Artistic Programs Manager

Artistic Programs Manager

CATEGORY: Administrative

OPERA America
New York City, NY 10001

Job Details


Reports to: Chief Programs Officer

Department: Programs
Status: Full-time/Exempt

About the position

The Artistic Programs Manager will develop, implement and manage a wide range of programs for technical/production directors and artistic administrators and will create, contract and production manage all OPERA America performance events for the public. They will manage network communications, plan and execute large-scale events, program, cast and implement live performance activities. Working closely with the Chief Programs Officer, they will manage data, budgets and generate reports, including reporting to the field and assisting with the New Works Forum. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·         Live performance programming and management, including content selection, casting, scheduling, budgeting, contracting, preparing marketing and program materials, and staffing for all Onstage and OPERA America events.

·         Manage the Technical Production Forum and the Artistic Admin Forum for both regional meetings and conference content. Create relevant programming for two complete tracks of multi-day events, managing all aspects of event planning and logistics, working within the full conference structure.

·         Assist with the New Works Forum (4-day winter meeting, plus conference track) including large scale event planning, from program design through budgeting, contracting, management and staffing.

·         Manage the Electronic Media Forum and the Co-Production Loan Fund with the CPO.

·         Maintain departmental databases and web resources, including the Technical Production Directory, Future Season Survey and forum listservs.

·         Assist with departmental operations, calendar management and reporting.


Preferred Skills

The ideal candidate is a forward thinker pursuing an arts administration or event production career with strong organizational and interpersonal skills, experience with planning, casting, programming and running large scale events, and full comprehension of office management systems and procedures.

1.    Minimum two years working with performing arts production budgets, including evidence of math abilities and calendar management.

2.    Demonstrated knowledge of the opera field. Familiarity with opera technical production is preferred

3.    Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, as well as excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

4.    Ability to achieve high performance goals, prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

5.    Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information with discretion and liaise with high-profile professionals.

6.    Collaborative nature and ease with building relationships across departments.

7.    Ability to think and work independently and within a team

8.    Comfortable working with organizational members by phone, email and in person.

Salary and Compensation
Salary commensurate with experience, expected in the upper-50Ks. Excellent benefits package including health and dental coverage, pension, paid time off, life insurance, access to rehearsal/performance venue, and opportunities to network with opera leaders nationwide. Desired start date by January 6, 2020.

For information about OPERA America’s programs, visit

To Apply

Please send the following materials to Laura Lee Everett, chief programs officer, at

  • Cover letter (articulating your interest in this particular position)
  • Resume (outlining your career accomplishments and applicable skills)
  • Writing sample (such as a programming proposal or an invitation email to a panelist)
  • Sample budget (for a live performance event) in excel

Business references may be requested following initial interview.

OPERA America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: December 20, 2019
No phone calls, please.

Organizational Summary

OPERA America ( leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

Founded in 1970, OPERA America fulfills its mission through public programs, an annual conference, regional workshops, consultations, granting programs, publications and online resources. It is the only organization serving all constituents of opera: artists, administrators, trustees, educators and audience members. Membership includes 150 professional opera companies; 350 associate, business and education members; and 1,600 individuals. OPERA America extends its reach to 80,000 annual visitors to its National Opera Center and over 40,000 subscribers and followers on e-communications and social media. Representing over 90 percent of eligible professional companies, OPERA America is empowered to lead field-wide change.

OPERA America’s long tradition of supporting and nurturing the creation and development of new works led to the formation of the Opera Fund, a growing endowment that allows OPERA America to make a direct impact on the ongoing creation and presentation of new opera and music-theater works. Since the inception of its granting programs, OPERA America has awarded more than $19 million to the opera field to support the work of opera creators, companies and administrators. Currently, OPERA America awards more than $2 million each year through its range of grant initiatives.


January 6, 2020 -



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