Job Opportunities/Internships

Director of Development

Job Title: Director of Development
Reports to: Managing Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisory Responsibility: Annual Fund Manager

General Position Summary:
Director of Development is responsible for building and cultivating strong relationships with individual donors and patrons as well as key businesses, foundations, government and other community partners to ensure that Opera Omaha maximizes sustainable contributed revenue.  He/She is responsible for managing and integrating the functions of staff, Board, and auxiliary groups associated with resource development. Opera Omaha is currently in growth mode with ambitious plans for the future including expanded programming, in-depth community engagement, and a forthcoming major gifts/endowment campaign.

Essential Functions/Major responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

The Director of Development works in close partnership with the General Director and Managing Director.  He/She is an innovative, results-oriented person; thinks strategically, has strong interpersonal skills as well as excellent analytical, organizational, reasoning and problem solving abilities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the General Director and Board of Directors, strategize, create, implement, and monitor a comprehensive contributed revenue plan including forthcoming major gifts/endowment campaign.
  • Cultivate and support Opera Omaha’s major constituent groups including the Board of Directors, Advisors, and Guild; serve as staff liaison to these groups.
  • Oversee and support the efforts of the Development Committee including solicitation of members, scheduling of meetings, assignment of tasks and follow ups  
  • Cultivate and solicit major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources; maintain on-going relationships with key leaders in each area.
  • Develop and oversee a planned giving program.
  • Facilitate and monitor tracking and reporting systems to ensure all goals are met.
  • Manage department revenue and expense budgets consistent with organizational requirements; assist in planning including collaboration with Director of Finance on revenue/expense budgeting and projections.
  • Ensure all donor and sponsorship benefits are fulfilled.
  • Oversee and manage public communications regarding development functions.
  • Attend Opera Omaha performances and events, Board and committee meetings as assigned
  • Supervise and review the performance of development staff; provide leadership, motivation, and strategic direction needed to ensure the effective pursuit of organizational goals, department goals, and fulfillment of the revenue plan.
  • Perform other functions as assigned by the General Director and/or Managing Director.


Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in arts administration or fundraising certification a strong plus.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive fundraising experience in an organization of similar or larger size; equivalent experience in a related field will be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience with major gifts and sponsorships.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills; rapt attention for detail
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to interact with others in a manner that inspires trust and confidence
  • Demonstrated success motivating and developing staff, Board, and other volunteers
  • Results and team-oriented work style characterized by a creative and tenacious approach to problem-solving
  • Positive attitude; flexible and resilient – comfortable embracing change
  • Unwavering commitment to outstanding service to donors/patrons
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Strong computer skills (familiarity with Tessitura a strong plus)
  • Knowledge of philanthropy in Omaha a strong plus
  • Familiarity with and passion for opera, theatre, and/or music a strong plus


Interpersonal Contacts:
Opera Omaha Staff, Board, Advisors, and Guild; Guest artists; volunteers and constituents; Community partners and vendors

Job Conditions and Work Hours:
Opera Omaha is a high-energy organization with a mission that can cause this position to experience high work demands under very tight timelines. In addition, work may be required outside of normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends, to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources:  Please include "Director of Development” in the subject line of the email.  

Costume Supervisor

Job Title:            Costume Supervisor
Department:       Operations (Artistic, Production/Technical,
Community Engagement Programs)
Reports to:         Production Manager
FLSA Status:      Contractor, Fee
upervises:        NA


General Position Summary:
The Costume Supervisor is responsible for planning sourcing, and coordinating the realization of costume designs, accessories, and resources for the company’s mainstage productions, site-specific productions, festival productions, galas, special events and performances, and annual programming (hereinafter referred to throughout this document as, “Productions”). The Costume Supervisor will maintain the costumes and accessories stock at the warehouse.  The Costume Supervisor will work to a deliverables schedule set by the Production Manager, or his/her designee.  The Costume Supervisor will coordinate his/her time to achieve all deadlines and timelines.  This position will work at a home office/studio, the company warehouse, and at rehearsal and performance venues within greater Omaha.  The Costume Supervisor ensures that all technical aspects of the costumes related to Productions are in adherence to established parameters and support the artistic and financial goals of the company.  The Costume Supervisor has the discretion to resolve or recommend for resolution unforeseen circumstances that occur during the course of the season.  This is an Independent contractor position on a per-production or seasonal basis.

