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Production Manager

Job Title: Production Manager
Department: Operations (Artistic, Production/Technical, Community Engagement Programs)
Reports to: Director of Operations
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt
Supervises: Technical Director (TD), Seasonal production personnel, Craftsman's Guild, IATSE and non-union stagehands

General Position Summary: 
The Production Manager is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing the production needs and resources for the company’s mainstage productions, site-specific productions, festival productions, community programs, galas, special events and performances, and annual programming (hereinafter referred to throughout this document as, “Productions”). The Production Manager ensures that all production and technical aspects of the Productions are in adherence to established parameters and supports the artistic and financial goals of the company.  The Production Manager has the discretion to resolve or recommend for resolution unforeseen circumstances that occur during the course of the season.

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.

Production Administration and Planning

  • In consultation with General Director and Director of Operations, develop season schedule and staffing plan.
  • Support future planning by providing production feasibility studies and preparing research.
  • Proactively identify and communicate constraints and clarify overall production parameters on an ongoing basis.
  • Research and coordinate equipment and services related to physical production materials and labor, including but not limited to construction, acquisition, purchase, rental and transportation of all sets, costumes, wig/makeup, props, lighting, sound and video equipment, and production and technical equipment for all Productions and any company events that require production/technical assistance.
  • Directly supervise the coordination, acquisition/fabrication, and execution of stage properties, costume, wardrobe, wig/makeup, and stage management physical materials and labor.
  • Overall responsibility for the coordination and installation of scenic, lighting, sound, video, technical equipment, shipping/transport logistics, and related labor; Delegate such work to the TD.
  • Oversee vendor and construction shop relationships, work, and payment.
  • Manage the design process and production resources by tracking internal and external timelines and deliverables, keeping team members on track to complete tasks assigned.
  • Act as a liaison to stage directors and designers during the design and production period; Establish good working relationships with all stage directors, and designers and coordinate their efforts to satisfy the artistic and financial goals of the company.
  • Support artistic administration, music staff, and community programs in the execution of the Productions, including but not limited to the development of the orchestra pit plot, sound/acoustic support, coordinate transportation of materials/equipment and musical instruments, coordinate music equipment and in-theater music needs, and provide production/technical support staff.
  • Arrange rental and access of rehearsal spaces; With the Stage Manager, oversee execution of physical aspects of rehearsal requirements; Serve as primary contact with rehearsal venue and coordinate rehearsal venue contracting, and payments.
  • Liaise with stage management in advance of the production period and throughout the rehearsal and performances; Prepare production and technical materials for stage management.
  • Attend design meetings, production meetings, and staff meetings.
  • Outgoing Rentals: Promote usage; Maintain relationship with Renting Company; Manage rental packages and contracts; Negotiate and/or manages inquiries and contracts; Administer execution of rentals; Schedule shipping & receiving; Manage maintenance needs; Maintain rental package documentation for internal use and promotional materials.
  • Incoming Rentals: Provide feasibility recommendations and logistics research; Generate production research; Support negotiations; Assist with administration of rental; Manage relationship with Owning Company throughout the realization of the Production.
  • Support Co-production feasibility and negotiations; Manage relationship with Co-producer production and technical staff in the realization of the Production.
  • Prepare all touring, co-production, and rental technical and production documentation.
 
Calendar Management

  • Participate in the departmental development of the master calendar for the season and festival.
  • Maintain individual production calendars and schedules as required, and distribute such calendars to designers and production staff in advance of the production period.
  • With the Artistic Administrator, participate in of the coordination of the daily rehearsal schedule representing production/technical needs.
  • Coordinate technical schedule and performance venue schedule with the TD.
  • Support scheduling of other company related events with the Director of Operations.
  • Coordinate communication and scheduling between artistic, production, marketing, and development departments about rehearsal and performance operations (i.e., backstage tours with development, preshow lectures with community engagement, etc.).
 

