Director of production


FULL-Time, Exempt

The Flynn is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We strive to be diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective. Our goal is to build and maintain an organization where everyone can do their best work. We believe that people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people must be centered in the work we do, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

The Flynn recognizes that experience comes in many forms and is committed to considering a broad array of candidates with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. If you believe that you could excel in this role, regardless of whether you meet every requirement, we encourage you to apply.

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Basic Function

The Flynn is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center, maintaining a robust schedule of a diverse variety of shows. The Director of Production will support Flynn-presented touring productions; shows and events from external rental clients; and Flynn-produced work, including the annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Playing Fields, and other work both on and off site.

Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities

  • Advance, plan, implement, administer, coordinate, and monitor all performances and installations both in the venues and for off-site productions.
  • Oversee technical operations, elements, design, cartage, and any other special production requirements for all events.
  • Oversee performance activity and crews, supervise labor, keep accurate hours for payroll processing, initiate appropriate breaks, monitor stage parking lot, coordinate needs to host busses, assign parking lot guards, resolve parking issues, and securely open and close the facility.
  • Collaborate to find creative solutions for all performance and design needs.
  • Assist as needed with production stage management and/or technical direction.
  • Confer regularly with Flynn personnel and departments to plan, coordinate, and evaluate programs, facilities, systems, and activities.
  • Plan and implement production department staffing needs and schedules including IATSE and non-union personnel.
  • Ensure safety compliance at all times. 
  • Develop and administer operating budgets for performances, both from a rider and in building a new work\
  • Participate in planning of short and long-range capital projects involving stage and facility improvements.
  • Evaluate rental requests and programming proposals to provide budget estimates and bring forward any feasibility issues; make recommendations to address feasibility issues - working with all users of the venues to develop appropriate designs and schedules with respect to space, cost, and availability.
  • Negotiate with product vendors for purchase or rental of equipment.
  • Review and approve bi-weekly payroll for full- and part-time union employees, as well as direct reports among production department staff.
  • Adhere to, and accurately execute all related aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between IATSE local union 919 and the Flynn Center
  • Collaborate with staff in preparing night-of-show financial settlements, reconciliations, and show billings.
  • Maintain inventory of all stage and production equipment.
  • Serve on various committees as needed, such as the Buildings & Grounds Committee
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised 

Direct administrative and functional supervision of production personnel including: Production Managers, Stage Managers, and all IATSE union employees, including regular House Electrician, House Carpenter, House Properties Head, and House Sound Head.  

Supervision Received

Reports to the General Manager.


  • Substantial and relevant professional, technical, and supervisory experience in live performance music, theatre, and dance productions.
  • Broad base of knowledge and skills related to technical theater production, including lighting, sound, counterweight fly systems, chain hoists, stage carpentry, properties, and wardrobe.
  • Ability to “think outside the box” and collaborate with others to support work that may be atypical of past work at The Flynn and where no applicable precedents exist.
  • A wide range of management experiences with strong planning, administrative, organizational, and budgeting skills
  • Ability to maintain situational awareness, flexibility, and the leadership capabilities required to quickly understand and adapt to changing conditions.
  • General knowledge of computer design and control software, such as lighting programming and sound control systems
  • Comfortable with new and evolving technologies; familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, database, and calendar systems
  • Comfortable with AutoCAD and/or VectorWorks
  • Clear communicator who is calm under pressure and when pulled in many different directions.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule, with availability during daytime, evening, and weekend hours


This general outline illustrates the type of work that characterizes the Job Classification.  It is not an all-encompassing statement of the specific duties, responsibilities and qualifications of individual positions assigned to the classification.

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