Employment

We seek staff members who have a passion for the arts and who enjoy working in a creative and demanding environment. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Portland Center Stage is committed to supporting a diverse workforce and does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to age, marital status, sexual orientation, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap.


LITERARY MANAGER

We are seeking a dynamic, team-oriented individual to help amplify and deepen the Literary and Artistic core of Portland Center Stage. The Literary Manager plays a primary role in the selection, development and support of the plays that PCS engages with. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated individual who can work both independently and within a team, and will be an effective liaison between artistic, community programs and marketing departments.  PCS is particularly interested in candidates who will help cultivate a diverse and inclusive pool of playwrights and support voices that are under-represented in theater.

This is a full time, non-exempt position.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Artistic Director and Artistic Team on season planning.
  • Oversees research and dramaturgical resources for all PCS productions.
  • Creates and maintains database for library of plays and coverage.
  • Works closely with the Associate Artistic Director on content of the JAW Festival.
  • Oversees script development for all new plays.
  • Serves as Production Dramaturg for most new plays and musicals, and for productions when needed.
  • Serves as a talent scout for emerging writers around the country, and as primary point of contact for new playwrights.
  • Works on grant writing for programs involving new work and some artistic projects.
  • Manages developmental workshops (beyond JAW).
  • Manages commissioned playwrights/residencies.
  • Delivers first drafts of season marketing language and works closely with the marketing team on brochure/playbill content.
  • Works with the Marketing and Education & Community Programs departments to design events that amplify and extend the impact of PCS productions.
  • Along with the Associate Artistic Director will represent PCS at national play festivals when time and budget permits.

Qualifications

  • MFA in a related field, or a combination of equivalent education and work experience, AND
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in the field of dramaturgy and literary management for theatre.
  • Professional play evaluation, production dramaturgy, and new play development experience are required.
  • Significant editorial and/or community outreach experience, preferred.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Self-motivation with the ability to manage multiple administrative and artistic projects simultaneously with limited supervision.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with co-workers and work with a variety of people.
  • Intellectual curiosity and keen understanding of the artistic process.
  • Great organizational skills and demonstrated ability to research, analyze and distill information with careful attention to detail.
  • Experience working with playwrights in the development/production of their work.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. Previous grant writing experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of office related computer systems and software.
  • Sensitivity to confidential information.
  • Vast knowledge of a diverse and inclusive pool of playwrights, a plus.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • The work environment is in an office.
  • Flexible availability, including daytime weekday, weekend and evening work hours as needed.
  • Must be comfortable working in an environment in which directions and priorities can change rapidly.

Salary & Benefits

  • This position is full time, non-exempt.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Medical benefits, including health, dental and vision available 1st day of month following hire.
  • Paid time off.
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer match.
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To apply
Send a cover letter and resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line “Literary Manager/PCS Website” by May 29, 2015.

No phone calls, please.


TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Position Summary The Technical Director’s mission is to meet the needs and aspirations of directors and designers with the resources PCS has available, and to successfully manage 8 members of scenic staff. The Technical Director is responsible for negotiating the scope of scenery for all PCS productions and providing all the working drawings and other necessary information to enable the team to accurately and successfully construct all PCS productions at our 20,000 square foot scene shop. The Technical Director is tasked with staying on budget, on time, as well as acting as liaison for the scene shop to all other PCS departments and members of the production staff.  The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated individual who can work both independently and as part of a team. The candidate must be goal and process oriented, and thrive in a multi-project environment.  The position is year-round, full-time, exempt.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Creates material and labor estimates based on designer drawings, and negotiates scope of production.
  • Responsible to ensure that all scenery is: drafted, constructed, transported, installed and struck correctly, safely, on time, and within budget, while maintaining standards of quality of construction in the shop and on stage.
  • Attends PCS Safety Committee meetings. Enforces standard workplace health and safety practices, maintains a clean, organized and safe work environment, making sure appropriate safety equipment is available for use.
  • Engineers technical, mechanical, and structural solutions.
  • With the Production Manager, sets and supervises design deadlines, seasonal calendars, and seasonal budgets.
  • Tracks, records and regularly reports all expenses associated with the production of scenery, the general scene shop budget, and other accounts charged by scenery.
  • Attends technical rehearsals as needed – prioritizing notes, calls and ensuring that all finish work happens in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Attends all design meetings, staff, production, and department head meetings; and other meetings and rehearsals as needed, acting as shop liaison with designers, directors, stage managers, and other production departments.
  • Disperses necessary scenic design and technical design information at all stages to other department heads and to the Production Stage Manager, in a timely fashion, and upon request.
  • Hires and supervises the ATD, the Scenic Charge Artist, Master Carpenter, 3 carpenters, 1 painter, and all scene shop overhire.
  • Maintains shop infrastructure, inventory, and equipment. Arranges for repairs and recommends upgrades, including tools, facilities and vehicles.
  • Maintains and provides theatre and show plans, design archives and research materials.
  • Maintains a record of all vendors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Production Manager.

Qualifications

  • Technical theatre degree or significant high level professional experience (minimum three years) with an emphasis on scenery construction techniques, theatrical rigging, automation, and drafting.
  • Proven ability in personnel management and budgeting.
  • Valid driver’s license and a clean DMV report required.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Proficient in the use of all stationary and hand power tools, woodworking tools, and pneumatic tools. Knowledge of metal working tools and welding techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of theatrical rigging techniques, including counterweight and hemp fly systems.
  • Experience with pneumatic, hydraulic, and motorized stage mechanics.
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office and AutoCAD required.
  • Excellent work ethic including but not limited to time management, work flow management, self-motivation, diplomacy, and interpersonal and collaborative communication skills.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot.
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy and sensitivity under pressure.
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift and move 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work at heights.
  • Flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings, as necessary.
  • Must be comfortable working in an environment in which directions and priorities can change rapidly.

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary depending on experience.
  • Medical benefits, including health, dental and vision available 1st day of month following hire. In addition, there is an opportunity to pay for uncovered health, mass transit, parking, and dependent care expenses on a pretax basis through our Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Paid Time Off.
  • 403 (b) retirement plan available with an employer match.
  • Generous comp ticket privileges
  • Management training opportunities
  • Active diversity and inclusion program

To apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line “Technical Director/PCS Website.” This position is open until filled.

No phone calls, please.




Portland Center Stage is committed to supporting a diverse workforce and does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to age, marital status, sexual orientation, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap.

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