Job Information

University of Utah Technical Dir, PTC in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 03/28/2023

Requisition Number PRN34175B

Job Title Technical Dir, PTC

Working Title Technical Dir, PTC

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Weekdays, weekends, evenings, and holidays as necessary to complete production deadlines.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00072 - Pioneer Theatre Company

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 80000 to 85000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Pioneer Theatre Company ( PTC ), a professional theatre operating under a LORT B agreement with Actors’ Equity at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, seeks an experienced, collaborative, and problem-solving Production Manager.

Utah is known for its high quality of life, low crime, distinct four-season climate, and diverse, easily accessible landscapes ranging from mountains to pine forests to deserts. Salt Lake City itself has a lively social scene, great public transportation, bike-friendly streets, and a robust arts and culture scene. PTC is among the area’s thriving performing arts organizations, which includes the Utah Symphony Opera, Ballet West, and the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, to name a few.

In addition to the vibrant city, Utah sits inside the Wasatch mountain range with an abundance of outdoor activities to offer, including 11 ski resorts nearby and 5 national parks just a few hours away. Professional sports teams that call Salt Lake home include basketball’s Utah Jazz and soccer’s Real Salt Lake.

Working for PTC at the University of Utah, a Pac-12 conference school, offers a unique set of comprehensive benefits including excellent health insurance, a generous retirement plan, tuition reduction, free public transportation, and much more.

The Production Manager is a senior staff position that reports directly to the Artistic Director and Managing Director. The Production Manager oversees the production budget and is responsible for allocating resources, monitoring and approving expenses, finding creative ways to cut costs and timelines, negotiating employment contracts with new technical staff and contractors, and monitoring all production elements while maintaining high standards for all productions. The position facilitates the overall production process, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Scenery, Props, Electrics, Costumes, Wigs/Hair, Sound, and Projection Departments.

PTC generally produces a seven-show season, an “Encores” style concert, and a new play reading series, utilizing the Lees Mainstage 932-seat proscenium theatre and, beginning in 2023, a new 380-seat thrust theatre. The Production Manager will work closely with the Artistic Director on season planning and scheduling and holds significant decision-making responsibilities for design approvals.


  • Develops, with department heads, annual technical and production budgets. Monitors expenditures and works with department heads and creative teams to stay within budget.
  • Oversees hiring for all production departments, including following University hiring procedures and onboarding.
  • Responsible for ensuring all technical staff persons have proper and complete safety training.
  • Creates and manages budgets for equipment, and coordinates and monitors maintenance and replacement of equipment.
  • Responsible for approving and implementing major purchases- ie equipment- for all production departments.
  • Coordinate production facilities improvements.
  • Is responsible for communicating with all creative and production staff, budgets, schedules, and deadlines, and disseminating any other relevant information.
  • In consultation with the Artistic Director coordinates the scheduling of concept meetings, design meetings, and production meetings.
  • Attend technical rehearsals and preview performances to coordinate daily goals, scheduling, and priorities and ensure a safe, effective, and efficient work environment.
  • Manages and facilitates rentals, specifically from our stock of scenic drops.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s in Theatre with an emphasis in theatre design or technology or equivalency required; two years of practical work experience in technical production on the university or professional level, the ability to read and understand floor plans, design sketches, blueprints, construction plans and the ability to produce working drawings and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.

This position is not responsible for providing patient care.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • A degree in technical theatre or similar work experience, with a minimum of 4 years of experience working in a theatrical management position.
  • Have knowledge and experience using AutoCAD, Vectorworks, and other design and drafting platforms.
  • Excellent planning and leadership skills.
  • Commitment to supporting the development, training, and career advancement of young artists, technical personnel, and craft persons.
  • Knowledge and experience in construction techniques – carpentry, rigging, automation, sound, and electrics–is a plus.
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility; with the ability and the commitment to work with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, and class.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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