Career Opportunities

 

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

 

Director of Production

 

Status: Full-time / Exempt

Hours: 40 hours flexible (weekend and evening hours expected)

Salary Range: Competitive

Reports to: Executive & Artistic Director

 

Flushing Town Hall, a multi-disciplinary arts organization in Queens, NY, is accepting applications for the position of Director of Production for management of their performing and visual arts venue.  The Director of Production will oversee all aspects of production for live events programmed by Flushing Town Hall, as well as for rental events in the facility.  This includes an immense variety of artistic disciplines, cultural traditions, and program formats, including those determined by diverse rental clients.

 

The 158-year-old Flushing Town Hall landmark facility houses a 308-seat theater on the second floor and a modest 2-room gallery on the first floor as its main programmatic spaces (concerts and events also occasionally use the garden).  The theatre itself is reconfigurable to a number of different setups because of its removable seats and risers, and the organization takes advantage of this flexibility in its programs.

 

Ideal candidates will have experience in all production disciplines: live audio, stage lighting, video, and stagecraft. Candidates must have superb organizational and communication skills, in order to communicate effectively with FTH staff, artists, rental clients, and crew, and to advance and organize all production requirements for the hundreds of events which occur annually.

 

The Director of Production will spend some of their time working directly on events, and some in the office advancing projects and other required duties of the position.  Time allocated to each will vary throughout the season. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide professional production services to all FTH programs/rentals to insure superior production quality. This includes advancing and staffing events, communicating with staff, artists, and rental clients, and ensuring that the necessary production resources are on hand.
  • Track production needs for each program/rental event and ensure they’re met.
  • Personally serve as the technician for many events.
  • Manage freelance tech crew. Recruit, train, supervise (often indirectly), schedule, and evaluate freelance technicians. Verify timesheets and submit for payroll.
  • 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. 
    • 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; maintain fireguard logs
  • Budget: Working with staff, evaluate potential programs for tech costs and venue feasibility. Review and mark up contracts and technical riders; provide budget and seating estimates; advance all programs, and negotiate with artists/representatives about alternative solutions. 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 rental clientsto help them develop realistic plans. 
  • Meetings: schedule and oversee monthly production meetings, attend monthly staff meetings, program development meetings and site visits with rental clients.
  • Maintain venue specifications and technical drawings of FCCA performance spaces. 
  • Maintain production equipment.
  • Maintain storage and work spaces.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with outside vendors. Review vendor invoices and submit payment requests to the Director of Finance.
  • 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.Provide consultation and research to other members of staff on projects of a larger scope that require perspective of the production director. This includes capital improvements, grant applications, seating configuration decisions, etc.

 

Qualifications:

  • At least five years’ professional production experience, as well as production management and supervisory experience (a must). Candidates should be proven managers and excellent communicators who thrive in a dynamic, ever-changing, multicultural environment. Grace under pressure, flexibility 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.
  • Experience working in production in New York City.
  • Familiarity with drafting and scale drawings.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that will include evening and weekend work.
  • 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.

 

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.

 


 

Chinese Initiative Intern - Community Outreach and Marketing (Unpaid)

Flushing Town Hall (FTH) is a catalyst for developing and promoting the arts and cultural activities throughout Queens, NYC, and a bridge to promote intercultural understanding through the arts in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. FTH 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. FTH is a designated member of NYC’s prestigious 33-member Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), and a Smithsonian Affiliate.

 

FTH’s Chinese Initiative - Community Outreach and Marketing Internship offers undergraduate students or graduate students with a unique opportunity to acquire practical skills and experiences in expanding public awareness of FTH. The internship offers various hands-on experiences in marketing, public relations, and event planning.  Projects will be assigned depending on the skills and experience of the intern.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with implementation of community outreach campaigns, social media strategy and engagement for upcoming public programs and fundraising campaigns
  • Conduct research on community outreach and partnership initiatives
  • Draft press release and inquiry letters; translate press release and promotional materials from English to Chinese 
  • Support staff in the logistics, planning, and execution of events and programs
  • Assist with various administrative tasks

 

Requirements:

  • Bi-lingual (English/Mandarin)
  • Current undergraduate or graduate students in any field. Recent graduate is welcome. An interest in non-profit/ arts administration and marketing is preferred
  • Out-going and composed when interacting with people
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstration of initiative, flexibility, and resourcefulness in working effectively on multiple projects
  • Occasional weekend and evening hours may be required 

 

Who Can Apply:

This program is open to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students. Recent graduates are also welcome to apply. 

This internship requires 16-21 work hours per week, 10-12 weeks or longer preferred. This internship is un-paid.

  

Application Deadline:

Applications are accepted on a rolling-basis.

 

How to Apply:
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples (one in English, one in Chinese) to Ya Yun Teng at yteng@flushingtownhall.org. In the subject line, please include your full name. You can also mail your application to: Ya Yun Teng 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354  

 

Only those who are selected will be contacted to schedule an interview. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

 


 

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 or any questions, please contact Steven Palermo, Volunteer 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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