Employment Opportunities

Director of Community and Education Programs (DCEP)

Austin Opera, Austin, TX
Available Immediately

Primary Mission of Position
The DCEP will increase opera participation of the general public, community groups, corporations, small businesses, schools, universities and more, by conceptualizing, developing and implementing stimulating and educational programs for the rapidly growing and diversifying population of Austin and surrounding area. The DCEP will provide avenues which will move uneducated opera novices to become active opera advocates, opera lovers, ticket buyers, subscribers and donors to Austin Opera; and to culturally enrich the lives of Central Texans. The DCEP will contribute to making Austin Opera a well-known, highly respected and popular artistic institution in the region.

Position Responsibilities
Job description includes but is not limited to directing the following:

K-12 Education Programs
– Meet K-12 educators and school officials and inform them of opera education programs available in their school(s).
– Write and design an opera education curriculum to complement the school’s education curriculum.
– Manage and supervise all aspects of school programs including writing the agreements between AO and – – Schools, taking the programs (with singers, piano, costume, props) to the schools. (All programs, choice of singers, piano, etc. will be approved by the General Director in consultation with artistic staff). Introduce and facilitate Q & A sessions.
– Train volunteer docents to assist with school programs.
– Coordinate with the schools transportation systems for students to attend any mainstage production student performances outside of the schools’ campuses.
– Be prepared to create new programs to advance Austin Opera’s service to area students.
Current Programs include:
– Opera Treasure Chest (Grades K-4)
– Access Opera (Grades 5-12)
– Study Guides
– Sunday Matinee Music Camp

Adult & Public Education
– Contact and provide informative and educational programs about opera in general and/or the current repertoire, to clubs, associations, chambers of commerce, public and professional groups, community service agencies, corporations, neighborhoods, etc.
– Provide opportunities to adults to preview the current repertoire and be able to participate in Q & A sessions.
Current programs include:
– Opera Previews
– Opera Overtures
– Opera Talk Back
– Collaborative university programs
– Master Classes

Group Sales (working with Marketing and Box Office)
– Contact groups, associations, businesses, etc., informing them of AO’s season offerings and securing a group discount for them to attend the performance(s).

Social Groups
– Create and manage groups that bring together people in a social and/or opera performance setting. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about opera, network and feel included as a part of Austin Opera’s contribution to the cultural vibrancy of Austin.
– Help Development identify leaders and/or possible donors that might rise within the organization to serve on committees of the Board of Directors.
Groups formed to date:
– La Noche de Opera
– UrbanNites

– Prepare reports for the Board’s Education and Community Programs committee.
– Attend and report to the Board of Directors when requested.
– Develop and manage board-approved department budget.
– Develop and manage the community and education programs calendar
– Provide contact information for sales/donation information to the Marketing and Development department.
– Provide education activity content for social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to Marketing department.
– Attend Austin Opera performances and special events including the annual Wine Dinner and assist in planning and execution as requested
– Collaborate with Development department to develop data-driven funding proposals and reports and attend meetings with education funders as appropriate and requested.

Essential Skills/Qualifications
– Bachelor’s degree
– Excellent written and oral communication skills
– Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment, supporting shared goals
– Ability to work independently on individual projects and see them through to completion
– Ability to adhere to schedules and deadlines
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office products
– Strong analytical, writing, editing, organizational, and project management skills
– High degree of initiative and attention to detail; manage multiple projects and deadlines
– Ability to work nights and weekends for events and meetings as required
– Ability to lift and move 20 pounds.

– Outgoing personality
– Can comfortably communicate with teachers, corporate executives, board members, and the public.
– Public speaking

Application Deadline: August 28, 2016 – Electronic submissions only. No telephone calls please.
Send cover letter and resume to jweaversobel@austinopera.org. All applications are confidential.

Austin Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Austin Opera prohibits discrimination based upon individuals’ age, ancestry, citizenship, color, religion/creed, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, gender, orientation, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

History of Austin Opera
Founded in 1986, Austin Opera is committed to producing and promoting world-class opera that will entertain, enrich and educate the Central Texas community. Austin Opera delivers an extraordinary artistic experience; provides a creative environment that challenges the misconceptions of the art form; enables lifelong learning; and celebrates its part in the acclaimed Live Music scene for which the city is known. A multi-varied program selection fused with major international artists, directors, and designers has won acclaim for the company locally, nationally and internationally. Austin Opera productions consistently garner praise for production value, vocal artistry, set design and the skill of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Richard Buckley. In 2008, the company moved to its current performance home in the Long Center for the Performing Arts and its acoustically noteworthy 2,200 seat Dell Hall. In 2015, the company underwent a successful branding campaign which resulted in a name change from Austin Lyric Opera to Austin Opera.

Mission of Austin Opera
To produce operatic performances and community outreach and educational programs that meet and preserve the highest standards of artistic excellence that culturally enrich the lives of Central Texans. This commitment is comprised of four essential goals:

1. Presenting operatic productions that attain the highest artistic standards;
2. Conveying the operatic art form in ways that make it intellectually and financially accessible to the most diverse as possible audience;
3. Providing lifelong educational opportunities and programming to the community, regardless of skill, ethnicity, orientation or financial ability;
4. Ensuring the future of the organization through consistent and responsible resource management.

About Austin Opera
Each year, Austin Opera produces three main stage operas with three performances each. A fourth production with a single performance was staged in concert format in 2015 and will be produced again in semi-staged opera format in September 2016 with The Manchurian Candidate. The season starts in the fall and ends with the final production in May. The repertoire is a mix of traditional operas along with contemporary and American operas. The most recent season included Verdi’s Aida, Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. The upcoming 30th Season repertoire includes The Flying Dutchman, The Daughter of the Regiment, and Madame Butterfly, as well as The Manchurian Candidate.

In addition to its main stage performances, the company engages with the Austin community through a variety of interest groups, community outreach efforts and education programs. Key groups include the Austin Opera Guild, which provides significant financial and volunteer support to the company, and La Noche de Opera, a social and educational group for the Hispanic community. Outreach and education programs include Opera on the Town and Opera Overtures, which provide informal and informative lectures before each production, Opera Treasure Chest, a TEKS-aligned interactive program for K-4 students, and Opera By Night, which offers 5,000 free tickets to students, parents and teachers of grades 5-12 to attend dress rehearsals. A relatively new outreach program is UrbanNites at the Opera, a social event for young professionals held in conjunction with the Thursday evening performance of each production. Austin Opera has an annual operating budget of approximately $4.2 million, and a financial position strengthened by endowed and special funds of approximately $5.8mm. The Company is governed by a highly engaged 45-member Board of Trustees and has an artistic and administrative staff of 16.


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Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
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