Associate Director, Event Production

Minneapolis, MN

The Walker Art Center empowers people to experience the transformative possibilities of the art and ideas of our time and to imagine the world in new ways. In our over 125-year history, we have become one of the most celebrated art museums in the country and we are known for our innovative presentations and acclaimed collections of contemporary art across the spectrum of the visual, performing, and media arts.

Manage all aspects of the Event Production department to assure clear communication, technical excellence, and economic viability for all Walker Art Center events in accordance with Walker standards. 



Department Management

  • Manage recruitment, staffing, training, scheduling, and management of all EP staff. resources (personnel and equipment) to support programming and production needs
  • In partnership with Performing Arts, Moving Image, and other institutional stakeholders collaborate to balance programming needs and event production resources
  • Function as Walker Art Center representative supervising aesthetic, budget, programmatic, safety concerns, and strategic planning goals in the maintenance and management of equipment and procedure.
  • Ensure all appropriate maintenance of existing event production equipment and the acquisition of new equipment, technology, and supplies for optimal department performance
  • Supervise the maintenance of Walker venue information, drawings, and technical guidelines and provide the same for offsite venues as addenda to contracts
  • Adhere to and promote the Walker’s strategic and DEIA goals within your work and department
  • Manage all event production financial responsibilities including budget management and reporting, implementing systems to control production expenditures, and preparing for future departmental investment

Event/Program Management

  • Support the work of the Event Production Manager, assisting in the planning and execution of programs and special events when needed
  • Coordinate staffing, resources, and logistics (mapping, agendas, and timelines) applicable to the program/event specifications.
  • Negotiate and manage vendor and supplier contracts as needed.
  • On the day of, oversee and supervise the production and presentation of events

Performs other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of 7 years of experience working in event production is required
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working as a production manager for large-scale performance events in dance, music, theater, multimedia, and/or site-specific performances.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience directly supervising employees, coaching and mentoring them toward professional growth
  • Demonstrated experience in budget management and resource allocations is a must
  • Must demonstrate a working knowledge of technologies used for budgeting, word processing, email, scheduling and timesheet approval, and computer presentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with others, having strong communications skills.
  • Ability to be self-motivated, show initiative, and excellent nimbleness in daily operations and occasional time-sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrate a supportive and problem-solving attitude toward working with artists.


  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at times
  • Potential use of power hand tools
  • Must be able to physically maneuver and perform physical tasks within performance and event production spaces such as cinemas and theaters


  • This position is considered full-time, exempt. As an exempt position, it is not eligible for overtime pay. The minimum compensation for this role is $70,000 annually. The Walker offers a wide range of benefits for both part-time and full-time employees.
  • This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship.

Vaccination Expectation

The Walker Art Center’s COVID vaccination policy requires staff to be fully vaccinated or to supply a negative test every 6 days. We will consider requests for reasonable accommodations based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs

Walker’s DEI commitment

The Walker is committed to being an employer with a staff who, at all job levels, reflects the rich diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We are dedicated to ensuring inclusion and equity in all our employment practices. We deeply value and welcome all the unique lived experiences in our applicants and encourage anyone meeting the minimum requirements to apply.

Recruitment Timeline

All positions are open until filled.