Institutional Giving Manager/Grantwriter

Company: OPERA America

OPERA America, the national nonprofit service organization for opera, headquartered at the National Opera Center in midtown New York City, seeks a creative, passionate writer to champion the organization’s $1.5 million portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government grants.

The successful candidate will be a nuanced and persuasive storyteller — someone who can interweave institutional history, strategic vision, and program design into compelling narratives. They will work collaboratively with the Chief Advancement Officer, President/CEO, and other colleagues to prepare proposals that support the organization’s professional development, grantmaking, and programming for opera administrators and artists.

The Institutional Giving Manager will oversee the grant calendar and monitor program activity in order to prepare reports and steward current funders. Additionally, they will actively identify and cultivate new funders to help support OPERA America’s growing breadth of service. They may also assist other department staff with events, including an occasional evening or weekend activity; and may contribute to the quarterly Opera America Magazine.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Compelling use of language.
  • Swift drafting and solid editing skills.
  • Openness to a collaborative writing process.
  • Ability to write for and communicate with varying audiences.
  • Impeccable time management.
  • Understanding of budgets and program design.
  • A detail-oriented, efficient, and resourceful work ethic.

Minimum 1-2 years’ experience in grant writing or related.

Salary commensurate with experience, in the range of $55K to $60K range. Benefits package includes health and dental coverage, pension, paid time off, life insurance, access to rehearsal/performance venue, and opportunities to network with opera leaders nationwide.

COVID-19 Note: As of July 2021, the OPERA America staff has returned to in-person work in its New York City offices while piloting a flexible in-person/remote work schedule.


To Apply

Please send the following materials to Dan Cooperman, chief advancement officer, at Jobs@operaamerica.org:

  • Cover letter: Tell us why you are interested in working at OPERA America in this particular position
  • Resume (outlining your career accomplishments)
  • 2 Recent Writing Samples (demonstrating your ability to tell a persuasive story in the context of a grant proposal)


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.


About OPERA America

OPERA America leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera. Founded in 1970, OPERA America has a membership that includes over 600 opera companies, educational institutions, affiliated businesses, and other entities. More than 40,000 staff members, artists, and trustees at these organizations join nearly 3,000 individual members in empowering us as the national champion for opera.

Through national convenings, research, advocacy, granting, thought leadership, and a variety of programs for artists, administrators, educators, trustees, and appreciators, we move opera forward as an industry and an art form.  The quarterly Opera America Magazine highlights the progress of the sector and the impact of more than $15 million in strategic grants we have awarded to increase new work, audience engagement, civic practice, business innovation, and inclusivity.

The National Opera Center, our custom-built rehearsal and performance facility in New York City, serves as the centralized home for the industry, welcoming 80,000 visitors each year.

OPERA America