Personnel Management

  • Serve as the connector between company leadership and the production/technical staff and design teams, ensuring communication proliferates throughout the department and that needs are being represented and responded to (at all levels).
  • Ensure all production departments have the resources they require to execute the season.
  • Determine labor needs for Productions and company events.
  • Negotiate production and technical personnel contracts, which may include scenic/paint, electrics, props, wardrobe, stagehands, and support staff; Supervise staff in the preparation and execution of such contracts.
  • Manage and supervise a series of direct and indirect reports, including union and non-union personnel at multiple locations, in the areas of stage management, props, stagehands, construction labor, electrics, wardrobe, wigs/makeup, etc. during the advance/prep period, work at the warehouse, rehearsals, and performances.
  • With the TD, determine labor needs and crew calls for Productions and supervise load-ins, load-outs, technical rehearsals, and performances.
  • Manage personnel conflicts and reports such conflicts to the Director of Operations and/or the Director of Finance and HR.
  • Obtain employment forms, procure production/technical time sheets, and review production/technical payroll hours before approval; Prepare production/technical payrolls.
  • Maintain daily relationship with IATSE, contractors, and overhire; Involve General Director and Director of Operations in contract interpretation and dispute resolution with union and non-union labor.
 
Financial Management

  • In collaboration with the Director of Operations, develop and manage individual production budgets, expenses and timelines.
  • Assist in developing budgets for future Productions; Provides budget research.
  • Regularly communicate any and all forecast related information to Director of Operations or appropriate departmental head.
  • Prepare detailed long-range budget estimates for production and technical departments, including union and non-union labor projections.
  • Monitor the annual production budget and cash flow (labor, scenic, electrics, costume, production logistics/infrastructure, etc.) including appropriate forecasting, maximizing efficiencies and controlling costs.
  • Submits purchase orders.
  • Codes payables.
  • Obtain competitive costings for all production and technical elements of expenditure.
 
General Operations

  • In the absence of the TD, coordinate overall TD responsibilities and tasks to advance Productions.
  • Active participation in solving unforeseen circumstances during the production process.
  • Attend performances and events as required.
  • Oversee the inventory of warehouse, maintaining records of all work done.
  • Prepare/maintain internal production records and archival media; document operations as needed.
  • Oversee and implement Operations department technology plan and organization.
  • With Director of Operations and TD, liaise with performance venue management and personnel.
  • With the Director of Finance and HR, fulfill insurance requirements.
  • Recommend capital expenditures and improvements.
  • Acquire (but does not select) supertitles; Act as liaison to the supertitle operator.
  • Proof program book content, as it relates to the production areas.
  • Participate in assessment of viable rehearsal and performance venues.
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required.
  • Other duties as required.
 
Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; preferably in music, theatre or other arts.  Experience working in non-profit arts organization, is preferred.
 
Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a production environment and to deal proactively with company requirements.
  • Analyze information logically, drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary to generate appropriate and/or creative solutions.
  • 5+ years of experience in production management, technical direction, or as a production department head.
  • Complete understanding of theater techniques and processes, including industry safety standards.
  • Experience with union crews and interpretation and implementation of union agreements.
  • Strong computer skills, including a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher) and CAD and/or VectorWorks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly self-motivated with leadership qualities and also an effective team player.
  • Works well under pressure.
  • Results and team-oriented work style.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
 
Interpersonal Contacts: 

Opera Omaha staff, board members, seasonal production, design, technical personnel, theatrical vendors and construction shops, community organizations and any external constituents needing assistance.  Establishes a good relationship with all to enhance company morale and maintain a positive attitude within the working environment.

Job Conditions and Work Hours:
Opera Omaha is a high-energy organization with a demanding mission.  Employees will sometimes experience heavy workloads under very tight timelines.  In addition, work may be required outside of normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources: jdaggett@operaomaha.org.  Please include "Production Manager” in the subject line of the email.

 


Engagement Programs Manager

Job Title: Engagement Programs Manager
Reports to: Director of Operations
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisory Responsibility: Intern

General Position Summary:
The Engagement Programs Manager is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing the community programming needs and resources for the company’s mainstage productions, site-specific productions, festival productions, galas, special events and performances, and annual programming (hereinafter referred to throughout this document as “Programs”).The Engagement Programs Manager works with the General Director and members of the staff to design, promote, execute, and evaluate Programs to extend Opera Omaha’s footprint beyond its mainstage productions. He/She leads the planning efforts and serves as the point person for all community engagement and education programs, and associated personnel.  The Engagement Programs Manager develops and deepens relationships with the people and institutions that will make these Programs successful and meaningful, and is a key staff role in the development and management of a new Community Opera Fellowship and related artists.  The Engagement Programs Manager ensures all aspects of the Programs are in adherence to established parameters and supports the artistic and financial goals of the company.  The Engagement Programs manager has the discretion to resolve or recommend for resolution unforeseen circumstances that occur during the course of the season.

