Production Manager (Temporary)

The Museum of Contemporary Art

Los Angeles, CA

MOCA seeks a Temporary Production Manager to plan and execute all aspects of production related to performance and live programs at the museum. The Production Manager will support the Associate Curator of Performance and Programs and facilitate the presentation of a wide range of performances and live programs including but not limited to performance art, dance, concerts, screenings, and interdisciplinary projects.

Reporting to the Associate Curator of Performance and Programming, the Production Manager will lead production teams for performances and live programs, coordinating the install of staging and scenic design and running live audio, lighting, and video. Job requirements will include pre-production planning, managing pre and post production installs and strikes, execution of performances and events, responding to and coordinating the technical needs and questions of artists, management of technicians, tracking production budgets, and the maintenance and sourcing of equipment. The position will regularly interface with artists and the general public, all with the goal of making performance art and live events as accessible as possible to diverse audiences.

● A minimum of 2 years planning and executing live performance and event productions.
● Experience in live performance production and technology, specifically sound, lighting, video, power distribution, rigging, and stage design.
● Knowledge of electricity and fire code.
● Experience and knowledge of presenting performance in contemporary art or alternative spaces is desired.
● Experience managing a crew and drafting and maintaining budgets.
● Knowledge of safety standards for local, state and federal guidelines.
● Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work creatively with artists, react quickly to onsite needs and work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Essential Functions:
● Plan technical details of productions, including working with artists, designers, producers, and technical teams on design and construction details.
● Work creatively with artists and Associate Curator of Performance and Programs to provide solutions within the production scope and budget.
● Oversee production load-in, set-up, technical rehearsal, performance, strike, and restore of space, including seating and staging, lighting, rigging, audio and video installations.
● Attend cross -departmental production meetings
● Develop and maintain production schedules and load-in and load-out logistics specific to each event.
● Oversee implementation of all production elements during each show’s run.
● Supervise production and technical staff during load-in, load-out, throughout each show’s run.
● Work across departments including Operations, Exhibitions, Security, and Visitor Engagement to ensure that all live programs are executed to the highest standards and that performance programming can happen without impending gallery exhibitions or museum operations.
● Be available nights, weekends, and holidays as scheduled and assigned to perform these duties.
● Perform other related duties as assigned.


To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Production Manager” by 3/6/22.

Pay Rate: $30 per hour
Part Time. Fixed Term Contract of 4 months.

Physical Demands:
While performing the essential functions of this job, the ideal candidate must be able to lift 50 pounds safely and comfortably and should be able to bend, stoop, and extend comfortably without impediment. This job may require you to work at elevated heights above 6 feet. Applicants should be comfortable climbing ladders up to 8 feet in height and utilizing mechanical lifts for 8 feet and above when necessary. This position may require you to use hand tools and power tools. Comfort and experience with operating heavy equipment is preferred. MOCA can provide adequate training and certification for forklift and scissor lift operation. Candidates are required to have a California valid driver's license and be comfortable driving the MOCA vehicle, if necessary, for equipment rentals, returns etc. This job may require you to sit or stand for long periods of time. Heavy usage of computers and phones required. *If you cannot meet these requirements reasonable accommodations may be made to ensure equitable means for accomplishing responsibilities as needed.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the Museum of Contemporary Art’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position; they do not purport to describe all functions of the position. Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions of the position may change or be changed as necessary.

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