Director of Production Services

Northridge, CA
California State University, Northridge 

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About the University

Serving more than 42,000 students each year, CSUN is one of the largest universities in the United States, and it has an impact to match its size. Money Magazine recently named CSUN one of the top ten values in all of higher education, and the Social Mobility Index ranked CSUN fifth in the nation for elevating its students' economic and social well­ being. CSUN ranks 10th in the country in awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minority students, fifth nationally in awarding master's degrees to Hispanic students and enrolls the largest number of deaf and hard­ of ­hearing students of any U.S. state university. CSUN's 171 academic programs and engaged centers enjoy international recognition for excellence. CSUN currently partners with more than 100 institutions of higher education in 22 countries around the globe and attracts the largest international student population of any U.S. master's level institution. Situated on a 356­ acre park ­like setting in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, the campus features modern educational buildings and world ­class LEED Gold­ certified performing arts and recreational facilities recognized as among the best in the country. CSUN is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and we value the diversity of all of our students and the campus community. CSUN is a welcoming university that champions accessibility, academic excellence and student success.

About the Department

Valley Performing Arts Center includes two venues, a 500 ­seat auditorium, and the new 1700­ seat state of the art proscenium theater/concert hall. VPAC presents about 50 performances per year of world­ class artists of all genres and disciplines. Located in the nation's second largest market, Los Angeles, VPAC operates at the highest level of professional and artistic excellence.


Under general supervision of the Executive Director as part of the Valley Performing Arts Center's (VPAC) senior leadership team, the Director of Production Services supervises Technical Staff in both the VPAC and the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall. The incumbent works closely with VPAC programming and contract personnel and is key contact for all co­presenting; reviews all technical riders for presenting and rental contracts and ensures that the venue and equipment is appropriate; consults with the Executive Management Team regularly about concerns, issues, and needs proactively; responds and supervises Human Resource concerns related to scheduling and reporting time and performances in the areas of Technical staff; oversees the quality and delivery of all events (presenting or leasing) from a production viewpoint; ensures that productions are within budget guidelines and constraints and consults with the Executive Management Team in a timely manner; works with other partners who oversee other areas of the theatre; supports and maintains good working relationships with all campus entities, including the auxiliaries, constituencies, the community, the artist of the theaters, artist management, promoters, community presenters, and arts organizations; provides leadership and demonstrates seamless support of the vision and mission of the VPAC; and performs other duties as assigned.


Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four­ year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre or a job­ related field. Two years of experience within Performing Arts which includes experience planning and overseeing a shop and productions materials and budgets; 5 to 7 years preferred. Master's of Fine Arts degree preferred. Progressively responsible experience in performance support and experience within performing arts working as a technical director strongly desired.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Knowledge and understanding of operating systems. Working knowledge of technical theatre and production management; fiscal and budgetary tracking abilities. Thorough knowledge of computer and software such as Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and Outlook with strong organizational skills. Ability and specialized skills to: use professional judgment; engage constantly and consistently in transparency; display outstanding interpersonal skills, leadership, creativity and flexibility; act as a team player; anticipate, analyze, and solve problems; communicate clearly ideas and recommendations both orally and in writing; multi­task and work with deadlines; manage and supervise the operation of a fast­paced and visible department; maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff, faculty, public and private agencies/vendors, performers, the community, and the media.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The university offers an excellent benefit package.

General Information

This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. Additionally, the person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

How To Apply

Please complete the on­line application/resume upload submission process in order to be considered for any open position within the university and its auxiliaries. The hiring department will contact the best qualified candidates and invite them to participate in the interview process. Application Screening begins January 29, 2016, and will continue until position is filled. In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Northridge is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at (818) 677­2077.

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