As a full-time member of the Artistic Operations Department and stage crew, the Assistant Stage Manager (Lighting) is responsible for performing routine duties in the support of all stage activities related to the placement and movement of equipment and instruments for the smooth and efficient operation of both SLSO and non-SLSO events in Powell Hall, as well as select services outside of Powell Hall, including parks concerts, runouts and tours. In addition, the position serves as the primary lighting technician for SLSO and non-SLSO events in Powell Hall, as well as select services outside of Powell Hall. As assigned in the Stage Manager’s absence, this position functions as the Stage Manager, leading stage crew activity and stage crew members, both full-time and extra stage hands. This is a high-energy, fast-paced position requiring planning, organization, ability to manage work for multiple concurrent projects and attention to detail. Teamwork is crucial to the success of this position. In addition, this position requires the ability to promote a positive and passionate work atmosphere by working with internal and external contacts in a professional and team-oriented manner. This position requires a variable work schedule, regularly including evenings and weekends.
COMPENSATION SUMMARY This position is eligible for a generous benefit package provided by the SLSO and/or Union as outlined in the contract, including paid vacation, paid holidays, paid sick leave, paid funeral leave, jury duty pay, professional development pay, Health and Welfare contribution (including contribution during off season weeks), pension contribution and profit sharing plan contribution. In addition, the SLSO also currently provides $50,000 life insurance and $50,000 AD&D insurance policy and $200 per year fitness reimbursement. This is a union position requiring membership in I.A.T.S.E. local No. 6. Current contract provides a guarantee of 40 hours minimum per week for 43 weeks per year. Based on an average of 45 hours per week, it is reasonable to see this position receive the following estimated compensation and benefits, as outlined in the current contract for the 2019-20 season:
Estimated annual (43 weeks) gross wages of approximately $62,000.00
Estimated 15% health and welfare contribution of approximately $10,020.00 (including $80/week contribution made during 9 off season summer weeks)
Estimated 15% profit sharing contribution of approximately $9,300.00
Estimated Pension contribution of $4,622.50
Vacation based on years of service (40 hours after 1 year, 80 hours after 2 years, 120 hours after 3 years, 160 hours after 5 years, 200 hours after 15 years)
Holiday pay of 8 hours of pay for the following holidays that fall within the 43-week term: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day. 2 additional days to be taken before or after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Holiday pay for Easter if called to work on that day.
120 hours of sick pay per year (may accumulate from year to year up to a max of 480 hours)
8 hours pay per day for each day of jury duty (less any sums received for serving on jury duty, max 80 hours)
24 hours of funeral leave
8 hours of professional development pay
Tour scale and per diem
POSTION QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Knowledge: Requires thorough knowledge of concert production and stagecraft with an emphasis on lighting, including operation of hand tools, current sound and lighting equipment. Knowledge of PC network environment using Microsoft Office applications is also required.
Experience: Minimum 1 year experience leading stage crews; minimum 2 years lighting technician experience; 5 years stage crew experience preferred. Video experience a plus.
FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB
Organize, prepare and execute the placement and movement of equipment and instruments for orchestra rehearsals and concerts, as well as for hall rentals and non-orchestral events. Perform work for load-outs, load-ins and set-ups for services in Powell Hall, as well as tours, run-outs, and performances outside Hall. Execute setup of equipment and instruments in Front of House and support spaces as needed. Perform routine maintenance as needed. Operate and troubleshoot house lighting, video and sound systems. Instruct extra stage hands on how to operate these systems as needed.
Serve as primary lighting technician for SLSO and non-SLSO events in Powell Hall, as well as select services outside of Powell Hall. Consistently maintain house lighting systems and equipment and keep up-to-date maintenance records. Working closely with Director of Operations, suggest equipment, methods and/or modes of operation to improve lighting quality and reduce cost of operations, prepare project proposals including equipment needed and labor estimates, and assist with budget preparation for equipment, projects and maintenance as needed.
Act as Stage Manager as assigned. Lead stage crew, including Assistant Stage Manager (Sound) and 4th Stagehand if scheduled, as well as extra stage hands. Lead load-outs, load-ins and set-ups for services in Powell Hall, as well as tours, run-outs, and performances outside Hall. Proactively address and correct any issues that arise during crew work. Proactively report any issues to SLSO Management. Ensure individual and crew work is consistently correct and completed on time. Ensure stage crew is professional, productive and responsive during calls.
In conjunction with Stage Manager, maintain official organized files for stage crew areas of stage productions, SLSO sponsored events, hall rentals, and tours. Assist with maintenance and inventory of stage and touring equipment in conjunction with the Production and Hall Rental Manager. Read and respond to email. Maintain up-to-date calendar in Outlook. Attend scheduled meetings as needed.
Perform other duties as directed.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Maintain positive work atmosphere by interacting and communicating in a manner that enhances collaboration with musicians, guest artists, co-workers, supervisors, customers and vendors.
Conduct oneself in a manner befitting a representative of the SLSO at all times.
Demonstrate professionalism and expertise.
Ability to work within budgetary constraints, maintaining fiscal responsibility and integrity in all financial matters.
Highly developed interpersonal skills with an emphasis on communication.
Ability to perform diversified duties requiring an extensive knowledge of concert production and stagecraft.
Ability to problem solve and plan, taking initiative and identifying solutions.
Ability to plan and arrange own work independently.
Ability to use basic power and hand tools.
Ability to operate house sound, lighting and video equipment.
Ability to work and meet deadlines in an environment with frequent distractions.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out oral or written instructions.
Ability to use Microsoft Office computer applications.
License(s)/Certification(s) Required: Must be a member of I.A.T.S.E. local No. 6
About Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Celebrated as one of today's most exciting and enduring orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country, marking its 140th year with the 2019/2020 season. Widely considered one of the world's finest, the SLSO maintains its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community connections – all in service to its mission of enriching lives through the power of music.