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Multi-Disciplinary Artist Fellow

for the Holland Community Opera Fellowship

Opera Omaha is seeking a teaching artist for the position of 2021-2022 Holland Community Opera Fellow - Open to Artists of Any Discipline.

Full job description and application instructions: https://operaomaha.org/community/holland-community-fellowship/application

Candidates who submit materials by Monday, June 14, 2021 will be prioritized.

You do not need to be a singer, artists of any discipline who have an interest in opera and understanding of how their art may engage with opera are encouraged to apply.

The Fellow will join Opera Omaha at a critical time in the Company’s history, building on a radical program that redefines how an opera company serves its community. Launched in 2017, the Holland Community Opera Fellowship leads the opera field in civic practice - building deep relationships outside of the performance venues. These relationships and the programs co-created with our partners have proven to be our strengths in these unprecedented times. Four Holland Community Fellows are engaged each season to bring their skills as artists and trained civic practitioners in service to individual creative growth within partner organizations, through a combination of long- and short-term co-created programs.

A strong interest in serving community through the arts and teaching artist experience, an interest in opera, a team orientated work style, and a collaborative and creative thinker are the primary qualities in the successful candidate. Opera Omaha values staff diversity that represents Omaha’s racially diverse communities and seeks candidates who reflect this value.

This full-time position will be for the 2021/2022 season beginning August 9, 2021 through May 2022, with a salary of $40,000 for a 40-week contract. The position may be renewed for the 2022/2023 season. The typical length of a Fellowship is two years.

About the Position
The Holland Community Opera Fellow will act as a primary teaching artist in the company’s engagement programming initiative as part of a team of four Fellows. They will contribute meaningfully to the success of the Community Opera Fellowship team and serve as an ambassador of the company by developing relationships with community leaders and partners. They will design and implement unique projects combining artistry and creativity, leadership, advocacy, and citizenship. They will represent Opera Omaha while serving a broad and evolving community through engagement with civic and community organizations and institutional leaders; programming for community members; the development of educational resources; and the development of partnerships and programs with community institutions. The ideal candidate will be a practicing, professional artist interested in community collaboration and learning in a broad social context with experience as a teaching artist. Opera Omaha will identify with the successful candidate support for and deepening of their individual artistry, creative practice and professional development. Recognizing that opera is a multidisciplinary art form, artists of all associated disciplines are invited to apply including but not limited to: directors, conductors, singers, instrumentalists, costume and scenic designers, composers, librettists, writers, dancers, actors, and visual artists.

In partnership with the Fellowship team, major responsibilities include:

  • Bring creative programming to diverse communities and demonstrate a commitment to community engagement that extends Opera Omaha’s footprint.
  • Create and sustain social value through community-based programming in collaboration with partner organizations, empower communities through multidisciplinary art, music and creative culture.
  • Collaborate with partners serving populations including: individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants and refugee populations, incarcerated youth, adults experiencing homelessness, youth, among others.
  • With the Community Opera Fellowship Manager and Director of Engagement Programs, the Fellow will conceive and realize projects rooted in their art and engage participants with varied demographics. They will contribute and manage creative programming ideas.
  • Research, coordinate, and execute artistic needs related to engagement programming.
  • Design and adapt arts programming that supports partnering organizations’ objectives and goals.
  • Serve as a teaching artist for collaborative programming in community-based partnerships.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community members, artists, partners and leaders

Keys to Success
To succeed in this position, the Fellow will bring experience working as an artist in and with community, demonstrated cross cultural life experience and competency, demonstrated interest in and commitment to community and a proactive growth mindset. Specific characteristics necessary for a Fellow are curiosity and initiative, openness to vulnerability, socio-emotional skills, adaptability, response to feedback, compassion, and empathy.

Key Skills and Experience Include:

  • Experience developing and teaching arts programming for community audiences including adults, youth, and/or families
  • Experience working with populations served by HCOF including individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants and refugee populations, incarcerated youth, adults experiencing homelessness, and youth is desirable but not required
  • Extensive art knowledge in any discipline with an understanding of how that may engage or interact with opera
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing independent projects
  • An effective team player with team-oriented work style and desire to collaborate
  • Ability to engage people in activities both in-person and virtually
  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal communications skills
  • Works well under pressure
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Sense of fun and playfulness

Professional experience will be considered in lieu of an academic degree.

The position is based in Omaha, NE and work will occur in the Opera Omaha offices and rehearsal spaces, community partner locations, and virtually.

Candidates may be subject to background checks as required by community partner organization policies and must have a valid driver’s license.

It is important that the Fellowship team reflects the diverse populations we serve. In such, a BIPOC-identifying artists are encouraged to apply.

Compensation
The Fellow is a full-time exempt position with a salary of $40,000 for a 40-week contract, which would be prorated based on contract start and end date. The Fellow receives benefits including: a professional development stipend, a health insurance stipend, and paid time off.

