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Location: Los Angeles Hybrid (remote, with occasional in-office and performance days)

Founded in 2011, Los Angeles’s Pacific Opera Project (POP) is dedicated to providing quality opera that is accessible, affordable, and entertaining. LA Magazine writes “If you think you hate opera, you’ve probably never seen a Pacific Opera Project show.” POP’s regularly sold out performances take place in a wide variety of venues, from outdoors, to small clubs, big amphitheatres, and warehouses. LA Weekly named POP the “Best Opera Company in Los Angeles” in 2018, writing “making opera cool, affordable, accessible and enticing to young audiences is easier said than done. It’s also something every opera company in the country is trying desperately to do… [Pacific Opera Project] is not trying desperately to be hip. It just is.”

POP seeks to hire an enthusiastic and experienced Development Associate to play a vital role in supporting POP’s fundraising efforts and ensuring our financial sustainability. This position works closely with the Executive Director to implement fundraising strategies, manage donor relationships, contribute to corporate strategy development, manage the grant calendar, and support the overall success of POP’s development initiatives. The Development Associate will report to the Executive Director. This is a Part-Time position (10 hours per week) at $22/hr. Hours could increase, especially next season, as needed and as approved by the Executive Director and Board.


Donor Relationship Management:

  • Assist in cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with individual donors and members, corporate sponsors, foundations, and government agencies

  • Support donor stewardship activities, including acknowledgment letters, thank-you calls, updates, impact reports, and personalized communications

Donor Database Management:

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor records in POP’s patron database, Neon CRM

  • Input donor information, track interactions and gifts, and generate reports as needed

  • Regularly review data for accuracy and integrity

  • Screen DonorSearch database for prospective donors

Research and Prospect Identification:

  • Conduct research to identify potential individual, corporate, and foundation prospects for fundraising purposes.

  • Conduct research to identify potential grant opportunities aligned with the organization’s mission and programs as needed.

  • Assist in writing persuasive grant proposals, applications, and letters of inquiry, ensuring compliance with guidelines and deadlines

Fundraising Event Support:

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Development Committee team to plan, coordinate, and execute annual POPaganza “friendraiser/fundraiser” event (March 2024)

  • Assist in invitations, event production, guest registration, and on-site event support


  • Bachelor’s degree in arts or related field such as nonprofit management, arts administration, or communications

  • Minimum 2 years in development or membership position in nonprofit setting

  • Basic understanding of fundraising techniques and best practices

  • Demonstrated passion for and knowledge of art and culture

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with attention to detail and ability to tailor messages and styles to different audiences

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously

  • Proficiency in using donor databases and fundraising software. Training will be provided for Neon CRM and DonorSearch

  • Strong research skills, with the ability to gather and synthesize information effectively

  • Proficiency in Google Suite (Docs, Sheets), Zoom, and Trello

  • Collaborative and enthusiastic team player with the ability to work independently 

This is a Part-Time position (10 hours per week) at $22/hr with extra hours as needed. Hours could increase, as needed and approved by the Executive Director and board.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to no later than September 30, 2023.​ Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this position. 

POP believes that the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, women and LGBTQ people — must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.



There are no auditions announced at this time! Please check back or follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

POP Artist Recital Series

Are you an singer or instrumentalist who has worked with POP before? Are you interested in performing in recital at POP HQ (AKA "The POPera Shop") in Highland Park? We'd love to hear from you! POP's Artist Recital Series is a collaborative recital program consisting of 4-8 recitals in both the fall and spring. This is an incredible opportunity for us to help showcase the talent of our beloved artists.


For more information, contact:

Julia Johnson, Recital Series Coordinator

julia@pacificoperaproject.comFor i

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