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Columbia University Production Manager-Lighting & Theatrical Systems in New York, New York

  • Requisition no: 525303

  • Work Type: Full Time

  • Location: Campus|Manhattanville

  • School/Department: null

  • Categories: Other

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • Hours Per Week: 35

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Production and Operations, the incumbent supports production planning and operations with a strong focus on lighting and theatrical systems and support for live theatrical events at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, a multi-venue building that incubates, produces, and presents educational and professional exhibitions, events, performances, screenings, and artistic projects developed by the School of the Arts, the Wallach Art Gallery, and collaborating partners. Serves as the lead for lighting and electrical system support, Master Electrician for MFA student theatrical productions at Lenfest, and as the Center’s management representative at assigned events, oversees production activity during rehearsals and events, and ensures high quality production and customer service standards are met. Manages building equipment and systems; maintains up-to-date working knowledge of building audio, film, video, lighting, and rigging systems. This position requires frequent evening and weekend hours and performs related duties as assigned.


  • Serves as lead for Lenfest Center lighting equipment and systems; maintains high quality functionality; oversees the general maintenance, safe operation, and circulation of shared building equipment; plans and develops strategies for improvements and technical upgrades

  • Serves as Master Electrician for MFA student theatrical productions at Lenfest, approximately 20 shows per season, attends production meetings, liaises with designers and production staff, drafts lighting plots and generates plans for executing lighting hang, focus, and strike for each production

  • Maintains high quality customer service for the Center’s diverse audiences, performers, students, faculty, and staff; fosters a collegial, educational, and inviting environment that enables everyone to do their best work

  • Anticipates and meets the technical and production needs of performances and events, recognizes and resolves problems in a timely manner, and advises on best practices and venue policies

  • Supervises stage and technical crew; participates as needed in deliveries, load-in, setup and breakdown of events; leads electrical calls, installs, and load-outs for theatrical productions

  • Shares responsibility for production staff coverage at rehearsals and events, with frequent evening and weekend hours

  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of Center emergency procedures and safety guidelines

  • Oversees venue lock-up and security procedures

  • Participates in the accurate maintenance of schedule and production information in event database; may be asked to produce reports from this database with point-in-time or year-over-year analysis

  • As a member of the building’s operations team, ensures that the appearance and general condition of the lobby, restrooms, venues, and other building spaces are appropriate

  • Liaison with Columbia Facilities and Custodial, as well as with other University departments as assigned

  • Certified as NYC Fire Guard for Lenfest Center venues

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent required.

  • Two to four years’ related professional experience is required.

  • Strong management and leadership skills are required, as is proficiency in Vectorworks and Lightwright.

  • Must demonstrate advanced working knowledge of theater lighting practices and principles, as well as a thorough understanding of producing academic and performing arts events.

  • Must be able to troubleshoot problems quickly and effectively while maintaining a calm demeanor.

  • Must be highly organized, flexible, and able to balance multiple competing demands.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, judgment, and initiative are required, as is the ability to interact with a highly diverse group of constituents within and outside the University and performing arts community.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.

  • Ability to work nights and weekends is a must.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of best practices for rigging, carpentry, audio, and video is preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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