To Apply
Apply online at operaomaha.org/fellowship-application
Candidates who submit materials by Monday, June 14 will be prioritized.
Necessary Documents for a complete application include: Resume, Artist Work Samples and Essay Questions. More details about what these documents should include and Fellowship FAQs are available on operaomaha.org/fellowship-application

About Opera Omaha
Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association. With tremendous community support, it became a fully professional opera company by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive community engagement programs that annually reach thousands of individuals.

The Holland Community Opera Fellowship is the centerpiece of Opera Omaha’s strategic vision for the future. In today's world, the arts play a pivotal role in shaping our communities and the quality of life of our citizens. In service to the community, we are bringing opera into new environments illustrating and promoting the value of creativity in both the arts and non-arts sectors. The Holland Community Opera Fellowship (HCOF) brings community-minded, entrepreneurial artists to live and work in Omaha. Fellows serve as ambassadors of the company by developing relationships with community leaders and to design and implement unique projects combining artistry and musicianship, leadership, advocacy, and citizenship.

The Fellowship engages in meaningful dialogue with the community on issues and ideas of social relevance, fulfills unmet needs in the community for arts experiences, education, and appreciation, empowers communities through music and culture, creates reciprocal relationships between Opera Omaha and different sectors and neighborhoods benefitting residents and communities, expands Opera Omaha’s civic impact and relevancy to the community, and diversifies and grows Opera Omaha’s impact through performance and social interactions. The HCOF Community Panel represents a cross-section of the community including organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, and community groups. Those serving on the Community Panel develop a partnership with Opera Omaha to engage in meaningful conversations around community issues, program development, potential partners and opportunities across different neighborhoods and sectors. The panel considers high level strategic decisions and priorities, helping set the direction of the Fellowship and is a critical part of the Fellow selection process, With the panel, residents from neighborhoods across the greater Omaha metro area have a voice in choosing who and how artists interact with their diverse districts and constituent groups.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Reports to: Managing Director

FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt

Supervisory Responsibility: Audience Development and Sales Manager and Graphic and Digital Media Manager

General Position Summary:
The Director of Marketing and Public Relations is an experienced manager whose focus is to grow Opera Omaha’s audience and expand its reach in large part through the successful marketing and communication of its role as a vital cultural resource for the community and outstanding regional opera company. The Director of Marketing and Public Relations will effectively lead the marketing and sales team to increase brand awareness, effectively communicate to stakeholders and the public about all company programs and achieve sales goals for subscriptions and single tickets.

WHO WE ARE + WHAT WE DO
Opera Omaha, a non-profit performing arts organization, is growth-minded, forward-thinking, and innovative, producing opera performances in multiple formats and styles and co-creating artist-led programs for a variety of community service organizations. We believe the power of opera is transformational, and as a result supports the creation of an inventive, creative, empathetic and inclusive community that inspires joy, self-discovery, kinder discourse, and opportunity for all. Currently working with equity and inclusion consultants, Opera Omaha seeks to model an inclusive and welcoming environment for all identities on our team and create within a diversity of thought and experience.

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.

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate campaigns to grow subscriber base, maximize single ticket sales, and build group sales in alignment with strategic organizational goals
  • Work closely with Managing Director to create, monitor, and evaluate annual marketing plans and department revenue and expense budgets
  • Oversee scaling, pricing, inventory management and reporting
  • Create and update cash flow projections regularly
  • Conduct and/or coordinate appropriate market research as needed
  • Work with all staff on strategies and programs to build patron loyalty
  • Direct, track, and measure marketing and communications campaigns across all advertising channels (including social media)
  • Manage vendor contracts and oversee vendor projects, to include photography, videography, publicist, media campaigns and creative agency, as needed
  • Work with senior staff to establish and implement a schedule/calendar for all Opera Omaha communications
  • Oversee website management, email marketing and social media messaging to ensure optimal effectiveness
  • Meticulously track marketing expenditure and Return On Investment
  • Work closely with General Director on development of all creative (sourced internally and by the local advertising agency engaged by Opera Omaha)
  • Provide comprehensive marketing support for all departments including design, messaging, printing and mailing
  • Coordinate the assembly as well as internal and external editing, proofing, and trafficking of all printed and digital collateral including program books, annual report, and newsletters
  • Work closely with Director of Development, corporate sponsors, vendors, and other external groups to develop and execute cross-promotions and fulfill sponsorships
  • Manage all public relations for the organization including local and national media
  • Create advertising plans and execute media buys including, but not limited to television, radio, print, outdoor and online
  • Oversee correct usage of Opera Omaha brand and its presence in the community
  • Participate in peer marketing strategy meetings and database user meetings
  • Supervise Graphic and Digital Media Manager and the Audience Development and Sales Manager
  • Additional duties as assigned by the General Director and/or Managing Director

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelors’ degree in marketing or related field is required
  • Three to five years of experience marketing for a non-profit performing arts organization of similar or larger size with proven successful track record; Five years of experience performing the duties described above may substitute for education requirement.
  • Significant experience in and knowledge of marketing and sales (print, broadcast, on-line), social media and other multi-platform communications
  • Experience in database marketing (Tessitura preferred)

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Superior ability to collect, analyze, and act upon data (demographic, sales, and financial data as well as other metrics) to increase ticket sales
  • Proactive and goal-focused with a high sense of accountability
  • Outstanding organizational skills, strong project management experience
  • Strong copywrite and editing skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills: collaborate well with staff, artists, vendors, volunteers, and the public in a professional, confidential and tactful manner
  • Ability to manage multiple critical timelines and deadlines
  • Understanding of basic accounting procedures including budgeting
  • Proficient in MS Office; the desire and ability to learn new technologies is required
  • Knowledge of Tessitura and digital platforms preferred
  • Proven accomplishments in garnering media attention
  • Strong experience in media planning and buying
  • Experience in opera is preferred, interest in opera is essential

Interpersonal Contacts:
Opera Omaha staff, guest artists, board members, donors, customers, press and any external constituents needing assistance.

