POSITION: Health & Safety Manager
REPORTS TO: Producer & Director of Organizational Culture
LOCATION: On site at Williamstown from June 26 - August 13
COMPENSATION: $1000-1200 weekly
HIRING TIMELINE: Applications to be accepted until position is filled with a priority application deadline of March 10. Application review and interviews to be conducted starting March 13 with an anticipated start date of June 26.
The Health & Safety Manager is a new position at the Williamstown Theatre Festival assigned to developing a company culture that prioritizes physical safety through the creation and implementation of robust safety policies, procedures, and resources. This position will ensure all those working at the Festival understand and participate in creating a physically safe work environment. WTF recognizes that the development of a fully integrated safety program will be a multi-year process. This position is intended to lay some of the framework for this program for years to come.
- Update, maintain, and distribute all workplace safety protocols in order to create a physically safe working environment for all staff.
- Manage the Festival’s COVID-19 compliance in collaboration with Producer & Director of Organizational Culture so that Festival is up to date with CDC and State guidelines as well as those issued by Actor’s Equity Association and Williams College
- Communicate all protocols to Festival Department heads and track implementation across all aspects of the Festival
- If necessary, coordinate regular testing for all Festival participants
- Procure and maintain safety equipment including first aid kits, PPE and other equipment needed for offices, departments and rehearsal rooms
- Monitor safety compliance, cConduct a job hazard analysis survey, identify potential hazards, and ensure compliance with regulatory OSHA requirements
- Manage accident and near miss tracking and reporting structure in conjunction with Business Office and provide any necessary follow up with employees.
- Responsible for identifying all necessary safety training and developing tracking systems for all required training with staff.
- Act as primary liaison to Williams College for any and all safety related issues.
- Exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance
- Embrace the Festival’s commitment to EDIA and Anti-Racism by actively participating in and encouraging behaviors among staff members that exemplify respect; interrupting microaggressions and other behaviors that hinder our EDIA and Anti-Racism efforts; engaging in the diversification of the workforce; demonstrating a degree of cultural competency that encourages healthy relationships with all company members
- Adhering to all Festival safety protocols
- An essential function of this job is in-person work in Williamstown, MA.
- Previous experience in and strong knowledge of theatre production
- Excellent project management skills
- Familiarity with OSHA and union rules and guidelines, especially Actors Equity Association
- OSHA certification preferred, or the interest in becoming OSHA-certified
Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought emerging and professional theater artists together for 68 years to create a thrilling summer festival of world premiere work alongside fresh, new revivals. New plays and musicals commissioned, developed, and produced at the Festival fill theaters around the world. In recent years, WTF has been represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside, The Rose Tattoo, Grand Horizons, Seared, Selling Kabul, Unknown Soldier, and Lempicka, among others. Cost of Living, which premiered at WTF, received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Learn more at wtfestival.org.
Williamstown Theatre Festival’s season takes place on the beautiful campus of Williams College in Williamstown, MA with backdrops of the Berkshire, Green, and Taconic mountain ranges. Williamstown, MA (estimated pop. 7,813) is located in Berkshire County (estimated pop. 128,657) in Western Massachusetts and is an hour’s drive from Albany, NY and 30 minutes from Pittsfield, MA.
The Williams College campus and the 62’ Center for Theatre and Dance are within walking distance of Spring Street, which has several restaurants with dine-in and takeout options, a pharmacy, a coffee shop, an ice cream shop, a movie theater, and several stores. The nearest grocery store is a 10-minute drive from campus and not within walking distance. Having a personal vehicle does provide more flexibility in grocery-shopping and expands dining and activities options. For those who bring vehicles, parking is free at designated locations on Williams campus with a parking pass. For a list of all the things to do and see in Williamstown and the Northern Berkshires, visit DestinationWilliamstown.org.
All seasonal staff are provided housing free of charge on campus at Williams College. Housing is dorm-style with private bedrooms and shared common areas, including bathroom and kitchen. Williams College housing is not air-conditioned. Weather ranges from evenings on the cooler side but can also be quite warm with temperatures in the 90s with high humidity.
We acknowledge that Williamstown Theatre Festival is a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) located in a county that is 91% white, according to the US Census Bureau. We are actively engaged in the work of becoming a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive institution that not only welcomes BIPOC artists and staff but nurtures an environment that allows everyone to thrive. More specific actions on these efforts can be found in our Progress Report on our website: https://wtfestival.org/work-learn/.
Williamstown Theatre Festival is committed to telling diverse stories and to fostering an inclusive environment both onstage and off. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. We believe that opportunity, access, resources, and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Therefore, WTF is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants shall be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, familial status, ancestry, genetics, or any other class or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Candidates from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.