Academic Department Manager (ADM) - Production and Operations Manager

Faculty of Arts - Drama

Competition No.  -    A110145304
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Arts is seeking an experienced Production and Operations Manager for a full-time appointment as an Academic Department Manager (ADM) in the Faculty of Arts. This position will tentatively start on August 15, 2021 and serve the area of Fine Arts, including the Departments of Drama, Music and ART & Design. The Production and Operations ADM provides leadership to students, faculty and staff through resource management, facilities management, and production management for ART & Design, Drama and Music productions and performances. The Production and Operations ADM reports to the department’s Faculty General Manager, and is tasked with supporting the Chairs of Drama, Art & Design and Music in the execution of their department missions. They will contribute to department research and evolving practices in music and theatre, and will share in the collective day-to-day administration of the departments.

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux. The University of Alberta is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and student body; therefore, we encourage applicants from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as Indigenous peoples. In addition, we encourage Two-Spirit/LGBTQ+ candidates, international candidates, and trans/women. Those who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas.

The University of Alberta is among Canada's largest and most-respected research universities. The Department of Drama has an outstanding reputation in entwining theatre practice with theory through a variety of degree offerings, which include liberal arts undergraduate (BA, BA/BEd, BA Honours) and graduate (MA and PhD in Performance Studies and Dramaturgy) qualifications, and fine arts programs which offer professional training at the undergraduate (BFA specializations in Acting, Stage Management, Design and Technical Production) and graduate level (MFA specializations in Directing, Design, Voice Pedagogy, and Theatre Practice). 

The Department of Drama operates the Timms Centre for the Arts, a highly acclaimed theatre complex, and additional training facilities within the adjacent Fine Arts Building. In total, the department’s resources include exclusive use of four performance venues (proscenium stage with full fly tower, two flexible ‘black box’ studios, and a ‘corner stage’ studio), six rehearsal halls, five fully equipped and professionally staffed workshops, and a recording studio. The department currently produces its Studio Theatre series - five public productions per year on its main stage, as well as another twenty smaller scale productions staged throughout the department.

The Department of Music offers three distinct undergraduate degrees (BMus, BMus/BEd, BA) and graduate degrees in Performance, Choral and Wind Band Conducting, and Composition (MMus and DMA). Music operates the 400-seat Convocation Hall and a smaller recital venue, where activities such as research, recordings, masterclasses, and juries occur in addition to 100+ performances. 

The Department of Art and Design offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Fine Arts, Design Studies (Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design), and the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, and encompasses the FAB Gallery and a university centre of research excellence in printmaking.

The position’s areas of responsibility include: 

  • Production Management 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Facility Management 
  • Financial Management 
  • Risk Management


The successful applicant must have substantial experience as a Production Manager and/or Technical Director in a mid or large-scale professional theatre or concert venue, or possess related skills and experience. They will have proven capacities to oversee music and theatrical productions, manage facilities, production timelines/budgets/space, and lead artistic and production teams. Experience and interest in working within a diverse group of students, faculty and professional staff is essential. 


  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience as a Production Manager and/or Technical Director in medium to large scale regional producing theatres
  • An undergraduate degree is required; a degree in theatre is strongly preferred
  • An MFA or BFA in Production Management or Technical Theatre is an asset
  • Demonstrated advanced capacity with systems and tools such as Excel and AutoCAD are essential, Database query tools (Tableau), budget tools (UPlan), and PeopleSoft (Finance, HCM, Campus Solutions) would be an asset
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with team members from different areas of expertise, and with senior administrators in an organization
  • Training and experience in project management, business process review, and change management in large scale and complex work settings

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer agreement, this full time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $71,889 $119,809.

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Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter. 

Any interviews scheduled will follow physical distancing guidelines as per Health Canada.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.