Production Manager

Production Manager

Job Posting Location: Claremont, CA

Job Description:
 Located near Los Angeles, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona College is known for small classes, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of student research and leadership opportunities. Pomona is a member of The Claremont Colleges.

POSITION SUMMARY:  The Production Manager plays a key support role in the functioning of the Department of Theatre, managing four main-stage theatrical productions, and one fully produced dance concert each academic year. This position supervises three technical staff members, oversees facility scheduling for the modern Seaver Theatre complex, manages department production budgets, and hires part-time artistic staff (designers, choreographers, music directors, etc.) and additional technical production staff in consultation with the department faculty and the chair. This position also coordinates the creation and distribution of all production publicity and supervises the department’s stage-management and running-crew operations. This position is responsible for the direction and oversight of 3 employees, as well as several part-time designers, production staff and student employees, and all activities and services provided by them in the Department of Theatre. 

Reporting directly to the Department Chair, the Production Manager works independently and collaboratively to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage four main-stage theatrical productions and a fully produced dance concert each academic year
  • Create and maintain production calendars
    • Supervise main-stage production process by coordinating casting procedures, supervising crew assignments, setting design/production deadlines, coordinating installation schedules, and contracting visiting artists and technicians
    • Manage production budgets for main-stage technical areas and labor
    • Supervise the department’s stage  management operations and running crews
    • Oversee facility scheduling for the Seaver Theatre complex
  • Working with the College Office of Communications, coordinate the creation and distribution of all department production publicity
    • Supervise the department’s work-study publicity staff
  • Research and implement technical needs for production including entertainment technology, production equipment, computer equipment, and safety/emergency equipment
    • Research and recommend capital expenditure purchases
    • Prepare and distribute production reports
  • Provide clear direction and oversight of all department activities to develop and achieve annual goals, including budgeting, planning, and staff development. Responsible for monitoring and evaluating direct reports, part-time designers, production staff, and student employees, and overall department staff performance and daily assignments. Maintain an efficient, collegial, and proactive work environment within the Department of Theatre and collaborating departments
  • Coordinate with department faculty and the chair to develop and maintain written policies relating to the department’s production program
  • Coordinate special projects/tasks and provide assistance as assigned.


  • Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Experience: Professional theatrical experience as a Production Manager in a college or university environment is strongly preferred.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND CRITICAL SKILLS: The Production Manager must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using other skills and abilities not listed below.

  • Deploy professional skills in theatrical production, in collaboration with staff and faculty colleagues, to best  promote the strategic interests of the department and the College
  • Knowledgeable and well versed with artist contracts and associations, such as United Scenic Artists, Local 829
  • Demonstrate effective, accurate, and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, and leadership skills to supervise, facilitate, motivate, and inspire a  highly diverse group of production staff, student employees, visiting artists, and student volunteers
  • Operate computers with Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook) and associated professional software
  • Demonstrate understanding of the use of technology/devices/equipment in assessing and improving department systems and processes  to achieve annual goals and maintain confidentiality
    • Demonstrate proficiency in Web Design/social media systems, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, databases, web-based communications systems (such as Zoom, Skype, Dropbox, Google Calendar, or similar) and graphic-design software
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of drafting, CAD, and theatre-technology skills
  • Handle all activities and highly confidential information with patience, discretion, good judgment, courtesy, and tact while working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Prioritize and perform multiple projects/tasks, meet deadlines/timelines, respond to others in a timely manner, and work both independently and as a collaborative member of the College  with a high standard of integrity and ethics, in support of the College’s strategic vision and the division’s/department’s annual goals
  • Use exceptional organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and attention to detail.

New employees are required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or request a Pomona College-approved medical or religious exemption on or before their first day of employment.  If you are unable to do so, at the College’s sole discretion, it will work with you to reasonably adjust your start date.  Please let your HR Business Partner know if you are unable to provide proof of vaccination or want to request a religious or medical exemption before or on your first day of employment.  Note that if you request a religious or medical exemption, it may delay your start date so that we can review and discuss your request.

ADDITIONAL POSITION DETAILS: Regular, full-time, exempt position. Starting Salary: $65,000 annually.  All staff positions are ineligible for visa or permanent resident card sponsorship.  As a California employer, Pomona College requires all employees to be residents of California.

REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Holiday, weekend, and evening work hours may be required. Travel may be required. Regular hours vary due to needs of the College or division. 

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter online at

You may submit both resume and cover letter as one attachment in the My Experience section of the application under the "resume/CV" upload section. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to attach additional documents.

POMONA COLLEGE REWARDS:  Pomona College offers a wide variety of benefits and perks including health, dental, and vision plan options; paid time off; flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits; tuition assistance; fitness and wellness programs; rideshare incentives; and so much more! 

Pomona College prides itself in being an open, competitive, and equal opportunity employer.