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Assistant Production Manager, Musco Center for the Arts

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Assistant Production Manager, Musco Center for the Arts



Assistant Production Manager – $31/hr – $33/hr

Reporting to Musco Center’s Director of Production, the Assistant Production Manager works closely with technical production department leads and production crews to help plan, coordinate and execute productions and events at Musco Center for the Arts.  This position must display exemplary client-oriented service; a safety-first approach to technical show operations; and an ability and desire to foster a collaborative, respectful work environment.

The Assistant Production Manager provides production management area expertise and support of assigned events and productions as independent projects, or as part of a larger team.  This position, when assigned, will act as the primary production department representative for artists and tours for “day-of-event” activities and production operations.

This position provides day-to-day oversight for implementation and adherence to the Collective Bargaining Agreement governing the IATSE Local 504 Casual Stage Technicians and full-time Technical Department Heads in coordination with the Production Department leadership. Manage staffing, scheduling, and calendaring needs for Technical Department Heads and represented Stage Technicians.

The Assistant Production Manager fulfills administrative duties for the Production team including but not limited to: coordinating artist services (including, as needed, hospitality, housing, transportation), crew scheduling, maintaining and updating budget information, assisting with event settlements, and scheduling production and technical operational meetings.  The Assistant Production Manager is a primary administrator of the Musco Center Programming Calendar, working with Musco Center leadership to ensure an accurate and maintained production schedule.  This position maintains, creates, and updates event production information within Musco Center’s venue management software: Artifax, and helps lead the Artifax users group.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position and will require frequent on-site work on nights and weekends.

Key Requirements

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Intermediate level knowledge of contracts, budgeting, and accounting
  • Self-starter. Project initiator and owner from inception to completion, strong communication and follow-up skills
  • Ability to set priorities and organize work to meet multiple deadlines
  • Proven ability to carry out duties in a timely manner. Experience carrying out duties when faced with interruptions, distractions and a fluctuating workload
  • Intermediate level computer skills to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, internet and electronic mail preferably of Microsoft Office applications. Technically skilled to learn enterprise software systems: Artifax venue management software, PeopleSoft, Vectorworks, Social Tables
  • Clean driving record holding a current driver’s license able to drive larger vehicles including stake bed truck and passenger van
  • Strong oral communication skills to convey accurate information in a tactful and diplomatic manner
  • Strong written communication skills to prepare clear, concise, and grammatically correct business correspondence, including solid editing and proofreading skills
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to foster effective relationships and work with a diverse group of individuals from within and outside the University community
  • Problem solving skills including the ability to formulate and communicate logical conclusions and recommendations
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability and experience leading projects and crew members providing vision and clarity building upon trust and respect
  • Strong commitment to teamwork
  • Willingness to engage in Musco Center and Chapman University’s Cultural Equity initiatives.

Musco Center for the Arts’ commitment to cultural equity aims to create a brave space in authentic partnership with artistic, academic, and surrounding communities to re-imagine, dream, and work toward a just, anti-racist, and equitable arts hub that reflects the community’s values and advocates for the most vulnerable. All Musco Center staff members are expected to participate fully in this work.

To apply: Candidates may complete an online application at, e-mail resume to, or fax resume to (714) 997-6901. For additional information about the university, department or position, visit or