Essential Funtions/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 an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

Administration and Planning

  • Maintain and develop relationships with civic, community and institutional leaders and partners to expand and enhance community and educational initiatives; helps to identify new partners.
  • With the senior management team, devise and implement a model for the company’s education and community engagement strategic priorities, and develop season schedule and staffing plan.
  • Collaborate with heads of departments to design programs and events to engage community at large; target audiences within the community include but are not limited to students, underserved constituent groups, current and potential ticket buyers, current and potential donors, sponsors, and volunteers (including Board of Directors, Advisors, Guild, etc.).
  • Participate in patron and board cultivation.
  • Lead the planning efforts for engagement programs and serve as point person for execution of programs and events as assigned.
  • Design and execute evaluation procedures for engagement programs; maintain meticulous records of outcomes (including data on participation) for archive and reporting purposes.
  • Support community partnership negotiations; Negotiate with partners as assigned.
  • Work with Director of Development and Director of Marketing to strategize engagement programs sponsorship opportunities and participate in the sponsorship solicitation process when possible/appropriate.
  • Identify and research performance venues and event locations related to engagement programming.
  • Participate in the development of the master calendar for the season and festival; Create schedules and timelines for engagement programming events.
  • Coordinate artist scheduling needs between artistic, production, marketing, and development departments.
  • Determine personnel needs for Programs, and identify candidates to fill roles.
  • Negotiate engagement personnel contracts, which may include lecturers/speakers, community partners, and artistic personnel.
  • Manage and supervise a series of direct and indirect reports, including artists, lecturers/speakers, administrators, and support staff.
  • Overall responsibility for collecting, editing, and proofing engagement programming content and personnel/biographies for the program book and other company collateral, including but not limited to newsletters, brochures, and press releases for the Programs.
  • Develop and manage engagement programs departmental budget, expenses and timelines, including processing of payment requests, and monthly income/expense updates and cash flow projections.
  • Prepare detailed long-range budget estimates for engagement programming.
  • Act as lecturer and/or facilitate public talks as needed.
 

Community Artists Fellowship

  • Develop partnerships with members of the Community Artist Panel and serve as liaison between the Community Artist Panel, Community Opera Fellows, and the company.
  • Identify new potential participants to join the Community Artist Panel.
  • Engage in meaningful conversations with the Community Artist Panel and other community members/institutions to identify community issues for program development.
  • Support the creation, artistic planning, and programming development.
  • With the General Director and Head of Music, participate in the selection of repertoire and devise musical programming, as needed.
  • Manage and participate in the process for auditioning and selecting Community Opera Fellows.
  • Prepare artistic music materials for artists, including identifying music editions and parts.
 

General Operations:

  • Active participation in solving unforeseen circumstances.
  • Attend performances and events as required.
  • Oversee the inventory of engagement program equipment and materials.
  • Prepare/maintain internal records and archival media; document operations as needed.
  • With the Director of Finance and HR, fulfill insurance requirements.
  • Recommend capital expenditures and improvements.
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required.
  • Other duties as required.
 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelors’ degree is required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in a non-profit performing arts organization of similar or larger size; experience in collaborating with artists and technical staff preferred
  • Significant experience in and knowledge of public relations
 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proactive and goal-focused with a high sense of accountability
  • Superior interpersonal skills with ability to communicate in a highly professional manner in person, in writing, and on-line
  • Outstanding organizational skills with a rapt attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing deadlines
  • Willingness to assist in all aspects of the company; must be a team-player
  • Knowledge of standard opera repertory and foreign languages preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office; the desire and ability to learn and use new technologies is required.
  • Knowledge of MS Sharepoint, HTML, Tessitura, and Publisher preferred
 

Interpersonal Contacts:
Opera Omaha stakeholders including but not limited to: staff, guest artists, production staff, board members, donors, customers, and press.

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 evenings and weekends) to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives. Health insurance plan is offered, salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources: jdaggett@operaomaha.org.  Please include "Engagement Programs Manager” in the subject line of the email.

