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University of Massachusetts Amherst Technical Assistant III (Production Stage Manager) in Amherst, Massachusetts

Technical Assistant III (Production Stage Manager)

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Fine Arts Center


Categories: Theater/Performing Arts

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

About the UMass Fine Arts Center

Since its founding in 1975, the UMass Fine Arts Center has been a central force in the cultural, social, and academic life of the University, the Five College campuses, and the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The Fine Arts Center's combination of educational, visual, and performing arts programs not only makes us unique, but it also secures a very vital and necessary position for us to meet the diverse needs of scholars, faculty, students, alumni, and the broader community.

Job Summary

The Production Stage Manager is a key position for the production management team. The person in this position coordinates the daily operations of the department as well as the performance facilities in preparation for scheduled events. In coordination with the Production Manager, this position acts as a technical supervisor for all events and shows for the Fine Arts Center (FAC) and its rental clients. The Production Stage Manager is responsible for hiring, training and scheduling student crews.

Essential Functions

  • Assists in providing technical support for indoor, outdoor, off-campus and virtual sites. Serves as technical supervisor during rehearsals and maintenance calls, offering advice on stage lighting and sound technology, and livestreaming. Assists in supervising the load-in and load-out of visiting production company materials. Assists the production staff in performance of their duties as scheduled. Stage manages all events and shows as needed.

  • Hires, schedules, trains and oversees work of student work crews. Assists the Production Manager with coordinating the workload of FAC production staff, crews and shops. Provides coverage for technical staff as needed. Checks weekly crew timesheets.

  • Together with the Production and Operation Managers, implements production training programs for student crews for the execution of live, virtual and hybrid events.

  • Advances all technical aspects of incoming productions during the six weeks prior to the event date. Documents technical information needed to run events in FAC venues. Creates post production reports and communications.

  • Follows venue procedures to maintain security for equipment and production personnel.

  • Advises production, rentals, and student crews on state and local safety and fire regulations and oversees compliance with these codes.

Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Three (3) year's of experience in a similar position, including dance, live theater, concerts and/or production experience. A Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, technical theater, theater or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

  • Experience working with stagehands.

  • Experience working with students.

  • Functional competency in the operation of production lighting, sound and video equipment.

  • Functional competency with Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, and Outlook.

  • Functional competency with video platforms such as Zoom.

  • Ability and willingness to lift, push and pull heavy road cases, and to be an active participant in all aspects of load-in and load-out.

  • Skilled at organizing and communicating detailed information in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • First Aid/CPR certification.

  • Experience working in higher education.

  • Experience supervising students.

  • Functional competency in the use and operation of livestream equipment/software, QLab, and Vectorworks software.

  • Intermediate competency with video platforms such as Zoom.

  • Intermediate competency with Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, and Outlook.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Ability to work at substantial heights.

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. over a distance.

Work Schedule

  • 37.5 hours per week.

  • Required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays according to production schedule needs.

  • Must be able to work up to 18 hour shifts according to production schedule needs.

  • Overtime required as needed.

Salary Information

Grade 15

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please complete online application, include cover letter, resume and provide contact information for three (3) professional references to ensure consideration.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: May 18 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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