General Description: The Production Manager serves as the primary production administrator and is an integral member of the Artistic Operations Department. This is an essential operational position responsible for overseeing the logistical needs of the orchestra and staff for all DSO orchestral events. The Production Manager will act as a liaison with staff, DSO musicians, guest artists, venues, stage crew, and partners. This position requires a high level of professionalism, tact and integrity due to the frequency of internal/external contacts and exposure to confidential information. Specific Responsibilities: • Oversees the details of various multi-faceted projects managed by the Operations Department including all Classical and Non-classical concerts. • Works with the Stage Manager to ensure that all contractual production and tech rider needs are fulfilled. • Collaborates with the Artistic and Marketing departments to create and work within project budgets and pro formas for special presentations. • Researches and oversees compliance of evolving music licensing and streaming standards. • Works with the Education and Rentals departments to ensure optimal use of space for the various projects occurring within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. • Collects and enters Artist and event information into OPAS, VenueOps, and event sheets. Prepares reports as needed by researching, gathering, and summarizing information verbally and in writing. • Attends weekly events meetings as the representative for the Artistic Operations Department. • Collects, prepares, and disseminates information to members of the Orchestra and staff. This includes directions to off-site orchestra concert venues and community partner locations. • Makes logistical arrangements for orchestra travel and orchestra-related activity taking place outside of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center with travel agents, hotels, bus companies, etc. Coordinates plans with other members of staff and with the orchestra Travel Committee. Prepares questionnaires relating to out-of-town services and tours. • Prepares “Welcome” remarks for all DSO concerts on stage, working with the Advancement Department to correctly recognize sponsors. • Answers routine requests for information and handles complex and sensitive inquiries or refers them to appropriate persons. • Creates expense tracking document and manages all Operations Department expenses, contracts, and payments. Manages and tracks all passenger and small cargo vehicle rentals for all concerts. • Establishes and maintains effective record-keeping and filing systems that can be utilized, even in the absence of the Production Manager. • Works with the Orchestra Personnel Office to assist with candidates during audition days. • Performs concert-duty at DSO concerts at Orchestra Hall and in the community • Assists with Artist care as needed. • Performs other duties as assigned. Other Skills/Responsibilities: • Researches and performs special projects as assigned • Performs other general and specific duties as assigned • Ability to operate in a PC network environment • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs and Google online app suite required, experience with OPAS preferred • Ability to multi-task and carefully prioritize • Ability to read music Position Qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree in music or arts management and/or equivalent experience is required. • Minimum of 5 years related professional experience required, including demonstrated production oversight, budgeting, and contract administration skills. • Thorough knowledge of classical and non-classical music and technical practices are required. • Familiarity with symphony orchestra structure, national media and music licensing agreements, and symphonic repertoire are strongly preferred. • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills are necessary. • Must have excellent communication skills, including writing skills, and excellent editing capability. • Strong organizational skills are required. • Must demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and flawless execution. Must use tact, discretion and diplomacy while maintaining confidentiality. • Must be able to work with a broad spectrum of personalities, exhibit patience and understanding, and be decisive in reaching and implementing decisions. Problem solving, flexibility, and the ability to work under pressure extremely important to this position. • Demonstrated proficiency in PC network environment and experience with Microsoft Office and Windows software is necessary. • Must be able to work days, evenings and weekends as required. The essential duties for this position require in-person interaction with staff, musicians and/or guest artists. Therefore, in alignment with the DSO’s COVID-19 safety policy, full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for employees working in this position. Primary Reporting Responsibility: Director of Personnel and Operations Secondary Reporting Responsibility: General Manager Works closely with: Stage Manager, Operations and Artistic Staff, Human Resources, Payroll Accountant, Conductors/Music Director, and Librarians Qualified candidates should submit resume and cover letter to email@example.com
About Detroit Symphony Orchestra
About the DSO
The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who concluded a decade-long tenure at the helm in 2018, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrated... its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.