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Title: Porter

Department: Campus Experience

Reports to: Event Services Manager


The porter staff is an integral part of the daily operations and functions of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Merriam Theater, and the Academy of Music. The porters provide event support by maintaining inventory of and setting up all equipment and furniture in the front-of-house spaces and is responsible for moving equipment, furniture, boxes and miscellaneous articles of various types within the buildings and throughout the campus.

Essential Functions:

  • Set and strike all front-of-house event setups in the public spaces, special event spaces,and meeting rooms according to floor-plans and request forms. These setups includetables, linens, chairs, poster cases, coat racks, stanchions, stages, etc.
  • Drop and pick up Kimmel Center, Inc. owned equipment for catering department events
  • Set, remove, and store building furniture when needed
  • Conduct daily facility walk-through to ensure all equipment is in its appropriate place andall furniture is set according to the floor-plan
  • Move and relocate office furniture, boxes, public area furniture and other equipment
  • Inspect, clean, care for, and, in some cases, assemble or repair furniture or other equipment
  • Track and maintain inventory of department issued equipment, furniture, tables, chairs, poster cases, etc.
  • Follow safety protocols and maintain an orderly appearance in storage and common-use areas
  • Responsible for appearance and cleanliness of equipment, including laundering linens and chair covers
  • Trash/recycle old printed materials and equipment
  • Receive and sign for equipment deliveries
  • Maintain awareness of building schedules
  • Assist with planning/logistics of future event setups
  • Maintain open communication with House Management and other porter staff during shift
  • Collaborate with I.A.T.S.E. stage hands regarding event setups and use of shared space and equipment
  • On occasion, meet with clients to discuss last-minute needs
  • Transport client equipment and paraphernalia within the building(s)
  • Transport and stock marketing materials including brochures, programs, and inserts
  • Deliver large or bulk mail items from administrative offices to other buildings in the campus
  • Hang large posters (3 sheets) in exterior cases using a ladder
  • Attend required employee staff development meetings/programs/trainings
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma
  • Previous event setup experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to work effectively with all personality types
  • Ability to maintain a cooperative spirit when working with peers, supervisors, clients and guests
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions independently
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight time constraints
  • Willingness to perform any other job related functions

Environment, Physical Demands, and Other Conditions:

  • Ability to perform light physical tasks exerting up to 60lbs of force on a frequent basis and up to 150lbs on an occasional basis
  • Ability to perform such activities as grasping, lifting, reaching, crouching, walking, climbing, sitting and carrying repetitively and for long periods of time
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, mornings, and nights
  • Must wear closed toe-shoes, Kimmel issued uniform, belted pants, and proper Kimmel issued identification

To apply for this position, send your cover letter and resume to Kimmel Cultural Campus Human Resources:

Kimmel Center, Inc.
Human Resources
One S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
email: [email protected]

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