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Chelsea Factory - Director of Production and Venue Operations
Chelsea Factory

Director of Production and Venue Operations - Chelsea Factory

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COMPANY: Chelsea Factory
DATE POSTED: 7/22/2021
ADDRESS: 547 W 26th Street
New York, NY

Listing Information:

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Exempt and Full-Time
REPORTS TO: Managing Director
SCHEDULING: Varies based on production and performance schedules


Chelsea Factory is looking to engage a Director of Production who will collaborate with creative and administrative teams to supervise all aspects of the technical production process for artists in residence, presentations, and external rentals. The Director of Production should have an entrepreneurial mindset with an ability to develop creative solutions to production challenges; demonstrate an aptitude and willingness to brainstorm creative strategies for productions and events still in their concept and development phase; to research new technologies and equipment; and to think outside the box with the artists, Managing Director, and production staff to realize Chelsea Factory’s programs.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Director of Production will have strong budget and scheduling skills, work well under pressure, and be able to multitask. They should be experienced with all aspects of production, and be comfortable making decisions where required, applying excellent project management skills to all activities.

Experience in Dance,Theater and Music as well as event production experience is essential, as is an open, creative approach to the production process. Sensitivity to varying artists’ and clients’ needs and patience amidst changing priorities will help immeasurably in this position. A flexible schedule is a requirement and patience and a good-natured attitude will be essential. The desire and ability to lead, teach, and mentor employees in various production roles will be highly valued.


- Oversee and manage all production personnel including technical director, production coordinator, and hourly stage labor, and freelance production personnel
- Plan for, budget, and recruit all hourly production stage labor as needed
- Work with artists and companies in residence to develop production plans (technical specs, budgeting, logistics and feasibility) and ensure creative teams are aware of possible constraints, proactively propose solutions and alternatives
- Oversee production load-in, set-up, technical rehearsals, performances, strike
- Prepare production budgets including but not limited to labor estimating and material costs and manage the reconciliation following close of production
- Work with designers and technical teams to meet budgets and schedules. Suggest designers as needed
- Review design drawings for translation into technically relevant drawings for load-in purposes
- Research and propose materials and rental equipment to meet needs of design teams
- Identify technical, budgetary and time-related challenges and propose solutions
- Manage creation of tech riders and other documents to collect all relevant technical information about each project
- Responsibility for maintenance, storage and inventories of all Chelsea Factory owned production related equipment

Venue Operations
- Oversee facility management and capital and maintenance plans with Managing Director and Facilities Manager
- Oversee part-time House Manager and usher staff
- Supervise and coordinate safety and security procedures
- Oversee both internal and external storage needs

- 5+ years experience in a management position in theatrical or event production
- Experience in all aspects of theatrical production and entertainment technology
- Basic CAD skills in either or Vectorworks or AutoCAD
- Excellent computer skills in Word Processing and Spreadsheets
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Significant experience in the New York City non-union labor environment and with theatrical vendors
- F03 Fireguard Certification for Indoor Place of Public Assembly from the FDNY within 3 months of employment
- Ability to work a flexible schedule as is common in the theatrical industry including some nights, weekends, and holidays

- Exempt Salary of $110k+
- Paid Holidays
- Comprehensive Insurance Coverage
- Generous Paid Time Off

- Email your resume to
- Please include the Director of Production and Venue Operations in the subject line
- Please submit a cover letter explaining how your story can align with the opening of a new space in New York City

Chelsea Factory is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to hire staff members who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at Chelsea Factory are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, employment status, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Chelsea Factory makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities to enable them to perform all essential job functions. All are encouraged to apply.


Chelsea Factory exists to propel the future of the arts in New York City by providing strong support, responsive partnerships, and transformative experiences for artists, organizations, and audiences. As a catalyst for social and cultural entrepreneurship, Chelsea Factory imagines an arts and culture sector that is more sustainable, more diverse, and significantly stronger than it was before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chelsea Factory will be multi-disciplinary across its programming. With an initial 5-year operating model, we are committed to being an inclusive and expansive space, prioritizing support for historically excluded New York City based artists. By offering highly subsidized performance and rehearsal space, Chelsea Factory will serve as a partner to artists, ensembles, and cultural institutions who are working tirelessly to respond to a post-covid world while addressing systemic racial inequality. With defined resources and a flexible programming framework, Chelsea Factory seeks to fulfill unmet needs of its partners and to provide transformational experiences that outlast the duration of any formal partnership.

In year one, we will offer residencies for emerging artists and ensembles, as well as serve as a partner venue for cultural organizations throughout NYC. To serve our immediate neighbors, Chelsea Factory will also engage in community arts programming, educational partnerships, civic gatherings, and more.

With First Republic Bank and Founder Jim Herbert’s leading support, Chelsea Factory models a multi-faceted approach to philanthropy that leverages private rentals, both individual and corporate financial resources, and activates an expansive corporate client base.

Undergoing renovations now, Chelsea Factory will be a flexible space with two possible performance venues, seating up to 190 individuals based on the chosen configuration. We anticipate opening in Fall 2021 and will host over 90 artistic performances per year.

Salary: $110,000

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