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START DATE – August/September 2019

A full-time, salaried, exempt position reporting to the Senior Director of Education. The Production Manager has primary responsibility for the scheduling, budgeting, contracting, and execution of all aspects of physical production for SPARC programs and special events.


Financial Management:

  • Create and manage the budgets for all productions.
  • Manage, monitor, and approve all production-related expenses, and realize designs on time and on budget.
  • Procure equipment and supplies as needed.
  • Report production budgets and actuals to the Senior Director of Education, and in turn to the Executive Director.

Scheduling and Communications:

  • Schedule and supervise all design and production meetings; technical rehearsals in tandem with stage management and contract Technical Director; and load-in and strike.
  • Create and manage the production calendar.
  • Ensure that rehearsals, tech, and performances are properly reserved in the facilities calendar.

Human Resources:

  • Manage the production team; select, contract, coordinate, supervise, and evaluate the design teams and production staff and crew.
  • Advise and collaborate with the applicable Program Directors in his/her selection of artistic production personnel.
  • Supervise and evaluate the Production Assistant (staff) and Technical Director (staff or contract).
  • Recruit, supervise, and evaluate participants in SPARC’s technical theatre fellowship program.
  • Manage administration of payroll for all shows and production-related activity.

Technical Leadership:

  • Ensure the safety of our students, staff, volunteers, and patrons.
  • Work with designers and technical staff to creatively solve all technical and financial challenges.
  • Manage and organize equipment inventory with contract Technical Director.
  • Create and manage a plan for capital investments with contract Technical Director.

Curriculum Development:

  • Coordinate and oversee technical theatre instructional programs.

Team Participation:

  • Attend Staff, Department Head, and other meetings as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Education or the Executive Director.

NOTE: This position is not planned to serve as lead production manager for LIVE ART in 2020; rather, SPARC is contracting a third-party production manager to lead that production, with this position serving as assistant production manager.



  • Student focus. Our ideal candidate has a strong student focus, putting their learning, enjoyment, and safety above all else.
  • Positive attitude. Our team succeeds when all members have a can-do spirit and are fun to be around.
  • Self-starter, self-manager. We need someone who takes initiative, anticipates needs, and gets things done on time.
  • Detail oriented. There are many moving pieces in SPARC, and we need someone who makes complex things seem simple.
  • Positive communicator. We want someone who can be counted on to focus on the positive, inspire the team, value his/her colleagues, and have enthusiasm for representing SPARC to groups large and small.
  • Trustworthy. Our team and constituents need to be able to count on the follow-through and responsiveness of the person in this role.
  • Decisive. Though senior leadership is always available to support you with sensitive problems, we need someone comfortable making decisions and judgment calls.
  • Adaptive. We need someone who is able to handle unexpected situations in stride, and who is prepared and capable to step in for a member of his/her team at a moment’s notice.
  • Committed to excellence. We give our students, families, faculty, and the community a “wow experience” with SPARC at every opportunity.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience: 3-5 years’ experience as a production manager.
  • Technical: Thorough knowledge of all areas of theatrical production. Working knowledge of VectorWorks, advanced skills with Microsoft Office, and comfort with web-based applications such as SignUpGenius and video conferencing.
  • Transportation: Possesses a car, valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to drive rental vehicles (cargo van up to 26’ truck).
  • Ability to lift 75 pounds and climb a 20’ ladder.
  • Experience with SPARC’s productions, or those of other performing arts education organizations.


TO APPLY – Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to SPARC@sparcrichmond.org. No phone calls please.

START DATE – August/September 2019
SALARY – Competitive salary and benefits package based on experience.

The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community — a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation — is committed to the most fundamental principles of equality of opportunity and human dignity. SPARC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military or veteran status, political beliefs, or status with regard to public assistance.

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