Production Manager

Symphony Nova Scotia
Halifax City, Nova Scotia

With a home base in Halifax and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia reaches more than 50,000 Nova Scotians of all ages each year with some of the most diverse concerts and educational offerings in the country. We’ve gained a reputation as one of Canada’s most exciting orchestras, and are proud to be a national leader in performance, programming, and communications. We are committed to artistic excellence, financial sustainability, and community outreach.


Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Production Manager is responsible for creating and executing the technical and logistical plan for all Symphony Nova Scotia concert productions. The Production Manager is responsible for the integration and execution of the creative vision of the Music Director, conductor, guest artist, and other production partners. This position is a key link in promoting a productive working environment for all performers.


  • Work with operations staff and musicians to plan, oversee, and execute the general stage and logistical requirements for all Symphony Nova Scotia services
  • Liaise with Music Director, conductors, and guest artist(s) to obtain and provide production information
  • Review technical requirements (lighting, sound, backline, etc.) for productions and work with the production staff on planning and executing them with an understanding of the needs of the musicians
  • Order equipment as required and schedule delivery/pickups
  • Liaise with technical crew at all venues to ensure a smooth and accurate flow of information and a technically successful production
  • Create stage plots with CAD or equivalent software
  • Create and distribute production information, including riser and stage plots, as needed
  • Stage manage performances including calling cues (lighting, audio, video, etc.) as required
  • Hire and supervise the stagehands including setting call times for services and assigning job responsibilities
  • Track and submit stagehand hours for payroll purposes
  • Oversee all maintenance and inventory of all Symphony Nova Scotia equipment
  • Supervise all movement of Symphony Nova Scotia equipment
  • Assist the Director of Operations in determining technical needs for concerts as it relates to the creation and management of budgets
  • Support Symphony Nova Scotia staff as possible to accommodate requests for media and development initiatives
  • Coordinate guest artist travel, including booking travel and accommodations and preparing itineraries
  • Ensure that the requirements of guest artists’ hospitality riders are met
  • Process guest artists’ complimentary ticket requests
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Theatre or Music; familiarity with orchestral repertoire
  • Stage management experience organizing the daily technical operations of a busy orchestra, performing arts institution, or ensemble
  • A working knowledge of orchestra staging, concert and theatrical lighting, sound reinforcement and setup, and operation and electrical power use, including safety hook-up procedures
  • Experience and expertise with multimedia productions including live event broadcasts and recordings
  • A commitment to facilitating an environment and circumstances that support artistic excellence while balancing logistical requirements and financial considerations
  • Understanding of the needs of a professional musician and ability to represent the interests of Symphony Nova Scotia in a variety of situations
  • Experience working within parameters defined by a Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Ability to read music is an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills and aptitude including Microsoft Office Suite, CAD, and QLab
  • Ability to work independently, anticipate potential issues, problem-solve creatively, act decisively, and demonstrate good judgment in high-pressure environments
  • A refined sense of organization and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize several projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work days, evenings, weekends, and irregular hours as required, and travel for run-outs and tours


Ability to work long hours and perform strenuous physical work including lifting and carrying 25+ kgs. The employee will be required to work nights and weekends and travel for run-outs and tours.


This is a full-time position starting at the earliest mutually agreeable date.


To be negotiated, based on qualifications and relevant experience.

How to apply

If interested, please submit your resume and letter of interest no later than April 20, 2018 to Eric Mathis, Director of Operations:

Symphony Nova Scotia would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

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