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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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Video Production Internship

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Marketing/Communications

    Type: Part-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Title: Video Production Internship

    Status: Part time, unpaid intern

    Reports to: Associate Director of Communications

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

    The Houston Grand Opera is seeking candidates to join the Communications team as a video intern. This individual will assist with the overall video production needs of the organization through planning, shooting, editing and will work with the team to achieve video goals of the department. The internship will provide hands-on experience with the various duties and responsibilities required to coordinate a successful video production.

    The video intern will be asked to assist the Video Producer with other production duties including video archiving, motion graphics and animation development, audio post-production as well as developing social media video content. Additionally, the video intern will be required to work during performances and have a flexible schedule outside of classwork.

    Responsibilities:

    • Gather video assets, compile footage, and work closely with Communications department
    • Assist on field or studios shoots frequently as well as performances
    • Basic video editing: create loops, raw videos, social media cuts
    • Log analytic insights: tracking data, tagging, metadata
    • Assist with studio coordination, organization and management of equipment.
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    Qualifications:

    • The candidate must be proficient in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and FCPX workflows
    • Familiar with ENG and DSLR cameras audio/video/lighting workflows and the ability to frame shots quickly and accurately in various settings including promotional shoots, performances and community events
    • Candidates must have strong organizational and time management skills
    • Passionate, sharp eye for design, and the ability to multitask
    • Strong communication and leadership in a team environment. Know how to give and receive feedback.
    • 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 video
    • 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 video editing
    • Understanding of the video production role for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
    • General computer, design and organizational skills
    • Gain hands on experience with video shoots from the coordination of to the management aspects
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization
    • Storyboarding for creative briefs

    Time Requirements

    A minimum of three months or 120 hours commitment is required. Interns are expected to work at the Houston Grand Opera's office 10 or more hours/week during office hours (8:30 am ' 5:30 pm, Monday ' Friday) and an additional 10 or more hours/week at events. 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, or marital status.

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  • Editorial Manager

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Marketing/Communications

    Type: Full-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Editorial Manager

    Department: Marketing and Communications

    Reports To: Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

    Classification: Full-time, Exempt

    Summary

    Reporting to the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, the Editorial Manager is responsible for the content creation and editing of all marketing and communication efforts for the Houston Grand Opera. The Editorial Manager will handle the management and development of four to five annual issues of Opera Cues, Houston Grand Opera's self-published magazine/program book from concept, content creation, and completion. Additionally, the Editorial Manager oversees and contributes to writing, editing, and production of the Company's other publications including but not limited to four to six additional program books, four donor newsletters (Opera UNLEASHED) as well as digital copy, marketing and fundraising collateral, and press materials. The Editorial Manager is responsible for content creation and proofing for all marketing efforts including, direct mail, email marketing, website copy, etc. The Editorial Manager works closely with multiple departments including artistic, HGOco, HGO Studio, etc. and will serve as a resource for writing and editing.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Plans and creates editorial content with direct input from all departments.
      • Writes articles and cntributes copy, proofreads all submissions, and assists with the overall messaging in publications.
      • Cmmissions writers, research reprints, and negotiates fees
      • Assigns internal (staff) writers t projects
      • Prject manages and contributes to the overall completion of all publications and content.
    • Working with communications team and external publishers, oversees the design, production, printing, delivery and distribution of publications, including routing of internal approvals and supervision of press-checks.
    • Project manages, contributes, and develops five issues of Opera Cues:
      • Cntent planning with the Marketing and Communication team
      • Assigns articles t various team members and edits submissions
      • Wrks closely with design team for layout and pagination of publication
      • Oversees advertising sales, ad delivery and ad revenue cllection for Opera Cues and manages external cntractor.
      • Research and utreach to artists and artists' management for latest bios, headshots, etc.
    • Adapts copy for different platforms including web, social, advertorial, etc.
    • Researches, writes, and edits company materials as needed, and provides editorial support for consumer bound communications including social media, web content, advertising copy, etc.
    • Establishes, communicates, and enforces deadlines for all assignments and content submission.
    • The role is collaborative with the entire organization and participates in rotating inter-departmental Communications meetings (Artistic/Production, HGOco, Development Team, and Marketing) and disseminates information from these meetings to all participants.
    • Participates in rotating Front of House duties at least once a repertoire
    • Manages licensing for photography and artwork as needed for any publications of the company.
    • Maintains and communicates HGO's stylistic and creative requirements.
    • Provides abbreviated programs for final dress rehearsals.
    • Budget management for published projects, including CUES, newsletters and program books.
    • Working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style required.

    Essential Job Requirements

    Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years editorial/publications experience required, excellent writing and editing skills, a strong editorial point of view, strong project management abilities, and superb communications skills. Working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style required. Understanding of media and copyright law required; knowledge of classical music and opera will be strongly considered. The Editorial Manager works closely with the department’s leadership and should be able to provide status updates on projects and communicate well with the team.

    SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS

    Deadline driven position that requires a strong attention to detail. Some nights and weekends may be required during heavy production periods.

