Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.
Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit www.mills.edu.
Organizational Relationships: Reports to:
Primary Supervisor: Performing Arts Facilities Director
Secondary Supervisor: Dance and Theater Studies Department Chair
Supervises: Student Employees
Summary of Position: Under the direction of the Performing Arts Facilities Director, the Production Coordinator will provide advance production management and event technical operations support for performances in the Mill Performing Arts (MPA) facilities - Marilyn McArthur Holland Theater, Jeannik Mequet Littlefield Concert Hall, Digital Performance Theater and Rothwell Theater. This position will engage with both academic programs and community rental clients. This work will include: serving as the primary technical contact for clients (academic programs, community renters), assisting in advance production technical planning and scheduling, supervising and scheduling MPA student workers to staff productions, training MPA student workers in general theater practices, including console operation.
Essential Job Functions:
Work with clients (Mills College academic departments and support staff, and community rental clients) to support the production of their ad hoc events, including: providing primary technical liaison with clients and their production teams (managers, event organizers); ensuring that production plans and schedules are satisfactory and in accordance will all Mills College safety and policy guidelines; providing onsite technical supervision of clients' on site activity.
Work with the Mills College Dance and Theater Department to support the production of annual academic program rehearsals and performances: Mills College Repertory Dance Company Concert, Senior Showcase, Dance MFA Thesis Concert, Spring Theater Performance. This work includes mentoring students engaging in production management independent study credits in association with these productions.
Set technical staffing schedules for MPA student workers.
Supervise and train MPA student workers in performing arts technical staffing, including general theatrical practices and maintenance, and audio and light technical set-up and console operation.
Participate in systems review and planning for performance facilities campus wide.
Maintain a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems; participate in professional development activities as appropriate.
Perform related duties as needed.
Requirements: Knowledge of:
Project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools;
Theatrical lighting principles, practices, techniques and console operation;
Theatrical audio principles, practices, techniques and console operation;
Preparation of written reports and correspondence;
Documentation and inventory creation/maintenance;
Advanced verbal and written communication skills;
Current technological developments/trends in area of expertise;
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively in a team environment;
Safety policies, practices, procedures and requirements of the department, College, and Illness & Injury Prevention Plan.
Skills and Abilities:
Develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals;
Organize resources and establish priorities;
Time management skills and the ability to handle multiple projects requiring independent execution;
Communicate technical information to non-technical personnel;
Understand and carry out oral and written directions; work under pressure and deadlines;
Establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment;
Establish and maintain an effective customer service and educational orientation towards all persons contacted during the course of job performance;
Take appropriate steps to promote and enforce safe work practices within each area of responsibility.
Other assigned duties as needed.
Education and Training:
Bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred, in a related field, or the equivalent in experience and education with at least three years of directly related job experience;
Current driver's license, evidence of insurability, and ability to drive legally in California.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands: Work Environment
Evening and variable hours;
Interruptions and meeting with a variety of people will be required on a regular basis;
There are a number of deadlines associated with this position, which may cause significant stress.
Hearing and speaking to exchange information;
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other tools;
Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching, crawling, climbing;
Seeing to read and analyze lighting issues;
Lifting and carrying moderately heavy objects (stage lights, set pieces, audio equipment, etc.);
Ability to work on ladders and catwalks at high elevations;
Sitting for long hours and using office equipment;
All of the campus will need to be visited by walking, climbing, or driving.
High voltages and currents in lighting systems;
Chemicals used for cleaning electronic parts;
High sound levels at performances.
This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.
This is a part-time, non-exempt position. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts.
Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.