General Management •Work closely with the Director of Production to meet department operational goals. •Implement WAC policies by supporting the vision and mission of the organization. •Develop appropriate relationships within industry and community. •Identify, with the Technical Director and Department Heads, growth opportunities for local crew. •Review and approve payroll for coordinators, local crew and technical assistants when necessary. •Work closely with technical department heads (WAC & AMP) to develop and maintain training and certifications programs for local crew. •Develop and execute, with the Director of Production, all local crew hiring, pay scales, work rules and practices. •Assist the Director of Production with the preparation of labor utilization and cost reports when needed.
Theater •Supervise and maintenance of training programs for local stagehands and technicians to ensure qualified hands are available to the WAC / AMP. •Stay current with industry standards and best practices. •Foster a culture of safety within the technical and non-technical departments within the organization. •Ensure that necessary training is provided to stagehands and technicians to maintain a safe working environment.
Personnel •Lead meetings with local and primary crew to ensure open dialog and exchange of information. •Oversee the SC in on-boarding, safety training, and scheduling local crew to ensure adequate training and regular auditing of individual crew members progress. •Maintain and improve upon the current set of guidelines to measure technical skills. •Work with Director of Human Resources to ensure the pay rate schedule for local hires is competitive. •Develop relationships with internship programs at Universities and/or colleges to identify prospective theatrical talent to work at the WAC/AMP. •Develop and spearhead outsourcing opportunities for our local crew. •Research and do market analysis to identify and fulfill leads for outsourcing opportunities. •Continually improve a plan for recruiting and retaining a large pool of local hires. •Conduct annual and/or scheduled performance reviews for Scheduling Coordinator and local crew.
Finance •In conjunction with the Director of Production submit annual administrative and production budgets. •Track labor, services and supply costs for use as effective management tools and future budgeting. •Recommend annual capital equipment purchases, repair and maintenance work for artist services and local crew support facilities. •Responsible for adherence to production budgets for all productions as assigned •Collect, verify and provide appropriate technical expenses for touring shows and prepare settlement documents for touring companies when needed. •Create and maintain annual breakdown of capital expenditures.
Other •Serve as Walton Arts Center representative to touring shows/artists as needed. •Any and all other tasks assigned by management for which the employee is qualified and physically able to perform with or without reasonable accommodations.
Required Knowledge and Skills •Highly proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint. •Excellent organizational and planning skills. •Excellent Interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated evidence of successful teamwork. •Flexibility in role and evolving priorities. •Working knowledge of theatre, performing arts centers, tour companies, venues, et al.
Preferred skills •Working knowledge of Event Booking, Shiftboard and Social Tables software programs.
Daily Requirements •Hours may vary depending on the production schedule and needs (including nights and weekends). •Ability to perform daily work in a professional office environment seated for extended periods.
Bachelor’s degree and at least 4 years’ professional production management experience or equivalent experience; of which 3 years is specific within the performing arts or related industry (i.e. technical theater, concert touring). Working knowledge of professional touring shows and concerts. Basic technical theater knowledge (audio, electrics, carpentry, wardrobe) in union and non-union houses. Familiarity with production management and accounting practices. Experience managing teams and knowledge of standard Human Resources and Union labor practices.
Ensure success in all aspects of Production Administration including, but not limited to:
Timely budgeting, settlements, and estimates for prospective WAC programming and/or Events.
Supervise all local crew in all aspects of production.
Oversee the work of the Scheduling Coordinator (SC) and relief schedulers to ensure that all calls for WAC / AMP are filled in a timely manner with SC qualified stagehands and technicians.
Serve as the designated confidential grievance person for Local Crew.
Develop strong relationships with arts organizations in the region to offer support and resources in order secure Walton Arts Center as the benchmark for all arts organizations in the region.
Work closely with the staff of the Walmart AMP to ensure continuity across the brand with best practices for local crew standards.
Serve as liaison and chair production planning meetings for assigned events in the absence of the Director of Production.
Handle all administration needs for the Special Event and Client Rental needs at the WAC.
Additional Salary Information: depends on experience
About Walton Arts Center
Since 1992, Walton Arts Center has brought world-class artists and entertainers to Northwest Arkansas and engaged people through arts experiences. We are committed to improving the quality of life for our community through the arts. Walton Arts Center also fosters a culture of creativity and excitement that encourages our employees to grow with our organization. We invite you to bring your experience and passion into our exciting and collaborative working environment where the arts are celebrated daily and where each employee is recognized and valued for contributing to the organization's success.
Walton Arts Center is the state’s largest and busiest performing arts presenter located in the heart of Northwest Arkansas, the state’s fastest growing region. The organization manages a variety of venues including a 1,200-seat auditorium with proscenium stage; the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, a 10,000-seat outdoor amphitheater; a 200-seat variable stage black box theater as well as other meeting and event spaces available for rent.
More than 340,000 people attend nearly 700 events at these venues annually, and our arts education programs reach 45,000 students, teachers and citi...zens statewide. With more than a quarter of a century of operating history, Walton Arts Center has become a cornerstone of the region’s cultural landscape. Walton Arts Center employs 92 staff members, enlists a volunteer force of 310, and maintains a five-building campus.