Department: Operations (Artistic, Production/Technical, Community Engagement Programs)
Reports to: Community Opera Fellowship Manager
FLSA Status: Seasonal (40 weeks) Full time, Exempt
General Position Summary:
The Holland Community Opera Fellow will act as a primary artist in the company’s engagement programming initiatives. They will contribute meaningfully to the success of the Community Opera Fellowship and serve as an ambassador of the
company by developing relationships with community leaders and members of the Community Artist Panel. They will design and implement unique projects combining artistry and musicianship, leadership, advocacy, and citizenship. They will represent Opera Omaha while serving a broad and evolving community through engagement with civic and community organizations and institutional leaders; programming for adult, family, and community members; the development of educational resources; and the development of partnerships and programs with community institutions. The ideal candidate will be a practicing, professional artist interested in community collaboration and learning in a broad social context.
Job Conditions and Work Hours:
This position is based at the Opera Omaha office and rehearsal facilities, and the Fellows will execute approximately 50% of their work in that location. They will execute other work functions in offsite locations at community partner sites. The
Holland Community Opera Fellow will roughly spend their time on the following duties: developing and planning programs with community partners, facilitating programming for both youth and adults, meeting with community members and
organizations, performing in and rehearsing for engagement programs. The workflow varies greatly throughout the year, with irregular and extended working hours demands beyond the standard workweek balancing their community work, practice and performance time. The Fellow must be available Aug – May for a two-year period (40-weeks per year) and maintain a schedule agreed upon by the Director of Finance and HR and irregular and extended working hours.
Essential Functions/Major responsibilities:
• Bring creative programming to underserved communities and demonstrate a commitment to community engagement that extends Opera Omaha’s footprint.
• Create and sustain social value through community-based programming in collaboration with partner organizations, empower communities through music and creative culture.
• Develop and maintain relationships with community members, artists, partners and leaders
Programming and Planning
• In collaboration with Community Partners, the Community Opera Fellowship Manager and Director of Engagement Programs, the Fellow will conceive and realize projects rooted in their art and engage participants with varied
demographics. They will contribute and manage creative programming ideas.
• Research, coordinate, and execute artistic and musical needs related to engagement programming.
• Serve as a teaching artist for collaborative programming in community-based partnerships. Design and adapt arts
programming that supports partnering organizations’ objectives and goals.
• Support the Director of Engagement Programs in community engagement activity and events.
• Participate in recurring training opportunities identified by Community Arts Panel Members and Community Partners
• Active participation in solving unforeseen circumstances.
• Other duties as required.
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.
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Demonstrated involvement in community service, volunteer programs, or community programming.
• Experience working within the non-profit sector preferred.
• Experience developing arts programming for youth, families, or adults strongly preferred.
• Experience teaching or working with youth programming preferred.
• Demonstrated experience developing and managing independent projects.
• Extensive musical, performance art, and/or operatic knowledge.
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Works well under pressure.
• Highly self-motivated with leadership qualities
• An effective team player with team-oriented work style.
• Multiple language ability is desirable
• Strong computer skills, including a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
Opera Omaha staff, board members, guest artists and musicians, 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.
Opera Omaha does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
It is important that the Fellowship team reflects the diverse populations we serve. In such, persons of color are highly encouraged to apply