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Employment Opportunities  Opportunities for employment at Houston Grand Opera are posted here regularly. Houston Grand Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.

  • Graphic Design Internship

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Internship

    Type: -unspecified-

    Min. Experience:

    Title: Graphic Design Internship

    Status: Part time, unpaid intern

    Reports to: Andi Russell, Creative Manager

    Objective: To understand and participate in graphic design for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

    Houston Grand Opera is seeking a candidate to join the Communications team as a graphic design intern. This individual will assist with the overall creative needs of the organization through planning, designing, and collaborating with the creative manager and communications team. The graphic design intern will assist in the production of print and digital collateral, e-marketing communications and related materials, internal publications and programs, in addition to social media and web content for Houston's internationally acclaimed opera company. The internship will provide hands-on experience with the various duties and responsibilities required to execute high-level graphics and visuals.

    Responsibilities:

    Assist the creative service team in the design and production of print and digital collateral including but not limited to newsletters, print ads, display ads, programs, direct mail, etc.

    • Assist in the design and production of digital artwork for email communications
    • Assist with design, development, and production of artwork for internal publications in addition to new concepts for upcoming productions and world premieres
    • Assist with digital elements for video projects
    • Assist with website content management
    • Assist with institutional photography
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    SPECIAL JOB CHARACTERISTICS: Perks include access to final dress rehearsals of great musical productions with fantastic voices.

    Qualifications:

    • The candidate must be proficient in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator; After Effects and/or Premiere strong plus
    • Candidates must have strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to complete tasks under minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment
    • Passionate, keen eye for detail and the ability to multitask
    • Candidates should have the ability to maintain a professional demeanor in the presence of performers, colleagues, VIPs, and local media
    • College degree or active progress towards a degree related to design
    • Creative and innovative thinking required; interest in the arts a plus
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • A self-starter with a strong desire to learn

    Compensation

    Internships for Houston Grand Opera are unpaid, but offer a great deal of hands on experience. College credit is available upon request and school approval. Interns will gain and/or improve upon his or her:

    • Basic layout and composition skills
    • Understanding of the graphic design role for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
    • General computer, design, and organizational skills
    • Gain hands on experience with the design and production of print and digital collateral
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization

    Time Requirements

    A minimum of three months or 120 hours commitment is required. Interns are expected to work at the Houston Grand Opera office 15 or more hours/week during office hours (8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday). Schedule is flexible as agreed upon by the supervisor and intern.

    About the organization:

    Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is one of the largest, most innovative, and most highly acclaimed opera companies in the United States. HGO was the only American finalist for Opera Company of the Year at the 2017 International Opera Awards. In fulfilling its mission to advance the operatic art to serve an ever-evolving audience, HGO has led the field in commissioning new works (65 world premieres to date) and in training and nurturing promising young artists and administrators. The company contributes to the cultural enrichment of Houston and the nation through a diverse and innovative program of performances, community events, and education projects that reaches the widest possible public. HGO’s pioneering community engagement initiative, HGOco, has served as a model for other arts organizations. HGO has toured extensively and has won a Tony, two Grammy awards, and three Emmy awards. It is the only opera company to win all three honors.

    Houston Grand Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Internships are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, non-job related disability

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  • Annual Fund Manager

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Development

    Type: -unspecified-

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Annual Fund Manager

    Department: Development

    Reports to: Director of Development

    Classification: Fulltime, Exempt

    SUMMARY

    As Annual Fund Manager at Houston Grand Opera, you will join an energetic, high-performing Development team, passionate about securing the future of opera.

    This position will have a primary-focus on (1) the management and execution of HGO's Direct Response fundraising program, including two annual campaigns, monthly renewals, donor collateral, and a quarterly donor newsletter and (2) the renewal and retention of a portfolio of 150-200 current annual donors contributing between $1,000 and $10,000 each season.

    This position requires someone who is personable, energetic, motivated, hard-working, disciplined, and team-oriented. Candidates must possess excellent writing and project management skills, be comfortable soliciting for money, masterful in building personal relationships, and highly organized.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES:

    • Create and implement a detailed Direct Response plan, inclusive of timetable, budget, and campaign performance metrics. The Development department’s Direct Response program consists of direct mail, e-mail, web-based, social media, and telefunding campaigns, across acquisition, renewal, and upgrade strategies
    • Cultivate, solicit, and steward an assigned renewal portfolio of 150-200 donors, regularly re-qualifying for upgrade potential, and if found, working with fellow gift officers to obtain increases in annual support
    • Maintain detailed and up-to-date records of all donor activity through Tessitura, HGO’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM), using Plans and Donor Information Sheets
    • Manage the creation of Individual Giving Team donor collateral for all giving levels, including benefits listings, brochures, and Inside the Circle, HGO’s donor e-newsletter
    • Assist the Development team in staffing special events and performances, as required

    ESSENTIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS:

    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least three years of non-profit fundraising experience required. Proven success in face-to-face solicitations and relationship building. Knowledge of principles of fund raising and sales techniques. Experience with direct mail or membership campaigns a plus. Experience with Microsoft Office and relevant fundraising software, preferably Tessitura.