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 will be required outside of normal business hours (including some evenings and weekends) to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives. Benefit package is provided, salary commensurate with experience.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Starting annual salary in upper $50,000’s
  • Benefits - Medical, dental, and life as part our commitment to investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees. Upgraded or alternative benefits are an additional cost to the employee.
  • Retirement savings plans: 403b savings plan with Company Retirement Contribution (company-paid) and no employee match requirement
  • Flexible time off and holiday pay

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, salary requirement and list of references to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources: jdaggett@operaomaha.org. Please include "Director of Marketing and Public Relations” in the subject line of the email.

Director of Inclusion and Belonging

Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports to: General Director
Compensation: $70,000 annual salary + benefits

WHO WE ARE + WHAT WE DO
Opera Omaha, a non-profit performing arts organization, is a growth-minded, high energy, and innovative company with a demanding mission: producing opera performances in multiple formats and styles and co-creating artist-led programs for a variety of community service organizations. We believe the power of opera is transformational, and as a result supports the creation of an inventive, creative, empathetic and inclusive community that inspires joy, self-discovery, kinder discourse, and opportunity for all.

RACIAL EQUITY CENTERED STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION IS OUR NEXT STEP IN OUR ASPIRATION TO BE AN EQUITABLE AND ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZATION.

We aim to model a welcoming environment for all identities on our team because we see diversity and inclusion as a central component within our organization. Our staff of approximately 24 full-time personnel work primarily within a central administrative and rehearsal office located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, the unceded land of the Umaha people whose traditions of storytelling connect to our work. Read more about our mission and history at www.OperaOmaha.org.

HOW YOU’D FIT IN + STAND OUT
Opera Omaha is currently seeking a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion subject matter expert with the ability to manage senior stakeholders and employees with empathy and confidence.

While our work in building connection and understanding within our diverse communities in the Omaha metro area began well in advance of the national discussion around systemic racism and other forms in inequity and inequality, the urgency of action and the obligation we have to our community has increased.

You will bring experience, training, and resources to augment our capacity building consultants, taking the company beyond our traditional lenses of success. You will create strategies and goals for recruitment, onboarding, and engaging employees aligned with our current strategic vision and organizational values.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES + EXPECTATIONS

  • Lead the development and implementation of proactive equity and inclusion initiatives which will support our new strategic plan, currently in development
  • Plan, guide and advise the General Director and senior management on equity and inclusion matters
  • Assess potential barriers and develop strategies focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce
  • Partner with the Director of Finance and Human Relations to develop and monitor effective employee life cycle strategies
  • Drive intake and investigation of concerns that pertain to discrimination or harassment, working with outside legal counsel as needed
  • Gather, research, and analyze data to create workforce analysis reports and assessments to attain internal goals
  • Foster a culture of belonging that supports the business and enables all employees to thrive

You are an ideal candidate if you are:

  • Deeply empathetic, with a bias toward ensuring that our programs address existing systemic and institutional inequities in order to build greater awareness and understanding around these issues
  • A collaborative team player who enjoys working with internal and external teams to meet deadlines and achieve goals, sometimes under tight timelines
  • A high EQ professional with a preference for relationship nurturing and a passion for balancing serious issues and human hope with the ability to develop/create best practice or revolutionary workplace ideas
  • Able to synthesize complex and lengthy concepts into compelling, digestible pieces of content
  • Knowledgeable in conflict resolution, mediation, and facilitation methodologies
  • Willing to work outside of normal business hours when needed, including some evenings and weekends to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives
  • Interested in creating long-term impact in non-profit organizations, specifically in the performing arts sector

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Human Resources, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, Project Management or related discipline
  • Experience working with leadership, influencing and building trust, while empowering stakeholders to own organizational change
  • Experience with performing arts and work in a theater or production environment
  • Experience in a non-profit organization or setting

We seek applicants from ALL backgrounds to join our team and encourage our employees to bring their authentic, original, and best selves to work.

Opera Omaha is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status or any other category protected by law.

Opera Omaha will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

TO APPLY
Please send your resume, cover letter, and personal website (if applicable) to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources at jdaggett@operaomaha.org to apply.

Cover letter requirements:
How do you see yourself contributing to our work on advancing equity, specifically racial equity? Please provide examples of ways in which you have worked to eliminate institutional racism in previous positions.

Position open until filled. Starting remotely is possible.