Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center
Director of Production

A word from Bill Rauch, Artistic Director, Meiyin Wang, Producing Director, and Jenna Chrisphonte, Director of Civic Alliances

Director of Production

 

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Director of Production

REPORTS TO: Artistic Director

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: Winter/Spring 2022

SALARY RANGE: $140,000 - $160,000

BENEFITS:  

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Disability Benefits

  • Self-insured Dental, Vision

  • Health Care and Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Accounts 

  • Paid Time Off

  • Eligible for 401K Enrollment with Employer Match


Position Summary

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is seeking a full-time Director of Production (“DoP”) who will begin in the Winter/Spring of 2022 to help launch this new organization in a complex new building. The DoP heads the Production Department and reports to Artistic Director, Bill Rauch. Direct reports include Production Manager, Technical Director and Lead Technician(s).  

 

The DoP is responsible for ensuring that all productions are presented seamlessly and of the highest quality. The DoP sets the strategic plan for the production department, working to ensure resources are in place for growth or reallocation to meet future needs.  The DoP leads in the planning, advancing, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation of all technical requirements for productions and supervises the production staff and labor. The DoP coordinates with other PAC departments (administrative, artistic, production, facilities and front of house) and show contractors to ensure smooth production of all PAC produced projects and presentations as well as rentals, and special events.

 

The DoP must demonstrate a personal passion for, as well as a track record of advancing inclusive, anti-racist goals in their career. The DoP must be a strategic thinker, creative problem solver and innovative thinker. The ideal candidate will be excited to support the expansive vision of The PAC and make best use of its uniquely flexible facility. 

 

Essential Duties

  • Lead, plan, develop and implement all aspects of the production process.

  • Lead staff for all programming and events in a thoughtful, steady, and collaborative manner in order to bring the creative vision to life for each production, event or rental while ensuring safety and efficiency, with all projects on schedule and on budget. 

  • Execute, supervise, manage, and/or assign all production work ensuring staffing and work assignments meet the needs of all productions and performances. 

  • In collaboration with the artistic team, engage production designers and stage managers, negotiating contracts with the artist or their representation. 

  • Together with the artistic team oversee scheduling and logistics for spaces throughout The PAC.

  • Identify needs and develop a process to hire production personnel as required in accordance with The PAC’s equity and inclusion goals. Ensure proper training of all personnel under the DoP’s purview.

  • Create and develop, in coordination with artistic leadership, production budgets and schedules for all PAC-presented and produced performances, events and programs. 

  • Advance productions and review contracts and riders to ensure efficient and effective use of labor, materials, and other resources.

  • Work with organizations renting PAC, including their designated production teams and other staff as appropriate, to ensure that rental events are well supported and successful.

  • Secure and plan all production related transportation and load in logistics. When required, travel to other venues to facilitate the smooth transfer of complicated shows to The PAC.

  • Collaborate with The PAC artistic team and external artists, designers, and producers to help them realize the most creative and highest quality work specifically created for The PAC’s unique space(s). 

  • Serve as a member of the senior staff. Serve as a critical liaison between administrative, producing, and facilities to execute all programming, events, and rentals providing input on company-wide processes and procedures. 

  • Collaborate with the executive staff in union contract matters and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements as required.

  • In partnership with the executive staff, collaborate on the annual budgeting process as well as reforecasting throughout each fiscal year.

  • Maintain and continually update standards, procedures, and practices.

  • Create multi-year plans for strategic use of all production resources including equipment purchase and development, warehouse use and acquisition, staffing and theater amenities.  

  • Foster a work environment that is safe, respectful, supportive and that embodies the values of equity and inclusion. 

  • Foster the continued development and goodwill of The PAC productions, through outreach and cultivating relationships with other industry leaders, vendors, and producers. When required, represent The PAC at conferences and external events.

Areas of Experience

We are looking for candidates with at least 8-10 years of leadership experience in the field of production who can demonstrate significant experience in one or more of these areas below, with preference for candidates who can articulate a strong track record of success:

  • Experience in the management of union personnel and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with relevant unions.

  • Professional experience in New York City, and/or collaboration with New York City institutions.

  • Experience opening a new performance space. 

