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Job Title: Executive Director 

Organization: Inland Northwest Opera (INO) 

Reports To: Chairman, INO Board of Directors

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Salary Range: $55,000-$60,000 for an average of 30 hours per week 

To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume and three professional references no later than 5 p.m. PST on Friday, January 21, 2022 to Mary Velázquez at boardchair@inlandnwopera.com 

Preference given to candidates who reside in or will relocate to the Inland Northwest.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors via the Board Chairman, and co-leading the organization with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director will plan, administer, and supervise all operations of INO in accordance with the by-laws and policies established by the Board of Directors to achieve the opera’s mission and vision. This individual develops, in conjunction with the Artistic Director and Board of Directors, long-range plans for opera growth and development, maintains fiscal control, manages administrative staff, oversees marketing and development programs, and has a strong commitment to education and outreach.  This individual will be able to articulate both the benefits and needs of the organization, engaging in candid conversations with audiences, artists, and stakeholders. This individual will also drive audience expansion, building a deep understanding of the region in order to maximize Inland Northwest Opera’s impact on the broader community. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Administration

  • Ensure the organization’s mission and vision are clearly defined and communicated both internally and externally.
  • Provide leadership for overall planning, positioning, organization, and governance structure to ensure that available resources are most effectively used to meet the needs of the organization and audiences served.
  • Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

Staff/Volunteer Management and Relations

  • Be responsible for the recruitment, hiring, onboarding, evaluation, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and sound human resources practices are in place.
  • Maintain a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of exceptionally qualified personnel.
  • Provide steady, consistent leadership and supervisory skills to develop a cohesive, motivated, and engaged staff and volunteer group.

 

Planning

  • Ensure the goals and objectives of INO’s strategic plan are implemented.
  • Report monthly to the Board of Directors on the advancement of the strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies among program areas.

Budget and Finance

  • Update and implement Board-adopted accounting policies and procedures to maintain strong financial administration practices.
  • Work with staff and board in preparing the annual administration, grant, and program budgets; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  • Prepare and monitor the budget and provide clear financial reports for the Board’s review.
  • Responsible for long-range financial health, fiscal planning, and budget forecasting.

Community Representation and Outreach

  • Work with the Director of Marketing to publicize the activities, programs, and goals of the organization through traditional and social media activities; oversee brand consistency.
  • Establish sound working relationships and partnerships within the region, in the arts and corporate sectors as well as local, state and federal governments.
  • Represent INO’s programs and mission to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
  • Represent INO at events throughout the region as appropriate.
  • Build community awareness, confidence, and trust in the organization and its objectives.

Board Relations and Communication

  • Keep the Board fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  • Provide analysis and recommendations to the Board for setting or revising INO goals and objectives, operating policies, strategic plan, and grant making priorities.
  • Organize preparation of monthly Executive Committee and Board of Director meetings.
  • Serve as a resource to the Board in governance issues and in their efforts to build an engaged and high-performing board.
  • Expand, diversify, and advise the board of directors by ensuring that current board members are best engaged according to their skills, interests, and the needs of the organization.

Fund Development

  • Work with the Board of Directors, Artistic Director, and Director of Development to secure adequate funding for the ongoing operation of the organization.
  • Work with the Director of Development to seek out grant solicitations from foundations, governmental units, and corporations.
  • Oversee the enhancement, growth and development of a Planned Giving Program of the INO.
  • Identify and cultivate donors to the benefit of INO’s programs.
  • Work with current INO donors, patrons, and board members to engage new potential supporters from their networks.
  • Establish and steward donor relationships through regular contact, personal visits, communication and follow up.
  • Initiate and build strong relationships with key supporters, playing an active role in the development of fundraising messaging and the cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of individual and corporate gifts, as well as government and private foundation grants, as appropriate.

Traits and Characteristics

The Executive Director will have an understanding of the power of opera and a vision for leveraging this power to positively impact the community. A dynamic, visionary leader, the Executive Director will honor the role of traditional repertoire, advocate for new music, support education initiatives, and champion innovation in programming. This individual will bring their own musical appreciation to build on Inland Northwest Opera’s strong foundation and advance the company to even higher levels of excellence.

 

The Executive Director will possess effective people skills and the ability to nurture new and existing relationships with the company, audience members, donors, and the community. An experienced team player and strategic thinker for whom the ownership of ideas is less important than the result of the collaborative effort, the Executive Director will be an accessible, open, confident, and communicative professional who enjoys exploring ideas, including building community partnerships and engagement.

 

Other key competencies include the following:

 

  • Leadership and Diplomacy – The capacity to inspire others to unify around an outcome or goal and navigate sensitive and difficult issues with grace and respect.
  • Personal Accountability and Teamwork – The awareness of the impact of personal actions and decisions and the aptitude to collaborate with others to achieve objectives and outcomes.
  • Time and Priority Management and Resiliency – The ability to identify and establish timeframes and priorities and to recover quickly from setbacks while still achieving goals.
  • Audience Focus and Interpersonal Skills – The skill to anticipate needs, wants, and expectations while effectively building rapport and relating well to a variety of people.

 

Qualifications

Proven experience in executive leadership and a deep appreciation for the arts and its integral role in the cultural vitality of the region.  Successful candidates will possess exceptional communication skills and have the ability to represent the organization in public speaking engagements, at media events, and in public presentations is essential. A track record of fundraising success or significant relationship management is vital to success in this role. 

