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Wilson Hall Technical and Operations Manager

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: November 18, 2022

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Wilson Hall Technical and Operations Manager

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Media Specialist IV

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Full Time

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Exempt: Not Eligible for Overtime

College of Visual and Performing Arts

100162 - Wilson Hall Auditorium-Student

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James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia seeks a full-time Technical and Operations Manager to deliver expert production management and technical support for all performances, classes, conferences, ceremonies, and events at Wilson Hall and select other venues as needed. The successful candidate will supervise the running of shows, scheduling coordination, manage inventory and maintenance schedules, prepare contracts and invoices, train student staff and wage employees, work with outside vendors and technical companies, prepare payroll documentation and oversee budget preparation.

JMU offers excellent which include paid vacation, sick, parental, and community service leave in addition to 19 paid holidays a year; affordable health insurance; retirement through the Virginia Retirement System. We also offer a work-life balance and integration program, , that is designed to support and enhance the overall wellbeing of our employees and a that allows employees to have tuition waived for undergraduate and graduate level courses taken at JMU. Visit our site to learn more about what makes James Madison University a great place to work!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all production and front of house aspects for performances and events.
  • Serve as primary contact for all Facilities Management work in Wilson Hall, and act as Building Manager for the Auditorium.
  • Supervise the running of shows, load-ins and load-outs, lighting and sound design and stage set-up for all professional, university and community events, classes, rentals, student performances, and lectures.
  • Develop a comprehensive budget and detailed production plan for every Wilson Hall event / performance. Draw up contracts and final invoices for billing.
  • Provide excellent sound, lighting and stage design for events / performances.
  • Manage inventory of all technical equipment and recommend maintenance as needed.
  • Maintain formal training manuals and technical documentation packets.
  • Collaborate with Madison Union Scheduling office to plan the annual production calendar.
  • Train a core group of one Production Management Fellow, a part-time Production Assistant and students.
  • Work with a variety of university departments, student organization representatives and Academic Affairs to plan, budget, and run events at Wilson Hall.
  • Coordinate with Forbes Center regarding staff student production and house management scheduling and hiring.
  • Manage all safety and security details for Wilson Hall.
  • Liaison with and schedule housekeeping shifts as required.


    • Experience with supervision of technical production personnel in a performing arts institution or university setting.
    • Significant production management experience.
    • Ability to operate and train others to operate complex lighting, sound and other theater systems.
    • Lighting and sound design experience.
    • Ability to maintain technical systems.
    • Candidate must be extremely organized, work well under pressure and under tight deadlines.
    • Must be able to adapt to change. Must have strong training skills and be able to lead by example.
    • Short and long-term planning skills are critical.
    • Ability to lead a technical production team that has varying degrees of expertise.
    • Ability to work effectively with various university and outside constituent groups to achieve their artistic vision while adhering to a budget.
    • Must be able to work a varied weekday schedule, work evenings and on weekends.
    • Experience working with ETC dimmer racks, consoles, fixtures, and moving lights preferred.
    • Experience working with Yamaha sound consoles, wireless microphones, and projection.
    • Undergraduate degree preferred.

      Condition(s) of Employment
      Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

      E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

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      EEO Statement
      James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

      We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

      Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

      Reasonable Accommodation Request
      If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

      Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report
      Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

      The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

      The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

      The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

      You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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