Director of Marketing and CommunicationsPortland Opera • Full-Timehttp://portlandopera.org/Portland, ORThe Position
Portland Opera seeks a Director of Marketing and Communications. With an
annual budget of $7.2 million and overall annual earned revenues from ticket sales of $2.3 million, Portland Opera serves an opera audience of 40,000 and a Broadway market of 250,000. In addition it has the largest arts education tour in western United States, reaching 15,000 people in 70 communities through its Portland Opera To Go! Program.
Reporting to General Director Christopher Mattaliano, the Director of Marketing and Communications is charged with the strategy, implementation, evaluation, and achievement of the earned revenue goals. The Director is responsible for
developing long and short term marketing and communications plans in support of Portland Opera productions, publications, and events, managing the company's brand identity both internally and externally, and providing consistent and clear leadership to a dedicated staff team. A strong background in subscriptions marketing is imperative.
The marketing and communications department is responsible for subscription and single ticket sales campaigns, advertising, audience development, publicity, forecasts, publications, public relations, budget oversight, and community partnerships. The Director partners work closely with Director of Development and the Director of Sales & Customer Service whose department manages the patron services, telemarketing, and box office activities (using Archtics software).
The Director of Marketing and Communications plays an important role on the senior staff team of the Portland Opera and must be sufficiently familiar with opera and the performing arts industry to be a full partner in the planning process. The senior staff includes the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Production, the Director of Development, the Director of Sales & Customer Service, and the Director of Artistic Operations.
We seek an individual with senior level marketing and communications experience in cultural marketing, preferably in an opera company; a bachelor's or master's degree, knowledge of and proficiency with ticketing data bases (as well as Microsoft Word and Excel) and market research. The position requires excellent interpersonal, managerial, analytical, and organizational skills. Familiarity with the operatic repertoire is essential, as is a strong track record in the building of subscription audiences.
Located in one of the most beautiful and progressive cities in the United States, Portland Opera enjoys a reputation of artistic excellence, financial health, and organizational entrepreneurship. In 2014/15 the company will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The 13/14 opera season includes the annual Big Night Concert and Gala, SALOME
, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
, and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
in the 3,000-seat Keller Auditorium with the Portland Opera Orchestra; and American composer Dominick Argento's POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO
featuring the Portland Opera Resident Artists.
In 1995 Portland Opera became one of the first opera companies in the United States to develop a separate subscription series of nationally touring Broadway shows. Today it is the only company to offer full seasons of both Broadway and opera productions, using this additional Broadway revenue stream to enhance its ability to produce increasingly sophisticated opera productions.
The 13/14 Portland Opera Presents/U.S. Bank Broadway Across America/Portland series includes ANYTHING GOES
, AMERICAN IDIOT
, SISTER ACT
, BLUE MAN GROUP
, and THE BOOK OF MORMON
, also at Keller Auditorium.
In July of 2003, Portland Opera moved into its new eastside facility, The Hampton Opera Center, where--for the first time in company history-- music and staging rehearsals, coaching facilities, costume shop, and administrative offices are all housed under one roof.
In 2005, the Company established the Portland Opera Resident Artists program, designed to train the next generation of opera singers by providing a "bridge" from the conservatory world to the professional stage. Selected at auditions around the country, young singers join the company for a rigorous nine-month training program, during which they are featured in their own production.
Per its mission statement, Portland Opera's diverse programming "celebrates the beauty and breadth of opera." The company has presented the world premieres of WUTHERING HEIGHTS
and LUCY'S LAPSES
, and the North American premiere of Reynaldo Hahn's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
. In 2001 Portland Opera celebrated its first successful international collaboration with a production of LA BELLE HELENE
with Austria's Klagenfurt Opera. Its expanded repertoire has included the West Coast premieres of William Bolcom's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
, Rossini's THE JOURNEY TO REIMS
, and Philip Glass's ORPHEE
and GALILEO GALILEI
was recorded by Orange Mountain Music and later released as Portland Opera's first-ever commercial recording. Its second commercial recording - Philip Glass's GALILEO GALILEI
â€” will be released this winter. Recent seasons have also included operas by Ravel, Bernstein, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Weill, Britten, Adams, Orff, and Handel.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package. Deadline for applications: Friday, October 18, 2013.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume with a list of references, salary expectations, and samples of marketing materials to:
Margaret Genovese/Rosalind Bell
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Canada M5B 2J7
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