- Reports To:
- Director of Publishing and Creative Services
- Full Time
- Job Code:
The Production Director works closely with the Director of Publishing and Creative Services to manage all areas of Carnegie Hall’s print production needs. This includes collaborating with the directors of Marketing, Artistic Planning, Development, Public Relations, the Weill Music Institute, and Ensemble Connect to ensure the most cost-effective solutions for production, delivery, and mailing of print materials of the highest possible quality. Specific projects include (but are not limited to) the subscription brochure, season guide, Weill Music Institute brochure and all education materials, postcards, flyers, print advertising, three-sheet posters and other signage, annual report, gala invitations, commemorative books, stationery, ticket stock, one-off special projects, and some Shop items. Responsibilities include all aspects of production: scheduling, budgeting, trafficking through all stages of product development, bidding and negotiating, serving as vendor liaison, establishing and overseeing printing quality control, working with mail houses, and ensuring timely delivery. The Production Director must keep on top of advancements in printing, and develop process improvements to optimize production speed and quality.
The Production Director also works closely with the Design Director and members of the in-house Art department to ensure all materials are created with budgetary, quality, and timing concerns in mind.
Reporting to the Production Director is the Senior Production Manager. The Senior Production Manager works closely with the Production Director to traffic all materials produced by Creative Services, securing approvals both within the Marketing and Creative Services department as well as from Artistic Planning, Development, Public Relations, the Weill Music Institute, and Ensemble Connect, as appropriate. Trafficking responsibilities include liaising with the various departments to ensure edits are clear; reviewing revisions and printer’s proofs; submitting ad materials to publications; and trafficking final disks. Trafficking responsibilities also include routing web ads, videos, and other digital materials via SharePoint. The Production Director acts as mentor to the Senior Production Manager.
The Production Director and Senior Production Manager create and maintain the production schedule, which includes approximately 2,000 pieces of collateral each year; lead the weekly production meeting with Marketing; participate in the weekly Creative Services meeting with representatives of Development, the Weill Music Institute, and Ensemble Connect; and attend all project kick-off meetings.
The Production Director maintains a database of vendors (and adds to that database as necessary). The Production Director also ensures invoices submitted by those vendors are in line with estimates.
The Production Director is highly organized and efficient, with exceptional communication skills and attention to detail. The Production Director is a strong project manager and negotiator. Strong Word, Excel, and SharePoint skills are required. Knowledge of InDesign and other Creative Cloud applications is a plus, as are familiarity with and enthusiasm for music.
- Eight or more years of proven experience in and knowledge of all aspects of print production.
- Demonstrated ability to lead, train, and develop team members and to get results through others.
- Culturally responsive communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to be flexible in the workplace as needs shift.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of departments as well as to engage with leadership and build cross-departmental relationships.
- Excellent time management skills along with the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
- Highly self-motivated and decisive.
- Ability to work on tight deadlines as well as long-lead projects.
- Ability to identify opportunities to test and learn as well as to propose innovative printing strategies on an ongoing basis.
- Superior written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to present and report.
- Knowledge of postal regulations.
- Passion for and commitment to Carnegie Hall’s mission and values.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Some evening and weekend coverage required.
To apply to this role, please send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org . We are an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.