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JOB BOARD | Symphony Nova Scotia Seeks Production Manager

August 29, 2017 | Symphony Nova Scotia announces a full-time position in the Orchestra Operations Department. Led by internationally renowned Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to be one of the finest chamber orchestras in Canada. With a home base in Halifax and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia reaches more than 50,000 Nova Scotians of all ages each year with some of the most innovative concerts and educational offerings in the country.

The Production Manager is a key member of the management team, and will demonstrate the core values of Symphony Nova Scotia with particular emphasis on professionalism, sound judgment, communication, and teamwork. This position reports to the Director of Operations.

Job Title: Production Manager

Department: Operations/Production

Reports to: Director of Operations

Supervises: Stagehands

Status: Regular, full-time, exempt from overtime

Salary: commensurate with experience

Essential Functions

– Supervise and assist in the set-up of instruments, stands, chairs, and the podium, as well as lighting, sound, climate control, risers, and platforms where required, and any other special performance requirements for all concerts and rehearsals.

– Hire stagehands as needed. Prepare bi-weekly payroll for stagehands.

– Assist with and/or direct all required stage moves during performances or rehearsals.

– Ensure that backstage facilities are in order. This includes providing proper lighting, tables, and chairs when needed, coat racks when needed, hot and cold refreshments for artists, and other items as requested or needed.

– Maintain the backstage and all storage facilities in a safe and secure manner, including maintaining safe pathways throughout all areas.

– Call cues as required for Symphony Nova Scotia performances.

– Set up and operate public address system as needed.

– Maintain inventory and ensure proper care of all stage, touring, and production equipment.

– Participate in production meetings to discuss and plan technical guidelines for Symphony concerts and events and advise on technical requirements for Symphony performances and other appearances by the orchestra.

– Attend all rehearsals and performances.

– When on tours and run-outs, serve as supervisor of the Symphony production/stage road crew, and as liaison and spokesperson to the production/stage personnel of the tour venues.

– Supervise the preparation of all tour instruments and equipment and drive the one-tonne cube van as needed.

– Adhere to all federal, provincial, and local employment and safety regulations.

– Be aware of and adhere to the provisions of the Collective Agreement between the Symphony Nova Scotia Society and the Atlantic Federation of Musicians, Loc. 571.

– Arrange for guest artist travel, ground transportation, and hotel accommodations as needed.

– Generate and communicate guest artist itineraries.

– Support the Director of Operations with orchestra administration, auditions, and record keeping.

– Perform additional duties as required.

Qualifications and Position Requirements

– A degree in music (preferred).

– Experience in a similar position in a performing arts organization or venue (asset).

– Experience working in a labour union environment.

– Knowledge of orchestra requirements and procedures.

– Ability and willingness to perform duties as required, including manual labour.

– Ability and willingness to work within a variable schedule, under pressure and strict deadlines.

– A valid driver’s license.

– Experience operating public address systems.

– Superior organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.

– Strong computer skills with advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel (asset).

Please email CV and cover letter to Eric Mathis at operations@symphonyns.ca.

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