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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

MANAGING DIRECTOR

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

Founded in 2011, Los Angeles’s Pacific Opera Project (POP) is dedicated to providing quality opera that is innovative, 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 amphitheaters, 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.”

POSITION SUMMARY

POP seeks to hire an experienced, production-savvy, and creative arts leader to contribute to the organization’s artistic and community presence. The successful candidate will have significant fundraising experience in addition to fluency in financial reporting, accrual accounting, and cash flow projections. This position oversees many aspects of the company, but the primary role is to support POP’s mission by raising and managing money. 

 

The position will actively partner with, and report to, the Founding Artistic Director so that business functions and artistic vision work together to ensure the ongoing viability of the company.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Vision and Leadership

  • Craft and lead a long range vision in collaboration with the board & Founding Artistic Director.

  • Direct & motivate the current staff and contractors (Operations Manager, Production Manager, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Digital Content Manager, PR team, Accountant, Insurance Broker, Graphic Designers, Accountant, Grant Writer).

  • As a face of the company, develop strong relationships with the board, donors, partners, and artists.

  • Actively partner with the Founding Artistic Director so that business functions and artistic vision work together to ensure the ongoing viability of the company.

  • Foster a positive culture of inclusivity, diversity, equity, access, and belonging that purposefully welcomes underheard voices, creates safe new spaces for conversation, and enhances cooperation in unified decision making.

 

Finance

  • Lead POP’s financial planning, audit process & development of the annual budget

  • Ensure the practice of proper financial management.

  • Oversee the timely preparation of the annual budget in consultation with the board of directors & treasurer.

  • Communicate the Founding Artistic Director’s programmatic and artistic decision-making priorities through program budget management and advocacy.

  • Create reports of financial actuals vs budget, year-end projections, & cash flow projections each month to submit to POP’s treasurer. 

  • Adhere to POP’s Financial Controls policy to ensure transparent fiscal management. 

  • Explain budgets and forecasts to staff, funders, and board members so that everyone fully understands why financial decisions are made and how resources are allocated.

Fundraising

  • Collaborate with the board and Founding Artistic Director on multi-year planning and strategy.

  • Lead all fundraising efforts and major gift solicitations.

  • Craft and manage annual fundraising campaigns.

  • Maintain relationships with donors, cultivate new prospects, supervise donor appreciation and stewardship.

  • Serve as the primary grant manager and oversee POP’s grant writer.

  • Ensure up-to-date tracking of all contributed income and timely reporting.

  • Serve as primary designer of fundraising events (galas, salons, parties).

Board Relations

  • Serve as the primary contact with the Board of Directors.

  • Partner with the President of the Board to set the agenda & priorities for board meetings.

  • Attend all meetings, prepare and present reports as needed.

  • With the President of the Board, manage member engagement, with a focus on fundraising and recruitment.

  • In collaboration with the board of directors, identify, cultivate, & recruit new board members whose talents, background, interests, experience, and commitment will further POP’s mission.

  • Provide the board with appropriate materials prior to each meeting. Inform members of organizational challenges, successes, & issues in the field that need to be addressed.

 

Marketing and Communications

  • With the Founding Artistic Director, create marketing and promotional plans.

  • Oversee part-time communications team and oversee audience relations.

  • Design season ticket packages and price-point strategy. 

 

Operations

  • Lead all staff meetings and oversee task management of the organization.

  • Serve as the lead HR representative - hire office staff, artists, technical staff and manage the payroll, workers compensation, and CalSavers retirement contributions for each employee. 

  • Keep POP’s insurance policies current (workers compensation, general liability, D&O, auto, accident). 

  • Ensure POP meets all legal obligations (employment law, taxes, business licenses). 

  • Update policies as needed (governance documents, charters, controls, employee handbook). 

 

Production

  • Manage the planning and implementation of each production with the production team.

  • Lead post-production assessment.

  • Create and monitor project budgets with the Founding Artistic Director.

HOURS AND LOCATION

A flexible 40 hours per week. As performances and development meetings are essential components, hours will include evening and weekend work. The Managing Director needs to be on-site for all performances. Hybrid of remote work and in-person meetings in Los Angeles. Non Program Weeks consist of remote administrative work and in-person meetings. Program Weeks: (approx. 20 per season) are longer and include evenings/weekends. Maintain and communicate a schedule of weekly office hours.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with major gifts and/or familiarity with the philanthropic landscape of Los Angeles.

  • Experience managing a staff, human resources, and employment law.

  • A love of music and a belief in its importance.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • A commitment to collaboration and flexibility, with an entrepreneurial bent.

  • Comfort with numbers, softwares, systems, and computers.

