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Technical Production Manager

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Skilled Craft/Trade, Other, Center for the Arts

The Technical Production Manager supervises all aspects of backstage operations for the Center for the Arts to facilitate high-quality performances and support all campus events in the facilities. The Center for the Arts presents an innovative, unique, entertaining, and diverse program of exceptional performances and museum exhibitions.


  • Supervise Production Manager and 40-60 students, overhires, contractors, and consultants on set up, show, load out, training, and maintenance calls.
  • Oversee implementation of technical operations, maintenance, and repair of all theatrical equipment and spaces.
  • Negotiate technical details with internal and external artistic personnel and technical coordinators to make sure productions can fit within schedule and budget.
  • Train and oversee all backstage technical personnel as needed. Schedule work calls and supervise, evaluate, and train back-of-house staff and student crew. Monitor labor costs. Approve timecards.
  • Research, oversee, and implement major renovation and improvement projects.
  • Ensure performing arts center procedures meet applicable health and safety requirements.
  • Project and track technical expenditures.
  • Purchase equipment and supplies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: BA in Theatre or equivalent. 5-10 years of professional technical theatre experience, including advanced understanding of lighting design, programming, and repair; large format concert sound mixing, monitor mixing; recording, editing, and sound design for theatre; counterweight fly system operation and maintenance; video projector operation; CAD software; electronics troubleshooting and repair. Ability to use and operate lighting consoles and equipment; sound consoles and equipment; counterweight fly system; Mac and PC computers; personnel and scissor lifts; installation, maintenance, and programming or moving lights; and other common theatrical equipment and systems. 5 years of experience supervising the technical crew. Must be able to lift 40-50 pounds and climb and work at a considerable height. Must be able to work long hours for an extended period of consecutive days. Willingness and ability to support Pepperdine University’s Christian mission and dedication to value-centered education. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment while maintaining a customer-service attitude and a sense of humor.

Preferred: MFA or equivalent in Technical Theatre, Lighting Design, Production Management, or Stage Management strongly preferred. Extensive experience supervising unskilled crew members in a university environment.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Expected Pay Range: $64,480 - $68,000 per year 

The above pay range reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this position at time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on relevant factors such as work experience, market conditions, education/training, and skill level. In addition to base pay, Pepperdine offers a robust and highly competitive benefits package.

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