    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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  • Social Media Coordinator

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Marketing/Communications

    Type: Full-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Social Media Coordinator

    Department: Communications

    Reports To: Creative Manager

    Classification: Full-time, Non-exempt

    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 Creative 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, Twitter, and YouTube).
    • 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 audience 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.
    • Develop content for paid digital media and work closely with outside vendors.

    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.

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

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

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  • Development Officer (Acquisitions)

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Development

    Type: Full-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Development Officer (Acquisitions)

    Department: Development

    Reports to: Director of Development, Acquisitions

    Classification: Fulltime, Exempt

    SUMMARY

    As a Development Officer at Houston Grand Opera, you will join an energetic, high-performing Development team, passionate about securing the future of opera through the generosity of our donors. This position will be specifically focused on identifying new likely donors from current subscribers and single ticket-buyers, qualifying their likelihood and ability to contribute, building relationships with them, and soliciting their support. Our team places a strong emphasis on increasing the number of Patron-level donors, who contribute $5,000 or more annually.

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

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES

    • Obtain face to face visits with HGO subscribers to document their relationship with the company along with other biographical details, in the hopes of identifying those with greater interest and capacity for deeper HGO involvement, building and executing a cultivation plan, and soliciting their financial support
    • Work with current HGO Patrons, Trustees, and Board members to identify and leverage their relationships in the identification of new potential donors to HGO
    • Make daily thank you calls to new-to-file donors, to determine their impetus for giving, and to screen their potential for greater levels of support
    • Maintain detailed and up-to-date records of all donor activity in Tessitura, HGO's Customer Relationship Management (CRM), using Plans and Donor Information Sheets
    • 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 two years professional experience required; non-profit or sales environment desired. Proven success in face-to-face solicitations and relationship building. Knowledge of principles of fundraising and sales techniques. Experience with Microsoft Office and relevant fundraising software, preferably Tessitura.

    SPECIAL JOB CHARACTERISTICS

    This position requires excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, including excellent listening skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Evening and weekend work hours required. Enthusiastic belief in the mission of Houston Grand Opera. Familiarity with opera is a plus, but not required. An active curiosity and willingness to learn about the art form can be sufficient.

    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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  • Prospect Researcher

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Development

    Type: Full-Time

    Min. Experience:

    SUMMARY

    The Prospect Researcher serves the fundraising/development team of 12 front-line fundraisers at HGO, by identifying potential major donor prospects (individuals, corporations, and foundations), and examining their philanthropic propensity toward greater giving to Houston Grand Opera. As the sole researcher for the Development fundraising team, the Prospect Researcher gathers and distributes information that allows each fundraiser to choose the best possible approach for cultivation, engagement, and solicitation strategies for potential major donors.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Using a wide array of sources, researches, organizes, and evaluates a prospect donor's financial capacity, ability to give, willingness to give, charitable interests, and connection to Houston Grand Opera
    • Prepares in-depth reports and narratives on prospective donors by mining data from the database, in combination with other identifiers of high quality donors.
    • Creates and devises a system for optimizing potential giving by ranking donors for upgraded giving opportunities, and prospective donors for increased and major gift opportunities. Works with each fundraiser on the development team to ensure that each fundraiser is dedicating time and energy to those donors who may allow for the greatest financial impact for Houston Grand Opera.
    • Participates in processes and procedures to ensure the quality and consistency of tracking of prospect engagement and solicitations.
    • Creates and devises a system for analyzing past giving data patterns of members of the current donor base in an effort to support fundraisers in assessing future giving trajectories of donors.
    • Creates and maintains an identifiable prospect pool for legacy, planned, and deferred gift giving.
    • Serves as a key member of the Advancement team that will be creating new methods of gathering data and information from subscribers and donors through surveying.
    • Works collaboratively with the Advancement Operations team on analyses of front-line fundraiser activity.
    • Forecasts and monitors marketing trends to develop new avenues of marketing and communication among subscribers and donors.
    • Reviews local and national news and business publications, keeping abreast of prospect information as well as local and regional business developments.
    • Creates and updates a library of customized donor profiles by use of the Development staff.
    • Serves as department liaison with electronic screening vendors, and as department expert on its utilities, analyses, and management of data.

    ESSENTIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

    Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of demonstrated experience in prospect research, preferably in nonprofit fundraising. Advanced studies through a master’s in arts administration, or an MBA, is a plus. Knowledge of the range of resources available to prospect researchers and the ability to apply those resources in an organized manner. Familiarity with data mining tools such as iWave or WealthEngine and Lexis-Nexis required. Demonstrated analytical skills for identifying philanthropic patterns and relationships for individual, corporate and foundation donors. Ability to analyze documents, such as financial documents and public records, for the purposes of wealth assessment. Outstanding computer skills, and demonstrated ability in Internet-based research. Excellent demonstrated writing skill. Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work independently, while managing competing obligations toward meeting deadlines. Strong project management and problem-solving skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with sensitive data. Must possess a well-defined sense of curiosity, and be willing to drive toward finding answers and solutions. Must be able to thrive in a highly-productive, fast-paced environment. Requires some night and weekend work.

