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OCT is a vibrant, fun, and supportive workplace staffed by creative people who are passionate about theater, arts education, and community service. 

 

THE ORGANIZATION

The mission of Oregon Children’s Theatre is to create exceptional theater experiences that transform lives. We believe theater and storytelling can educate, empower, inspire, and entertain in remarkable ways. Our vision is that all children, families, and communities have opportunities to learn and grow through theater and the arts. We approach all our work with respect for the intelligence and creativity of children.

OCT is the region's largest non-profit performing arts company for young audiences. For 30 years, we have provided professional arts and arts education programs in Oregon & SW Washington. Over a typical season, we reach over 120, 000 children and families through stage productions, school performances and residencies, and theater classes. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website (www.octc.org) to learn more about our mission and programs.

ADVANCING INCLUSION

Oregon Children’s Theatre believes communities are stronger when they are diverse, and we are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace with that in mind. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to promote equity in our hiring practices inclusive of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status. We recognize that Oregon Children’s Theatre has been historically staffed by predominately white and non-disabled people. We especially encourage applications from those who bring us new perspectives and lived experiences, candidates of traditionally underrepresented identities, and those who will advance our goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We welcome requests for accommodations during the application or employment process. 

Job Openings

Young Professionals Production Coordinator

Category: Temporary, Seasonal
Hours: Variable days, evenings and weekends. 
Department: Production
Supervisor: Production Manager
Location: OCT’s NE Portland Office
Compensation: Hourly, $15-$17/hour DOE

Application Deadline:  Friday, July 19, 2019.  First project begins in early August; we encourage you to apply early.  We will review applications on a rolling basis and schedule interviews as they’re considered.  

To Apply:  E-mail a cover letter and resume to hiring@octc.org with subject line “YP Production Coordinator Application.” Please submit all materials as a single PDF titled with your last name. 

JOB DESCRIPTION

The YP Production Coordinator manages the technical execution of all design elements for OCT’s student company.  OCT’s Young Professionals Company does four productions in OCT’s black box theater each year.  This position has been designed to interface between the Education and Production Departments, provide hands-on support and mentorship to both student artists and contracted professionals, and help maintain the YP Studio Theater. Hours will vary but will include meetings, rentals, paperwork preparation, and running the load in & load out crews. We anticipate approximately 300 hours of work from August to June. Except during tech weeks, hours are flexible.

DUTIES (not all-inclusive) 

  • Coordinate with Education Director to manage YP show production needs and timelines, including scheduling of regular production meetings.

  • Guide guest directors/designers on best use of resources in the YP Studio Theater:  style, standards, budgets and priorities of YP productions.

  • Coordinate equipment use in YP Studio Theater including seating risers, lighting, sound, scenery and masking with attention to other space use (such as class or rehearsal).

  • Provide technical expertise and hands-on support for YP productions. Assist with acquisition of props and equipment, pulling from storage or purchasing.

  • Coordinate or arrange equipment rentals or loans, including pick-up and returns.

  • Train student stage manager or technician to operate light and sound controls.

  • Supervise load-in, tech week, load-out; provide support during technical rehearsals, final dress and previews.

  • Troubleshoot production issues when they arise, perform repairs during performance runs.

  • Participate in cleaning and maintenance of YP Studio space, including green room, light and sound gear, house lights, wall paint touch up and storage areas.

  • Maintain YP Studio lighting plot, partner with designers to restore the house plot at strike.

  • Attend all YP Company performances to provide on-site technical support as well as box office backup, and serve as second adult present during YP auditions and events.

QUALIFICATIONS

We seek an individual with directly applicable experience, who is both able to teach and willing to learn.   The successful candidate will be proactive with a multiplicity of technical skills and a friendly professional demeanor. Being able to think ahead, problem solve and ask for clarification when needed are essential strengths.

  • Three to five years of combined college or professional theater experience; some production management preferred.

  • Outstanding troubleshooting skills in all elements of technical production.

  • Enthusiasm toward working with and training teens in the craft of theater production.

  • Highly motivated and self-directed with ability to anticipate needs and observe deadlines.

  • Superior organization and time management to coordinate multiple projects and budgets independently.

  • Clear and timely written and verbal communication with excellent attention to detail.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and diplomacy, sensitivity to individual needs.

  • Ability to work days, weekends & evenings as needed to meet production deadlines.

  • Experience and competence in theatrical lighting and sound control. (ETC Element, QLab) 

  • Comfortable with minor carpentry repairs, hand tools, and basic construction techniques.

  • Strong computer proficiency.

  • Competence to advise and enforce safety protocols.

  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings.

  • Ability to lift, push or maneuver up to 50 lbs repeatedly either alone or with others.

  • Ability to work at heights via ladders and/or personnel lifts.

  • Valid driver's license, clean driving record, and the ability to drive a company van.   

  • Ability to pass a background check.


Production Manager

Category: Full-Time, Exempt
Department: Production
Location: NE Portland, with occasional work downtown

Compensation: Salaried annual base pay range starting at $45,000 depending on experience and negotiable; eligible for benefits including healthcare & PTO.

