SF job opening: Production & Operations Manager

Position overview

KADIST San Francisco seeks a Production & Operations Manager responsible for guiding a portfolio of local exhibitions and events to completion at the highest level of professional conduct and creative practice. The Production & Operations Manager is a dynamic, self-motivated individual with proven experience and expertise in exhibition and event production, installation and presentation. Reporting to the Director, and working closely with the Programs Manager, the Production & Operations Manager oversees production on-site, outside fabrication as-needed, and technical media support.


• prepare and maintain the exhibition spaces, also during the duration of the exhibition
• schedule, manage and supervise a small team of production contractors during installation and deinstallation, helping to find contractors as needed
• draw up a schedule for installing and dismantling exhibitions
• oversee and/or implement wall preparation and painting, wall construction and demolition, setting lighting, handling art, packing, wrapping, installing fixtures, installing exhibition graphics such as vinyl and preparing files in illustrator and more.
• coordinate the technical preparation, construction and dismantling of events such as lectures and debates, performances, screenings, …
• coordinate with printers, fabricators, contractors and other parties when needed to request quotes and conclude contracts
• comply with electrical codes, ADA compliance, and restrictions of space to ensure safety, sustainability, technical feasibility, financial feasibility

• supervise proper maintenance and/or upkeep KADIST San Francisco facilities and gallery infrastructure (general maintenance, alarm system, heating, lighting)
• take responsibility for all equipment, tools, all audio-visual supplies, appliances, maintenance supplies, security, exterior, and as-needed repairs

Museum standards are expected for art handling, installation and presentation techniques.


• proven ability with museum/gallery exhibition production and installation, art handling, packing and transport. References in that area is an advantage.
• knowledge and experience of best practices, high degree of organizational skills and attention to details, and ability to handle multiple projects in various stages with multiple team members
• ability to think along creatively and provide technical advice to the artists and curators, with attention to the budgetary framework
• a team player and smooth communicator, both with internal and with external contacts
• minimum 3 years of experience managing exhibition production and installation.

• preferred: working knowledge of drafting software and understanding of audio and video presentation techniques.

Other skills and abilities

• ability to work scheduled overtime during periods of installation/deinstallation
• ability to lift up to 40 lbs


Contractor position. Part-time (approx. 20 hours/week) with schedule flexibility based on exhibitions and events installation periods. Start date is mid-October 2018, possibly earlier depending on candidate’s availabilities and exhibition calendar. Annual compensation between $29,000-$37,000 commensurate with experience and skills.


For immediate consideration send CV, recent portfolio and references to [email protected] with “Production & Operations” in the subject line. Applications will start being reviewed on August 27, 2018.

KADIST considers all candidates for employment regardless race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, or political affiliation.


KADIST believes contemporary artists make an important contribution to a progressive society, their work often addressing key issues of our time. KADIST is a non-profit organization that encourages this engagement and is dedicated to extending the reach of artists represented in its collection to a global audience, thus facilitating new connections across cultures. Its programs develop collaborations with artists, curators and many art organizations around the world. Local programs in KADIST’s hubs of Paris and San Francisco include exhibitions, public events, residencies and educational initiatives. Complemented by an active online network, they aim at creating vibrant conversations about contemporary art and ideas.

3295 20th street
San Francisco, CA 94110