Performance Manager for the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts
The Performance Manager is responsible for planning, managing, and coordinating all technical support for public events, performances, and certain rehearsals and curricular events in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts (which, in addition to the main concert hall, includes the Gault Room and the Green Room). Reporting to the Chair of the Music Department, the Performance Manager interacts regularly with Music Department faculty and staff (most frequently with the Instrumental and Choral conductors, the Music Department Coordinator, the Sound Horizons Coordinator, and the Barshinger House Manager); F&M students; the Office of Conference & Event Management; the Director of Technology Support Services; the faculty and staff of the College; guest artists, speakers, and their managers and/or crews; and patrons of the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts. The Performance Manager must make informed decisions regarding technical capabilities of College facilities and anticipate and resolve issues to assure professional-quality performances.
- The Performance Manager coordinates lighting, sound, and sets for performances independent of supervisory intervention, effectively planning and proactively anticipating issues so events run properly.
- As performances are open to the public and may be attended by the College President and his/her guests, alumni, donors, and Trustees, it is crucial that performances be professionally managed. Inadequate lighting or sound could create embarrassment for the College, damage the reputation of the Music Department, and result in poor attendance at future events.
- The Performance Manager determines his/her own objectives and priorities, using College and departmental objectives as a guide. The Performance Manager should rarely refer situations to the supervisor and is expected to work independently, with infrequent instruction from the supervisor.
- The Performance Manager independently initiates meetings with performers and their managers as necessary to plan events. The supervisor is typically not present during performances, so the Performance Manager must independently handle any issues that arise.
- The position involves a variety of diversified duties. Standard procedures or methods do not exist to cover many situations encountered. Independent judgment and decision making is routinely required to complete tasks. The Performance Manager is expected to regularly evaluate possible courses of action and make decisions or recommendations independently. The Performance Manager is also expected to regularly use discretion in determining the best course of action and to initiate actions in support of departmental or College objectives.
- The Performance Manager must independently make informed decisions about technical capabilities of facilities and equipment; must independently manage technical support to ensure high quality events; must hire, train, and supervise student workers; and must independently anticipate and resolve problems (including those that arise before or during events, such as temperature or lighting problems, no-show student workers, etc.).
- The Performance Manager is responsible for overseeing accounts pertaining to the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts.
Full-time members of the Franklin & Marshall College professional staff receive competitive starting pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, dental, vision, generous retirement savings plan contributions, education benefits for employees, spouses and dependent children, and enjoy access to all College facilities including dining venues to suit all tastes, recreation and fitness facilities, and libraries, plus access to College performances, lectures, and events.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. A Bachelor’s, technical, or vocation degree in the performing arts or related field is strongly preferred. Must be able to work cooperatively and in a collegial manner with performs, speakers, their managers and crew, and event sponsors. Extensive experience working in the performing arts field is preferred. Experience in a higher education setting is preferred. Experience negotiating agreements and multi-tasking is essential.
The ideal candidate will have an excellent working knowledge of trade skills used on the stage (e.g. carpentry, electrical, sound support, lighting, rigging, and painting); a strong audio/video background, including technical knowledge of video cameras, A/V switching and audio control boards, and recording equipment; supervisory experience and effective supervisory skills; basic computer skills; and the ability to move and lift A/V equipment, which may entail kneeling, crawling, bending, and reaching.
The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.
Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, a criminal background verification, a pre-employment physical, and verification of credentials. The College will coordinate these verifications.