Production Manager

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Theatre Arts

Job No: 533850; 11/15/2023

Production Manager

California State University, Los Angeles, invites applications for the above Administrator I position.

The University: California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. We offer nationally recognized programs and our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, and service.


As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving (HSI) and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-serving institution (AANAPISI), Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff can thrive.

The Position: The incumbent will oversee the technical aspects required to successfully execute the Luckman presenting season, rentals, and other events in the Luckman Theatre, the Intimate Theatre, and the Luckman Gallery, plus all ancillary spaces. The incumbent will manage on-call crew and is responsible for the planning of the physical realization of the Executive Director’s vision for all Luckman events at all Luckman facilities, as well as for the physical realization of events as per rental clients. The incumbent will manage instrument/equipment needs pertinent to each event and is directly responsible for overseeing and implementing the production schedule for all events. The incumbent will work with other staff members to provide technical and production guidance and assistance for all events and presentations. Incumbent will ensure adherence to health and safety protocol on-stage, backstage, and within the Complex’s facilities, and ensures all safety measures are enforced. Responsible for meeting budget guidelines as set forth by the Executive Director. The incumbent will provide budget projections for supplies, services, and labor related to events and productions to the Executive Director. Other responsibilities include: manage all Luckman technical production and exhibition needs by operating and maintaining theatre and gallery rigging, lighting, audio, video, film and other technical equipment and facilities to meet all safety and operational requirements; oversee and work all load-ins, strikes, and restores; support the installation and de-installation of art works in the Luckman Gallery; attend all Luckman performances, exhibitions, and other functions/events; provide accurate and current technical information for the Luckman rental packet; attend and participate in lease client walk-throughs; production supervisor for rehearsals, rentals production days, and performances; supervise Luckman technical crew; schedule stage leads, stagehands, and support technicians for all Luckman presentations and events; follow up with all scheduled staff to confirm shifts and assignments; send daily and weekly schedules and communicate schedule changes to relevant stage crew and Luckman administration; develop and distribute show schedules and communicate schedule changes to crew and administration; manage all crew related payroll duties for submittal to the Business Manager; review artists' and clients’ technical riders to analyze feasibility and recommend substitutions and updates to the Executive Director; manage the technical planning for events by reviewing technical riders to determine feasibility, creating estimates for all events, and ordering all necessary backline items, supplies, and other equipment; planning and scheduling production activities to ensure all presentations run efficiently for staff, visiting performers and rental clients; serve as technical coordinator working with artists, designers, crews, producers, directors, and managers; manage Luckman technical crew pool including hiring and training; create job descriptions for crew positions for review by administration; conduct interviews; manage, augment, and conduct crew training program; manage equipment rentals in consultation with Executive Director; review rental invoices; order supplies and stock of necessary production items; schedule all delivery and pickup of equipment and supplies required for the gallery and theatres; assure department operates within its budget, keep an accurate calendar of all activity, and prepare a final settlement of expense for each activity; manage all issues related to theatre and gallery storage; maintain all theatrical gallery equipment and schedule repair and replacement of equipment; update Use of Facilities Policies and Procedures document; update Theatre and Gallery technical inventory documents; manage and maintain the safe working order of all technical equipment and systems; and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications & Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Five (5) years of experience in theatrical and event production management, theatrical instrumentation, and general knowledge of basic carpentry, lighting, sound, production rider implementation, and general facility maintenance. Progressive management and supervisory experience. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal. Ability to operate, troubleshoot, and maintain the equipment to ensure optimal performance and safety. Knowledge of safety protocols and operational requirements related to technical equipment and facilities. Incumbent must possess a valid California driver's license. Incumbent must demonstrate an interest or ability in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who may apply for the position.


California State University, Los Angeles, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Desired Qualifications: Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in production management in a performing arts center setting.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary range is $3,750 - $11,146/monthly. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Appointment: The Administrator I appointment will be made under the guidelines for management and supervisory employees of the California State University.  All rights and benefits associated with this appointment are governed by the Management Personnel Plan.


This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. 

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on 11/29/2023 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received. A completed online Cal State LA employment application is required. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, California State University, Los Angeles is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, disability, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

Candidates must demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. Certain positions require fingerprinting. The University actively encourages qualified minorities, women and persons with a disability to apply.  Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause an undue hardship. We are an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

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