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    Resident Dance Production Manager and Designer – (210000MO) [This is a third-party recruitment service link].

    Job Summary
    Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland. Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion to cultivate the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.

    Towson University’s Department of Dance is accepting applications for a Resident Dance Production Manager and Designer. The ideal applicant will have experience and interest in lighting, production design, and production management, and will be able to assist with student, faculty, and guest artist interdisciplinary productions, programs, and events. This role will help support faculty artistic directors, and will mentor/advise undergraduate students in their academic performances and research, including capstone projects and other less formal student-led performances. They will also assist in the facilitation and execution of events that require technical support, assist guest artists with the planning and implementation of their performances, and assist with any event that contributes to the curricular mission of the department.

    Responsibilities and Duties

    The Resident Dance Production Manager and Designer will support all production efforts of the Department of Dance. They will maintain the department fiscal records associated with the production budget, and coordinate and oversee all production elements for activities in the dance studio theater. This person will work collaboratively with and serve as a resource to the department of dance faculty, guest artists, and artistic staff to execute the implementation of production elements and designs for performances. They will teach, mentor, instruct and supervise dance major students. The individual hired must enter the job knowing that this position is a full-time job and outside work will have to be approved by the supervisor well in advance.

    The Department of Dance is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. This commitment extends into our employment practices. We strive to create a safe, respectable work environment welcoming of all races, orientations, gender identifications, and abilities. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds to further our diversity and create a department that mirrors the world in which we live.

    Qualifications and Skills

    The Resident Dance Production Manager and Designer will need to be fluent in the use of the following specialized applications/machinery/equipment:

    Sound editing (MS Office, Audacity (sound) After Effects (video)
    Video editing
    Electronic Theater Controls EOS
    Vector Works Spotlight
    Light Wright
    Professional lighting and sound system equipment including control or mixing consoles, DMX devices, all types of theatrical lighting figures, microphones, Qlab, amplifiers, wireless intercom systems, playback and recording equipment, screens, portable whiteboards, pianos.
    Mechanical winch rigging systems (chain hoists, truss, entertainment industry rigging equipment and hardware)

    This position requires expertise and specialized skills necessary to support and produce a variety of performing arts genres and special events, including:

    Knowledge base of industry standards to safely operate all department facilities and supervise student and contingent staff in support of same
    Proficient in the use of theatrical production systems, equipment, electronics and computer software
    Proficient lighting design skills
    Flexibility related to varied and constrained schedules
    Ability to develop guidelines of facility use and production policies of events, to manage and organize varied workloads, and to collaborate and coordinate with a variety of administrative, artistic, production, and academic personnel and event planners to ensure sage and successful presentations.
    Ability to collaborate and coordinate with architectural and engineering personnel, facilities management and maintenance, and housekeeping personnel for upkeep and improvement of the dance studio theater
    Ability to train, teach, mentor, and supervise production crew personnel and to hire, manage and schedule appropriate human resources to complete time-sensitive tasks, projects, and events
    Proficiency with maintenance and inventory of facility equipment and the ability to administer operating and production budgets including daily operations, facility management, improvement, and payroll
    Ability to make informed selections for a wide array of daily operational and long-term equipment and service needs for the Dance Studio Theatre and ancillary facilities
    Coordination with Office of Technology Services for updates, fixes & instillations of classroom technology
    Coordinate a variety of schedules and maintain a master calendar of performances

    Other Requirements:

    Education: Bachelor’s degree, MFA degree preferred

    BA or BFA degree preferred in Design and/or Production field

    Knowledge of industry standards and safe practices for shop facilities and performing arts environments.
    At least 3 years of work experience related to theatrical design, stage management, and production management, production coordination.
    A thorough understanding of dance production

    The main responsibilities of this position include:

    Providing a high level of management and design skills for dance production
    Effectively managing and maintaining the performance spaces and studio sound/video playback equipment
    Maintaining and approving production, event, rehearsal, and class master calendar
    Maintaining clear communication with designated individuals in charge of Event Staffing and Marketing
    Hiring and supervising support personnel (technical crew and students) for rehearsals and production of events
    Supervising all needed professional staff (designers, operators, stage managers, technicians, etc.) working for the dance concerts
    Effectively administrating operational budget, including billing facility users
    Coordinating and/or supervising all events in the Dance Studio Theatre and activities with producers, artistic personnel, production personnel, technical staff, dance faculty, office staff, and student crews
    Acting as a resource for artistic and production staff and students

    Coordinating pre- and post-production meetings for appropriate productions

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

    Supervision of professional and student technical and artistic production personnel, Student Work-study costume liaison, and stage manager, costume designer, crew, etc.
    Coordinating and supervising the use and rental of departmental costumes

    Special hours of work required:

    Non-traditional, frequent night, weekend, and holiday work schedule; work hours are directly related to the demands of the class, rehearsal, production, and maintenance schedule of the Department

    The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the University.

    Salary and Benefits

    Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission.

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