Career Opportunities

 

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, at historic Flushing Town Hall, is pleased to offer the following career opportunities:

 

(POSTED: 4/19/2019)

 

Director of Production

 

Flushing Town Hall, a multi-disciplinary arts organization in Queens, NY, is accepting applications for the position of Director of Production.  The Director of Production will oversee all aspects of production for events programmed by Flushing Town Hall, as well as for rental events in the facility.  These include concerts, theater, puppetry and dance programs from a wide range of cultural traditions for the general public, families, children and school students, as well as weddings, private parties, community gatherings, meetings and conferences.

 

Ideal candidates will have experience in all of the production disciplines that we practice at Flushing Town Hall: live audio, stage lighting, video, and stagecraft, as well as a depth of experience in at least one.  Candidates must also have superb organizational and communication skills, in order to communicate effectively with FTH staff, artists, facility renters, and freelance tech crew, and to organize all production requirements for the hundreds of events which occur annually.

 

The Director of Production will spend about 1/3 of their time working directly on events, and the remainder in the office with the rest of the senior staff performing and advancing projects and other required duties of the position.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Provide professional production services to all FTH programs/rentals to insure superior production quality. This includes assigning technicians to events by matching the skills to the need, communicating promptly and frequently to staff, artists, and rental event producers, and ensuring that the necessary production resources are on hand in a timely fashion (arranging equipment rentals when necessary).
  • Track production needs for each program/rental event in a transparent and coherent format, communicating this information to the technician(s) working on each event.
  • Personally serve as the technician for many events.
  • Manage freelance tech crew (FTH works with a roster of freelance technicians we rely on, some with longstanding experience and relationships with the organization); specifically:
    • Recruit, train, supervise (often indirectly), schedule, and evaluate freelance technicians; they must have the appropriate expertise in their field, and also sufficient communications skills, courtesy, and professionalism to be trusted as representatives of FTH.  The Director of Production is expected to work as a crew member frequently enough to know exactly what they are asking of other technicians.  The Director of Production will receive time reports from freelance technicians, review them for accuracy, and submit them to the Director of Finance for payment.
  • Safety: Use all reasonable and practical means to ensure the safety of FTH’s staff, performers, and audience.  Directly supervise (or delegate to an appropriately trained person) all overhead rigging. 
    • Maintain electrical equipment, repairing faults and removing dangerous equipment from service. 
    • Review production plans and audience floor plans (FTH productions and rentals) to ensure compliance with the fire code.
    • Keep logs of, and implement required maintenance, such as flameproofing of soft goods and inspection of personnel lift, as required by law and/or best practices.
  • Budget: Working with the Executive Director and the Director of Education & Public Programs, evaluate potential programs for tech costs and venue feasibility; includes reviewing and marking up contracts, technical riders, and associated documents; providing budget estimates for requested production equipment and services; advancing all programs, and exchanging ideas with artists/representatives about alternative solutions that make an otherwise impractical program physically and financially feasible.  Develop annual departmental budget in conjunction with Executive and Artistic Director.
  • Rentals: Assist the Director of Facilities and Operations in determining the needs of rental events, and work with renters to help them develop realistic plans. 
  • Meetings: attend monthly production meetings, monthly staff meetings, program development meetings and occasional meetings with renters.
  • Maintain venue specifications and technical drawings of FCCA performance spaces.  The Venue Spec document should be comparable to similar documents that exist for any performance venue, written so that the details of our technical capabilities may be easily transmitted to others who have a basic knowledge of theatrical production (i.e. technical staff of visiting productions and rental events).  Drawings should be created and kept up-to-date in a computer-assisted drafting program.
  • Maintain production equipment; includes repairing or replacing damaged equipment, ensuring that routine maintenance is done, and making recommendations for the purchase of new equipment as needs become apparent; may include construction and maintenance of stock scenery, such as platforms and backdrops, which may be repeatedly used.
  • Working with the Director of Facilities and Operations, establish standards for keeping storage spaces organized, safe and contained; may include construction of shelving and custom wheeled storage solutions as needed.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with outside vendors, i.e.: lighting and sound rental houses, soft goods companies, and piano technicians.  Review vendor invoices for accuracy and submit them to the Director of Finance for payment.
  • Identify necessary and/or desirable capital improvements, working with the Executive and Artistic Director and other members of the senior staff.  This may include contributing language to grant applications, recruiting vendors and evaluating their proposals for integrated systems, and providing the perspective of the production department in capital projects that are broader in scope.