Technical Director

Job Title: Technical Director
Department: Operations (Artistic, Production/Technical, Community Engagement Programs)
Reports to: Production Manager
FLSA Status: Seasonal (40 weeks), Full-time, Exempt
Supervises: Seasonal technical personnel, IATSE and non-union stagehands


General Position Summary:
The Technical Director (TD) is responsible for planning and supervising technical production activities and personnel and technical direction and engineering for the company’s mainstage productions, site-specific productions, festival productions, community programs, galas, special events and performances, and annual programming (hereinafter referred to throughout this document as, “Productions”). The TD ensures that all technical aspects of the Productions are in adherence to established parameters and support the artistic and financial goals of the company. The TD has the discretion to resolve or recommend for resolution unforeseen circumstances that occur during the course of the season.


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.


Technical Administration and Planning

  • With the Production Manager, participate in the detailed planning and documentation for scenic, lighting, sound, and video.
  • With the Production Manager, coordinate work and schedules with production/technical staff, designers, theater staff, and other technical areas as related to the Productions.
  • Review, analyze, revise and document new Productions and incoming rentals.
  • Plan and supervise technical activities associated with Productions’ scenery, lighting, sound, video and stage property operations.
  • Liaise with designers to implement all technical requirements of a design, specifically in the areas of scenery, lighting, and video.
  • Liaise with other companies’ technical departments and designers on co-productions and rentals.
  • Arrange and implement outside hire contracts and suppliers for technical support, such as lighting, sound, staging, rigging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented by the company in advance of production dates.
  • Coordinate and supervise company-helmed scenic builds and prep/de-prep activities at the warehouse.
  • Manage vendor and construction shop relationships, and work, including but not limited to scenic, lighting, sound, and video vendors.
  • Obtain competitive costings for all elements of expenditure within the technical areas.
  • With the Production Manager, determine labor needs and crew calls for Productions and supervise labor (IATSE and non-union stagehand and/or scenic and electrics staff) and during warehouse activity, construction, load-ins, load-outs, technical rehearsals, and performances.
  • Coordinate rehearsal room load-in and strike activities, including labor scheduling and active rehearsal room technical support.
  • With Head Electrician and Lighting Designer, coordinate light plot, LW deliverables, communication with the designers, documentation for pricing, and secure shop order estimates and updates.
  • Participate in the departmental development of the master calendar for the season and festival.
  • Work closely with the artistic administration and music staff to prepare and execute all technical and production need related to artistic personnel and orchestra.
  • Attend design meetings, production meetings, and staff meetings.
  • Apply and secure permits and certifications.
  • Coordinate production trucking and transport; Drive vehicles when necessary.
  • Assist Director of Operations and Production Manager with current and future season planning and administration.
  • Prepare budget estimates for technical areas and report forecasts to the Production Manager.

 

Technical Direction and Engineering

  • Analyze and interpret designs and technical documentation for new Productions and rental productions, and assess their viability for the company’s performance and rental uses.
  • Prepare, update and maintain technical drawings, shop details, shop orders, specifications and manifests.
  • Coordinate designer drawings with designers and technical drawings with the scene shop; Technical drafting as required.
  • Design technical engineering for all technical elements, in coordination with the shops, vendors, and performance venue.
  • Procure sample materials for scenic construction.
  • Prepare working CAD drawings of performance venues, specifically site-specific and nontraditional venues.
  • Coordinate rigging, engineering and other technical requirements with performance venue
  • personnel, including the Head Carpenter and Head Electrician.
  • Prepare and execute backstage, offstage, and performance facility technical requirement.
  • Oversee workshop activity during set and prop construction periods, and electrics preparation periods.
  • Oversee the safe and efficient construction and installation of all production elements in the various departments such as the scenery, lighting, props, wardrobe and stage.
 

General Operations

  • Attend performances and events as required.
  • Provide technical support to extra-seasonal events.
  • With the Production Manager, manage the yearly inventory of warehouse, maintenance of its contents, including repair and/or refurbishment of sets, maintaining records of all work done.
  • Assists in technical support of supertitles.
  • With Director of Operations and Production Manager, liaise with performance venue management and personnel.
  • Provide management oversight of production health and safety requirements; identify and recommend modifications to facilities and processes as necessary.
  • Supervise all warehouse and storage activities.
  • Maintain and record company inventory and orders specialized supplies.
  • Review, analyze and make recommendations for warehouse facilities and stock upgrades, expansions, transfers and acquisitions; Arrange for preventative maintenance on stock goods and equipment.
  • Keep up to date with all technical developments within the theatre industry.
  • Maintain company trucks and vehicles.
  • Recommend capital expenditures and improvements.
  • Work closely with Production Manager on a variety of office based and administrative tasks.
  • Participate in assessment of viable rehearsal and performance venues.
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required.
  • Other duties as required.


Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; preferably in technical theatre or other arts. Experience working in non-profit arts organization, is preferred.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a production environment and to deal proactively with company requirements.
  • Analyze information logically, drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary to generate appropriate and/or creative solutions.
  • 5+ years of experience with scenic installation.
  • Demonstrable detailed specialist knowledge of scenery construction, materials, paint and finishing processes, and rigging.
  •  Additionally, a high level of competence in one or more of the following disciplines: lighting, sound, video and film technology.
  • Complete understanding of theater techniques and processes, including industry safety standards.
  • Experience with union crews and interpretation and implementation of union agreements.
  • Ability to work in a quick and detailed fashion in VectorWorks, AutoCAD, or similar CAD-program and Lightwright.
  • Strong computer skills, including a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher).
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly self-motivated with leadership qualities and also an effective team player.
  • Works well under pressure.
  • Results and team-oriented work style.
  • Must have a valid drivers’ license and experience driving large rental trucks.
  • Occasional use of a variety of power tools and audio/video equipment.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds. 
 

Interpersonal Contacts:
Opera Omaha staff, board members, seasonal production, design, technical personnel, theatrical vendors and construction shops, community organizations and any external constituents needing assistance. Establishes a good relationship with all to enhance company morale and maintain a positive attitude within the working environment.

Job Conditions and Work Hours:
Opera Omaha is a high-energy organization with a demanding mission. Employees will sometimes experience heavy workloads under very tight timelines. In addition, work may be required outside of normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources: jdaggett@operaomaha.org.  Please include "Technical Director” in the subject line of the email.

Head of Music

Job Title: Head of Music
Department: Operations (Artistic, Production/Technical, Community Engagement Programs)
Reports to: Artistic Administrator
FLSA Status: Seasonal (40 weeks), Full-time, Exempt
Supervises: Music Staff, and musical supervision of Guest Artists, Chorus, Community Artist Fellows

General Position Summary:
The Head of Music is responsible for the realization of all musical activities and the musical preparations for the company’s mainstage productions, site-specific productions, festival productions, galas, special events and performances, and annual programming (hereinafter referred to throughout this document as, “Productions”). He/She will contribute meaningfully to the success of the Community Artists Fellowship and will be senior leader of the program serving as the primary music head for the Community Artists Fellowship artistic initiatives. The Head of Music ensures all musical aspects of the Productions are in adherence to established parameters and supports the artistic and financial goals of the company. The Head of Music has the discretion to resolve or recommend for resolution unforeseen circumstances that occur during the course of the season.

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.

Musical Preparation and Performance

  • Realize the artistic and musical initiatives of the company, ensuring the artistic and music areas have the resources they require to execute the season.
  • Oversee musical preparation and quality for all Productions and the Community Artist Fellows.
  • Repetiteur for rehearsals and perform, as assigned.
  • Support artists during rehearsal and production periods; Serve as principal coach for the artists for Productions.
  • Prepare the chorus and children’s chorus, or oversees the chorus preparation by guest chorus master or the conductor.
  • Conduct chorus warm-ups.
  • Conduct offstage chorus and banda.
  • Attend rehearsals to serve as an ear for balance and sound issues.
  • Oversee consistency and identifies areas for improvement in the orchestra and chorus.
  • Act as assistant conductor in rehearsals, and accompany the conductor to rehearsals and orchestra reads; Take musical notes during rehearsals.
  • Conduct Productions as required.
 

Community Programs and Community Artist Fellowship

  • Work closely with the Engagement Programs Manager to support the creation, artistic planning, and programming development of community engagement initiatives and the Community Artists Fellowship.
  • Identify and suggest casting/role assignments for the Community Artist Fellows.
  • With the Engagement Programs Manager, prepare music editions, parts, and cuts.
  • Serve as principal coach and musical liaison to Community Artist Fellows and alumnus
  • Act as repetiteur/pianist for community programming events.
  • Oversee musical preparation and quality of community programming and Community Artist Fellows.
  • Participate in various educational, outreach and community activities as assigned by the General Director and Director of Operations, including but not limited to Community Artists Fellowship performances, opera lectures, adult education classes, development and marketing events.
 

