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Director of Education and Civic Programs

Posted 2.28.2023

Job Summary

The Director of Education and Civic Programs is responsible for the overall quality of the education and civic programs and will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer and work in close partnership with the music, production, and marketing offices. 

The Director of Education and Civic Programs will be responsible for planning, developing, managing, and selling/promoting all education and civic programs including in-school programs, summer conservatories, family days, 30 Days of Opera, community performances, student dress rehearsals, pre-show talks, lectures, and panels.

This is a frontline position, ideal for a gregarious, creative, organized, self-motivated individual with a strong knowledge of the opera repertoire. Experience in artistic administration at an arts-related organization or school is ideal, and a background in working with young artists, children, and youth is preferred. Experience in performance or production as a singer, pianist, director, designer, technician, choral conductor, etc., should be highlighted in your cover letter.

  • Manage, schedule, and coordinate sales of all civic programs including being the primary contact for festivals, fairs, and community events.
  • Schedule 30 Days of Opera and share road manager duties with the production team.
  • Assist in coordinating the Handorf Company Artist schedule.
  • Produce, manage, schedule, direct, and coordinate sales of all education programs, including the Summer Conservatory, the Elementary Tour, and any other new or existing programming.
  • Prepare all educational materials.
  • Create new education and civic programs.
  • Create new and develop existing connects to the Memphis and Mid-South communities.
  • Develop and produce adult and family programs including previews, pre-show talks, and lectures.
  • Market group sale tickets for dress rehearsals and performances to schools and retirement communities.
  • Develop and facilitate an Opera Memphis Children's Chorus.
  • Develop and facilitate an Opera Memphis Veteran's Chorus.
  • Develop training and workshop opportunities for local singers who have participated in or would like to participate in an opera.
  • Assist in creating annual education and civic programs budget.
  • Assist with Opera Memphis Chorus rehearsals.
  • Develop and facilitate an Opera Teens program.
  • Manage special projects as programmed.
  • Assist with the preparation of grants or press materials related to any of the above.
  • Other duties as assigned. 
  • Undergraduate degree in music education, music performance, or a related field and/or equivalent experience required.
  • Previous experience working in artistic administration at an arts-related organization or school is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of opera is required.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Apps. Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat preferred.
  • Responsible, self-motivated, and able to work independently and as a team.
  • Confident self-presentation and outgoing demeanor.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to take initiative.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple assignments while meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent proofreading skills.
Other requirements
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Willing to drive a cargo van.
  • Able to lift and move objects such as a digital keyboard or speaker.
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends for performances and special events.

Full-time position. Salary range is $35,000- $40,000, commensurate with skills and experience. Includes a competitive benefits package. Start date is negotiable, but preferably between March 27 and May 15, 2023. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and references to jobs@operamemphis.org. Only applicants who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Opera Memphis is an Equal Opportunity employer. Opera Memphis provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. Opera Memphis complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, leaves of absence, and compensation. Whenever possible, the company makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law.

Organizational background

Opera Memphis was founded in 1956 and has since grown into a world-class opera company. Widely respected for its innovative approach to outreach and audience development, Opera Memphis has become a nationally recognized thought leader on the process of evolving to meet the needs of 21st-century audiences.

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