College Production Manager

Creative Spaces & Event Services

The Creative Spaces and Event Services (CSES) team is looking for an experienced College Production Manager to assist and manage events for the Theater, Performance Production and Dance departments. This position will collaborate with faculty and students to ensure quality productions.

The ideal candidate will be a people person who thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment. They will be motivated, organized, creative, forward-thinking, and able to manage multiple projects at once. They should have a passion for education and the arts.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.

If you are looking for a culture and community that promotes and supports creative engagement, consider Cornish. Join our highly collaborative and creative team of makers and writers, committed to documenting and spotlighting the Cornish community.


  • Collaborates with all division and area leaders (academic as well as Advancement, Admissions, etc) in creating an annual calendar of events with relevant deadlines.
  • Creates detailed production calendars for all Sound, Stage, and Screen Division public-facing events/productions.
  • Collaborates with Sound, Stage, and Screen Division faculty, in creation of audition processes.
  • Assists Art, Design and Liberal Arts Divisions with coordination of their exhibitions’ public facing opening events.
  • Creates a detailed calendar of the Art, Design and Liberal Arts Division exhibitions in collaboration with the producing department.
  • Coordinates the Art, Design and Liberal Arts Division exhibition meetings outside of the class meetings.
  • Collaborates with division and area leadership and, according to an established system developed by the Office of Finance, creates production budgets and once approved shares them appropriately with production personnel.
  • Assists non-academic divisions and areas with the coordination of their events (e.g., Open House events, Commencement).
  • Makes all reservation requests for rehearsals, and all time requests for performance and exhibition venues according to the process established by CSES/Creative Spaces and Event Services (Academic and Student Affairs Division).
  • Oversees and hires all non-student production staffing that reflects curriculum and pedagogy in on- and off-campus performing spaces.
  • Maintains financial records, tracks expenditures with appropriate staff and monitors the established College budgets for all exhibitions and production spending.
  • Establishes a schedule of production meetings that fulfills the needs of each department’s productions. Leads the meetings or coordinates who leads these meetings.
  • Advises students on technical production in relation to student-produced shows that take place on campus or off campus as requested.
  • Is the primary contact to secure licensing and royalty rights for all Theater shows; secure grand rights for published recorded music for Dance use and will liaise with College Counsel (e.g. contract development and review) and external entities as needed.
  • Coordinates with the Marketing department on programs, photography & videography, marketing and other needs for public facing events in collaboration with department heads.
  • Collaborates communication with the Patron Services Manager on front of house set up and needs.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus three to five years’ experience, or combination of equivalent education and experience
  • Demonstrated capability and experience in theatrical production management of plays, new works, musicals, and concert dance.
  • Familiarity with working with collective bargaining units, in particular IATSE.
  • Ability and experience creating and managing detailed production calendars.
  • Demonstrated capability and experience in coordination of exhibition events.
  • Commitment to maintaining a collaborative and supportive atmosphere conducive to an institution of higher education and the training and nurturing of students in performing and visual arts. Group management and creative problem-solving skills
  • Computer Skills: Fluency with Google platform and Microsoft suite
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • BA/BFA in Performing Arts or related discipline
  • Experience working with visual arts events production
  • Experience in a higher educational or not-for-profit setting
  • Basic First-Aid and CPR Training

Department:  Creative Spaces & Event Services
Reports To:    Director of CSES
Pay Grade:     $28.00 Hourly, non-exempt; full-time, mid-August to May; part-time, June to mid-August

Application Procedure

Please submit the following items to our email,

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish Employment Application Form

Equal Opportunity Statement

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; to promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and to actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff and curricula.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment and community in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment and community comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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