    SPECIAL JOB CHARACTERISTICS:

    This position requires excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, project management experience. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Evening and weekend work hours required. Enthusiastic belief in the mission of Houston Grand Opera. While a specific knowledge of opera is desired, active curiosity and an eagerness to learn about this magical art form can be sufficient.

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  • Social Media Coordinator

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Communications

    Type: -unspecified-

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Social Media Coordinator

    Department: Communications

    Reports To: Associate Director of Communications

    Classification: Full-time, Non-exempt Date: June 2019

    SUMMARY: The Social Media Coordinator plays an instrumental role in strategizing, creating, executing, and maintaining up-to date messaging and external communication through the Houston Grand Opera social media channels and website. Working closely with the Content Manager and Digital Marketing Manager, this position is as the central source and voice of all social content with the goal of driving brand awareness and positive audience engagement.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

    • Strategize with the marketing and communications team to create social media campaigns and adhere to a regular publishing schedule across all social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)
    • Collect, edit and manage digital assets (content, images, video) from all departments of HGO for social media marketing purposes while ensuring content adheres to brand guidelines.
    • Create content, as needed, at events by taking photos and videos to use on social media platforms
    • Promote the HGO brand, upcoming productions, community events, and others as needed.
    • Establish goals to increase relevant followers and build a loyal following by interacting with customers on all social media platforms
    • Set clear objectives, report on key metrics, and consistently analyze insights to measure and assess the effectiveness of online and interactive engagement efforts.
    • Identify influencers to partner with for social media collaborations or other contributions.
    • Maintain website by updating content in a timely manner, building new pages when requested and reviewing content regularly for inconsistencies and outdated information.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • This position requires is a highly self-motivated, creative individual with experience and a passion for connecting with current and future customers. This individual should be engaging with the online audience on a daily basis, with the ultimate goal of turning fans into customers.
    • An essential component is communicating the company’s brand in a positive, authentic way
    • In-depth understanding of all social media channels required, Google Analytics, and measurement tools a plus
    • Proven strong writing skills, content development, and some design skills required. Photography skills a plus.
    • Video editing a plus.
    • 2-4 years of marketing, social media, communications experience required.
    • Knowledge of operatic repertoire, opera artists and classical music a plus.

    SPECIAL JOB CHARACTERISTICS:

    Detail-oriented with attention to process, the ability to multi-task, work quickly and efficiently, and function with minimal supervision while working against deadlines in a fast-paced environment is required. Must be a team player and possess excellent interpersonal & customer service skills. Some weekend and night work required. Perks include access to final dress rehearsals.

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  • HGO Artistic and Studio Summer Internship

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Internship

    Type: Part-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Program Objectives

    Management

    • Work closely with the HGO Artistic and Studio Departments on department projects and day-to-day operations.
    • Understand ethics, compliance, and business conduct issues pertaining to nonprofit arts administration.
    • Become acquainted with the management process at HGO through the observation of meetings and other activities.
    • Understand time management requirements when working with projects.
    • Assist the Studio Administrator in managing the schedule and logistics for the Young Artists Vocal Academy (YAVA).

    Social Media/Marketing

    • Assist Studio Administrator in planning Social Media strategies for 2017-2018.
    • Learn how to apply marketing skills and tactics to social media presence.
    • Develop presentation skills.
    • Become familiar with graphic design software programs.
    • Become familiar with creative briefs and project proofing.

    Production/Music

    • Assist Company Office in contracting supernumeraries and preparing super orientation materials and payroll schedules.
    • Become acquainted with the process for filing visa petitions and submitting financial paperwork for foreign artists.
    • Learn how to produce a production calendar for a show within the context of a larger season.

    Administration

    • Research and produce materials for the HGO Studio.
    • Create, design, and maintain databases of information for HGO Studio reference on multiple artistic fields in the opera industry.
    • Assist in the contracting of HGO Studio faculty and staff for 2017-18 season.
    • Create and maintain database of YAVA alumni.
    • All other duties as needed.

