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Montana State University Production Manager in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21380

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kimberly Helms at: 406-994-3944 (tel:406-994-3944) or

Classification Title Managing Director

Working Title Production Manager

Brief Position Overview

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks seeks an organized, motivated, self-driven, personable, and detail-oriented applicant to join its creative staff for the position of Production Manager. The Production Manager will manage all aspects of production including hiring and supervision of all production personnel, working with directors and designers to ensure balance of artistic quality, facilitate and schedule concept meetings, create annual schedules, implement deadlines for all designers, create and supervise all production budgets, and is responsible for providing management assistance for the Shakespeare in the Parks, Shakespeare in the Schools, Montana Shakes programs.

Position Number 4C5566

Department Shakespeare in the Parks

Division College of Arts & Architecture

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The mission of Shakespeare in the Parks is to engage and enrich both rural and underserved communities with professional productions of Shakespeare and other classics and, through educational outreach, to inspire creative expression and appreciation of the arts in young audiences. Each summer MSIP produces a ten-and-a-half-week tour of 77 performances to approximately 30,000 people from across five states and two 10-week tours of 120 performances to both high schools and elementary schools every fall and spring. MSIP is the only professional theatre program in the state currently touring Shakespeare’s plays, the only company in America that tours as extensively into rural areas, the only company in the region that offers its performances free to the public ensuring that all are able to attend, and the only theatre company offering these types of programs to Montana and Wyoming area schools. For the majority of the communities who participate, especially those in under-served & rural areas, MSIP is their only form of live, professional theatre.

Duties and Responsibilities

In conjunction with the Executive Artistic Director ( EAD ) & General Manager (GM), the Production Manager will represent MSIP organization and assist with all aspects of each production and day-to-day operations .

  1. Production Management
  • Develops, implements and manages annual production schedules – including deadlines, build processes, overall timeline – with Technical Director

  • Facilitates all contracts and invoices for MSIP tour coordinators and act as primary liaison for summer tour

  • With the EAD & GM, create and supervise all production budgets.

  • Facilitates clear communication throughout the production process and act as direct liaison among directors, designers, and administration.

  • Manages and develop all production meetings and facilitate all technical rehearsals and previews.

  • Manages all technical staff including Technical Director, Properties Master, Costume Shop Manager, Stage Management, and Sound/Electrics Manager.

  • Hires seasonal crew – with EAD

  • Coordinates all local and out of town auditions – with EAD

  • Drafts contracts for artists, designers, crew – with GM

  • Drafts welcome/info packets

  • Solicits, collects, and distributes post mortem results from each tour – with EAD

  • Identifies new areas of growth and work to maintain and strengthen the aesthetic of all programming – with EAD & GM

  • In collaboration with EAD , develops a production internship program.

  • Other special projects as identified or assigned.

    1. Company Management
  • Manages housing, contracts, and logistics for actors, directors and designers.

  • Sets up and close up local housing for all tours

  • Develops and maintains Company Manager Tour Book – all company management paperwork, school info sheets, itineraries, etc.

  • Purchases, organizes, and maintains all touring and rehearsal supplies

  • Assists in the planning and facilitation of special events – with EAD & GM

  • Plans and books any necessary travel needs for guest artists.

  • Other special projects as identified or assigned including general office duties.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree or combination of education and/or experience.

  • Demonstrated working experience within a professional theatre environment or comprehensive project management experience, with a track record of success and responsibility.

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Excel, Microsoft Office and Database software.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage shifting competing priorities while acting on both a strategic and tactical level.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelors Degree or professional equivalent in a theatrical non-profit or commercial organization.

  • Experience in management techniques and a record of working in a fast-paced, multitasking environment.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be detail-orientated, assertive, self-driven, and able to maintain a flexible schedule that may include early morning, evening and/or weekend hours.

  • Demonstrate strong verbal communication, and diplomatic leadership skills.

  • Be comfortable managing multiple assignments and have the ability to exercise good judgment and discretion while maintaining a positive attitude in stressful situations.

  • Be a crucial ambassador for MSIP and work to promote its mission with passion and commitment.

  • Be a team player who shares the overall vision and mission of MSIP passionately.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on 08/13/2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply: Upload your resume and a cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification. Please note, this posting requires contact information for three professional references within your app profile.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .