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Lyric Opera of Kansas City brings the best the opera world has to offer to Kansas City.

Employment

As the premier performing arts institution in Kansas City, the Lyric Opera strives to hire the best in the field. That is, individuals with a great work ethic, sound values, and a drive for excellence. Our employees are passionate believers in the power of art to impact community, and the importance of opera in the artistic cultural ecosystem.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City is a Company that celebrates diversity, and continually strives to foster a positive, flexible, engaging work environment; a place where building relationships and empowering colleagues is encouraged.

Full time, part-time, intern and volunteer opportunities will be listed below, click the title for details.  If you don’t see a job opportunity for your specialty, you can still submit your resume for consideration.  Submit all inquiries for opportunities at the Lyric Opera by email or mail. No calls please.

  • Email: HR@kcopera.org
  • Mail:  Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Attn: Human Resources, 1725 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64108

The Lyric Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Available Positions

Director of Marketing and Communications

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc.
Kansas City, Missouri

The Opportunity:

Celebrating 60 years in 2018 and recognized as one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies, Lyric Opera of Kansas City seeks a proven arts marketing professional to lead our marketing and communications strategy.  Joining a Company at a pivotal point in our growth and having recently defined a new strategic direction, the position demands a progressive, strategic thinker who understands the customer experience and its relationship to brand and financial success.

Accountabilities:

Reporting to the General Director & CEO, the Director of Marketing and Communications plays a crucial role on the senior management team (Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer and other Directors).  S/he manages the Marketing and Ticket and Patron Services teams.  S/he will elevate awareness on a local, regional and national scale; drive single ticket, group, and season subscriber sales; and with the senior management team will develop strategies to position the company as a leader in the Kansas City Arts Community.

LOKCs Marketing and Communications team is responsible for subscription and single tickets sales campaigns, advertising, audience development, publicity, press releases, communications, forecasts, publications, community partnerships and outreach. The T&PS team is responsible for providing excellent customer service to our patrons and the sale and distribution of tickets for LOKC performances.

Chief Responsibilities:

The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for the strategy, implementation, evaluation and achievement of earned ticket revenue goals and for the development and effective implementation of all Company communications. S/he is responsible for creating and managing the annual Marketing and T&PS departmental budgets, developing short- and long-term marketing and communications plans in support of LOKC productions, publications and events. S/he is also charged with managing the Company’s brand identity both internally and externally.

The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for tracking and analyzing sales and attendance data to monitor and improve the Company’s sales performance.  In cooperation with the CFO, the Director will generate relevant financial analysis to assist in developing ongoing strategies to maximize ticket revenue and to create and monitor the annual budgets for both the Marketing and T&PS teams.

Key Qualities:

  • Passion for the Mission of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, for the power of art to impact community, and for the importance of opera in the artistic cultural ecosystem.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic communications, media relations and marketing programs to advance an organization’s mission and goals, with specific experience in digital marketing, new media strategies and generating earned media.
  • Record of driving audience growth and maximizing ticket sales.
  • Strategic thinker who demonstrates strong analytics, sound command of technology and multi-channel messaging and distribution. Keen sense of design. The ability to translate strategic thinking into action.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills. Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and to anticipate future needs.
  • Proven manager of people and projects. Ability to lead the Marketing and T&PS teams and their respective departmental budgets.  Organized and able to meet deadlines.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Possesses a high degree of self-awareness and personal and professional maturity.  Listens, mentors, and respects the abilities of others.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present effectively to all key stakeholders.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of five to seven years as a senior communications professional with a demonstrated history of producing outstanding results.
  • A demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and act upon financial and demographic data and use related metrics to increase the effectiveness of the marketing programs.
  • Superior knowledge of opera and the performing arts industry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively manage staff.
  • Ability to collaborate with staff, professional colleagues, and supporters.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including; Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point)
  • Experience with Tessitura a plus.

As the premier performing arts institution in Kansas City, Lyric Opera strives to hire the best in the field. That is, individuals with a great work ethic, sound values, and a drive for excellence. We are a Company that celebrates diversity, and continually strives to foster a positive, flexible, engaging work environment; a place where building relationships and empowering colleagues is encouraged.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City offers competitive compensation with a rich, varied benefits package.

Application procedures and deadlines:

Open until filled. Complete applications will be acknowledged by return e-mail within one week of submission.

Apply via email to:   LyricMarketing@hcapsearch.com.  Please include in Word and PDF format:

  • Letter of application that addresses your interest in this position and detailing how your experience and background matches the desired qualifications
  • Resume
  • Five professional references we may contact

Questions may be directed to:  Jennifer Furla, Partner/Search Consultant, jfurla@hcapsearch.com; 816-591-5493.

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The successful candidate must pass a background screening.


