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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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  • Videographer

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Marketing/Communications

    Type: Full-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Videographer

    Department: Marketing and Communications

    Reports To: Creative Manager

    Classification: Full-time, non-exempt

    SUMMARY: Reporting to the Creative Manager, the Videographer works as part of the Marketing and Communications team to record, create, and edit video content for digital campaigns including email marketing, website, and social media as well as reporting and other organizational efforts.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

    • Develops and manages video projects from conceptual design to final product through storyboarding, creation of shot lists, client management, and the editing process.
      • Edits raw footage to provide rough cuts for feedbacks, handles audio mixing and syncing, and manages other facets of post-production work for project finalization.
    • Provides project status on a regular basis to internal teams and communicates clearly throughout the production process.
    • Oversee, organize, and arrange all video shoots and ensure projects meet deadlines.
    • Directs and leads production from start to finish including set-up/tear-down of shoot, operation of camera(s), audio quality, and coordination of rental equipment, as needed.
    • Ensure each video projects maintains high-quality while adhering to HGO brand standards and legal clearance.
    • Manage, export, and uploads videos to proper channels including Vimeo and YouTube as well as organize all final projects and drafts.
    • Ensure video assets are being used properly across the organization.
    • Collaborates with outside vendors on video projects including mainstage production videos and livestreaming projects.
    • Collaborates with Marketing and Communications team to create compelling visual content for various channels and participate in meetings involving content strategy and planning.
    • Maintains equipment and inventory.
    • Generate new ideas and assist in developing strategies to help further the brand of HGO.
    • Directs talent and provides notes to talent when necessary.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Bachelor’s degree (a comparable combination of education/experience and/or training will be considered equivalent to the education listed).
    • Minimum 3 years of professional experience producing videos.
    • Experience with multimedia storytelling techniques on multiple platforms.
    • Proven mastery of skills in videography, lighting, and shot composition.
    • Skilled editor, proficient with Adobe Creative Suite products, including After Effects, Audition, Illustrator, Motion Graphics, Photoshop & Presenter
    • Submission of a creative reel reflecting above qualifications.

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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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  • Customer Care Representative

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Marketing - Customer Care

    Type: Part-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Customer Care Representative

    Department: Marketing-Customer Care Center

    Reports To: Customer Care Team Leads/Customer Care Manager

    Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt

    Summary

    Represent HGO for customers in the Customer Care Centre, in Box Office, and at any external events.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Maintain the highest level of Customer Service with each encounter by having a friendly, professional and helpful demeanor, paying close attention to detail, and ensuring patrons are handled appropriately and receive personalized attention with each customer interaction.
    • Talk and transact with customers by phone, web chat, e-mail, and in Box Office regarding single ticket sales and subscription ticket sales as well as inquiries related to their accounts.
    • Assist customers with ticket exchanges, supplying them with new seats and properly documenting the transaction.
    • Process donations, additional ticket purchases, duplicate requests and donated tickets via the telephone and web chat service.
    • Handle inquiries regarding directions, parking, performance times and dates, and all other opera related questions.
    • Prepare and file tickets for Mailing and Will Call.
    • Work in the Box Office on scheduled day shifts and performance nights.
    • Work all other Customer Care stations as required, at Wortham Theater and other venues.
    • Assist other HGO departments and HGOco with various projects and events as needed.
    • Help with the set up and take down of equipment, signs and other duties as assigned.

    Special job characteristics

    Non-profit experience preferred. Knowledge of opera and arts preferred, but not required.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Essential Job Requirements

    Must possess superb customer service skills in gathering and verifying subscriber information, responding to inquiries, and explaining company policy in a professional manner. Must be a team player with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are a must. Evening and weekend work is required as well as the ability to bend, stoop, sit and sometimes lift up to 20lbs.

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

    To apply for this position, please visit Houston Grand Opera’s job board at www.houstongrandopera.org/work. RESUMES ACCEPTED UNTIL FILLED.

    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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  • Development Communications Manager

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Development

    Type: Full-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Development Communications Manager

    Department: Development

    Reports to: Director of Development, Institutional Giving
    Classification: Full-time, Exempt

    SUMMARY

    The Development Communications Manager is responsible for creating and managing written content for various donor communications. The primary responsibility is to generate a high volume of proposals and reports to foundation, corporate, and government donors, as well as occasional proposals for key individual donors. This vital work comprises 75% of the job.

    The Development Communications Manager will also work with Advancement colleagues to create and execute an overall donor communications strategy, comprising the other 25% of the role. This includes planning and creating content for the following donor communications: HGO's quarterly program/magazine, Opera Cues; the quarterly donor newsletter, Opera Unleashed; quarterly donor reporting videos, and several e-newletters to subsets of HGO supporters. Additional donor communications include summaries of upcoming productions and projects, acknowledgment letters, end-of-season reports, etc.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Prepare proposals and reports for a variety of corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors on a timely basis
    • Develop and execute overall development communications strategy and plan, working closely with Advancement colleagues to coordinate key messages, storylines, and formats
    • Work with the appropriate internal departments within HGO to gather relevant information in order to produce donor materials. This includes regular information collection from Senior Management, Artistic, Production, HGOco, the HGO Studio, etc.
    • Interact directly with donors, gathering personal stories about how HGO has changed their lives, and incorporating those messages into our donor communication plan
    • Brainstorm new ways of showing donors that their gift made a real difference; this can include new donor-centric content for HGO's website and social media channels
    • Draft a wide range of 'non-proposal' writing projects for the Development department, including special letters, talking points, invitation language, etc.
    • Perform other duties as assigned; includes staffing several performances and donor events throughout season

    ESSENTIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS:

    Bachelor's Degree (Liberal Arts, Music, Business or other relevant subject) and 3 to 5 years of professional writing experience required. Working knowledge of the non-profit environment and experience with grant writing preferred. Proven excellent writing and editing skills required, as well exceptional organizational and project management skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is necessary.

    SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS:

    Must have the ability to prioritize projects, work within deadlines, identify and communicate challenges as they come up, and collaborate with all members of the company. Some evening and weekend work is required.

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    Please direct inquiries and forward and cover letter with resume to: Human Resources, Houston Grand Opera, 510 Preston Street, Houston, Texas 77002. FAX: 713/225-2574. Email: hr@hgo.org

    Houston Grand Opera is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 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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  • 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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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.