Townsend Opera seeks confident, detail-oriented, energetic applicants for the part-time position of General Director. The General Director works closely with, and reports to, the Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors
Townsend Opera is entering its 35th season of producing operas in California’s Central Valley and is about to introduce its new name, Opera Modesto, to the community. Vibrant audiences of all ages have been the norm at Townsend Opera, whose mission is to deliver traditional operas, contemporary works, intimate recitals, and other exciting musical and educational events to our community and the region. To assist the General Director, Townsend Opera employs a Marketing/Development Coordinator and seasonal production staff (including the Artistic/Music Director) as well as a large group of volunteers and a dedicated Board of Directors. Townsend Opera’s annual programming typically includes two fully staged operas (two performances of each production performed in Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts, where it is a resident company) and several recitals at local venues, as well as an annual summer institute, vocal competition, and other educational activities for young singers.
Qualifications and Responsibilities of the General Director:
Townsend Opera is seeking to hire an enthusiastic, resourceful General Director with a passion for opera, a strong background in organizing and/or producing operas, excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage a range of day-to-day aspects of a thriving non-profit performing arts organization. The General Director will partner with the Executive Director and Artistic/Music Director in developing programs and leading the renamed company, Opera Modesto, in the next phase of its organizational development in this its 35th season. Townsend Opera’s goals are to provide opera productions consistently of the highest quality, to grow and secure its operational infrastructure, and to broaden and secure its financial foundation and future. The General Director reports to the Executive Director and the President of the Board of Directors, and supervises the staff and operations of the company.
Primary responsibilities include program development, production management, marketing/development, and office administration. The position will include various additional tasks/projects developed and executed in collaboration with the Executive Director.
Specific primary responsibilities include:
Program Development – In consultation with the Executive and Artistic/Music Directors, select repertoire and performers; schedule performances, recitals, educational activities, and special events; develop and monitor budgets for each season
Production Management – Administer artistic contracts, organize artist travel and housing; hire seasonal production personnel, and oversee production procedures for all performances and rehearsals (this includes weekend/night responsibilities for performances and events); negotiate contracts for venues and services associated with all productions; maintain supertitle library and warehoused production sets, costumes, and properties
Marketing/Development – Supervise the work of the Marketing/Development Coordinator; assist with implementing public/media relations campaigns, including radio, print, social media, local events calendar listings, etc.; monitor sales/solicitation strategies and oversee the creation of advertising materials/graphics by staff and contractors; maintain regular communication with donors/patrons as needed through thank you letters, e-blasts, and scheduled fundraising campaigns; oversee maintenance of the company website, YouTube channel, and other social media platforms
Office Administration – With the assistance of the Marketing/Development Coordinator and volunteer staff, handle office correspondence (mail, email, and phone calls) and purchase office and production supplies; with the assistance of an accountant, pay bills, manage payroll, make bank deposits, and complete monthly income/expense reconciliation using QuickBooks
Necessary Skills and Experience:
The successful candidate will have the professional experience and interpersonal skills to work effectively and harmoniously with the Board of Directors, the Executive and Artistic/Music Directors, and other staff and volunteers in accomplishing the organization’s mission and achieving its goals. The General Director will be a key spokesperson for the company and will engage with artists, audiences, and supporters. S/he will be energetic and inspire confidence and enthusiasm in all constituents. The successful candidate should have substantial arts management experience in a nonprofit performing arts organization or close equivalent. Willingness to learn new skills and adapt to the needs of our vibrant organization is essential. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Proficiency with software programs such as Microsoft Office and QuickBooks as well as with the various social media networks and internet is preferred. Experience with donor databases and management tools will also be considered. Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree or equivalent experience is preferred.
Details of the Position:
The General Director position is approximately 20-24 hrs/week during the performance season (September-May), with more flexibility in the summer. Partial work-from-home arrangements are possible, with the General Director generally needing to be in the Modesto office a minimum of 3-4 days per week (more often during production weeks).
Annual salary, commensurate with experience, will range from $30,000-$40,000 and includes 2 weeks paid vacation during the summer. To receive full consideration, please send résumé and letter of interest to [email protected] with the subject line “General Director Application” and your first and last name, by September 15th, when the applicant review process will begin.
Please no calls; email submissions only.
Position to begin Fall 2018.