Current Career Opportunities

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

START DATE

As soon as possible.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary, paid time off, bonus potential, flexible schedule, medical benefits, life insurance, performance tickets, the pleasure of working in the middle of fabulous musical theatre and great artists!

OPPORTUNITY

  • Join one of Knoxville’s three Major Cultural Institutions at the best position in its history.
  • Create, manage, and expand the company’s excellent presence throughout all media.
  • Build the company’s “brand.”
  • Serve as the lead staff person responsible for some of the company’s general operations.
  • Participate in the long-range plan to create a permanent home for the company’s administrative, rehearsal, and storage facilities.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement marketing for subscriptions, single ticket sales, and group sales.
  • Create and execute advertising and media buys.
  • Produce, maintain, and distribute promotional materials, press releases, website, e-blasts, program books, and social media content.
  • Prepare, administer, and monitor the Marketing/Public Relations expense budget.
  • Assist Knoxville Opera Guild in advertising and producing its fund-raising events.
  • Seek out and maintain individual, business, community, and media relationships for Knoxville Opera, its employees, artists, Board members as well as productions and special events.
  • Generate and negotiate marketing partnerships/sponsorships with media and businesses.
  • Accompany artists to media interviews.

PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain current KO event information with local/regional event calendars (print and internet).
  • Collaborate with other arts organizations to foster improved arts awareness.
  • Attend local events sponsored by American Marketing Association.
  • Represent company at local community events.
  • Work with regional Chambers of Commerce and tourist agencies to promote the company.
  • Handle sales and customer service issues.
  • Solve patron issues at performances and events.
  • Collaborate with and support Dir. of Development on development relationships and events.
  • Assist with Knoxville Opera Guild events.
  • Maintain office software proficiency.

COMPANY PROFILE

As a result of the leadership of Executive and Artistic Director Brian Salesky, Knoxville Opera has just completed its 13th consecutive debt-free, “in-the-black” season with an operating reserve of $1 million, a new endowment fund with the East Tennessee Foundation, and a new investment fund with The Trust Company of Tennessee.  The company’s $1.3 million budget is supported by a wide variety of businesses, foundations, government agencies, and individuals (including its 35-member Board of Directors).

The company has just completed its 40th Anniversary Season which featured Turandot and Aida.  Each season the company presents 85-100 Education/Outreach programs reaching 20,000-30,000 students and 30,000-50,000 adults.  These include in-school presentations of staged operas, Opera 101, African-American Voices Series; Knoxville Opera Goes to Church community concert, Rossini Festival International Street Fair (with 750-1000 performers), and much more.  The 2018-2019 main stage productions include a Double Bill of The Impresario/ Gianni Schicchi (October) and Lucia di Lammermoor (February) at the magnificent 1,600-seat Tennessee Theatre followed by a Double Bill of a Sacred Music Concert and Cavalleria Rusticana (May) at the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  2019-2020 is tentatively to be themed a Season of Extraordinary Women featuring two operas about legendary women (underground railroad heroine Harriet Tubman, cellist Jacqueline du Pre) by women composers, Adriana Lecouvreur (the distinguished French actress), and Roméo et Juliette.  KO’s artistic standard is among the highest in regional opera companies and its productions run the gamut from traditional to unique (such as the recent Mefistofele and three-venue Tosca presentations).

The company is held in high esteem by the general public and elected officials due to its broad diversity of artists and Board members, contributions to students’ education, high performance standards, and its active participation in civic organizations and events.

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

  • Exhibits an enthusiastic, positive approach to multi-tasking in a non-profit company environment.
  • Is an engaging, attractive personality with excellent personal presentation and communication skills.
  • Is a strategic thinker, tactical analyzer, and pragmatic problem solver.
  • Is energetic, inspiring, optimistic, committed, confident, well-spoken, mature, and a model of integrity.
  • Values and communicates the company’s cultural, educational, and economic impact to the community.
  • Brings creativity, knowledge, experience, and vision to the position.
  • Is self-driven to create and accomplish all goals, stays on task regardless of obstacles.
  • Independently pursues objectives in an organized and efficient manner, prioritizes and maintains high level of activity without direct supervision and minimizes disruptions to complete work on time.

 CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least three years of professional experience in marketing, public relations, and media.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, website management.
  • Basic computer graphic skills.
  • Availability to work on days and at times as needed at company meetings and events.
  • A knowledge of the performing arts and marketing experience in the East Tennessee market is preferable but not required.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Send email with detailed curriculum vitae, references, and cover letter to Executive Director Brian Salesky at bsalesky@knoxvilleopera.com.  No phone calls, please.  All inquiries kept confidential.

POSTED

July 2, 2018.

