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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:

  • Director of Finance & Administration
  • Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Technical Director

Director of Finance & Administration

Boston Lyric Opera is seeking a Director of Finance & Administration to manage the company’s day-to-day operations in finance, administration, human resources, and technology to ensure a financially strong and disciplined organization; work with the senior management team on departmental planning, budgets, human resources, use of technology, and other strategic matters; and to be the primary liaison to the Finance, Investment, and Audit Committees of the Board.

Responsibilities:

I. Finance

  • Manage finance and accounting staff; financial accounting and reporting; all banking, financing, investment, and insurance relationships and contracts; audit relationship and process.
  • Create budgets for G&A, staffing, depreciation, and capital expense.
  • Assist department heads with department budgets, monthly updates, and analysis.
  • Prepare annual operating budget and cash flow projections.
  • Work closely with chairs of Finance, Investment, and Audit Committees and other Board members.

II. Administration

  • Manage administrative staff; relationships, negotiations, and contracts for legal counsel and office space, theatre, and warehouse rental, and equipment leases.
  • Lead the coordination of internal workflows, processes, and controls to insure interdepartmental integration, efficiency, and effectiveness and the appropriate allocation of human, financial, technology, and other resources to support organizational priorities.
  • Administer internal processes including purchasing, recordkeeping, office assignments.

III. Human Resources

  • Manage human resources program (employee handbook, policies, and practices) to meet legal requirements and organizational needs; payroll services and employee benefits contracts.
  • Develop and support consistent and effective communications among staff, board, and volunteers.

IV. Technology 

  • Direct company technology plans and relationships with technology partners

V. Strategic Planning 

  • Participate with General & Artistic Director and other senior management on development, execution, and support of organizational and department strategies.

VI. Other

  • Execute special projects as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years experience in a senior financial position or equivalent level in an organization with a $5 million or larger budget, preferably a nonprofit organization funded by contributions, grants, and earned revenues.
  • MBA or CPA preferred
  • Significant experience in nonprofit accounting, technology system management, and high growth businesses
  • Demonstrated leadership ability; team management and interpersonal skills; written and oral communication skills; analysis, resource and budget management; and strategic planning.
  • Personal/professional exposure to the arts, music, and opera in particular is strongly preferred.

To Apply

Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Director of Finance & Administration Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA  02111-1736, o or fax to (617) 542-4913, or email to sglanzman@blo.org.  NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.


Director of Marketing & Communications

Functional area: Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Audience Services

Oversees all aspects of marketing and sales of the company including Marketing and Communications, Audience Services, Public Relations and Promotions.  Manages a department of five including Marketing and Communications Manager, Audience Services Manager, Audience Services Coordinator, and Public Relations consultant. Reports to the General & Artistic Director.

The Director of Marketing & Communications is to provide dynamic leadership and direction as the Company moves into a new phase of artistic growth. S/he will manage all aspects of marketing and sales of the company including Marketing and Communications, Audience Services, Public Relations and Promotions. The Director of Marketing & Communications develops marketing partnerships and collaborations to support organizational goals; oversees technology strategies and enhancements as they relate to customer service and external communications; participates in strategic policy development as a member of the senior management team (with artistic, production, community engagement, development and finance departments).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Marketing and Communications: Responsible for planning strategic marketing and promotions campaigns, including all aspects of media placement, implementation, tracking, and analysis. Focus is on subscriber and single tickets sales and growth, building new audiences in accordance with strategic objectives, and developing partnerships. Responsible for creative development, production, and distribution of all materials and communications.
  • Audience Services: Responsible for subscription renewal and acquisition campaigns, single ticket sales, and enhancing customer relationships. Projects and manages earned revenue including pricing, sales strategies, and fulfillment operations. Acts as primary liaison to theatre management for all front-of-house operations.
  • Public Relations and Promotions: Responsible for existing and new media relationships. Develops short term and long term strategies to position the organization, generate sales, and promote the artistic product. Responsible for overseeing all aspects of printed and electronic communications, including design, content, and delivery of printed and Web-based materials for artistic programs, institutional identity, and fundraising. Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years experience in a senior marketing position or equivalent level in an organization with a $5 million or larger budget.
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of marketing and sales, public relations, printed and electronic communications, and high growth organizations.
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with Web-based communications, including social media, and office applications. Current Tessitura experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability; team management and interpersonal skills; written and oral communication skills; analysis, resource and budget management; and strategic planning.
  • Personal/professional exposure to the arts, music, and opera in particular is strongly preferred

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

How To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Director of Marketing & Communications Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA  02111-1736, o or fax to (617) 542-4913, or email to sglanzman@blo.org.  NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE


Technical Director

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Technical Director (TD) is responsible for planning and supervising technical production activities and personnel in the following areas:

  • Technical production administration & planning
  • Technical design & direction
  • Cost management and budget assistance
  • Operations management

JOB CONDITIONS

The Technical Director creates drawings, schedules and financial information related to production and technical related items. When not in a production period, roughly 75% of the typical workday is spent either on the phone, in meetings, or working at a computer workstation.  Remaining time is spent supervising warehouse activities and visiting off site shops and contractors.  When in a production period and technical rehearsals the Technical Director spends roughly 90% of the typical workday in the performance venue.  The workflow varies greatly throughout the year, with work time demands beyond the standard workweek determined by production planning and execution.  The Technical Director must be available year round to a schedule agreed with the Director of Production and maintain irregular and extended working hours.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Coordinate work and schedules with production staff, designers, theater staff, and other departments as related to Opera productions
  • Responsible for scenic and lighting planning and documentation
  • Assist Director of Production with current and future season planning and administration.

Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a production environment and to deal proactively with company requirements.
  • Analyze information logically, drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary to generate appropriate and/or creative solutions.
  • Highly self-motivated with leadership qualities and also an effective team player
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Complete understanding of theater techniques and processes, including industry safety standards.
  • 5+ years with scenic and lighting installation.
  • Experience with union crews and interpretation and implementation of union agreements.
  • Demonstrable detailed specialist knowledge of scenery construction, materials, paint and finishing processes, and rigging.
  • Additionally, a high level of competence in one or more of the following disciplines: lighting, sound, video and film technology.
  • Knowledge of city building and fire department codes and permitting process
  • Experience in opera and/or musical theater production environments
  • IT literate with intermediate or above understanding of Microsoft Office, Outlook, office tools typical of an office environment, and a plotter for large-scale printing.
  • Occasional use of a variety of power tools and audio/video equipment.
  • Ability to work in a quick and detailed fashion in VectorWorks, AutoCAD, or similar CAD-program and Lightwright
  • Interest in the Greater Boston theater community and international opera industry community.
  • Clean drivers license

Send cover letter and résumé including salary expectations to Technical Director Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA  02111-1736, or fax to (617) 542-4913, or email dciccotello@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 Kristin Dwyer at 617.542.4912, ext. 221 or kdwyer@blo.org.