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The 2018 Diamond Horseshoe Ball.
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Pittsburgh Opera is currently looking for a full-time Manager of Corporate Development, a full-time Manager of Graphic Design, and a full-time Annual Giving Associate. See full details below.
Pittsburgh Opera is looking for Student Ambassadors for the 2018-19 season! See below.
Pittsburgh Opera is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Manager of Corporate Development. The Manager of Corporate Development is responsible for soliciting and raising philanthropic support for Pittsburgh Opera from the corporate and business community. The position is part of the Opera’s development staff, reporting to the Director of Development and responsible for cultivating, managing and increasing a portfolio of corporate donors. The Manager of Corporate Development, along with the Director of Development, works with the leadership of Pittsburgh Opera and volunteers to maximize corporate philanthropy to the Opera.
Specific job responsibilities of the Manager of Corporate Development
- Achieve the established goals for sponsorships and gifts from the corporate and business community.
- Identify, research and cultivate prospects to increase the number of participating organizations.
- Create and execute a solicitation and cultivation program for corporate sponsorship and underwriting opportunities through written proposals and personal solicitations.
- Establish goals and strategies based on existing donor histories and proposed programming.
- Recruit prospects for and secure funding from Pennsylvania’s EITC program.
- Develop and execute targeted communication and cultivation activities, as well as maximize the use of existing programs and activities for cultivation and stewardship.
- Maintain donor records and tracking systems for cultivation activities, gifts, payments, and reporting schedules.
- Serve as staff liaison for the recruitment and management of Board members and other community leaders to actively participate on the Corporate Sub-Committee of the Board.
- Lead the Opera’s efforts to strengthen corporate participation in the annual fund and special events by identifying potential corporate relationships among individual donors.
- Contribute to short- and long-term departmental planning and evaluation.
- Staff Opera events and productions and welcome guests to Opera performances at the Benedum Center, CAPA Theatre and staff other events and programing of Pittsburgh Opera.
- Conduct all other duties assigned by the Director of Development, as part of the development staff.
- Bachelor’s degree and minimum three (3) years relevant work experience, preferably in corporate development.
- Proven success in increasing support through corporate giving programs
- Highly motivated
- Superior organizational skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite
- Experience with donor management/fundraising software, Tessitura preferred
- Ability to strategically and creatively achieve fundraising goals
- Comfortable working in a busy, open work environment
- Available to work nights and weekends as needed; valid PA driver’s license and vehicle
- History of being a personal and professional asset to an organization
- Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, Board members and volunteers
- Possess a willingness to learn new skills and achieve professional growth
The position is full-time exempt. Salary is commensurate with experience and demonstrated skills. Benefits include medical, and vision; paid vacation and holidays. The Pittsburgh Opera is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply, please respond by email to Kristin Gatch. Your email should include a cover letter with salary requirements/expectations, your resume and a brief (1-2 page) writing sample.
The Manager of Graphic Design will design and create the majority of Pittsburgh Opera’s marketing and promotional materials, with the ultimate goal of making our mission and message engaging, interesting, and compelling to our patrons, donors, and the public at large.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Design, creation, and finished production of marketing and promotional materials:
- Program Books for six operas a season, plus for community events such as our Brown Bag concerts, and various other recitals/performances
- Print ads (magazines, newspapers)
- Out-of-home ads (billboards, transit ads)
- Direct mail pieces (brochures, postcards) for subscription, group, and single ticket sales
- Promotional flyers
- Event/in-theater signage
- Digital ads
- Various Development materials to promote individual, corporate, and foundation giving and related fundraisers/events
- Miscellaneous collateral materials
- Contribute new ideas, suggest and implement improvements, bring to life Pittsburgh Opera’s visual identity and message
- Gather content, concept layouts, prepare finished copy and art, prep files and final layouts for the above
- Serve as Pittsburgh Opera’s primary liaison to printers/publishers for the above – get quotes for jobs, submit artwork, review proofs, confirm delivery
- Collaborate with both internal and external constituencies and partners; take feedback from stakeholders and incorporate into designs/revisions
- Stay current on industry trends and best practices, including keeping up-to-date with the latest software and computer technologies
- Serve as a Pittsburgh Opera representative at company events and performances – greet patrons, answer questions, etc.
The Manager of Graphic Design will report to the Director of Marketing and Communications.
- Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree or equivalent
- 3-5+ years’ experience, either client-side or at an agency
- Fluency in relevant Adobe Creative Cloud products– InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro
- Attention to detail
- Deadline-oriented and self-motivated, with a passion for excellence
- Graphic Design, layout, and typography skills
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work off-hours for company events and performances
Helpful, but not required:
- Knowledge of opera
- Passion for the arts
Salary and Benefits:
- The position is full-time exempt. Salary is commensurate with experience and demonstrated skills.
- Benefits include medical, dental, and vision; paid vacation and holidays.
The Pittsburgh Opera is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please respond by email to Kristin Gatch. Your application package should include a cover letter providing your salary requirements/expectations and resume.
Pittsburgh Opera seeks qualified applicants for the position of Annual Giving Associate. The Annual Giving Associate reports to the Manager of Individual Giving and is an integral member of the company’s development team.
The Annual Giving Associate is an annual fund gift officer responsible for managing a portfolio of donors and prospective donors to Pittsburgh Opera who each give up to $2,999 annually. The Annual Giving Associate will solicit, cultivate and close gifts to support the annual fund of Pittsburgh Opera and work with the Manager of Individual Giving to visit donors, coordinate and execute mail and e-mail appeals for annual fund support, conduct telemarketing campaigns, and monitor and analyze the effectiveness of those appeals.
The Annual Giving Associate will be responsible for donor recognition, sending gift acknowledgements and managing the donor benefits of Pittsburgh Opera’s giving societies and serve as the primary liaison for the Friends of Pittsburgh Opera.
Specific job responsibilities of the Annual Giving Associate:
- Annual Individual Membership/Tele-funding Campaigns: Prepares, coordinates and executes the Opera’s efforts to secure gifts of less than $3,000 in support of Pittsburgh Opera’s fundraising goals, utilizing direct mail ,tele-funding appeals, online 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; 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 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. Welcomes guests to opera performances at the Benedum Center, CAPA Theatre and other events and programs at the opera headquarters in the Strip District.
- 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 (particularly Tessitura) 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.
To apply, 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.
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.