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Director of Production - Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County

Job Title: Director of Production

Department: Operations

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Classification: Full time, salaried, exempt

Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000 (depending on experience)


The Director of Production (Director) serves as a critical member of the Arts Council (AC)’s team, bringing technical expertise to staff, partners, and renter interactions. The Director will manage all technical and production aspects of Arts Council’s performance facilities (theatres and unconventional spaces) including but not limited to Reynolds Place Theatre, Mountcastle Forum/Black Box, Hanesbrands Theatre, rehearsal spaces, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts garage space (when programmed), and provide technical support for Arts Council programs (ie: Parks Concert Series, etc.). AC’s spaces are multi-use and flexible performance and event venues used for a range of diverse programming including concerts, films, live theatre, dance, weddings, corporate events, and more. AC’s spaces are non-union; however, the organization occasionally works with IATSE Local 635. The Director recruits, hires, schedules, supervises, trains, and mentors a range of technical and production personnel (full-time, hourly, and contract staff), in addition to maintaining and safeguarding the technical and production assets of the facilities.

This position reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer and will work in tandem with Director of Programming. This position will also have a strong working relationship with the President & CEO.


Technical/Production Planning + Execution

  • Oversee the planning, evaluation, scheduling of production and technical staff, implementation, engineering, and supervision of all technical elements involved in Center activities, partner events and rentals.

  • Lead all technical elements for live events including planning, production-related budgeting, load-in, hang and focus (as needed), technical rehearsal, strike/load-out, and venue transitions.

  • Have an understanding of and ability to operate lights, sound, projection or other live technical elements during concerts, theatrical and dance performances, or other live events.

  • Work with Director of Programming, clients, partners, and resident companies to determine the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.

  • In partnership with the Director of Programming, review rental contracts and performance riders, ensuring all equipment is planned for and the event is properly staffed by the technical and production team.

  • Manage and schedule technical and production staffing for events and performance, with appropriate number of staff members and clear expectations of job responsibilities per event, and ensure production and technical staff is not scheduled for double shifts or consistent back-to-back events, load-in/load-outs, etc.

  • Serve as a production and tech staff point person for events (internal and external), and be on call when not actively serving in this capacity in the event AC does not have enough production and technical staff to cover all events on campus, etc.

  • Design, set up, maintain, and operate lighting and sound systems for theatre, dance, music, and other productions and projects as necessary.

  • Supervise and assist with set and stage construction (platform buildout, etc.) and management as necessary.

  • Provide support and assistance for enhanced load-ins/load-outs, enhanced as necessary.

  • Generate estimated and actual reports of technical equipment and production staff hours utilized for each production/event for Director of Programming to utilize in Rental Settlements and billing.

  • Oversee equipment allocation and shop pull in advance of each production/event.

  • Serve as on-call technical support for rental groups and internally produced programs in resolving issues related to lighting, sound, projection, and other technical equipment.

  • Ensure organization of backstage and storage spaces with assistance from Production Associates.

  • Ensure that technical information about Arts Council venues (including technical drawings, lighting and sound rep plots, tech packs for each venue, and equipment inventory) is accurate and up-to-date.

  • Implement and manage community equipment rental program.

  • Hire and oversee local stagehands and other independent contractors when additional labor or technical expertise is needed.

  • Maintain the industry standards for safety for AC’s staff, partners, and renters in the facility.

Technical Oversight + Communications

  • Operate, maintain and safeguard the technical assets of the facility, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, and audiovisual equipment.

  • Oversee proper use and maintenance of stage/performance facilities.

  • Provide technical details and necessary production timelines for partner and rental agreements in partner with the Director of Programming.

  • Interface directly with partners and renters to ensure external technical elements (music, video content, presentations, etc.) are submitted to AC on schedule for a smooth and efficient production.

  • Create a maintenance plan for all technical and production equipment owned by AC, and provide capital improvement needed, along with expenses associated.

  • Monitor the condition of venue equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arrange for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; perform preventive maintenance on equipment.

Budget Management