Music Administration

  • In consultation with General Director and Director of Operations, develop season schedule and staffing plan; Identify additional music staff and freelance musicians as needed.
  • Assist with season planning, staffing, casting, training, and execution of Operations Department goals.
  • Proactively identify and communicate constraints and clarify overall musical parameters on an ongoing basis.
  • Research ideas for repertoire planning and guest conductors as directed by the General Director and Director of Operations.
  • With the Director of Operations, manage the development of new works and/or new editions; Participate in workshops.
  • With the Artistic Administrator, research and coordinate artistic and musical needs related to Productions, including but not limited to instrument and musical equipment needs. Provide musical expertise.
  • Act as liaison to conductors and guest music staff during rehearsals and performances, and in the advance period leading up to the production; Establish good working relationships with all conductors and music staff and coordinate their efforts to satisfy the artistic and financial goals of the company.
  • Oversee and coordinate the music staff regarding coaching, rehearsal playing, rehearsal conducting, and chorus rehearsals.
  • With the Artistic Administrator, identify musical materials, scores, and parts for piano vocal and orchestral scores.
  • Establish edition, cuts, edits, string and chorus counts, orchestra and chorus divisi etc. with the General Director and Conductor.
  • Participate in the departmental development of the master calendar for the season and festival.
  • Participate in the coordination of the daily rehearsal schedule representing music needs.
  • Support scheduling of other company related events with the Director of Operations.
  • Work in conjunction with General Director, Artistic Administrator, Marketing and Development staff to schedule appropriate performance opportunities for artists.
  • With the Artistic Administrator, liaise with orchestra contractor to coordinate practice parts and set-up of orchestra rehearsals; Maintain relationship with the orchestra personnel.
  • Participate in the creation of the pit plot with Conductor, Artistic Administrator, and the Production Manager.
  • Coordinate production/technical requirements with the Production Manager (i.e. orchestra pit plot, sound/acoustic support and equipment, coordinate music equipment and in-theater music needs, and identify support staff needs).
  • Maintain list of local coaches/pianists for events.
 

Auditions and Casting

  • Participate in planning.
  • Lead the annual chorus and children’s chorus auditions; recommends personnel and role assignments to the General Director.
  • Participate in principal and supporting roles casting.
  • Participate in selection of Community Artist Fellows.
  • Identify and recommend potential singers for future productions; Screen artist materials.
  • Plays for auditions, as needed.
 

General Operations

  • Active participation in solving unforeseen circumstances during the production process.
  • Attend performances and events as required.
  • Speak at ancillary cultivation or performance related events as requested
  • Assist Development with donor cultivation when requested
  • Prepare/maintain internal artistic/musical records and archival media; document operations as needed.
  • Participate in assessment of viable rehearsal and performance venues.
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required.
  • Other duties as required.
 


Education and/or Experience:

  • Masters Degree preferred; preferably in music, collaborative piano, or equivalent.
  • Experience working in non-profit arts organization, is preferred.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a performing arts environment and to deal proactively with company requirements.
  • Analyze information logically, drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary to generate appropriate and/or creative solutions.
  • 7+ years of experience in collaborative piano, conducting, and/or music administration.
  • Demonstrated success in professional environment of opera coaching and arts administration.
  • Extensive musical and operatic knowledge.
  • Multiple language ability is desirable; Working knowledge of English, French, Italian, and German diction.
  • Experience with union environments.
  • Strong computer skills, including a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher).
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly self-motivated with leadership qualities and also an effective team player.
  • Results and team-oriented work style.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
 

Interpersonal Contacts:
Opera Omaha staff, board members, guest artists and musicians, artist managers, vendors, community organizations and any external constituents needing assistance. Establishes a good relationship with all to enhance company morale and maintain a positive attitude within the working environment.

Job Conditions and Work Hours:
Opera Omaha is a high-energy organization with a demanding mission. Employees will sometimes experience heavy workloads under very tight timelines. In addition, work may be required outside of normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources: jdaggett@operaomaha.org. Please include "Head of Music” in the subject line of the email.

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