The Institute of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210

Date Posted:
October 20, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Production Manager/ Audio Specialist


The Production Manager/ Audio Specialist will act as part of a team of Production Managers that works to cover all events and performances at the ICA. This position will specifically offer administrative and technical production support to educational events, performance events, and special events. This will include both internal and external Special Events, Films, Educational programs such as Teen Night, Playdate and Teen Convening, and ICA and Global Arts Live performances. The Production Manager will work directly with the internal or external constituents to plan timelines, crew needs, event flow, and technical needs and ensure the highest quality implementation.

In addition, the Production Manager will be responsible for assisting with equipment and space maintenance and consulting on various audio projects throughout the building and at the ICA Watershed. This job does not have a set schedule and night and weekend hours are required. The Production Manager will work with a variety of constituents including VIP’s, artists, ICA staff and theater crews.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with event/performance program manager to identify event needs.

  • Manage equipment allocation, communicate program staffing needs to appropriate internal staff and develop event logistics.

  • Coordinate with Facilities, Security and IT to identify and execute production needs and ensure patrons safety and the safety of our building and artwork.

  • Track event/performance expenses and stay on budget.

  • Oversee day to day activities of hired crew and vendors.

  • Coordinate rentals and deliveries.

  • Be onsite the day of the event to ensure smooth production up to and through the event, including load-in, strike/load-out and restore as needed.

  • Oversee special audio projects as needed.

  • Maintain audio equipment and inventories.

  • Maintain regular firmware/software updates for audio equipment.

  • Attend weekly production department meetings.

  • Maintain proper paper work, event forms and calendar information.

This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions. While the above is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.


    • Related Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

    • Previous experience in an event production operations environment preferred.

    • Highly organized, detail-oriented individual able to juggle multiple projects and work well under pressure.

    • Must be able to work with a variety of clients from Board level to artists to teens.

    • Must have extensive, and demonstrable, knowledge in Audio Engineering.

    • General knowledge of maintenance requirements and techniques for all sound, lighting and theatre equipment.

    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and the Google suite recommended.

    • Excellent communication skills and the ability to stay calm under pressure.

    • A professional demeanor and appearance is required.

    • Ability to work nights, weekends, holidays and overtime.

How To Apply:
Interested candidates should send letter of interest and resume to When applying, please include “Production Manager / Audio Specialist” in the subject line of email.
Apply by:
November 04, 2019
Commensurate with education and experience
About this Organization:

The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.

The ICA’s primary activities are to present outstanding contemporary art in all medium, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video, and performance that is deserving of in depth public attention to Boston audiences. To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art making. To design interpretative programs that provide context for, develop appreciation of, and add meaning to contemporary art and culture