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General Director
SUBMITTED DATE: 9/25/2018

Description: Opera on the James invites applications and nominations for the position of General Director, a leader who will embrace the Company's mission, share the Company's core values, and guide the Company's artistic and administrative development in the decade ahead. The position will be available in January of 2019.

The Opportunity: The next General Director of Opera on the James will continue to build on a tradition of excellence, creativity, and innovation in all aspects of opera. S/he will have the opportunity to collaborate with a dedicated Board and administrative staff in discovering, nurturing, and introducing audiences to many of the creative and performing artists who will define the future of opera in America.

The Company:

 Our Vision
Opera on the James will be the source for world-class opera experiences in Central Virginia.

Our Mission
Opera on the James will attract and involve Central Virginians in the full range of operatic arts by providing diverse, accessible productions performed by nationally and regionally acclaimed artists that will educate, inspire and engage.

Opera on the James
To accomplish its mission, Opera on the James annually produces at least one main stage full opera, family and community operas and concerts, fundraising events with opera excerpts; builds new audiences by educating and engaging our community through programs and projects; and nurtures emerging professional opera artists through the highly select and celebrated Tyler Young Artist Program. By doing so, Opera on the James strengthens the cultural and economic vitality of the Central Virginia community.

Founded in 2005, Opera on the James is a Level 4 Professional Company Member of Opera America. The company is proud to offer central Virginians a wide range of operatic productions, concerts and educational experiences for young and old. Our casts consist of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists who share the stage with members of the Tyler Young Artist Program and regional singers. Our orchestra consists of professional opera musicians from the mid-Atlantic region, and our chorus is drawn from local colleges.

In the 2017-2018 season, mainstage opera performances were enjoyed by more than 2,000 persons and K-12 and outreach programs engage an additional 5,000.

Opera on the James is committed to programmatic excellence and a sustainable future for Opera in our community and region in the years ahead.

The Position: The General Director is the leader of Opera on the James and reports to the Board of Directors. S/he provides the leadership and vision that ensure the artistic, financial, and organizational success of the Company, while raising the Company's profile and enhancing its reputation for excellence locally regionally, and nationally. S/he is the spokesperson, advocate, and visible representative of Opera on the James through Central Virginia and the U.S. S/he takes an active part in the life of the community and ensures that Opera on the James embraces, engages, reflects, and celebrates the rich diversity of the Central Virginia community.

The General Director oversees the artistic planning and strategic direction of Opera on the James. S/he leads and directs the artistic and production staff and actively explores opportunities for cocommissions, co-productions, and other collaborative artistic projects.

The General Director is responsible and accountable for the overall management of Opera on the James. S/he takes a leadership role in fundraising for the Company. S/he works closely with the Board of Directors to ensure good governance, communication, and transparency. S/he leads the administrative staff. S/he provides guidance and support to those who serve as volunteers. S/he fosters a culture of success among all stakeholders.

The General Director leads the Company in addressing priorities identified in the current and ongoing strategic plan in the areas of artistic leadership; engagement and experience; human resources, infrastructure, and technology, and capital structure and financial strength.

Candidate Profile: The ideal candidate will combine a passion for opera with a proven record of success as a visionary leader and a skilled manager of people, projects, and organizations. S/he will be knowledgeable about artists and repertoire and experienced in producing opera with a professional company.

The successful candidate will have excellent financial management skills and the demonstrated ability to develop and achieve balanced budgets. S/he will have the creativity and entrepreneurial ability to explore and develop additional revenue streams to support the work of the Company.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic fundraiser who is willing and able to devote substantial time and effort to donor cultivation and solicitation. S/he will have excellent written and oral communication skills. S/he will be able to speak passionately and persuasively about the value and important of Opera on the James.

The successful candidate will be fully aware of the challenges facing American opera companies today. S/he should have a track record for developing productive partnerships and collaboration with other opera companies as well as arts and community organizations. S/he should have the creativity, charisma, and strength of personality to unite the Board, patrons, donors, and staff around a vision and operating strategy for Opera on the James that will allow the Company to thrive in the decades ahead.

The successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to live in our community, to be a leader in the arts, and to participate actively in the life of the community. S/he will invest significant time and energy in building relationships within the community.

We encourage applications from individuals with many of the qualifications stated above and will build Opera on the James staff around the selected candidate.

Compensation: Compensation, including benefit package, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: We ask applicants for the position of General Director to submit a cover letter that describes specific interest in Opera on the James and outlines experience and qualifications for the position; a detailed resume, salary requirements, and contact information for at least three professional references. Electronic submissions are required. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate's knowledge. Application deadline is October 31, 2018.

The Search Committee will begin to review credentials and schedule interviews in November. The Committee expects to identify the successful candidate in early December.

Please send materials to the following: apply@OperaOnTheJames.org

 


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