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Development Associate

Job Title: Development Associate
Reports to: Director of Development
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisory Responsibility: Not Applicable

Opera Omaha is one of the nation's most revered music and cultural institutions, internationally recognized for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for extensive education and outreach programs that reach a diverse audience.

Opera Omaha produces a season of original main stage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community.

The culture of Opera Omaha is vibrant, inclusive and adventurous.

General Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Associate plays a vital role in the development team and actively manages the organization’s growing annual fund program.

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.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage implementation of annual giving program including direct mail and telefunding.
  • Manage Affinity Groups and Giving Societies including the Opera Omaha Guild and related events/activities.
  • Manage individual donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Continually update and correct database records and mange donor files.
  • Conduct donor prospect research.
  • Create fundraising reports and other database reports as needed for the Development Director, Finance Director, and General Director.
  • Schedule donor meetings for Development Director and General Director.
  • Attend and staff Opera Omaha performances and development events.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, preferably in nonprofit management, development, sales, marketing or public relations
  • Database management (Tessitura preferred)
  • Development, event management and/or sales experience 2-3 years is preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, and Outlook)

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience in opera is preferred, interest in the art form is essential
  • Proactive and goal-focused with a high sense of accountability


Interpersonal Contacts:
Opera Omaha staff, guest artists, board members, donors, customers, press and any external constituents needing assistance.

Job Conditions and Work Hours:
Opera Omaha is a high-energy organization with a mission that can cause this position to experience high work demands under very tight timelines. In addition, work will be required outside of normal business hours (including some evenings and weekends) to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives. Health insurance plan is provided, salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Jessica Blackman, Director of Development.  Please include "Development Associate” in the subject line of the email.  

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