  • Knowledge of the performing arts scene in Los Angeles.

  • Extensive experience with producing events.

  • Excellent communication skills with employees and patrons.

  • Excellent writer, editor, and proofreader.

  • Flexible, creative, adaptable, and highly organized

  • Experience leading an organization through a third party audit.

  • Demonstrate exceptional relationship management expertise that builds strong partnerships with individuals and organizations to enhance POPs’ reputation and resources.

  • Expand fundraising efforts, including creating new institutional, individual, and foundation relationships.

COMPENSATION

Salary: $60,000-80,000 commensurate with experience. Adjustments to the compensation range may be appropriate in the event a candidate has significant experience as an Executive Director for similar arts organizations. We are looking for someone to grow with us. Compensation grows as the organization grows. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a formal cover letter and resume to jobs@pacificoperaproject.com no later than January 15, 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.

www.pacificoperaproject.com/jobs

 

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

YOUTH PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR 

(SHORT TERM CONTRACT)

Location: Los Angeles Area (preferable/helpful)

 

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW 

Founded in 2011, Los Angeles’s Pacific Opera Project (POP) is dedicated to providing quality opera that is innovative, 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 amphitheaters, 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.”

POSITION SUMMARY

POP seeks to hire a youth program instructor to contribute to the organization’s growing Education Department. The position includes delivering opera and music education to youth members throughout Los Angeles. 

The successful candidate will have experience working on-site with children, a passion for the arts and arts education, flexibility, and a positive attitude.

 

The Youth Program Instructor will report directly to the Director of Education and Community Engagement.

This is a short-term contracted position (maximum 5 hours a week) at $20/hr from mid-January to mid-March 2023. Hours could increase as needed and approved by the Department Director. Total compensation will not exceed $300, and opportunities for contract renewal in the future are likely.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Educate K-12 youth members on opera and performing arts through POP's My First Opera and Opera Explorers curricula (training will be provided)

  • Promote the values of art and music, by energetically leading youth art activities on opera, classical music, arts & crafts, production, and more

  • Evaluate POP curricula through structured feedback, and adapt activities and lesson plans to fit different students' learning levels

  • Assist the Director of Education & Community Engagement with job tasks

  • Support staff at POP Engagement Events within Los Angeles County

  • Support POP staff at opera productions (this task may include evening and weekend work hours)

  • Attend staff meetings

  • Maintain a positive attitude when interacting with POP staff, POP artists, school and youth center leaders, and the community

  • Maintain a teaching schedule and a system of reliability

  • Be punctual and have the ability to commute to a variety of schools and youth centers throughout Los Angeles independently

  • Follow safety policies and protocols, as enforced by POP, venues, schools, and county and federal agencies

  • Spanish language preferred, but not required

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion for working with children, and helping them foster creativity

  • A passion for music, performing arts, opera, and/or music education

  • A belief that art should be accessible to, and inclusive of, all community members, including marginalized groups

  • Be self-sufficient and have the ability to perform tasks without supervision

  • Obtain the willingness to learn new skills

  • Be punctual and reliable

  • Be flexible, and have the ability to easily adapt to different work schedules and locations (Examples: schools, theaters, recreation centers, etc. POP will always work to accommodate your school and employment schedule, as needed.)

 

COMPENSATION

Salary: This is a short term position (5 hours per week maximum) at $20/hr, with extra hours as needed. Hours could increase, as needed and approved by the Department Director.

 

HOW TO APPLY 

Please send a resume to learn@pacificoperaproject.com no later than January 14, 2023.​ Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please indicate how you heard about this position in an email. 

 

POP believes that the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, women and LGBTQIA2+ 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.

www.pacificoperaproject.com/jobs

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

AUDITIONS

Auditions Announced for Local LA and Southern California based singers - DEC 7 and 8, 2022

Pacific Opera Project announces auditions for local, Southern California based artists December 7 and 8, 2022. These auditions are primarily for casting comprimario roles, covers, and chorus in our May production of The Pirates of Penzance, but singers will also be considered for the upcoming 23-24 season (not yet announced) and other performances this season. We are particularly interested in hearing singers new to the area since our last in-person auditions in 2019 (regardless of your interest/availablity for Pirates).  

 

Apply through this Google Form by November 23. Space will be limited, so please submit your materials early. Auditions will be in Highland Park. All roles and chorus are paid. 

 

These auditions are for singers based in LA or Southern California only. Auditions for our 23-24 Season will take place in the spring and will be open to all singers. Singers with whom we are familiar may not need to audition for Pirates, but we would like to know you are interested. You should email us and let us know you are interested in certain roles, covers, or chorus for Pirates at auditions@pacificoperaproject.com

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