About the Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Lyric Opera in Kansas City brings high quality live operatic performance to the people of the Kansas City area and a five-state region. The Company mounts productions that enrich the community it serves, as well as reflect the highest artistic standards of the profession.  Lyric Opera offers innovative and award-winning programs designed to further music and arts education both in schools and in the community and serves more than 18,000 students and educators each year.

Lyric Opera is proud to produce at the state-of-the-art Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  Since moving there, Lyric Opera has taken advantage of the visionary space by staging ambitious and innovative productions of much-loved classics, such as The Magic Flute designed by Jun Kaneko, as well as rarely-performed operas like I Capuleti e I Montecchi (The Capulets and The Montagues), starring opera powerhouse Joyce DiDonato.  During the 2014-15 season the company staged a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, which The Kansas City Star called, “one of its finest performances in recent memory.”

In addition to groundbreaking performances, Lyric Opera of Kansas City engages the broader  community in operatic experiences through a wide array of education and outreach programs for youth and adults, alike.

A level 2 opera company with an annual budget of approximately $7.1 million, in 2012 Lyric Opera opened its new 58,000-square-foot opera center campus, comprised of administrative offices, a 12,000-square-foot set storage facility and full production center with a 4,500-square foot rehearsal space.

Kansas City:

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Kansas City blends the charms of Midwestern life with the advantages of living in a large metropolitan area.   Kansas City is home to world-class museums, theaters, and extraordinary Moshe Safdie-designed performing arts center that is home to our Opera, Symphony and Ballet.  This, combined with vibrant new entertainment and shopping districts, emerging tech firms, and thousands of new housing starts in the downtown and mid-town areas, have helped make Kansas City an emerging metro ranked by publications like Huffington Post and the NY Times as one of the “coolest” or “hippest” cities in the U.S.  Since the first gallery opened there in 1985, Kansas City’s Crossroads District – home to the Lyric – has established itself as a center for emerging art and technology.  Today it is a mixed-use neighborhood with a distinctive vibe and with abundant options for living, shopping, entertainment and work.


Manager of Corporate and Partnership Giving

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc.
Kansas City, Missouri

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies, seeks a creative and energetic fundraiser as our Manager of Annual Fund/Corporate Giving.  The position builds on an already strong tradition of philanthropy and corporate partnership and is critical to the success of our strategic development efforts.

Accountabilities:

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Manager of Annual Fund/Corporate Giving will be an integral part of a dynamic and effective fundraising team. S/he will form strategy for and lead annual fund activities, direct mail and tele-funding campaign; Company-led special events; and will serve as staff liaison to the Lyric Opera Guild.  In addition, s/he will be responsible for identifying corporate prospects and shaping partnerships and solicitations that will further the goals of the donor and the Company.

Requirements for the position:

  • Five to Seven years’ experience in a fundraising capacity with a proven history of successful project management and corporate solicitation or sales.
  • High energy, creativity and strong organizational skills; a proven record of successful project management.
  • Passion for the Mission of Lyric Opera of Kansas City, for the power of art to impact community, and for the importance of opera in the artistic cultural ecosystem.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills. The ability to modify the approach and message to varying audiences.
  • An understanding of branding, marketing and corporate social responsibility.
  • Ability to clearly articulate the needs and vision of Lyric Opera of Kansas City in order to develop long-range and short-term fundraising goals, and define and implement strategies to attain success.
  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts, arts administration, fundraising/marketing, nonprofit administration or closely related field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including; Word, Excel, Outlook) is essential. Proficiency in Tessitura or equivalent customer relationship management software (ex. Raiser’s Edge) is a plus.
  • Candidates should be willing to work flexible hours to include evenings and weekends.

As the premier performing arts institution in Kansas City, Lyric Opera strives to hire the best in the field. That is, individuals with a great work ethic, sound values, and a drive for excellence. We are a Company that celebrates diversity, and continually strives to foster a positive, flexible, engaging work environment; a place where building relationships and empowering colleagues is encouraged.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City offers competitive compensation with a rich, varied benefits package.

Application procedures and deadlines:

Open until filled; however, applications received prior to January 13, 2017, will receive priority consideration. Complete applications will be acknowledged by return e-mail within one week of submission.

Apply via email to:   KCLyricAnnFund@hcapsearch.com. Please include in Word and PDF format:

  • Letter of application that addresses your interest in this position and detailing how your experience and background matches the desired qualifications
  • Resume
  • Five professional references we may contact

Questions may be directed to:  Jennifer Furla, Partner/Search Consultant, jfurla@hcapsearch.com; 816-591-5493.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The successful candidate must pass a background screening.


