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Pittsburgh Opera is currently seeking an Assistant Manager of Individual Giving and a Director of Production. See details below.
Pittsburgh Opera is looking for Student Ambassadors for the 2019-20 season! See below.
Pittsburgh Opera seeks qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Manager of Individual Giving. The Assistant Manager of Individual Giving reports to the Manager of Individual Giving and is an integral member of the company’s development team.
The Assistant Manager of Individual Giving is an annual fund gift officer responsible for managing a portfolio of donors and prospective donors to Pittsburgh Opera who give $25 - $3,499. The Assistant Manager of Individual Giving will solicit, cultivate and close gifts to support the annual fund of Pittsburgh Opera and work with the Manager of Individual Giving to conduct digital, mobile, and telemarketing campaigns; to coordinate and execute mail and e-mail appeals for annual fund support; to manage donor records through the Tessitura database; to engage with donors during events and through personal stewardship; and to monitor and analyze the effectiveness of annual fund efforts.
The Assistant Manager of Individual Giving will be responsible for donor recognition in program books, gift acknowledgement letters, monthly renewal letter series, and delivery of donor benefits. The position also serves as the Development liaison for the New Guard, a young-professional group, and primary liaison for the Friends of Pittsburgh Opera, a volunteer group dedicated to the support of Pittsburgh Opera within the community.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Annual Individual Membership Campaigns: Prepares, coordinates and executes the opera’s efforts to secure gifts of less than $3,500 in support of Pittsburgh Opera’s fundraising goals, including but not limited to direct-mail, digital campaigns, mobile giving, social media, telefunding, and on-site presence during events, as well as phone and face-to-face contact. Identifies, cultivates and solicits renewal gifts, with special emphasis on upgrading current donors to higher levels of giving, recovering support from lapsed donors, and acquiring new donors.
- Manage Donor Benefits: Communicates benefits to individual donors; oversees and staffs donor recognition events; and prepares donor listings.
- Prospect Management and Research: Identifies and researches prospects and prospect lists from the Opera’s database for qualification as potential donors. Evaluates donor capacity and inclination to give to Pittsburgh Opera. Records relevant information from donor contacts and interactions in the Tessitura database and designates potential donors for cultivation and solicitation actions and, under the direction of the Manager of Individual Giving, executes those strategies.
- Other: Contributes to short and long-term departmental planning and evaluation. Oversees membership table during opera performances and other events and programs. May include management of a Development Intern and other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Two or more years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising with a preference for work in individual annual fund giving;
- Proficiency in donor/customer relationship management software, preferably Tessitura, and the components of Microsoft Office;
- Ability to manage multiple tasks independently and to thrive in an open office environment;
- Superior written and oral communication, organization and time management skills.
- Demonstrated success in securing gifts and experience in a comprehensive fundraising program.
- Experience with computer software for data analysis, proposal/presentation creation and project management;
- Has a car and a valid drivers’ license.
- Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends, as needed.
The position is full-time exempt. Salary is commensurate with experience and demonstrated skills. Benefits include medical, and vision; paid vacation and holidays. Pittsburgh Opera is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please respond by email to Kristin Gatch. Your email should include a cover letter including salary requirements/expectations, your resume and a brief (1-2 page) writing sample.
Pittsburgh Opera is seeking a full-time Director of Production to oversee the company’s main stage productions, Resident Artist Program productions, outreach events, special events and any other events that require production support. The Director of Production is a member of the senior management team and is responsible for researching, recommending, budgeting and managing each production within the company’s season in coordination with the General Director and the Managing Director.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for recommending, engaging and managing necessary technical personnel for productions and the Production Department including stage managers, assistant stage managers, designers, costume and wardrobe, personnel, props, wigs, make-up, supernumeraries, supertitles, stage hands and any other technical personnel as required.
- Develops production calendars and timelines for each production and determines time, labor and material requirements for each production.
- Responsible for negotiating set and costume rentals for all productions and acquiring bids for new productions.
- Consults and guides visiting production teams regarding facilities, resources and timelines for each production.
- Attends all lighting sessions, technical rehearsals, and performances.
- Serves as liaison with the Benedum Center and other venues regarding production matters.
- Maintains Pittsburgh Opera production rental catalogue and establishes rental rates and conditions.
- Is responsible to the Director of Artistic Operations for creating budgets, managing expenses for the department and ensuring that expenses remain within established budgets.
- Collaborates with other senior managers and Pittsburgh Opera staff to provide support for outreach events, fundraising activities and special events presented at the company’s headquarters.
- Assists in the negotiating of union agreements and managing relationships with various unions with which Pittsburgh Opera has agreements.
- Undergraduate degree in music preferred, or equivalent experience.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience as Director of Production, Production Manager, or related production experience in opera.
- Experience in supervisory duties
- Excellent team working skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
- Excellent computer skills with MS Office and project management programs.
- Demonstrated ability to budget and prepare new productions.
- Experience working with union crews and collective bargaining agreements.
- Commitment to the mission of Pittsburgh Opera
- Ability to lift and carry material weighing 25-50 pounds
The position is full-time, exempt. Salary is commensurate with experience and demonstrated skills, and includes health benefits. The Pittsburgh Opera is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please contact Kristin Gatch via email.
Become a Student Ambassador!
Now is a perfect time to become a Student Ambassador, spreading the word about Pittsburgh Opera and enjoying exclusive benefits! Established by five intrepid women in 1939, Pittsburgh Opera is viewed as one of the most vibrant opera organizations in the U.S., with a rich artistic tradition, outstanding educational programs, and a progressive outlook toward the future that we want you to be a part of.
Even if you don’t know much about opera (yet!), if you’re outgoing and enthusiastic then we’d love to work with you. For those interested in a career in arts marketing or education, becoming a Student Ambassador is great opportunity to gain firsthand experience while enhancing your resume. Student Ambassadors will be asked to hang posters on campus and to be a presence at campus fairs/events. Most importantly, we want to hear YOUR ideas about how best to share Pittsburgh Opera with your fellow students.
As a Pittsburgh Opera Student Ambassador, you’ll receive:
- Complimentary tickets to Opening Night of each of our Benedum Center productions
- Free admission to our Opera Up Close programs, which offer an in-depth look at the upcoming production with the artists that make them happen
- Networking opportunities with your fellow Student Ambassadors and arts professionals.
Please contact us via email letting us know why you would make a great Ambassador and an example of how you’d like to promote the opera on campus. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Pittsburgh Opera Internship Program seeks mutually beneficial relationships with individual interns who are interested in opera, whether from an artistic or an organizational perspective. Each intern will be provided with opportunities to be creative, to accomplish real-life work that furthers the mission of Pittsburgh Opera, and to develop personally and professionally. In return, Pittsburgh Opera will receive valuable assistance that contributes significantly to the organization’s goals.
Internships run at various times throughout the year and are available in several areas, including development, artistic, production, and education.
To apply for an internship, please send a letter of intent, resume, and a letter of reference from an academic advisor to:
Kristin Gatch, Executive Assistant
2425 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
No phone calls, please.