    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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  • Assistant Stage Manager

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Production/Stage Management

    Type: -unspecified-

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Assistant Stage Manager

    Department: Production

    Reports To: Production Stage Manager

    Classification: Non-Exempt

    Prepared Date: January 2020

    Summary

    The Assistant Stage Manager facilitates and coordinates all aspects of HGO performance activities.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Coordinates and manages the stage during rehearsals and performances of assigned shows, directing backstage crew and providing cues for performers as necessary.
    • Prepares all necessary rehearsal, performance, and production documentation for the running and archiving of assigned productions.
    • Prepares and maintains rehearsal spaces and inventory for HGO performance activities.
    • With Production Stage Manager, maintains rehearsal room safety and safe practices.
    • Assists Stage Manager as needed for assigned productions.

    Other Duties

    Provides administrative support for Production Stage Manager and Technical Department as needed.

    Essential Job Requirements

    Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and previous stage management experience preferred. Must read music fluently. Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills with a keen attention to detail. Must be able to manage multiple tasks and projects, and must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Available for evening and weekend work.

    Special Job Characteristics

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

    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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  • Artistic and Rehearsal Coordinator

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Artistic

    Type: Part-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Artistic and Rehearsal Coordinator

    Department: Artistic

    Reports To: Company Manager

    Classification: Part Time, Hourly

    Prepared Date: January 2020

    SUMMARY

    The Artistic and Rehearsal Coordinator facilitates daily activities in the Company Office. Primary responsibilities include the creation and distribution of the daily rehearsal and performance schedule, administrative support for the Artistic and Music Department, and responding to artists' needs as a member of the Artist Services and Rehearsal team.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Coordinates and issues the daily schedule for all HGO productions, events, HGO Studio, and HGOco activities in association with requests from the Music Administrator, Assistant Directors, Stage Manager/ASMs, and HGO Studio staff. Attends the company's weekly scheduling meeting.
    • Ensures timely delivery of the daily schedule to all company personnel and artists via email and the HGO website; maintains and modifies the daily schedule as necessary, informing all parties of any changes.
    • Arranges doctor appointments for guest artists, providing transportation to appointments as necessary.
    • Working with the Associate Company Manager, coordinates and communicates with the Wortham Staff regarding HGO's use of additional spaces within the Wortham Theater Center. Serves as Liaison to Wortham Staff for security door requests.
    • Coordinates maintenance and engineering needs for rehearsal facilities and HGO office spaces with the Wortham staff.
    • Monitors use of rehearsal spaces, ensuring proper set-up for rehearsals, and reporting any issues with the condition or cleanliness of spaces.
    • Assists in travel, housing, car rental, and other arrangements for visiting artists and Houston Grand Opera staff, as directed by the Company Manager. Creates artist itineraries based on the arrangements made by the Company Manager and assembles packets to be given to artists upon arrival. Provides transportation for artists to events as needed.
    • Assists in the contract administration and audition process for supernumeraries, child wranglers, light walkers, chorus, and dancers as directed by the Company Manager and Music Administrator. Maintains super databases by inputting information obtained at auditions.
    • Plans and purchases opening night gifts for supers; assists the Guild Hospitality Committee with delivery of opening night gifts for principal artists.
    • Arranges dress rehearsal tickets, including those given to supers and the HGO Guild Hospitality committee; arranges comp tickets to performances for mainstage artists.
    • Provides the backstage list for each performance and the final dress rehearsal.
    • Provides administrative assistance to the Director of Artistic Operations, Company Manager, Associate Artistic Administrator, and Music Administrator, as needed.
    • Maintains inventory in the 6th floor kitchen area to ensure that supplies are stocked and available to artists and staff.
    • Collects and distributes production and artistic department mail.
    • Assists in the preparation of chorus and dancer payrolls in collaboration with the Music Administrator.

    Other Duties:

    Serves as a member of the artist services team, responding to all artist requests promptly and thoroughly to ensure their focus and concentration on the production.

    ESSENTIAL JOB QUALIFICATIONS

    Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent job experience. Previous production experience in a professional arts organization preferred. Knowledge of opera preferred, but not required. PC proficient and spreadsheet applications experience - Word, Excel and Outlook required, Powerpoint and Access beneficial. Must be available to work a flexible schedule, with evening and weekend work required during production periods. Reliable transportation required.

    SPECIAL JOB CHARACTERISTICS Candidates should possess a friendly personality, superior organizational and communication skills, a great attention for detail and the ability to respond diplomatically and creatively to a variety of requests from artists, volunteers and staff. Foreign language is helpful, but not necessary. Must be comfortable collaborating with other staff in a team work environment. Must be enthusiastic about taking personal initiative to reach out and help artists with a wide variety of scheduling and personal needs, and personally follow every task to completion.

    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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