Artist Development Manager

Company: OPERA America



Organizational Summary

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera. The organization is committed to delivering professional development to artists, administrators, and trustees; increasing appreciation of opera through educational and audience development resources; offering technical support and informational services that foster the creation and presentation of new works; fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion across all aspects of the opera industry; and undertaking national research and representing the field to policymakers and the media.

OPERA America operates the National Opera Center, a custom-built facility in Midtown Manhattan that supports the artistic and administrative work of the entire field. The National Opera Center is widely recognized as the informal base of operations for the opera industry and serves as a catalyst for the field’s long-term health and creativity. 


About the position 

The Artist Development Manager is responsible for a portfolio of professional development programs for individual artists and networks of artist trainers and teaching artists. Reporting to the Director of Learning and Leadership, the ideal candidate will be an experienced artist in the field who is a forward thinker with strong organizational and interpersonal skills and full comprehension of office management systems and procedures.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the Performer Development Network, including young artist program trainers, coaches, artist managers, and educators; coordinate meetings/forums and related communications.
  • Build productive relationships among the many specialty areas/specialists involved in artist development.
  • Develop resources for young artists, training programs, coaches, and educators.
  • Develop and manage networks for singers, composers and librettists, and directors/designers/conductors/coaches.
  • Facilitate professional development programs for opera artists including:
  • Review and assess Music! Words! Opera! K-12 curriculum materials to determine opportunities for program development and utilization.
  • Work with the Teaching Artist Task Force to create professional development materials.
  • Assist with the New Works Forum including large scale event planning and management, budgeting, contracting, and staffing.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of new programs and services, in conjunction with the Director of Learning and Leadership and the Chief Programs Officer.
  • Facilitate granting programs for individual artists with the Chief Programs Officer.
  • Maintain departmental databases, and web resources, including network listservs.


Preferred skills

The ideal candidate is a forward thinker pursuing an arts administration or artist training 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 three years in nonprofit, arts, or education administration.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of the opera field and repertoire is required. Familiarity with opera training pathways is preferred.
  3. Impeccable attention to detail.
  4. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, as well as excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  5. Ability to achieve high-performance goals, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  6. Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information with discretion and liaise with high-profile professionals.
  7. Collaborative nature and service-minded approach to working with a range of constituents, including creative artists, young artist trainers, teachers, program faculty, and nonprofit organizational partners. 
  8. Ease with building relationships across departments.
  9. Ability to think and work independently and within a team.
  10. Comfortable working with organizational members by phone and email and in person.
  11. Must be passionate about nonprofit performing arts administrative leadership and arts education. Familiarity with opera is essential. 


Location, Salary, and Compensation

Full-time/exempt salary commensurate with experience, expected in the $60Ks. OPERA America provides excellent health benefits, a pension package, paid vacation, and life and disability insurance to all full-time employees. An initial evaluation will occur after three months. Thereafter, evaluations are performed annually on the anniversary of the hiring date by the Director of Learning and Leadership. The Artist Development Manager will also have access to the National Opera Center’s rehearsal/performance venues and opportunities to network with opera leaders nationwide.

OPERA America staff currently work on location in the offices at the National Opera Center in New York City, with considerable work-from-home flexibility. Business hours typically fall within a regular work week (Monday – Friday), although evening and weekend hours will be required for various events. The Artist Development Manager will need to reside in the greater NY metro area.


To Apply

Please fill out the brief application form HERE.

The application form will prompt you to upload your resume and answer the following questions: 

  • What interests you about OPERA America’s programming and events in support of artist development and training?
  • What professional or life experiences are NOT included on your resume that could be relevant to this position?

All applications will be reviewed by staff, and applicants to be interviewed will be contacted via email.

All preliminary interviews will be conducted over Zoom or by phone. Final interviews will be conducted in person at the National Opera Center. The search process will be held in September with an anticipated start date in early October.


OPERA America’s Commitment to Change

OPERA America is committed to being an agent of change for opera. We invite everyone in the industry to join in a determined and sustained effort to eradicate racism and ensure equity and justice throughout the field and across the country. This work must take place simultaneously onstage, backstage, in offices, and around board tables. At OPERA America, we are working to create an equitable culture among our staff and board. We encourage BIPOC administrators to apply and work with us.

OPERA America provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer-related or HIV/AIDS-related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


Application Deadline: September 9, 2021
No phone calls, please.

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