Associate Production Director

Reporting directly to the Production Director, the Associate Production Director assists in production related duties of all San Diego Opera Productions and works with other staff to ensure the needs of vendors and clients of production assets are met.

The Position includes company management duties, contracting staff and rentals, production accounting, and general production operations duties.

The Candidate

The successful candidate should have 5 years’ experience in similar position in opera or theatre. Excellent organizational, time management, communication and interpersonal skills are required. Microsoft Office Suite skills are required and a working knowledge of Financial Edge (accounting system) and Tessitura is preferred.

Compensation

Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications

Please send a cover letter outlining specific interest and qualifications to jobs@sdopera.org. Include with resume, salary history or requirements, and contact information for at least three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.


Chief Development Officer

The Chief Development Officer is the Company’s principal fundraiser, responsible and accountable for achieving the Company’s annual and long-term goals for contributed income. S/he provides leadership and management to the development staff and ensures that the systems and policies are in place to support the identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement and excellent stewardship of gifts. S/he provides impetus and support to the fundraising efforts of the Board, the Board Chair, and the General Director. S/he fosters a culture of respect for philanthropy throughout the organization.

The Chief Development Officer participates in annual and long-term program development and in setting goals for income from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government. S/he develops and implements strategies to achieve these goals through annual, endowment, and planned giving, grants, program sponsorship, and special events. S/he provides direction and management to the development work of staff and volunteers. S/he ensures accountability and compliance with donor expectations, gift requirements, and government regulations.

The Chief Development Officer reports to the General Director and is a member of the senior management team. S/he supervises, motivates, and evaluates two Major Gifts/Planned Giving Officers, the Associate Director, Institutional Grants, the Associate Corporate Development Director, the Individual Giving Director, and the Special Events Director. S/he staffs the development committee(s) of the Board of Directors.

The Chief Development Officer represents the Company to external audiences, including current and potential donors. S/he attends San Diego Opera performances and special events. S/he is an active and visible participant in the life of the greater San Diego community.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned fundraising executive with successful experience as a major gifts officer and a manager of development operations in a not-for-profit performing arts organization. S/he will have the demonstrated ability to design and implement a fundraising program that achieves annual fundraising goals in excess of $5 million.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate with patrons who are both passionate and knowledgeable about opera. S/he will be able to speak and write persuasively about the value and importance of opera in general and San Diego Opera in particular. S/he will have the skills necessary to connect donor interests with San Diego Opera programs and activities. S/he will have the necessary confidence and enthusiasm for making direct solicitations of time and money.

The successful candidate will be a skilled manager of people and systems. S/he will have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to design and implement a comprehensive program that includes: prospect research and donor cultivation; campaign design and management; direct mail, telephone, and electronic media solicitation; face-to-face solicitation; proposal development and grant writing; special events; and development office administration of gift processing, prospect management, donor history and records maintenance, and reporting.

The successful candidate will embrace and share San Diego Opera’s commitment to transparency and the highest ethical standards in all aspects of organizational behavior and governance. S/he will bring high energy, stamina, and a sense of humor. S/he will welcome the opportunity to be part of a high-performance professional team dedicated to the continued success of San Diego Opera.

Compensation

Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications

Please send a cover letter outlining specific interest and qualifications. Include with resume, salary history or requirements, and contact information for at least three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.

Please send materials to:

San Diego Opera Development Search
c/o Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007
applications@catherinefrenchgroup.com



Supernumerary

If you are interested in being onstage as a volunteer supernumerary, we would love to hear from you. To be considered and added to our active list, call the Super-hotline (619)533-7073 and leave a clear message with your name, address, email address, and phone number (and age if you are under 18) or email our Super Captain at Bob.Borntrager@sdopera.com. Let us know if you have any special skills. Supernumerary information packets will be mailed in the late fall.