Essential Duties and Responsibilities •Contracts, schedules and supervises union personnel and oversees efficient use of labor on site. •Coordinates, reviews and approves all Complex stagehand labor and payroll. •Performs technical responsibilities such as working directly with production staff of incoming events, estimating production costs and overseeing stage equipment needs. •Works with Event Managers to ensure fulfillment of contractual production requirements and communication with related Navy Pier and Complex Departments. •Studies technical riders, lighting plots, electrical requirements and rigging plots to assess feasibility and compliance with Complex rules & regulations and to protect the Complex’s structural integrity. Provides solutions which work to the benefit of the Complex and the client. •Manages the Complex’s in-house exclusive rigging program; coordinates rigging needs for Complex events. •Assists Event Managers in preparing client billings for all events and forwards to appropriate department. •Works with Director of Finance in preparing billings for internal, non-event related stagehand labor. •Maintains accurate event history which includes any billed labor, issues, or opportunities for future improvement of production efficiency. •Ensures service contractors are in compliance with all right of entry requirements including, but not limited to current liability insurance, current right of entry documentation, etc.; Maintains and updates database of service contractors to monitor compliance accordingly. •Coordinate logistics of all lift rental equipment for Complex events. •Functions as primary liaison with the in-house A/V service contractor. •Assists the Director of Event Management & Operations with ensuring Complex compliance with all labor contracts to which SMG and/or Navy Pier Inc. (NPI) are signatory. •Assists designated Safety Officer in coordinating safety training for Complex staff; Maintains OSHA logs and Altum programs for Complex in accordance with SMG protocol. •Prepares regular reports of all production related activities. •Analyzes Complex rates for labor, services and equipment (i.e. internet, lift rentals, rigging, stagehands, etc.) in relation to the competitive set and recommends modifications as necessary. •Reviews annual union labor rate increases and ensures end user pricing structure reflects annual increases in hard costs. •Participates in the development and administration of the Complex’s annual operating budget, capital improvement plan and preventative maintenance plan for production related items and projects. •Functions as union labor and production liaison for NPI Entertainment produced events as requested. •May direct all facility staff in delivering facility services for events and resolves event related problems as may be directed on occasion. •May direct and participates in the pre-event planning, reviewing any past history of the event, initiating correspondence and conferences with the event planner, their suppliers, and SMG staff as may be directed on occasion. •Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Education and/or Experience
S. Diploma or equivalent required.
Minimum of five (5) years related experience.
Proven, working knowledge of event production including lighting, sound, rigging, electrical. Etc., with emphasis on the presentation of large-scale live entertainment and corporate event productions.
Must have prior experience working with union labor and interpreting union contracts.
Skills and Abilities
Excellent organizational and communication skills.
Ability to read and manipulate CAD drawings.
Ability to work with and maintain highly confidential information.
Ability to work with a variety of vested interest groups and to foster a cooperative environment.
Ability to anticipate challenges and implement effective solutions.
Ability to perform well under pressure typically associated with demands of the entertainment industry.
Ability and willingness to work long hours and a varied schedule including nights, weekends and holidays.
Strong orientation towards customer service for the meeting, convention and entertainment industry.
Must have professional attitude and appearance.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
Familiarity with EBMS or other event booking and management software programs is desirable.
Experience utilizing AutoCAD is highly desirable.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Rigging Certification Preferred (ETCP: OSHA)
SMG is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, and protected Veterans to apply. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
We will only accept applications from September 18, 2018 through October 12, 2018
About Navy Pier / SMG
McCormick Place comprises four state-of-the-art buildings, the West, South and North Buildings and Lakeside Center. These buildings have a combined total of 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet all on one level, making it the nation's largest convention center.