New York City Opera (NYCO) was famously dubbed “The People’s Opera” by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at its founding in 1943. More than 70 years later, and with its rebirth in 2016, NYCO continues its historic mission to inspire audiences with innovative and theatrically compelling opera, nurture the work of promising American artists, and build new audiences through affordable ticket prices and extensive outreach and education programs. Since its founding, NYCO has played a critical role in both the city’s cultural life and the world’s operatic landscape. The company has launched many major operatic careers through engaging productions of diverse repertoire, innovative commissions, and regional premieres, resulting in a uniquely American opera company of international stature. NYCO has a distinct identity, guided by its foundational principles: affordable ticket prices, a focus on American works, the promotion of up-and-coming American singers, and compelling productions that engage a diverse audience. Stars who began their careers at NYCO include Camilla Williams, Plácido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Samuel Ramey, and dozens more. For decades the company has been committed to introducing opera to young audiences, using educational outreach programs to bring the art form into New York City public schools. Taking inspiration from its vibrant community, NYCO celebrates diversity with such programs as an Ópera en Español series, an LGBT initiative, and revitalized outreach and education programs that cultivate and inspire the next generation of audiences.
Poised for significant growth, the organization’s current four-production operating budget is $3.1 million, with 80 percent derived from contributed revenue. Its endowment stands at approximately $4.5 million. NYCO has a five-member board led by Chairman Roy Niederhoffer and its artistic and managerial team is guided by General Director Michael Capasso.
The Director of Development (DOD) will have an exciting and rewarding opportunity to chart the next phase of philanthropic growth for New York City Opera. Reporting to and partnering with the General Director, the DOD will create and execute plans to maximize contributed revenue. Growing annual giving, major gifts, and institutional giving are central to the position. This individual will partner with and mobilize board members and the artistic and executive leadership to maximize development opportunities and deepen relationships with the philanthropic community.
Fundraising Strategy and Implementation
Data Assessment and Integration
The DOD will be a self-directed and collaborative leader and a skilled frontline fundraiser who is motivated to pursue goals with energy and determination. This individual will be driven by practical results while taking initiative as and knowledgeable of the most current fundraising trends. The DOD will exhibit a drive for excellence with the ability to implement best practices and new approaches to achieve ambitious fundraising goals. The ideal candidate will bring personal charisma, a passion for opera and the arts, and a strong commitment to positively impact the organization’s success. The successful DOD will be results-driven, self-motivated, and relentlessly focused on fundraising goals.
Other key competencies include:
Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and development experience with increasing fundraising responsibility and demonstrated success working in a nonprofit organization. Superior presentation and written/verbal communication skills that can reach a broad range of individuals and organizations are required. This role requires expertise in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and donor database programs. High-level experience using Tessitura, digital media, and advanced tools for donor prospecting and research is desired.
NYCO provides competitive salary and benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, and generous paid time off.
Please submit a cover letter and resume including demonstrable accomplishments to:
Ms. Jenna Deja, Vice President
201 West Lake Street, Suite 133
Chicago, IL 60606-1803
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 227
New York City Opera is an equal opportunity employer.
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