Essential Functions/Major responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.


  • Perform research necessary to realize and create costumes and accessories envisioned by the Costume Designer. Liaise with designers to implement all technical requirements of a design.
  • Analyze and interpret designs and technical documentation for new Productions and rental productions, and assess their viability for the company’s performance and rental uses.
  • Review, analyze, revise and document new Productions and incoming rentals.
  • Together with the Production Manager, make budgetary and labor projections in relation to costumes and accessories, requesting, assigning and overseeing additional overhire labor as necessary.
  • Liaise with Designers, costume shops, rental houses other companies’ costume departments on new productions, co-productions and rentals.
  • Prepare costume paperwork: Costume Counts, Measurement sheets, Size comparisons, Inventories.
  • Swatch fabric, at Designer’s request, or coordinate out of town swatching
  • Obtain competitive costings for all elements of expenditure.
  • Liaise with costume shops on budget, expenses, and timeline
  • Coordinate and supervise company-helmed costumes builds.
  • Source and coordinate materials for purchase and rental
  • Undertake and supervise material and accessory shopping
  • Coordinate rental options
  • Coordinate prep activities at the warehouse.


  • Obtain, deliver and maintain all rehearsal costumes and accessories in a timely manner as indicated by the Stage Manager and Costume Designer.
  • Maintain a steady line of communication with the Stage Management team to address additions, alterations, and other deliverables.
  • Coordinate fitting schedule with stage management and Designers. 
  • Coordinate construction work notes and alterations schedule
  • Oversee Costumes load in/out at the warehouse, rehearsal venue, and performance venue.
  • Coordinate load in/out technical and transport needs with the Production Manager.
  • Attend all Dress Rehearsals.
  • Attend all Production Meetings, Notes sessions and Design Presentations.
  • Attend rehearsals, as requested, and attend all onstage rehearsal in which costumes are used
  • Prepare production paperwork for rehearsals including running lists, piece lists, dressing lists, Quick change lists, and final paperwork and relevant information for production archives.
  • With Designer, take dress rehearsal notes
  • With Wardrobe Supervisor, coordinate In-theater wardrobe setup (including piece/running lists, and photos to wardrobe crew and artists)
  • With Wardrobe Supervisor, coordinate Strike, cleaning & Return/Restocking


  • Create new production “costume bibles”
  • Coordinate return of all rentals, and co-production materials
  • Coordinate de-prep activities at the warehouse.


  • Oversee the safe and efficient construction and installation of all production elements.
  • Perform other duties that enhance institutional professionalism as requested.
  • Maintain and inventory Costumes and associated Equipment / Goods at the storage warehouse as necessary.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; preferably in technical theatre or other arts.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • 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.
  • 3+ years of experience with costumes fabrication.
  • Demonstrable detailed specialist knowledge of costume design, construction, millinery, etc.
  • Complete understanding of costume techniques and processes, including industry safety standards.
  • Experience with union crews and interpretation and implementation of union agreements.
  • Strong computer skills, including a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher).
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly self-motivated with leadership qualities and also an effective team player.
  • Works well under pressure.
  • Results and team-oriented work style.
  • Must have a valid drivers’ license and experience driving large rental trucks.
  • Occasional use of a variety of power tools and audio/video equipment.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.

Interpersonal Contacts:
Opera Omaha staff, board members, seasonal production, design, technical personnel, theatrical vendors and construction shops, community organizations and any external constituents needing assistance.  Establishes a good relationship with all to enhance company morale and maintain a positive attitude within the working environment.

Job Conditions and Work Hours:
Opera Omaha is a high-energy organization with a demanding mission.  The Contractor is expected to be fully available during production periods for Productions to meet rehearsal and production needs.  The Contractor will maintain a flexible and alternative work schedule; timelines and daily work schedules will be approved by the Production Manager.  The Contractor will sometimes experience heavy workloads under very tight timelines.  In addition, work may be required outside of normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email materials to Katy Clanton, Production Manager at Please include "Costume Supervisor” in the subject line of the email. 




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