507 Pacific Ave. Long Beach CA 90802 • Tel 562.432.5934 • Andreas Mitisek: Artistic & General Director

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managing director

SUMMARY

The Managing Director is responsible for the daily operations of Long Beach Opera, and for ensuring the directives of the General Director are executed by all staff in a timely and accurate manner. This exempt, senior position reports to the General Director, and all other staff report to the Managing Director. The GM and GD work in close cooperation to build, nurture and sustain the company in order to achieve its Mission, strategies and financial goals. In addition to overseeing the implementation of all activities and goals as set by the General Director, the Managing Director shall also be the primary liaison with the LBO Board of Directors. The Managing Director serves as the General Director’s deputy, and is authorized and expected to make those day-to-day executive decisions necessary for the smooth operation of the company.  

ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Timely and accurate execution of all activities by all staff as directed by the General Director.
  • Smooth and efficient daily operations
  • Planning and overview of budgets to assure adequate cash flow.
  • Presenting financial and program status to the board.
  • Cultivate a productive, dedicated, and Mission-driven staff.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Executive

  • Direct supervision of all management staff.
  • Authorized signatory for all contracts and disbursement of funds
  • Develop and manage institutional budget and oversee all department budgets in collaboration with senior staff.
  • Ensure LBO’s compliance with all regulations.
  • Promote productive collaboration and communication within and between all departments.

Finance

  • Create and manage all financial reporting to staff and board including Finance Committee of the BOD
  • Manage all bookkeeping functions
  • Manage banking relationships
  • Primary liaison with the auditors and government regulatory agencies
  • Assist staff and volunteers to implement all business operations for special events
  • Financial signatory for LBO’s day-to-day operations. 

Operations

  • Manage office space: activities, maintenance, and renovation
  • Serve as Human Resources manager
  • Conduct yearly employee evaluations for support staff and specific department heads
  • Assist other staff with data analysis and reporting
  • Attend performances and events as site supervisor ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for staff and patrons.

Board

  • Serves as primary staff liaison with the BOD
  • Develops agenda and prepares reports for board meetings
  • Assures follow-up for any board action items

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Proven business and operations experience
  • Strong financial analysis and financial reporting experience in accounting and budget development and analysis with current and emerging technologies
  • Attention to detail and proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong inter-personal relationship skills
  • Strong communication skills both speaking and writing
  • Thoughtful problem solving skills
  • Background or interest in the arts and music in particular is preferred, but not required
  • Experience with business or nonprofit law a plus
  • 5-10 years experience with finance and business operations, particularly in the non-profit arena

DESIRED TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS 

The Managing Director must have strong business and management skills.  S/he must demonstrate effective decision-making, problem solving and planning skills.  Strong and confident communication and the ability to identify issues, distill ideas and clarify solutions are essential for this role. The Managing Director will be expected to have a big picture view of the organization’s operations, while being involved in the day-to-day business details.

The Managing Director must have the intellectual and emotional capacity to be work with a variety of personalities and constituencies including volunteers, operations and artistic staff, Board of Directors, Treasurer, Finance Committee, and vendors. LBO is an internationally regarded niche cultural organization with a small and highly energized staff and support base; building relationships and understanding the LBO culture is essential to the success of this individual.  Proven expertise working in a collaborative team-based environment is essential.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • MBA preferred,  BA acceptable
  • 5-10 years senior management experience

Special Requirements

  • Ability to work limited nights and weekends during productions and special events. Must be able to work during the production season (January through June), and fundraising event(s), and/or other events as requested by General Director.
  • Ability to help with various LBO set-ups, may be expected to lift or move boxes weighing up to 25 pounds.

COMPENSATION

  • Salary: Commensurate with experience
  • Health: medical offered
To apply: Please submit your materials and apply here
 

Development Associate

Reports to: Director of Development
Status: Full-time, non-exempt

SUMMARY

The Managing Director is responsible for the daily operations of Long Beach Opera, and for ensuring the directives of the General Director are executed by all staff in a timely and accurate manner. This exempt, senior position reports to the General Director, and all other staff report to the Managing Director. The GM and GD work in close cooperation to build, nurture and sustain the company in order to achieve its Mission, strategies and financial goals. In addition to overseeing the implementation of all activities and goals as set by the General Director, the Managing Director shall also be the primary liaison with the LBO Board of Directors. The Managing Director serves as the General Director’s deputy, and is authorized and expected to make those day-to-day executive decisions necessary for the smooth operation of the company.

OPPORTUNITY

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual looking to grow their fundraising experience in a creative, vibrant arts organization. Working within this growing development program, this position will provide the right candidate with regular opportunities to touch all aspects of the fund development process.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Grant Writing

  • Research and analyze grant-making organizations to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs.
  • Compile, write, and/or edit grant applications in accordance with each grant-making organization’s guidelines and format, exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling
  • Assist in the process of supplying progress reports when required by grant-making organizations that have funded a project or program
  • Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to institutional funders on current grant programs.
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship
  • Maintains LBO’s profile on the California Cultural Data Project and Guidestar

Planning, Cultivation, Solicitation, and Stewardship

  • Develop and implement strategies for annual-fund donor acquisition, campaigns, renewal and upgrades, and donor stewardship
  • Assist Director of Development with donor relations and implementing donor cultivation strategies, including but not limited to contacting donors to schedule meetings, preparing briefing documents and donor reports, and tracking all steps in building donor relationships
  • Coordinate and prepare the organization’s appeals, cultivation, and stewardship communication

Prospect Research and Donor Recognition

  • Conduct individual, corporate, and foundation research reports from external and internal sources; develop donor and prospect profiles and recommended approach to initiate and cultivate a potential relationship

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

This is an hourly, non-exempt position. Benefits and compensation will be based on compensation history, breadth of experience and fit with the knowledge, skills and abilities described in this position description.

