We are currently searching for a problem-solving, technical mastermind to join the PSpace team as our new Production Manager. This flexible position is part-time year-round, delivering the technical needs of our Artist Development and residency program, organisational planning and managing Performance Space’s technical inventory. The position moves to full time from August-November each year, to lead the technical and logistical delivery of our acclaimed annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art.
- recruit, manage and supervise production and technical coordinators, as well as casual technical staff, for the delivery of Performance Space’s residency, artist development and Liveworks programs, as well as casual technical staff throughout the year as needed.
- work with the Artistic Director, Program Manager and other relevant staff to develop, manage and implement a production schedule for all presentation activities, as well as the residencies and artist laboratories that form Performance Space’s year-round Artist
work with the General Manager to liaise with Carriageworks regarding booking of spaces including co-ordinating Performance Space’s program alongside non-Performance Space events
roster casual technical staff & technical volunteers to adequately resource the program.
liaise with Performance Space’s programming staff, external production managers and artists in relation to the production needs of Performance Space projects, including detailed technical requirements
co-ordinate production on all Performance Space projects as required
secure additional equipment as required
ensure smooth management of all bump-ins and bump-outs, delegating to temporary production staff when required
manage temporary production staff to deliver Performance Space projects as required
participate in debriefs with project teams
maintain an overview of Performance Space’s technical equipment, including ongoing maintenance, repair, and acquisition of new equipment where needed
manage the loan of Performance Space’s technical equipment to external parties and take responsibility for the annual equipment hire income target.
conduct risk assessments and ensure any risk mitigation is followed for all projects, and report to Carriageworks and other partners as required
implement, monitor and refine Performance Space’s WH&S policies and practices, in line with Carriageworks’ WH&S manual
work with programming staff to secure any other permissions necessary for the presentation of work, including development applications for late night or outdoor work
work with the Artistic Director and General Manager to build realistic production budgets and forecast project expenditure and cash flow needs
manage a delegated operational budget for all core production and festival activities, as well as production budgets for individual projects.
develop and maintain effective relationships with Carriageworks, peer organisations, and colleagues and stakeholders associated with Performance Space’s program
implement learning from debrief sessions into the ongoing planning and practice of the Production Department.
managing Performance Space IT systems
Induct artists, staff, volunteers and other key personnel into the Carriageworks building and other performance sites, as required
Undertake other duties as required to ensure the smooth operation of Performance Space activities.
It is essential that the Production Manager has:
a minimum of three year’s experience as a Production Manager or a similar role in the performing arts
experience and training in theatre technical equipment, including a working knowledge of lighting, sound, and AV equipment
experience in managing budgets
high-level oral and written communication skills
high-level organisational skills
Apple OSX literate with excellent computer skills
proven relationship and staff management skills
demonstrated initiative and an ability to problem solve in the work-place; and demonstrated ability to prioritise and to juggle competing demands.
It is desirable that the Production Manager has:
drivers, rigging, forklift and E.W.P. licences
experience in C.A.D. and Vectorworks software
experience in visual arts installation management and art handling expertise
experience of working in a small organisation
experience in managing and maintaining computer networks
an understanding of, and experience in, the operations of performing and visual arts venues