guest artists. • Assist Director of Stage Operations with preparation of weekly IATSE payroll, as needed. Production Planning as assigned, and/or by delegation: • Ensure creation and distribution of production documents, run of show plans and stage plots. • Review guest artist riders and ensure production plans are designed in accordance, which may include input from the Production & Technical Designer and Audio Director, Artistic staff, Orchestra Operations staff, Music Director, and guest conductors. • Collaborate with visiting performing artists to ensure that production needs are met within the parameters of Jacobs Music Center or The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. • Use VectorWorks to create stage plots as needed, accounting for spacing and equipment requirements of each program. • Confirm and manage venue information when performing in other venues. Production Management as assigned, and/or by direction: • Proactively anticipate potential staging concerns, such as temperature, lighting or safety, and effectively problem-solve before the beginning of any given service. • Ensure production team supervision of stagehands; provide presence and leadership for load-in’s, rehearsal set ups and strike, performances and load-out of all Association events. • Serve as Production Manager or Stage Manager and call/run all types of shows as assigned. • Act as liaison between guest artists, technical personnel, venue, and Symphony musicians. Touring & Runouts: • Share in department responsibility of managing all production and logistical arrangements for tours, both for production staff and cargo. Accompany the orchestra on tours and run outs. • Assist in preparing outside venues for arrival of Association on event days. • Other duties as assigned. Asset & Equipment Management: • Supervise rental of backline, production equipment and instruments as needed. • Supervise inventory and maintenance of Association owned instruments and equipment. Communication & Teamwork: • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with stage crew, orchestra musicians, Music Director, guest artists and conductor, vendors, outside presenters, and all internal Association staff. • Ensure artistic staff are provided with the necessary production information for the Music Director, guest conductors, guest artists and their managers. • Coordinate and communicate seat holds and kills for concerts at Association venues to Vice President of Artistic Administration and Audience Development and Vice President of Marketing and Communications. • Ensure production information for all events is recorded for archival reference.
Education, Experience and Abilities: • Proven knowledge of the music and entertainment industry. • A minimum 6 years of relevant experience, working with an American Orchestra • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; attention to detail. • Proven leadership and project management. • In-depth knowledge of VectorWorks or other CAD software for preparing stage plots. • Experience working with external promotors and venue rental clients. • General knowledge of artists and repertoire. • Touring experience preferred. • Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, drafting software. • Dedication and commitment to engage in and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the staff, vendors, and within interactions with the surrounding community . • Ability to work varied hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays. • Ability to: o Communicate tactfully at all levels, particularly under pressure.
San Diego Symphony performed its first concert on December 6, 1910. In the 97 years since its inception, San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. It is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego region, valued by and relevant to all its residents.The Symphony offers wide range of concert experiences and performs over 100 concerts each season. In 2008 the Symphony performed with Pinchas Zukerman, Frank Sinatra Jr., Mary Wilson, Lang Lang, The Romeros, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and San Diego Master Chorale. San Diego Symphony performances include the Masterworks series, offering traditional classical repertoire and featuring such guest artists as Yefim Bronfman, Joshua Bell, Jon Kimura Parker and Kathleen Battle; the Winter Pops series, featuring popular guest artists such as Michael Feinstein, Jennifer Holliday, Ben Vereen, Robert Klein and Principal Pops Conductor Marvin... Hamlisch as well as annual holiday programs; a Family Festival series that presents family-friendly concerts; and Symphony Exposed, a fascinating series of concerts examining closely great works of classical music from entertaining and thought-provoking angles, hosted by Nuvi Mehta. Each year, from July through September, the Symphony presents an outdoor Summer Pops season at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Summer Pops mixes classical favorites and pop music in a festive, outdoor atmosphere on San Diego’s picturesque waterfront.