Executive Director – Opera Steamboat

The Executive Director is an independent contractor position reporting to the Board of Trustees of Opera
Steamboat. The Executive Director provides overall management, planning, and leadership of the organization.
S/he is involved in budgeting and financial management; certain aspects of planning and producing concerts,
productions, and other events; fundraising and development; public relations and marketing for both events and the
organization; strategic planning; representing the organization within the community; and board meeting
preparation in conjunction with the Board Chair.

The ideal applicant will have the following required skills and experience:

  • Leading an organization, or a team within a larger organization, including having direct people
    management experience as well as P&L (profit-and-loss) responsibilities
  • Hiring, training, coaching, and retaining a staff team with positive satisfaction ratings from the team
  • Creating and adhering to an annual budget
  • Drafting, reading, and negotiating contracts
  • Fundraising and development experience, including with major donors, events, grant writing and other
    fundraising campaigns
  • Strong relationship-building skills
  • Strategic planning experience, including leading and/or participating as a key member of team in strategic
    planning processes
  • Experience with data analysis and synthesis of findings, effective data presentation in PowerPoint
  • Marketing and public relations experience, including leading and/or participating as a key member of team
    in planning process for annual or other specific marketing and public relations plans as well as experience
    implementing marketing plan tactics
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and have basic knowledge of QuickBooks financial
  • Flexible schedule to be able to work specific evenings and weekends during opera season (This is primarily
    for part of the summer months of July and August but also includes events at other times throughout the

The ideal applicant may also have the following preferred skills and experience:

  • Working in and/or leading an opera or other performing arts company
  • Working in and/or leading a nonprofit organization (strongly preferred but not required)
  • Knowledge of legal and organizational documents such as articles of incorporation, by-laws, board meeting
    minutes, IRS form 990, audit reports, internal financial reports
  • Experience with finance and accounting protocols and procedures including payroll
  • Event management and coordination expertise

Expected hours for position:
• 20-30 hours per week, on average through the year, with some weeks being less than this and others
being considerably more

S/he works closely with the Artistic Director, providing logistical and financial input and support and complements
the Artistic Director’s artistic vision. S/he also works closely with the Marketing and Finance Manager and
Production Director.

For more information and/or to apply for this position, please contact: info@operasteamboat.org, or call
Jack Dysart – Chair 970-846-4547
Jenny Maxwell – Vice-Chair 303-808-1691