 

Qualifications:

 

  • At least five years’ professional production experience, including some experience at the level of Production Manager or equivalent, are required.  Candidates should be proven managers and excellent communicators who thrive in a dynamic, multicultural environment.  Grace under pressure and a sense of humor are required.  Calm and calming demeanor. 
  • Familiarity with each of the production disciplines of Flushing Town Hall: live audio, stage lighting, video, and stagecraft.
  • Expertise in at least one of these disciplines, ideally live audio.
  • Experience working in production in New York City.
  • Working knowledge of VectorWorks or equivalent.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that will include evening and weekend work.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Ability to lift and handle materials up to 70 pounds.
  • Comfort working at heights.
  • Superior organization and communication skills.
  • Basic computer literacy including Windows, MS Office, and professional email practices.
  • Knowledge of other languages a plus.
  • Vehicle ownership a plus.
  • NYC Fire Guard certificate a plus.

 

To Apply:  Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 2 references, via email to: sshumays@flushingtownhall.org Include the words Director of Production in the subject line.  No phone calls or mail submissions, please.

 

 

(POSTED: 3/28/2019)

 

MARKETING & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ASSOCIATE

 

Flushing Town Hall (FTH) presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City, in order to foster mutual appreciation.  As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts.  As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance.  We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists.  We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world, and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

 

Reporting to Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, the Marketing and Community Engagement Associate will support developing and implementing traditional and digital efforts that directly drive revenue-generation and more audience for every ticketed event, including, but not limited to, jazz, classical, and world music, dance, theater, family, and education programs.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Assist in developing and implementing promotion strategies to further support revenue generation and new audience development.
  • Reach out to presenting artists, special interest groups, various local and regional organizations and companies, and develop relationships to attract new audiences.
  • Reserve print advertising and prepare insertion orders accordingly.
  • Assist in compiling marketing materials for all FTH presenting programs, including biographies, photographs, videos, reviews, etc.
  • Create and send out weekly eblast to promote upcoming events and other opportunities including membership and donations. (using Constant Contact)
  • Maintain and update FTH website with event details and announcements. (using Vendini platform)
  • Work with Box Office & Customer Service staff to ensure that event information and promotion codes are clearly understood and accurately entered in the ticketing system.
  • Represent FTH at selected networking and community events.
  • Assist at press and promotional events.
  • Assist with producing surveys and aggregating survey data.
  • Any other administrative duties reasonably related to the functions described above.

 

EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

  • Must have 2-3 years of experience in marketing and sales in performing arts industry
  • Previous experience with Adobe Photoshop and Indesign, Google Analytics, database management, website content management, and ticketing software is required. (FTH uses Vendini platform)
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to balance multiple competing priorities, complex situations and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Detail-oriented, proactive, self-starter, responsible and flexible
  • Work well in a team environment with minimum supervision
  • Passion for the arts—particularly music, dance, theatre, puppetry, and the visual arts
  • Bilingual ability a plus.

 

This position is a part-time (24 hours a week; $20/hr; no benefits) and will require some evening and weekend availability. Browse www.flushingtownhall.org to learn more about Flushing Town Hall.  For consideration, e-mail a cover letter and resume to schoi@flushingtownhall.org with “(YOUR NAME) - Marketing and Community Engagement Associate” listed in the subject line. No phone calls or mail submissions. Flushing Town Hall is an Equal Opportunity Employer: FTH provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

 

 

Volunteer

 

Whatever your skills, interest or time availability, chances are there is a volunteer opportunity just right for you at Flushing Town Hall. Flushing Town Hall offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers provide assistances to staff, patrons, and the general public in many areas including

  • Administration
  • Events
  • Deliveries
  • Fundraising
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Volunteer Coordination

 

If you are interested in joining our team of outstanding volunteers, complete and submit this form today!

 

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If you have any questions, please email Steven Palermo, Volunteet Coordinator at spalermo@flushingtownhall.org

 

About Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA):

FCCA was founded in 1979 to present diverse arts from all over the world, to contribute to the revitalization of Flushing, Queens, and to foster an intercultural exchange through the arts.  In the 1990s FCCA acquired and renovated historic Flushing Town Hall (1862 Historic Landmark) on behalf of NYC, and operates the building as a thriving multi-disciplinary arts center.  FCCA engages its multicultural community (138 languages are spoken in Queens) through the presentation of high quality, multidisciplinary arts programs – exhibitions; performances of jazz, classical music, puppetry theatre, dance, world music and spoken word; educational programs for audiences, artists, educators, and schools, free community events and family programs. FCCA is a member of NYC’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), and a Smithsonian Affiliate.  For more information, please visit: www.flushingtownhall.org

 

FCCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: FCCA provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

 

 

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