Associate Director of Production

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Baltimore, MD

Work Location: In-office


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The Associate Director of Production works to ensure production quality and the effective realization of the organization’s artistic vision within the financial parameters set by the board-approved budget. Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, the Associate Director of Production manages the production stage crew for all BSO and Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH) concerts and events, including classical and pops subscription programs, special events, education programs, run-outs, and summer programming. Serving as a member of the Operations department, this position supports the operations of the orchestra and venue from a technical perspective including sound, lighting, staging, and other production elements. Additionally, the Associate Director of Production has primary responsibility for producing all rentals & presentations that take place at the Meyerhoff.


Stage Crew

Ensure professionalism and productivity of stage crew as well as compliance with AFM and IATSE collective bargaining agreements.

Supervise stage crew for all BSO and JMSH events, ensuring all stage work is completed in a safe and timely manner and stagehand labor requirements are fulfilled.

Develop and maintain all crew schedules and ensure distribution in adherence to IATSE collective bargaining agreement.

Communicate regularly and extensively with the stage crew regarding the needs of the BSO, Meyerhoff, and rental/presentation events.

Monitor and record all stage crew hours, breaks, penalties, and overtime. Review stagehand biweekly payroll.

Orchestra Operations and Production:

Manage the BSO’s lighting, sound, video, riser, and other technical needs, working with the Operations department and stage crews at JMSH and Strathmore to ensure technical and production aspects are ready for rehearsals and performances, including arranging for all necessary equipment rentals and purchases.

Schedule cargo/equipment transportation for Strathmore and other runout performances.

Advance BSO shows from a technical perspective with artists, road managers, and/or technical staff for visiting artists and groups.

Lead the creation of the annual stagehand budget; assist with creation of annual production budget.

Schedule and monitor vendor deliveries/pickups for all operations/production needs.

Lead weekly production meetings with crew and other operations staff.

Serve as Manager on Duty for orchestra services and BSO presentations in rotation with other staff.
Ensure maintenance of all technical equipment.

Work with the Operations team, stage crew, and external contractors on all recording projects (i.e., livestreaming), including technical aspects, stage crew scheduling, and required paperwork.

Non-BSO Events

Work with Director of Venue Sales on technical aspects of all rentals and presentations. These events range in genre and scale, including events such as a speaker series, rental events such as commencements and conferences, and high-profile artists presented at the Meyerhoff without orchestra.

Manage production needs for JMSH Rentals and Presentations, working closely with the Director of Venue Sales, stage crew, and rental clients.

Advance events, develop a production timeline and budget for each event, arrange for any technical needs, participate in site visits and walk throughs, and communicate thoroughly and clearly with clients, staff, and stage crew regarding the needs for each event.

Work with Advancement and other departments regarding the production and stage crew needs for Pre- and Post-Concert activities, and other non-orchestra services that require technical and stage crew work.

Work with Director of Venue Sales and other staff on budgeting, invoicing, and reconciliation for events.
Other duties as assigned.


A minimum of three to five (3-5) years increasingly responsible stage/production management experience.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to exercise sound judgment.

Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment while maintaining high quality and high safety standards.

Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing.

Demonstrated technical production experience at a strong level.

Must demonstrate a flexible and collaborative work style and have the ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of constituents.

Demonstrated experience with labor union practices and labor relations required.

Knowledge and experience with collective bargaining agreements, contracts, stage lighting, rigging, sound; familiarity with theater practices, equipment, and facilities.

Knowledge of classical music and symphonic repertoire.

Evening and weekend work is required.


Competitive salary negotiable, commensurate with qualifications and experience

Health insurance: two options to choose from; all at low cost to the employee

Dental, Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance, paid entirely by the BSO

Generous paid time off, including annual, personal and sick leave

403(b) Plan

Health Savings Account, employer contributes portion

Flexible Spending Accounts, including Medical and Dependent Care

Employee Assistance Program

Free/discounted tickets to BSO concerts


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The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences of relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload.

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