Assistant Stage Manager, National Symphony Orchestra (Part-Time)

Washington, DC
Oct 01, 2019
Oct 20, 2019
Part Time
About the Organization:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ("The Kennedy Center"), which opened on September 8, 1971, is located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The Center continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, world, and folk music, and multimedia performances for all ages. The Kennedy Center is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

Mission Statement: As the nation's performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts.

Job Description:

The Assistant Stage Manager for the National Symphony Orchestra will assist the NSO Production Manager and Stage Manager for the NSO with coordination, scheduling, and management of all technical needs of load-ins, load-outs, rehearsals and performances; completes and updates paperwork to reflect actual placement of chairs, risers, percussion and all musical instruments needed for performances and rehearsals. Assists and is the first replacement for the Stage Manager for the NSO in overseeing storage and cartage of all equipment needs for the Orchestra. The Assistant Stage Manager for the NSO will be guaranteed 1,560 hours per year at the Head rate as defined in the CBA between Local #22 and The Kennedy Center. This position is part-time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

60% Coordinates with the Stage Manager for the NSO and as the Primary replacement becomes the responsible person for; the set-up of all equipment needed for rehearsals and performances presented by the National Symphony Orchestra. Oversee union crews in the set-up, and stage changes required during performances of the NSO. Attend and oversee rehearsals and performances as needed and determined by NSO Production management and the Stage Manager of the NSO.

25% Planning and layout of future performances in conjunction with the Stage Manager for the NSO which include; scheduling and estimating numbers of crew needed to complete set-ups and take-downs, scheduling and estimating numbers of crew needed for running of performances, planning and assessing equipment needs for rehearsals and performances, and advising on procurement methods for such equipment.

10% Organizing NSO-owned equipment in storage rooms so it is easily accessible for NSO musicians to access for rehearsals and assuring the safe storage of the instruments.

5% Assists in coordinating and overseeing safe cartage of equipment and very fragile and expensive musical instruments on tours and off-site events and performances.

N/A Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; Adheres to all employer policies and procedures; Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:
  • Thorough working knowledge of all areas of theatrical production and presentation including a minimum of 3-5 years of orchestra or other live performing arts experience
  • Experience working with Union crew members
  • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Office, and Excel preferred

Who You Are:
  • You have excellent organizational, communication, and management skills.
  • You have the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • You have the ability to work well under pressure and to prioritize in a multi-task environment.
  • You have the ability to translate artistic and financial concerns of the Kennedy Center while ensuring the successful mounting of productions and presentations.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms. This position frequently lifts carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to and more than 25 and pounds.

Work Environment:

The light and sound levels in the work environments vary, especially in the theaters.

Travel up to 5% may be required, as well as local travel and overnight work.

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