ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
Created in 1986 by a team of visionaries, LA Opera has become a leader in artistic innovation, while honoring the great historical legacy of opera. Our Mission is to serve the public by producing world-class opera that preserves, promotes and advances the art form while embodying the diversity, pioneering spirit, and artistic sensibility unique to Los Angeles. Our Vision is of an engaged and enlightened community in which all members have the opportunity to collectively enjoy the rich aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, and cultural experience of opera.
Since LA Opera was founded 35 years ago it has been committed to reflecting the vibrant culture of our diverse and creative city through: inventive productions that reinvigorate and preserve the classic operatic repertoire; electrifying new works that feature the composers of our time; performances that star world class singers, emerging artists, and our renowned orchestra and chorus; and education and community programs that partner with neighborhood organizations and engage diverse community artists and performers. The company continues to be led by Christopher Koelsch, President & CEO and James Conlon, Music Director. LA Opera has now staged 272 productions with over 1,684 performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (DCP) and on stages across the county through the contemporary Off Grand series.
ABOUT LA OPERA CONNECTS:
LA Opera Connects celebrates Los Angeles’s diversity and myriad of cultures reaching over 150,000+ community members in a traditional season through over 30 free arts programs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and in community venues across the county. Education programs include student matinees, school residencies, and professional development for teachers. Community programs provide interactive seminars about opera, community recitals, opportunities for community members to perform in opera, and family programs.
The LA Opera Connects stewards community partnerships toward the civic betterment of Los Angeles. Annually, LAO Connects organizes more than 30 events to engage 150,000+ people across the county, including underserved students, senior citizens, veterans, and hospital patients. Staff are trained to serve as ardent defenders of access in the arts who work tirelessly to dismantle barriers imposed by race, class, age, gender, and other factors. Overall, our team has developed a civic practice that is both deeply immersed in the cultural milieu of Los Angeles and explicitly reciprocal with its partners.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
In support of LA Opera's vision in which all community members are reflected and have access to opera, the Vice President for LA Opera Connects leads all aspects of community engagement and learning programs and productions that annually serve 150,000+ people. Reporting to the President and CEO and Board of Directors, the Vice President represents the company in all civic impact initiatives and community partnerships. They develop thoughtful and sustainable public scholarship initiatives that engage students and community members in cultural practice and inquiry and lead a team of arts administrators, teachers, artists, and technicians to carry out more than 30 sustained programs, serving hundreds of diverse community partner organizations, including hospitals and veterans, libraries, colleges, and other cultural organizations. Legacy programs include an annual season of six-ten annual productions, in-school residencies, large community opera commissions, recital tours, youth development and career preparedness, large Festival production, the creation and implementation of exhibits, accredited seminars, and educational materials. Additionally, they will explore ways to continually expand LA Opera Connects reach throughout Los Angeles county's racially and ethnically diverse communities, through sustained partnerships and programs that create operatic traditions for all Angelenos, and demonstrate the necessity of opera and cultural engagement.
The Vice President of LA Opera Connects will have a close working partnership with the President & CEO in setting a creative vision and strategy for the department that integrates with the entire company and achieves the highest artistic and programmatic standards. The Vice President will serve as a key member of LA Opera’s executive leadership team and will collaborate closely with the leaders of the mainstage opera activities, development, marketing and PR, IT, and finance departments. They will supervise a current team of 10 staff and a larger group of 100+ teaching artists, musicians, affiliated scholars and technicians, and another 100+ volunteers.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Partnership and Fundraising
Operations and Budget Management
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS, PLEASE APPLY:
Individuals of identities that are underrepresented in arts administration are especially encouraged to apply. LA Opera is an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any legally protected categories.