    Personal Development

    • Develop planning, organizational and time management skills.
    • Increase knowledge of computer skills and technology.
    • Develop team-based work competencies.

    Selection Criteria

    • Undergraduate or graduate students studying Music, Administration, Business, or related fields; an interest or previous studies in classical music is preferred.
    • Must demonstrate professional maturity and possess excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Attention to detail, strong communication and writing skills and computer literacy required.
    • Proficiency in Excel and Word required.
    • Your own transportation is required.

    Program Incentives

    • The primary incentive of this internship is the opportunity to investigate a career opportunity in artistic administration with hands-on experience. Once completed, the intern will have knowledge to help determine whether a career in artistic administration is something to pursue.
    • The intern will participate in actual opera production administration, social media campaigns, and program administration.
    • Intern will develop skills vital to today’s nonprofit performing arts environment including team-based interaction, and an in-depth knowledge of the operas, companies, and singers working in the industry.

    Compensation

    Internships for Houston Grand Opera are unpaid, but offer a great deal of hands on experience. College credit is available upon request and school approval. Interns will gain and/or improve upon his or her:

    • Research, writing, editing, networking and general communication skills
    • Understanding of administration for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
    • General computer, database and organizational skills
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization

    A parking pass will be provided for the duration of the internship.

    Work Schedule

    Interns are expected to work at the Houston Grand Opera’s office 15 or more hours/week during office hours (9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday). Schedule is flexible as agreed upon by the supervisor and intern. Failure to complete hours as scheduled may result in termination of the internship.

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  • Stage Manager

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Production/Stage Management

    Type: -unspecified-

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Stage Manager

    Department: Production

    Reports To: Technical and Production Director

    Classification: Exempt

    Summary

    The Stage Manager manages all aspects of HGO performance activities for assigned productions.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Manages and attends as necessary all rehearsals, lighting sessions, technical sessions, and performances for assigned productions.
    • Plans and supervises all rehearsal and performances for assigned shows: supervising and directing backstage staff and members of the stage management team, monitoring hours and breaks for members of multiple unions, providing cues for all technical elements (lighting, sound, moving scenery), gathering and disseminating production notes during rehearsals and performances, and overseeing rehearsal room safety and safe practices.
    • Coordinates rehearsal and technical schedules as they pertain to assigned productions.
    • Manages the archiving of pertinent stage management documentation for assigned productions.
    • Maintains inventory of stage management and rehearsal room materials and supplies.

    Other Duties

    Administrative support for the Technical Department as needed.

    Other Duties

    Administrative support for the Technical Department as needed.

    Essential Job Requirements

    Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and three years experience as a stage manager or five years experience as a stage manager. Must read music fluently. Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Must be able to manage multiple tasks and projects. PC proficiency and spreadsheet applications experience – Word and Excel preferred. Available for evening and weekend work. Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to speak smoothly and cohesively in front of an audience.

    Special Job Characteristics

    Candidate must be highly motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills. Must be a team player. Requires strong written/verbal communication. Knowledge of, or familiarity with technical, wardrobe, lighting, wig and make-up areas in opera a plus.

    Please direct inquires and forward a cover letter and resume to: Human Resources, Houston Grand Opera, 510 Preston Street, Suite 540, Houston, TX 77002. Fax (713) 225-2574. Email hr@hgo.org

    Houston Grand Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, non-job related disability, or marital status.

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  • Internships at HGO

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Internship

    Type: -unspecified-

    Min. Experience:

    Houston Grand Opera's goal is to develop a well-rounded internship program to encourage individuals to learn the standards and experience the demands of Technical Theater and Arts Administration. Houston Grand Opera is committed to providing the necessary time and training through in-depth, hands-on experience to aid the development of an individual from promising student to practicing professional. Interns become valuable members of the department in which they are assigned, and given lifelong resources from which to grow. Houston Grand Opera internships are unpaid.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    Due to the variable hours of the program and the intense nature of the work, all interns must abide by a mutually agreed upon schedule that each intern and respective supervisor determine together. These and other commitment issues are discussed in more detail during the interview process.

    All Houston Grand Opera internships are unpaid. However, it may be possible to arrange for academic credit through your school. Please check with your school adviser to see if this applies.

    Internships are done on an "as needed" basis. Please submit your interest through our online application process. Should a department have an internship need or availability, we will review applications submitted.

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Audition Opportunities

Auditions for Houston Grand Opera are posted here regularly. Click on the links to the right to download audition information for current audition opportunities.