Production Manager

The New School, College of Performing Arts

New York

Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office


  • Full Time
  • New York (Remote)
  • Sun, Oct 8, 2023
  • Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office
  • Academic
  • $59,000.00
  • $64,000.00

Website The New School, College of Performing Arts

The College of Performing Arts at The New School is seeking a highly qualified Production Manager to join its production team. Supervised by the Producer for Theater and Opera, the Production Manager will oversee and support productions including but not limited to: mainstage theatrical productions, operas, musicals, ensemble concerts, experimental productions, external performance partnerships, and special events. The Production Manager is a compassionate and motivated administrator who prioritizes students and their experience at CoPA. They are a leader and collaborator who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly team-oriented environment.

The ideal candidate is an experienced production manager with excellent verbal and written communication skills who can present complex information to students, faculty, and staff. They can lead and collaborate to ensure that productions are supported to achieve students’ learning and creative outcomes. They are thoughtful, analytical, and able to develop creative solutions to complex issues.

Formed in 2015, the College of Performing Arts draws together Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama. Students at the College of Performing Arts are actors, musicians, performers, writers, improvisers, creative technologists, entrepreneurs, composers, arts managers, and multidisciplinary artists. Students and faculty at the college collaborate with others across The New School in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, public policy, advocacy, and more.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.


Serve as lead production manager on assigned projects in the School of Drama, Mannes School of Music, and School of Jazz & Contemporary Music

For assigned projects:

Create and maintain production calendars, schedules, budgets, and show reports

Lead regular production meetings

Attend run-throughs, technical rehearsals, and dress rehearsals

Oversee purchasing

Recruit, hire, and supervise production staff, crew, and designers

Supervise load in and tech rehearsals and work notes calls

Respond to all technical needs with appropriate department heads

Manage payroll and process expenses

Ensure adherence to all local and university fire and safety codes

Mentor student directors, designers, playwrights, actors & musicians through the creative and production process on assigned projects

Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.

Additional responsibilities as assigned


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience

Three years relevant experience (including internships/apprenticeships)

Experience with opera or musical theater

Comprehensive knowledge of the production process, with working understanding of the operations of Carpentry/Rigging; Lighting; Sound; Carpentry/Props; Costumes; and Video/Projections

Experienced or able to learn and develop fluency in The New School’s suite of applications including Google Suite, Microsoft Office, WorkDay, Tableau, Banner, and 25Live

Demonstrated commitment to Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice, and the transformative power of the arts and education

Ability to adhere to university COVID-19 policy and requirements


Prior experience in an educational environment

Knowledge of video, audio, and/or other forms of media production

Proficiency in AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks.


Fixed Split Hybrid: Three to five days per week onsite as assigned. Some nights and weekends are required


$59,000 – $64,000


Applicants should submit both a resume and cover letter outlining their interest, skills, and experience concerning this position. Applicants not selected for hire will only be notified upon conclusion of the search process.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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