Job Opportunities/Internships

Managing Director

Job Title: Managing Director
Reports to: General Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisory Responsibility: Director of Development, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Director of Community Relations, Engagement Programs Manager

General Position Summary:
The Managing Director is responsible for the daily administrative operations of the organization through oversight of fundraising, public relations and marketing, Board relations, and general company business.

Essential Functions/Major responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

The Managing Director works in close partnership with the General Director and other members of the senior staff to advance the company’s artistic mission and institutional vision. He/She is an innovative, organized and results-oriented person; thinks strategically, has strong interpersonal skills as well as excellent analytical, organizational, reasoning and problem solving abilities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Engage in an adaptive strategy process with General Director and senior staff, focusing on achieving Opera Omaha’s short-term and long-term organizational vision, mission, goals and objectives.
  • Work closely with General Director and Director of Development to identify, implement, and evaluate fundraising strategies to reach annual and long-range contributed revenue goals.
  • Work with Director of Development to craft clear and compelling narrative for corporate and foundation proposals and grant reports.
  • Work closely with General Director and Director of Marketing and Public Relations to plan and implement a comprehensive marketing plan each season, to grow the subscriber base, increase single and group ticket sales, and grow awareness of and attendance at community engagement programs.
  • Work closely with Director of Community Relations and Engagement Programs Manager to develop season engagement and education activity schedule, integration of Community Artists into events and performances, and development of new collaborative partnerships in the community.
  • Work closely with Director of Finance and Human Resources to facilitate generation of departmental financial information for inclusion in operating budget, and to generate financials for funding proposals, grant reports, and Board reports.
  • Communicate regularly with all department heads to facilitate budget management and track revenue goals, cash flow projections, and monthly financial reporting.
  • Facilitate staff-wide communication on event management, including staff functions and assignments for events and performances.
  • Cultivate relationships with Opera Omaha’s major constituent groups including the Board of Directors, Advisors, and Guild.
  • Attend all Opera Omaha performances and events; attend all Board and committee meetings as assigned; represent Opera Omaha at civic and cultural events in a manner that demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.
  • Supervise the performance of Director of Development and Director of Marketing and Public Relations facilitating communication between departments to move activity forward effectively and efficiently; provide leadership, motivation, and strategic direction needed to ensure the effective pursuit of organizational goals, department goals, and earned and contributed revenue goals.
  • Perform other functions as assigned by the General Director.


Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in arts administration or related degree a strong plus.
  • Minimum 7 years of non-profit performing arts management experience required with proven track record in organizational advancement and staff leadership.
  • Experience with non-profit Boards and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated skills in fundraising, marketing & communications, organizational infrastructure, and long-range planning and implementation.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to listen and to manage staff relationships with integrity, honesty and humor
  • Demonstrated success motivating and developing staff, Board, and other volunteers
  • Positive attitude and willingness to be a contributing team member; flexible and resilient – comfortable embracing change
  • Unwavering commitment and loyalty to the organization
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Strong computer skills
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and the arts community in Omaha a strong plus
  • Familiarity with opera, theatre, and/or music a strong plus


To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources: Please include "Managing Director" in the subject line of the email.

Graphic Designer

Job Title: Graphic Designer
Reports to: Director of Marketing and Public Relations
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisory Responsibility: Not applicable

General Position Summary:
Opera Omaha is seeking a graphic designer to communicate Opera Omaha’s brand and offerings through communication art such as print collateral, web, email marketing campaigns, ads and more. Opera Omaha is a cutting-edge opera company in the Midwest and the only professional opera company in the state of Nebraska. Always on the brink of innovative ideas and programming, Opera Omaha is seeking a graphic designer who will embrace the company’s exciting developments. The graphic designer needs to possess attention to detail, strong organizational skills and superb communication skills, in addition to excellent design skills and knowledge of the industry’s latest trends.


Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

  • Designs advertising and promotional materials such as print ads, posters, flyers, billboards, brochures, postcards, web ads, newsletters, invitations, signage, etc.
  • Creates and deploys HTML emails using Constant Contact and Mail 2.
  • Keeps the Opera Omaha website current and leads other staff members on web updates and maintenance.
  • Maintains and refines the organizational brand.
  • Ensures each collateral project stays within budget.
  • Is present at each opera performance and final dress rehearsal.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Marketing & PR on communication strategies for the company
  • Gathers and compares print bids and coordinates print vendors.
  • Works closely with any external agency and/or artists engaged in development of company’s creative.
  • Works with every department of Opera Omaha including development, education, outreach, and production to create materials and communication to support their needs.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Proficient experience with both MAC and PC platforms
  • Proficient experience with Adobe Creative Suite – primarily InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat and Illustrator
  • Proficient experience with Microsoft platforms – primarily Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong knowledge of industry trends including design, software and programs
  • Some knowledge of HTML
  • Ability to meet deadlines and project manage
  • Ability to create visual concepts that will sell a production or experience
  • Ability to balance creative art with selling a product
  • Ability to process work quickly and accurately while dealing with interruptions and changing priorities
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience in arts and nonprofit a plus
  • Video editing experience a plus
  • Ability to excel in a team environment


Education and Experience:

  • Associate degree or higher from an accredited college/university with major course work in commercial art or graphic design required.
  • Minimum of four (4) years graphic design experience required.
  • Experience working in an in-house marketing or creative department. 

Physical Demands:
Required to sit for long periods of time.

Equipment/Machinery Used: 
Proficient in Mac and PC operating systems and possess strong computer skills using Adobe CC Suite and Microsoft applications. 

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and résumé to Katie Broman, Director of Marketing and PR: Please include "Graphic Designer” in the subject line of the email.



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