Current opportunities are listed below. Opera Omaha is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Opera Omaha is a growth-minded, high energy, and innovative company with a demanding mission: producing opera performances in multiple formats and styles and co-creating artist-led programs for a variety of community service organizations. We believe the power of opera is transformational, and as a result supports the creation of an inventive, creative, empathetic, and inclusive community that inspires joy, self-discovery, kinder discourse, and opportunity for all.

Community Opera Fellowship Manager

Location: Omaha, Nebraska Status: Full Time, Salaried
Reports to: Director of Engagement Programs
Salary: $52,000 annually + benefits

WHO WE ARE + WHAT WE DO
Opera Omaha, a non-profit performing arts organization, is a growth-minded, high energy, and innovative company with a demanding mission: producing opera performances in multiple formats and styles and co-creating artist-led programs for a variety of community service organizations. The Holland Community Opera Fellowship is transformational, and as a result supports the creation of an inventive, creative, empathetic, and inclusive community that inspires joy, self-discovery, kinder discourse, and opportunity for all.

RACIAL EQUITY CENTERED STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION IS A TOP PRIORITY OF OPERA OMAHA BECAUSE WE VALUE AND PROMOTE DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND ANTI-RACISM.

HOW YOU’D FIT IN + STAND OUT
Opera Omaha is seeking a Community Opera Fellowship Manager responsible for the implementation, management, supervision, coordination, and evaluation of the program for the Holland Community Opera Fellowship (operaomaha.org/fellowship).
The Community Opera Fellowship Manager will join Opera Omaha at a critical time in the Company’s history, building on a radical program that redefines how an opera company serves its community(ies). Launched in 2017 the Holland Community Opera Fellowship leads the field in civic practice - building deep relationships outside of the performance venues. The Holland Community Opera Fellowship works collaboratively with community partners to co-create long and short-term programming that helps individuals, organizations, and communities reach their goals, serving as a creative and artistic resource to the community. These relationships and the programs co-created with our partners have proven to be our strengths in these difficult times.

YOU ARE AN IDEAL CANDIDATE IF YOU ARE:

  • Excited to create an impact in and with community
  • Skilled at forming and managing teams that excel in individual strengths
  • Able to effectively manage and coach individuals in a team environment
  • Energized by managing multiple projects in a fast-paced performing arts environment
  • Compassionate with coworkers and direct reports resulting in a team-oriented culture

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES + EXPECTATIONS

  • The Community Opera Fellowship Manager is responsible for the day to day operations and management of the Holland Community Opera Fellowship, and for connecting and fostering the connections between Community Partners, Holland Community Opera Fellows, and Community Panel members.
  • Establish team goals, program content strategies, working guidelines, and continuous improvement of program infrastructure with Director of Engagement Programs and Community Panel.
  • Directly supervise, manage and coach the Holland Community Opera Fellows, fostering positive team dynamics and communication amongst Fellowship team.
  • Build and deepen relationships with existing and potential community partners in line with Fellowship goals across neighborhoods and sectors.
  • Serve as the primary contact for community partners. Identify and assess community partner goals and needs, establish expectations, and facilitate program implementation to help partners meet those goals.
  • Manage scheduling, workload, expenditure tracking and other administrative tasks.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
To succeed in this position, the Community Opera Fellowship Manager will bring experience in managing a team, experience working with community program development and demonstrated cross cultural life experience and competency, demonstrated interest in and commitment to community and a proactive growth mindset.

  • Professional experience will be considered in lieu of an academic degree
  • Experience working with non-profit, social services or human services
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing independent projects and highly self-motived
  • Excellent organizational, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated characteristics of curiosity and initiative, openness to vulnerability, compassion and empathy
  • Sense of fun and playfulness

Benefits:

  • Benefits - Medical, dental, and life as part our commitment to investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees.
  • Retirement savings plans: 403b savings plan with Company Retirement Contribution
  • Flexible time off and holiday pay

We seek applicants from ALL backgrounds to join our teams and encourage our employees to bring their authentic, original, and best selves to work.

Opera Omaha is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status or any other category protected by law.

We value diverse experiences, including educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and may be subject to background checks as required by community partner organization policies.

Join Our Team!
Please send a cover letter outlining interest and qualifications with resume.
Please send materials to:
Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources, jdaggett@operaomaha.org, with Community
Opera Fellowship Manager in the subject line.
Application Deadline: Please Submit Materials by Friday, August 19, 2022

GENERAL DIRECTOR

GENOVESE VANDERHOOF & ASSOCIATES
A Cultural Management Consulting Firm

Position Announcement
GENERAL DIRECTOR
OPERA OMAHA
Omaha, Nebraska
Opera Omaha invites applications and recommendations for the position of General Director.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Director provides for the overall leadership of this $5.4 million company, with responsibility for creative and operational aspects of administration and production. The General Director is the primary leader in artistic planning, fund-raising, building relationships with individuals and organizations in the community, and fulfilling the mission of the company.