To apply: Please submit your materials and apply here.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in development, sales, marketing, communications, or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of the fund development process and concepts
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Must be comfortable and productive in a fast-paced, team, results oriented environment while being responsible for attaining own annual performance goals
  • Must be articulate and engaging, possessing interpersonal skills that can engage and be receptive to donor interest and perspectives
  • Must be well-organized and able to handle details while pursuing overall goals; must be able to adapt quickly to a new organization
  • Self-starter, and quickly create a positive network of relationships out in the field.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and experience with development data base management required
  • Passion for the Arts and LBO’s mission

 

AUDITION OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2015 SEASON

PRODUCTION POSITIONS

LBO is seeking team oriented people who are willing to join us for the adventure this season! We need knowledgeable, experienced, quick, good humored, and project oriented Carpenters, Electricians, Prop Masters, and Dressers/Stitchers. Hours are often long, rewarding, and made for people who like to be part of a team. Lunch and parking is provided during the load-in/tech week. Must have a valid driver's license. Positions are paid. Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to production@longbeachopera.org with the subject line "Crew interest: (last name)." No phone calls. No faxes.

SOLO AUDITIONS

Audition announcements will be posted on the LBO website and will be sent to agents. Auditions are held only for specific roles in upcoming productions. LBO is not able to offer private auditions to singers who are passing through Southern California and wish to be heard for future consideration. If you would like to be considered for an audition, please send us a link to a YouTube or other video selection of your work to auditions@longbeachopera.org. If you have management, and wish to be considered for a specific role in a production announced on our website, ask your manager to contact LBO about that role at auditions@longbeachopera.org. Please note that at this time LBO does not hold general auditions.

SUBMISSIONS OF NEW WORKS

If you are a composer who would like to have a work taken into consideration for production at the Long Beach Opera, please submit the following: A comprehensive synopsis of the work, describing the action by scene and a sound or video recording via YouTube or another format where we can easily and quickly determine whether your work may be a match for our needs. If we are interested we will contact you and request further materials. Please mail materials to:

507 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Attn.: Production

Please follow the steps described above, and do not mail scores unsolicited as we will not have the time to review them.

THE ORGANIZATION

Founded in 1979, Long Beach Opera was the first major opera company in the metropolitan Los Angeles/Orange County region. LBO’s essential purpose is to advance the frontiers of opera in both repertory and production style. Long Beach Opera’s artistic vision is to present unconventional works often neglected by more mainstream opera companies. LBO presents selections from opera’s earliest beginning to modern avant-garde compositions, emphasizing their theatrical and musical relevance to our time. Long Beach Opera is well-known for its world, American, and West Coast premiers of new and rare operas. The company has a repertoire of more than 100 works. LBO’s success helped provide the stimulus for the subsequent founding of other opera companies in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Austrian conductor Andreas Mitisek has served as LBO's Artistic & General Director since 2003. In 2012, Opera News named Mitisek, who also serves as General Director of Chicago Opera Theatre, as one of 25 people who will be a major force in the field of opera in the coming decade. Under Mitisek's leadership, LBO has seen tremendous growth with annual productions growing from two to five, and season subscriptions increasing from 120 to over 900. LBO currently has an annual operating budget of $1.6 million with approximately sixty-six percent raised through contributed revenue. LBO is governed by an engaged and committed 15-member volunteer Board of Directors.

In September 2012, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, LBO launched Outer Limits, a new series which includes a broad spectrum of music styles, theatrical innovation, and experimental storytelling with productions staged in intimate alternative venues. Since 2007, LBO's innovative education and outreach initiative, OperaEncounter has reached over 12,000 students from local school districts, especially in the inner-city area of Long Beach.

The mission of the Long Beach Opera today is to expand the boundaries of the opera experience in Southern California by presenting new and rare works that engage diverse audiences and instill a love for opera in youth. LBO is guided by a vision to create works on the highest artistic level and redefine the perception of opera as a vital life changing force.

THE COMMUNITY

With the Pacific Ocean at its doorstep, Long Beach is the fifth largest city in California. Proud of its diversity, the city is 36% Hispanic, 33% Caucasian, 19% African-American, and 17% Asian/Pacific Islander. Four freeways, rapid transit to Los Angeles, cruise lines, and the Long Beach Airport provide easy access to and from all of Southern California and the world.

Residents enjoy a lovely Mediterranean climate with approximately 333 sunny days per year and an average temperature of 75 degrees. Residential neighborhoods include every income bracket and style, all served by the innovative, award-winning Long Beach Unified School District. Long Beach is also home to California State University, Long Beach, ranked the fourth best public regional university in the western United States in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Colleges Guide.”

Recognized for its excellence in park and recreation management, the City of Long Beach offers programs and services at 162 parks with 26 community centers, two historic sites, two major tennis centers, one of the busiest municipal golf systems in the country with five courses, the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with 3,800 boat slips, and six miles of beaches. Long Beach is also home to other vibrant cultural organizations including the Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach Museum of Art, and Museum of Latin American Art, the only museum of its kind in the United States

Sources: Excerpted from www.csulb.edu, www.lbchamber.com, www.longbeach.gov, www.visitlongbeach.com