  • Experience creating operating paradigms, systems, processes, and procedures for a new facility, organization or performance space. 

Requirements

  • Proven leadership skills, with a demonstrated ability to build, lead and manage a team. Analytic and empathetic problem solving, conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation skills.

  • Excellent communication and intermediary skills in working with a diverse group of internal and external constituencies. 

  • A commitment to anti-racism, inclusion, equity and accessibility.  

  • Ability to read and interpret light plots, stage plans, and related technical documents.

  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, strategize, manage, and prioritize between multiple projects, with accuracy and attention to detail. 

  • Excellent budgeting and scheduling skills. 

  • Able to work some nights and weekends in support of performance and event schedules.

 

Other Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • In-depth, hands-on experience and knowledge of modern stage technology and procedures including rigging, sound, recording, video, lighting, stage automation systems, video streaming and broadcasting standards and equipment.

  • A thorough working knowledge of multiple scales and forms of performance: including opera, theater, dance, music, and special events. 

  • Knowledge of theatrical and OSHA safety regulations and practices.

  • Proficiency with various software programs including MS Office Suite, Dropbox, Production and Venue Management Software, Payroll Software, Vectorworks, and AutoCAD.

About The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center

Following 9/11, the community and civic planning process that resulted in the World Trade Center master plan in 2003 envisioned a new performing arts center as one of the anchors of the site. Now under construction, The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (the “PAC”) is the realization of that plan and process. The building is scheduled for completion in late 2022, with programming to begin in 2023. The PAC is located between Tower One and the Oculus, facing the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. The PAC will be a new home for emergent and established artists in theater, dance, music, chamber opera, film, and media from New York City and around the world. Built from the ground up with automated walls and seating systems, the PAC’s performance level has three intimate, flexible theater spaces that can be combined and configured to create a range of unique experiences for audiences and artists. These theater spaces can transform and combine into many different venues, from an 80-seat black box to a 440-seat in-the-round theater, a 629-seat performance hall or even an immersive installation space accommodating more than 1,000 people. Flexible in design, the PAC is fully responsive to artists’ creative visions. Intimate in scale, the PAC fosters an immediate connection between artists and audience members. With digital technology embedded in its design, the PAC will also invite artists to experiment with nascent technologies and reach new audiences worldwide. A robust public level includes a welcoming lobby, a terrace, and a café and bar. The informal lobby stage will host multiple free performances that highlight emerging artists and community groups for small casual audiences. The PAC’s projects will sometimes involve significant community participation and will always strive to have audiences reflect the work onstage. The PAC will also be available for a broad range of event rentals in both the public and theater spaces in the building.

Mission/Vision/Values

The PAC’s mission is to create connections by cultivating bonds between extraordinary artists and communities, with exemplary performances in active dialogue across the arts, and in our flexible, intimate spaces, inviting conversation and new relationships. Our art and our audiences reflect the dynamic energy of all five boroughs of New York City. Our work asks all of us to consider and embrace the complexities of society. Together, we welcome the entire world. The Perelman is where the world trades ideas.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

We affirm our opposition to racism in all forms, always striving to be an anti-racist institution. We are committed to working with our colleagues and our communities to build a more just society. We endeavor to center anti-racism in all of our artistic decisions as well as our institutional processes.

The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center is a new institution, with our facility opening to the public in 2023. We are planning for multiple artistic and administrative hires over the course of 2022 in a dramatic increase of the organization’s infrastructure, and for the essential work of ongoing staff training in anti-racism and equity. Together, we will build a more detailed plan for embedding anti-racism in all our actions along with a plan for accountability, that express our shared understanding of our organization’s mission and work.

There is tremendous work that lies ahead of us as we try to ground our relatively large-scale new organization in anti-racist values, reflecting the dynamic energy of all five boroughs. We look forward to putting together a team with the strongest collective ability to meet the very real challenges of an arts organization in one of the most diverse cities in the world in the 21st century.

Covid Safety Policy

We are requiring all new hires to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as per the December 27, 2021 mandate from the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  The above requirements shall be subject to federal, New York State and New York City law. All COVID-19 rules and procedures shall be subject to change as new developments in health and safety continue to evolve.

Equal employment opportunity and a commitment to a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The PAC, where employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.