Production Manager

Human Rights Foundation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 12

Position description

HRF is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies and authoritarian regimes. We focus on over 90 countries where individual freedoms and liberties are most at risk, and where democracies are non-existent or fraudulent. Our work includes effective campaigns to free political prisoners, international events such as the Oslo Freedom Forum, the education of U.S. students on the value and fragility of individual rights and democracy, and programs such as Flash Drives for Freedom that publicize human rights violators and directly support dissidents and human rights defenders at risk.  

Working under the supervision of the Vice President of Events, the Production Manager is responsible for coordinating production needs across multiple national and international events and programs and building out and overseeing contracted production teams. This position plays a key role in the budgeting, scheduling of work, and coordination of information between departments. The production manager will act as the “glue” bringing teams together with above average communication and organizational/document tracking skills. 

The production manager will take initiative, develop new systems, mentor staff and be able to handle a large variety of activities and tasks within the world of events, live design, and branding. 


  • Develop the production timeline and budget in consultation with the VP of Events
  • Prepare the production unit, building teams, overseeing crews
  • Account for the quality of all deliverables while managing the project plan from start to finish
  • Source venues, third-party vendors, and talent for all aspects of events
  • Collaborate with vendors to ensure quality and create smoother workflows 
  • Manage production communications, keep stakeholders involved 
  • Work with the Creative team to manage branding, environmental design, and promotional materials
  • Procure permits, civil documents, and all other permits/paperwork for events
  • Create space layouts, cost estimates, take photos, and manage all technical and event documentation 
  • Conduct weekly production meetings
  • Create event reports 
  • Work with VP of Events to move projects through contract phase 
  • Determine program needs via site visits and planning meetings
  • Collaborate with HRF Teams to foster innovation


  • 3+ years’ experience managing event production projects with marketing and outcomes mindset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of event and theatrical production
  • Experience creating and managing budgets and production timelines 
  • Experience with show calling and managing union crews
  • Understanding of event technologies including a/v, lighting, rigging, and scenography
  • Ability to handle numerous projects simultaneously with excellent organizational skills, while self-managing priorities and commitments
  • Ability to anticipate obstacles and create solutions - rather than just point out challenges
  • Ability to change direction if the original plan is not working; thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment
  • Ability to travel, work odd hours, and still remain connected to remote teams
  • Ability to move, lift, carry, push, pull and place objects up to 25 pounds without assistance
  • Ability to reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping
  • Ability to stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time
  • Passion for new technology, experiential events, human rights 
  • Touring & road experience a plus
  • Flexible and long hours sometimes required

What We Appreciate 

  • Forward creative thinking 
  • Direct and clear communication 
  • Self drive and passion
  • Servant leadership

Application instructions

Please email with your resume and a cover letter using “Production Manager - Application” as the subject line

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