Opera Omaha is known for its diverse and artistically excellent programming and its commitment to dismantling racism and its structures through the art form of Opera. It serves its community through a main stage season at the Orpheum Theatre, as well as free programming, educational initiatives, and exciting events in approachable spaces through the Holland Community Opera Fellowship Program, the ONE Festival, and Amplifying the Black Experience project series.

Opera Omaha:
Stepping down after eleven seasons, current General Director Roger Weitz is proud to have nurtured a legacy of innovation and artistic success. Under his leadership, the company presented 25 new/original productions. The number of community, education, and engagement programs increased exponentially. In addition, season subscribers, the endowment, the budget, and audiences all increased under his guidance.

Innovations include the ONE Festival (a city-wide event celebrating new work and contemporary artists), the Holland Community Opera Fellowship program, and Amplifying the Black Experience. The Holland Fellows are entrepreneurial artists, based in Omaha, who help build meaningful relationships with community organizations, schools, health and other service providers. Amplifying the Black Experience was created with the vision to honor, celebrate and bring awareness to the local Black community through art, music, and multi-media.
Founded in 1958, Opera Omaha’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in its community by creating professional opera and music theater. Opera Omaha forges opera’s rich storytelling power, historical significance, and cross-cultural relevance into an array of activities.

Opera Omaha is a growth-minded and innovative company with a demanding mission: producing opera performances in multiple formats and styles, and co-creating artist-led programs for a variety of community service organizations. Opera Omaha supports the creation of an inventive, creative, empathetic, and inclusive community that inspires joy, self-discovery, kinder discourse, and opportunity for all.
Opera Omaha is financially stable with an engaged and financially supportive board. It has produced more than 150 opera productions overall. It annually produces three operas in the beautifully restored 2500-seat historic Orpheum Theatre (Rapp & Rapp, 1927); the 2022/23 season will include Anthony Davis’s X: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X; Opera Omaha was the second collaborator on this exciting project, now including other major opera companies. Opera Omaha has a long and close relationship with the Omaha Symphony.

Omaha: The City
The largest city in the state of Nebraska, Omaha is located on the Missouri River. It is a wonderful place to live; and a wonderful place to raise a family. Centrally located, both the east and west coasts are easily accessible within a few hours. It is home to headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies: Berkshire Hathaway, Peter Kiewit & Sons, Mutual of Omaha, and Union Pacific.

In recent decades, Omaha’s downtown and riverfront have had major transformative investments, from new office towers to adaptive reuse of many existing structures. Nearing completion this summer is the first of three parts of a public park, a science museum, and performance spaces downtown and on the riverfront. Consistent with Omaha’s history of public philanthropy, most of the funding for these projects comes from Omaha’s corporations and charitable foundations. The city has a strategic plan for its urban core, which aims to reaffirm and reinforce the urban core’s historic role as the cultural, entertainment, residential and employment heart of the region. This plan includes a streetcar system which will pass directly by Opera Omaha’s home base at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Position:
The General Director is the executive officer of Opera Omaha reporting to the Board of Directors. The General Director is responsible for artistic direction and overall organizational management. Specific responsibilities include the oversight of fund-raising, strategic planning, opera production, digital initiatives, fiscal stewardship, and community relations, including DEI programs.
Opera Omaha has a strong management leadership team, with several offering long experience and talent.

We seek a dynamic, charismatic leader who will build on the company’s solid foundation and reputation while attracting ever greater public support. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to emerging artists, excellent artistic standards, digital creation, and selling such a vision to the community. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of effective leadership, fiscal responsibility, and fund-raising, with a strong commitment to our community and educational partnerships.

The General Director is expected to maintain a profile as a leader of the opera industry and should foster a strong presence in Omaha. The position requires the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with artists, board members, community leaders, administrative and artistic staff, foundations, artists’ managers, corporate and individual donors, the operatic community, the media, and the audience. A strong contact network throughout the opera industry is vital. In particular, the next General Director should have an industry profile that will enable the candidate to build on Weitz’s leadership in bringing the most exciting and innovative directors, designers, and composers to Opera Omaha.

Education and Experience:
Training in both opera and business management would be helpful, as well as prior experience in opera company leadership, knowledge of the repertoire, and general knowledge of not-for-profit arts revenue generation (subscription and single ticket sales, all aspects of fund-raising), strategic and operating planning, budget development, DEI initiatives, office administration, board relations and governance, information systems, digital strategies, and human resource management.
The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, inspire enthusiasm, and be comfortable in the role as key spokesperson for the company.
Compensation: $142,500 - $165,000 annually with excellent benefits and a relocation package.

Deadline for Applications: Friday, September 16, 2022

Application Process:
Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume, and references in confidence to:
Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates
gvamargaret@aol.com
416/340-2762
For additional information: www.operaomaha.org; www.genovesevanderhoof.com

Opera Omaha is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, familial or marital status, veteran status or any other category protected by law.