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Area Manager, Entertainment

Santa Clara, California

Job Category: Entertainment Shows/Performers

Req ID 22387
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California’s Great America has an opening for an Entertainment Tech. Area Manager who will report to the Park Operations Manager.  The Area Manager of Entertainment Tech. is primarily responsible for the execution of all technical aspects of the Entertainment division to include developing, coordinating, and managing all operations of Entertainment, Tricks and Treats, Winterfest, special events, shows, and concerts. The Entertainment Tech. Area Manager will also work closely with various departments to create, execute, and manage show and attraction products from concept to operation to strike.

Salary Details: $67,800 - $88,400/yr. based on prior, relevant experience 

  • Acts as a liaison between the Entertainment department and sub‑contracted production staff members to ensure show plans are executed properly and efficiently.
  • Assists in the planning, organizing, install, and production of all lighting, sound, and technical aspects of shows and events. 
  • Assists the Park Operations Manager with budgeting, planning of new show/attraction concepts & design, creation of revision of operating plans, creating and proofing departmental promotional materials as well as other duties as assigned.
  • Manages all technical aspects with California's Great America Entertainment department from concept of production periods including scenic constructions, lighting, and audio to show closing.
  • Coordinates the installation of new show product, attractions and multiple large scale events (including Tricks and Treats, Winterfest, concerts, Carnivale at Orleans Place, Peanuts Celebration, etc.) with multiple departments with California's Great America as well as outside vendors.
  • Coordinates interviews, hiring and onboarding.  Supervises duties of subordinate seasonal staff, including instructing, assigning, planning and reviewing work for accuracy and completeness, maintaining standards, coordinating activities, allocating personnel, training, department scheduling, recommending and approving employee promotions, transfers, discipline and discharge.
  • Manages all theatrical facilities to include coordinating maintenance needs, improvements, sounds, lighting, show support and production supplies. Troubleshoots all technical problems associated to lighting, sounds, scenic equipment, etc. Ensures theatres are ready for rehearsals and performance.
  • Manages approximately 15‑20 shows per year, 20‑25 attractions, and multiple special events. Additionally, oversees technicians including the technician shop.
  • Controls, organizes and executes operating plans for Live Entertainment, Tricks and Treats, Winterfest and other special events. Monitors and takes action to ensure operation remains within budget guidelines set by the Entertainment Manager.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

  • Must have at least 2‑3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Strong knowledge in modern lighting and sound design equipment and tools.
  • Prior hands on technical experience, preferably with lighting, production, decor, etc.
  • Ability to pass a background check, if 18 years of age or older, which may include, but is not limited to, credit, criminal, DMV, previous employment, education and personal reference, per Company policy, unless prohibited by federal, state, or provincial law.
  • Ability to pass a mandatory (or random) drug test, per Company policy, unless prohibited by state or provincial law.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holiday periods to meet business needs.
  • Knowledge and ability to create and manage expense and budgets.
  • High organized and strong attention to detail.  Must be able to manage multiple projects in a fast‑paced and detailed oriented environment. Strong verbal, written, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • High degree of PC literacy including Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends and holiday periods to meet business needs.
  • Possess a valid Driver's License.
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