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

START DATE

As soon as possible.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary, paid time off, bonus potential, flexible schedule, medical benefits, life insurance, performance tickets, the pleasure of working in the middle of fabulous musical theatre and great artists!

OPPORTUNITY

  • Join the most exciting of Knoxville’s three Major Cultural Institutions at the best position in its history.
  • Building upon a solid financial footing, provide strategic development and implementation of annual fund, major gift, and planned giving campaigns.
  • Work closely with the Executive/Artistic Director and Board of Director to formulate and implement policies and plans to meet company’s short- and long-term objectives.
  • Participate in the plan to create a permanent home for the company’s administrative, rehearsal, and storage facilities.
  • Depending on the successful candidate’s interests, skills, and performance, this position has the possibility of growing into a substantial Operations Manager or General Director position which would go significantly beyond just development activities.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create, manage, and execute the company’s development campaigns by identifying stakeholders, developing strategies, and defining how key communications are delivered in order to increase participation in and visibility for the company.
  • Create, manage, and execute a comprehensive fundraising, development, and advancement plan that supports the company’s programs and the growth of its artistic and education activities.
  • Develop and implement a robust planned giving and legacy building program.
  • Guide staff, Board, and Guild in development activities.
  • Identify, develop, and coordinate major grant opportunities.
  • Prepare, administer, and monitor the development budget for both revenue and expenses.

 PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with other arts organizations to foster improved arts awareness.
  • Represent the company at local community events.
  • Work with regional Chambers of Commerce and tourist agencies to promote the company.
  • Handle sales and customer service issues.
  • Solve patron issues at performances and events.
  • Collaborate with and support Dir. of Marketing/PR on developing cash and in-kind partnerships.
  • Assist the Knoxville Opera Guild with their events.
  • Maintain office software proficiency.

 COMPANY PROFILE

As a result of the leadership of Executive and Artistic Director Brian Salesky, Knoxville Opera has just completed its 13th consecutive debt-free, “in-the-black” season with an operating reserve of $1 million, a new endowment fund with the East Tennessee Foundation, and a new investment fund with The Trust Company of Tennessee.  The company’s $1.3 million budget is supported by a wide variety of businesses, foundations, government agencies, and individuals (including its 35-member Board of Directors).

The company has just completed its 40th Anniversary Season which featured Turandot and Aida.  Each season the company presents 85-100 Education/Outreach programs reaching 20,000-30,000 students and 30,000-50,000 adults.  These include in-school presentations of staged operas, Opera 101, African-American Voices Series; Knoxville Opera Goes to Church community concert, Rossini Festival International Street Fair (with 750-1000 performers), and much more.  The 2018-2019 main stage productions include a Double Bill of The Impresario/ Gianni Schicchi (October) and Lucia di Lammermoor (February) at the magnificent 1,600-seat Tennessee Theatre followed by a Double Bill of a Sacred Music Concert and Cavalleria Rusticana (May) at the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  2019-2020 is tentatively to be themed a Season of Extraordinary Women featuring two operas about legendary women (underground railroad heroine Harriet Tubman, cellist Jacqueline du Pre) by women composers, Adriana Lecouvreur (the distinguished French actress), and Roméo et Juliette.  KO’s artistic standard is among the highest in regional opera companies and its productions run the gamut from traditional to unique (such as the recent Mefistofele and three-venue Tosca presentations).

The company is held in high esteem by the general public and elected officials due to its broad diversity of artists and Board members, contributions to students’ education, high performance standards, and its active participation in civic organizations and events.

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

  • Exhibits an enthusiastic, positive approach to multi-tasking in a non-profit company environment.
  • Is an engaging, attractive personality with excellent personal presentation and communication skills.
  • Is a strategic thinker, tactical analyzer, and pragmatic problem solver.
  • Is energetic, inspiring, optimistic, committed, confident, mature, well-spoken, and a model of integrity.
  • Values and communicates the company’s cultural, educational, and economic impact to the community.
  • Brings creativity, knowledge, experience, and vision to the position.
  • Is self-driven to create and accomplish all goals, stays on task regardless of obstacles.
  • Independently pursues objectives in an organized and efficient manner, prioritizes and maintains high level of activity without direct supervision and minimizes disruptions to complete work on time.

 CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least three years of experience in professional development positions with demonstrated success in soliciting and securing major gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations, and/or government agencies.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs, patron databases, and basic computer skills.
  • Availability to work on days and at times as needed at company meetings and events.
  • A knowledge of the performing arts and development/marketing experience in the East Tennessee market is preferable but not required.

 APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Send email with detailed curriculum vitae, references, and cover letter to Executive Director Brian Salesky at bsalesky@knoxvilleopera.com.  On request Knoxville Opera will provide FY18 list of contributed revenues, balance sheet, and income statement.  No phone calls, please.

POSTED:

July 2, 2018.