Employment / Volunteer

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Open internships, volunteer opportunities, regular full-time positions, and part-time positions.
Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

Open Positions:



Gift Officer

Boston Lyric Opera seeks candidates to fill a newly created position in a growing fundraising department as an independent, self-directed Gift Officer with responsibility for his/her own fundraising goals. This exempt position reports to the Director of Major Gifts.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors, including identifying prospects, developing solicitation strategies, representing BLO to and communicating with donors and prospects to build relationships and secure gifts.
  • Solicit and close mid-range annual fund and campaign gifts to reach annual fundraising goals.
  • Create a robust program to build the Orfeo Society, BLO’s core community of supporters, including from members of Friends of BLO and new patrons. Steer the development and implementation of strategies for identification, cultivation and solicitation of Friends of BLO to become Orfeo Society-level donors.
  • Assist with benefit fulfillment for Friends of BLO and Orfeo Society donors and sponsors.
  • Generate revenue reports as required by department management.
  • Participate in BLO cultivation and fundraising events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS
3-5 years in progressively responsible positions in a nonprofit environment with experience in successful annual fund programs and face-to-face solicitation. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Flexibility, attention to detail, bottom-line orientation and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure, collegial environment. High comfort level with technology, including Microsoft desktop applications and Tessitura, preferred. Some evening and weekend work required at the theatre and events throughout the season. Knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts would be valuable. Special consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated history of success in similar position.

Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement. Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Gift Officer Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, or email Recruiting@blo.org. No phone inquiries.



Communications & Marketing Manager

Boston Lyric Opera seeks an energetic, self-directed Communications & Marketing Manager, responsible for planning and implementing integrated messaging and media to reach and communicate with current and potential donors, ticket patrons, the community and press. S/he will deploy a variety of communication tools – including advertising, branding, brochures and invitations, direct marketing, graphic design, promotion, publicity, public relations, signage, and social media – to enhance institutional awareness and visibility for Boston Lyric Opera. The position reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan and implement communication strategies that promote and support subscription campaigns, ticket sales, donations, events, and institutional visibility
  • Oversee development of all print and electronic collateral, coordinating production with graphic design vendors.
  • Manage content of BLO’s website and social media platforms, including blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and others, to increase viral awareness and cultivate an online community of patrons and supporters. Writes news releases, listings, bios, copy.
  • Serve as primary media contact and media liaison by coordinating interviews, photo shoots, publicity events, and feature development; maintain media lists and press files; oversee all photography and video activities for press, marketing, grant applications, and archives.
  • Serve as primary contact for external communications and marketing resources, including public relations, advertising, graphic design, and other vendors.
  • Represent BLO to press and others during performances and events, including nights and weekends as needed.
  • Prepare annual budget and monitor expenses. Track analytics for BLO website and ad placements.
  • Consult with all departments on communications, assessing branding consistency for the company and each production season.
  • Work with management to integrate communication strategies for maximum cross-departmental effectiveness in the areas of audience services, community programs, education programs, fundraising, and institutional advancement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

Bachelors degree in related field. 3-5 years of progressively responsible marketing and/or communications experience. Experience with video and web editing, content management, online ticketing, social media strategy and implementation. Ability to strategize, plan, prioritize and set timelines and metrics for success. Skill with data and analysis. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including editing and proofreading. Flexibility, attention to detail, bottom-line orientation and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure, collegial environment. High comfort level with technology, including Microsoft desktop applications, preferred. Some evening and weekend work required at the theatre and events throughout the season. Knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts would be valuable. Special consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated history of success in similar position.

Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement. Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Communications & Marketing Manager Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, or email Recruiting@blo.org. No phone inquiries.


Annual Fund Manager

Boston Lyric Opera seeks candidates to fill the role of Annual Fund Manager, responsible for creating new biographical constituents for donors and prospects and maintaining all levels of biographical and financial information. S/he will design and manage annual fund campaigns including direct mail, telefund and patron society membership renewal and acquisition; steward and cultivate Friends of BLO donors; and participate in BLO cultivation and fundraising events. Annual Fund Manager reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement Operations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Operations

  • Enter donor information into database, including gift details, name and address, and other highly confidential and sensitive information. Process and acknowledge gifts in accordance with approved turnaround and accuracy standards– with back-up support from Institutional Advancement Assistant and/or Patron Services Coordinator. Generate gift reports for Finance.
  • Generate and file correspondence related to gift processing, including gift receipts, tribute notification letters, return check and incomplete check letters, and incorrect credit card information letters.
  • Track and retrieve gift information; answer phone inquiries from donors.
  • Coordinate with department staff to ensure accuracy of gift designations.
  • Perform maintenance projects such as coding events, donor ratings, committee membership, leadership survey information, and updating and archiving data.
  • Perform monthly financial reconciliations with Finance.

Annual Fund Campaigns

  • With guidance from Director of Institutional Advancement Operations, design and manage revenue and expense budgets and strategies for Individual Giving ($1-$2,999) campaigns.
  • Manage direct mail and telefund campaigns; set parameters for list generation and segmentation; oversee print, mail and fulfillment timelines with outside vendors.
  • Manage patron society membership campaigns; work with department leadership to develop strategies and materials for renewal and acquisition; coordinate campaign schedules with subscription renewals; track and analyze patron renewal, acquisition and attrition.
  • Track donor performance and explore new strategies to maximize revenue.
  • Identify and steward the community of Friends of BLO, identifying prospects whose profiles indicate the potential for M&L giving. Liaise with gift team about patrons with greater potential.
  • Participate in BLO cultivation and fundraising events.

Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

3-5 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Flexibility, attention to detail, bottom-line orientation and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure, collegial environment. High proficiency with technology, including Microsoft desktop applications and Tessitura, preferred. Some evening and weekend work required at the theatre and events throughout the season. Knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts would be valuable. Special consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated history of success in similar position.

Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement. Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Annual Fund Manager Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, or email Recruiting@blo.org. No phone inquiries.



Artistic Intern for Spring 2015

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) is seeking applications for an intern in its Artistic department, starting immediately through early April, for various department projects. Intern will be supervised by the Artistic Coordinator and others, as appropriate.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • A music, business, or arts administration major with an interest in learning about the internal operations of a leading Boston arts organization

Assignments will include:

  • Research, file management
  • Updating files and archives, maintaining databases
  • Logistical support for rehearsals & performances: equipment transport & setup
  • Assisting with Opera part preparation for the 14-15 season.

Unpaid internship; academic credit available as college/university requirements permit.

(2) Complimentary dress rehearsal passes for fall season production.

Requirements:

  • Undergrad or grad student with music history, performance, or business course work preferred
  • 10-15 hours/weekly on a variable schedule with some flexibility
  • Computer literate with working knowledge of MS Office
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and communication skills
  • Ability to read music, with knowledge of classical and operatic repertoire

 

Send cover letter, résumé, references, and availability schedule to Jennifer Feldman, Artistic Coordinator, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, or fax to 617.542.4913, or email jfeldman@blo.org.
NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.


Volunteer Opportunities

Boston Lyric Opera offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Ongoing as well as project assistance is needed in numerous areas including office operations, education and community programs, marketing, development, and artistic/production departments plus special events and activities. Volunteers with daytime availability and computer skills are particularly in demand. If you’ve got time, we’ve got the job for you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Juan Rodriguez at 617.542.4912 x221 or jrodriguez@blo.org.