About Us

Inland Northwest Opera (formerly Opera CDA) is the only professional opera company serving Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington with world-renowned talent and emerging artists in the opera world, often rivaling other larger companies in the northwest with our productions.

We create opera to be a part of life in the region – whether we’re in the theater, at the lake, or in accessible community venues. Along with our Mainstage opera, the company presents Opera on the Lake on Lake Coeur d’Alene and our educational outreach program, Opera-tunities, in area schools. We seek to inspire an appreciation for opera among all ages and backgrounds.

Our discounted ticket programs reach students, seniors, military, and educators to allow this powerful and transforming art form to be accessible to a wide audience.

INO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, the LGBTQIA+ community, all gender identities, BIPOC and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans. 

 

Job Title: Artistic Director 

Organization: Inland Northwest Opera (INO) 

Reports To: Chairman, INO Board of Directors

FLSA Status: Non-exempt 

To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references no later than 5 p.m. PST on Friday, January 21, 2022 to Mary Velázquez at boardchair@inlandnwopera.com 

Flexible hours and remote candidates welcome

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors via the Board Chairman, and co-leading the organization with the Executive Director, the Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of Inland Northwest Opera. As a critical ambassador for Inland Northwest Opera both on and off the stage, the Artistic Director will ensure musical excellence, energize opera donors, and engage new audiences, organizational partnerships, and board members. This individual will passionately articulate both the benefits and needs of the organization, engaging in candid conversations with audiences, artists, and stakeholders. This individual will also drive audience expansion, building a deep understanding of the region in order to maximize Inland Northwest Opera’s impact on the broader community. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Artistic Leadership and Administration

  • Establish and advance an artistic vision for Inland Northwest Opera that inspires artists, board, staff, volunteers, and audiences; welcomes new musical ideas; invites new audiences; advances the organization’s strategic goals while upholding its commitment to the highest caliber of operatic performances. 
  • Participate in the creation of the annual operating budget and expense forecasting with the Executive Director, reporting to the board.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate artistic personnel including performers, directors, designers, and stage managers.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate key technical personnel, including Production Manager and/or Technical Director.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate programs for the year.
  • In cooperation with the Executive Director, develop the annual program budget.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization’s artistic purpose via speaking engagements, public and social appearances, and, as requested, at fundraising events and solicitations.
  • Foster good relations with other cultural organizations by participating in meetings and joint. activities where appropriate.
  • Report to the Board of Directors on a regular basis to give an update on artistic activity.
  • Supervise the maintenance of written procedures manual for technical and production staff.
  • Maintain a close watch on industry trends, new works, emerging talent, and commission opportunities. 

Fundraising and Development

  • Work with the Executive Director, Director of Development and board of directors to leverage partnerships and funding relationships that support the artistic, educational, and community outreach goals of Inland Northwest Opera.
  • Represent INO at specified donor meetings or speak at fundraising events as needed. 

 Community Outreach and Education

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, serve as the public voice of Inland Northwest Opera, uplifting the organization’s mission, artistic vision, educational programming, and organizational values across all communication platforms, including performances, conferences, public events, and both traditional and social media.
  • Support and contribute to the establishment and expansion of Inland Northwest Opera’s educational strategy to increase the access and impact of opera among the next generation and community at large.
  • Embrace and center diversity and inclusion as a critical element of community engagement, including singer recruitment, audience development, staff retention, board engagement, and program expansion.
  • Enhance and build partnerships within the community that increase awareness of and appreciation for the art of opera and drive acquisition of new audience members.

Traits and Characteristics

The Artistic Director will have a deep understanding of the power of opera and a vision for leveraging this power to positively impact the community. A dynamic, visionary leader, the Artistic Director will honor the role of traditional repertoire, advocate for new music, support education initiatives, and inspire innovation in programming. The Artistic Director will possess effective people skills and the ability to nurture new and existing relationships with the company, audience members, donors, and the community.  

Other key competencies include the following:

 

  • Leadership and Diplomacy – The capacity to inspire others to unify around an outcome or goal and navigate sensitive and difficult issues with grace and respect.
  • Personal Accountability and Teamwork – The awareness of the impact of personal actions and decisions and the aptitude to collaborate with others to achieve objectives and outcomes.
  • Time and Priority Management and Resiliency – The ability to identify and establish timeframes and priorities and to recover quickly from setbacks while still achieving goals.
  • Audience Focus and Interpersonal Skills – The skill to anticipate needs, wants, and expectations while effectively building rapport and relating well to a variety of people.

 

Qualifications

Proven experience in artistic leadership and a demonstrated capacity to produce high-caliber operatic performances. Successful candidates will possess exceptional communication skills and be able to represent the organization in public speaking engagements. The ideal candidate will be passionate about opera and able to articulate a vision that advances opera’s power to connect people.

 

About Us

Inland Northwest Opera (formerly Opera CDA) is the only professional opera company serving Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington with world-renowned talent and emerging artists in the opera world, often rivaling other larger companies in the northwest with our productions.

We create opera to be a part of life in the region – whether we’re in the theater, at the lake, or in accessible community venues. Along with our Mainstage opera, the company presents Opera on the Lake on Lake Coeur d’Alene and our educational outreach program, Opera-tunities, in area schools. We seek to inspire an appreciation for opera among all ages and backgrounds.

Our discounted ticket programs reach students, seniors, military, and educators to allow this powerful and transforming art form to be accessible to a wide audience.

INO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, the LGBTQIA+ community, all gender identities, BIPOC and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans. 

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