Deadline:  Please apply by July 12, 2019 . We encourage you to apply early. We will review applications on a rolling basis and schedule interviews as they’re considered.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume to hiring@octc.org with subject line “Production Manager.” Please submit all materials as a single PDF; include your name in the file name.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Oregon Children’s Theatre (OCT) seeks an innovative, enthusiastic, and organized individual to lead its Production department. The Production Manager serves as a key member of OCT’s leadership team, with responsibility for ensuring timely scheduling and planning of the production process, budget development, supervision of department personnel, and interdepartmental communication. The PM reports to OCT’s Artistic Director, and collaborates with the artistic team and technical director to ensure execution of the highest possible production values. OCT produces five mainstage productions and three student productions each season in three different venues, as well as additional events, tours, and projects. The position is directly supervised by the Artistic Director and supervises a department staff of two as well as four seasonal shop employees, and about 80 temporary employees each season.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES The Production Manager is responsible for supervising all aspects of production at OCT. Specific Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

1.       BUDGET:  In collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Managing Director, plan and prepare develop the annual production budget (including facilities and artistic expenses). Manage the budget for all OCT productions, including monitoring and reporting spending throughout the year. Process, track, and reconcile all production department accounts, including seasonal employee payroll, approve and control spending, and report on all technical production purchases or rentals.

2.       SCHEDULE: In collaboration with Artistic and Managing Directors, develop season schedule for all mainstage, Young Professionals Company, and expanded programming. Develop and administer production calendars and design deadlines for each production. Determine load-in and tech schedules for the stage. Manage resource calendars for all shared facility spaces. Schedule all design and production meetings.

3.       DESIGN PROCESS AND ANALYSIS: Guide all director/design teams through the design process to guarantee timely completion of all designs. With the input of appropriate technical staff, analyze all designs submitted to determine feasibility of execution within the allotted time, money and personnel available.

4.       MANAGING PRODUCTION PERSONNEL: Hire, contract and supervise, in consultation with the Artistic Director, all production staff and contractors including, but not limited to: designers, full time technical staff, electricians, carpenters, stage managers, production assistants, wardrobe personnel, running crew, artistic consultants and any additional personnel required for specific production needs.

5.       PRODUCTION LIAISON: Facilitate clear communications throughout the production process, and act as a liaison between directors, designers, stage managers, and OCT production and administrative staff. Included but not limited to: Coordinate and conduct all design and production meetings. Attend first read through, designer run, technical rehearsals and previews as necessary. Maintain department contact information and show rosters. Serve as liaison to labor unions for actors, stage managers and designers. Ensure company compliance with all union rules.

6.        DEPARTMENT SUPPORT: As necessary, support productions with hands-on projects including (but not limited to) special effects, video and projections, assisting with stage work, purchasing, sourcing and researching materials and techniques. Maintain a safe work environment at all times. Address safety hazards with appropriate personnel promptly.  Oversee inventory and maintenance of all shop, lighting, costume and sound equipment. Oversee all routine facility supply stocking as well as general facility hardware

7.       ARTISTIC PLANNING: Attend weekly artistic planning meetings, workshops and readings; read and analyze scripts. Develop working relationships with area designers, production managers, technicians, and actively scout new talent in an effort to bring projects, scripts, playwrights, designers, directors, or other artists to the artistic team’s attention.

8.       HUMAN RESOURCES: Responsible for HR documentation for all production personnel and some artistic, including but not limited to: prepare contracts, collect tax forms, process and sign timesheets and handle the initial paperwork for Workers' Compensation for all production department-related claims.

9.      FACILITY MANAGEMENT: Negotiate and supervise service contracts include janitorial, HVAC maintenance, security system, and utilities for OCT’s studios, offices, black box theater, and scene shop buildings. Coordinate routine inspections of fire extinguishers. The Production Manager is also responsible for general upkeep of the facility through either the execution of small repairs or identifying the need for outside labor and securing such assistance.

10.   VENUE MANAGEMENT: Serve as OCT’s primary point of communication with its primary performance venues at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, including liaising with IATSE Local 28, and other vendors.

QUALIFICATIONS

We seek an individual with directly applicable experience, who will provide leadership and be committed to ongoing learning. The successful candidate will be proactive, possess excellent time management skills, have strong attention to detail, and lead with a positive attitude. Being able to anticipate needs, problem solve calmly & creatively, seek new knowledge, and prioritize time sensitive tasks are essential strengths in this role.

  • Three to five years of professional experience as a theatrical production manager, including at least two years supervising personnel. Experience at an organization of comparable size and scope of programming is preferred.

  • Demonstrated budget development and expense tracking skills.

  • Experience managing complex projects including delegation of tasks and enforcing timeline benchmarks.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and negotiation skills.

  • Comfortable and successful working independently and collaboratively.

  • Familiarity in all facets of theater production (Scenic construction, rigging, automation, lighting, sound, costume construction, projection and special effects).

  • Ability to work days, weekends, evenings and holidays as needed to meet production deadlines.

  • Flexibility to work in transient office spaces, such as at the scene shop or performance venue.

  • Strong computer proficiency and familiarity with theater industry software, including ability to read and interpret technical drawings.

  • Because OCT provides services to and works with youth, a background check may be required.

 THE ORGANIZATION

The mission of Oregon Children’s Theatre is to create exceptional theater experiences that transform lives. We believe theater and storytelling can educate, empower, inspire, and entertain in remarkable ways. Our vision is that all children, families, and communities have opportunities to learn and grow through theater and the arts. We approach all our work with respect for the intelligence and creativity of children.

OCT is the region's largest non-profit performing arts company for young audiences. For 30 years, we have provided professional arts and arts education programs in Oregon & SW Washington. Over a typical season, we reach over 120, 000 children and families through stage productions, school performances and residencies, and theater classes. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website (www.octc.org) to learn more about our mission and programs.

ADVANCING INCLUSION

OCT believes communities are stronger when they are diverse, and we are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace with that in mind. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to promote equity in our hiring practices inclusive of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status. We recognize that OCT has been historically staffed by predominately white and able-bodied people. We especially encourage applications from those who bring us new perspectives and lived experiences, candidates of traditionally underrepresented identities, and those who will advance our goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We welcome requests for accommodations during the application or employment process.