About the Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Lyric Opera in Kansas City brings high quality live operatic performance to the people of the Kansas City area and a five-state region. The Company mounts productions that enrich the community it serves, as well as reflect the highest artistic standards of the profession.  Lyric Opera offers innovative and award-winning programs designed to further music and arts education both in schools and in the community and serves more than 18,000 students and educators each year.

Lyric Opera is proud to produce at the state-of-the-art Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  Since moving there, Lyric Opera has taken advantage of the visionary space by staging ambitious and innovative productions of much-loved classics, such as The Magic Flute designed by Jun Kaneko, as well as rarely-performed operas like I Capuleti e I Montecchi (The Capulets and The Montagues), starring opera powerhouse Joyce DiDonato.  During the 2014-15 season the company staged a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, which The Kansas City Star called, “one of its finest performances in recent memory.”

In addition to groundbreaking performances, Lyric Opera of Kansas City engages the broader  community in operatic experiences through a wide array of education and outreach programs for youth and adults, alike.

A level 2 opera company with an annual budget of approximately $7.1 million, in 2012 Lyric Opera opened its new 58,000-square-foot opera center campus, comprised of administrative offices, a 12,000-square-foot set storage facility and full production center with a 4,500-square foot rehearsal space.  Three auxiliaries – the Lyric Opera Circle, the Lyric Opera Guild and Young Friends of the Lyric – offer social and programming opportunities and host the Lyric’s annual major fundraiser, the Lyric Opera Ball. Together, these groups number nearly 400 members and generate nearly $1 million in earned revenue and donations.

Kansas City:

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Kansas City blends the charms of Midwestern life with the advantages of living in a large metropolitan area.   Kansas City is home to world-class museums, theaters, and extraordinary Moshe Safdie-designed performing arts center that is home to our Opera, Symphony and Ballet.  This, combined with vibrant new entertainment and shopping districts, emerging tech firms, and thousands of new housing starts in the downtown and mid-town areas, have helped make Kansas City an emerging metro ranked by publications like Huffington Post and the NY Times as one of the “coolest” or “hippest” cities in the U.S.  Since the first gallery opened there in 1985, Kansas City’s Crossroads District – home to the Lyric – has established itself as a center for emerging art and technology.  Today it is a mixed-use neighborhood with a distinctive vibe and with abundant options for living, shopping, entertainment and work.


Digital Marketing Manager

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc.
Kansas City, Missouri

Lyric Opera of Kansas City seeks a poised and professional candidate with at least three to five years of experience in digital nonprofit marketing with a strong emphasis in graphic design and email marketing platforms. The Digital Marketing Manager is a key member of the Marketing and Communications team and plays a key role in the management of the Lyric Opera brand.

The Digital Marketing Manager provides strategic insight and serves as the in-house graphic designer and performs project management for all interactive media/digital marketing programs. This position leads the Tessitura database marketing integrations. This individual works closely with the Director of Marketing & Communications, the Senior Manager of Ticketing and Patron Services, as well as with internal and external partners to achieve the Company’s patron growth, acquisition, and retention goals. Key elements of this position include:

  • Interactive Media Management/Digital
  • Graphic Design and Production/Brand
  • Marketing/Communications Program Management
  • Database Operations
  • Brand Management
  • Special Projects as required

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, advertising, graphic design or closely related field.
  • Three to five years of experience in digital nonprofit marketing
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a high volume of deadline-driven projects.
  • Ability to collaborate with staff, professional colleagues, and supporters.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and project management skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point). WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency in email marketing platforms such as MailChimp, Constant Contact and Mail 2.
  • Proficiency in Tessitura preferred.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City offers competitive compensation with a rich, varied benefits package.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to HR@kcopera.org.  Please type “Digital Marketing Manager” in the subject line. Candidate must pass a background screening.  Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  NO CALLS please.


Marketing and Social Nedia Intern

Fall 2017 Semester
Internship for Credit or Compensation ($500 stipend offered)
Work Schedule: 15 hours per week (to include certain evenings and/or weekends)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City is one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies, producing four operas each season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. We seek to provide the right candidate with hands-on experience in marketing and social media in a fast-paced, creative environment.

The multi-faceted internship’s duties include: ​
▪ Social Media: Develop social media strategy, content ideas & content execution.
▪ Video Production: Generate ideas, shoot video footage, and edit videos to integrate with social media campaigns and other special projects.
▪ Writing: Copywriting and content generation for various projects.
▪ Other marketing duties: Organizational projects, research assignments and more.

Requirements:
▪ Junior or Senior student majoring in Communications, Journalism or Marketing or a Closely Related Field
▪ Experience in video production (experience shooting video with a DSLR camera a plus) and editing (proficiency in Adobe Premiere Editing Suite a plus)
▪ Must commit to 15 hours per week (approximately 10 hours during the semester of weekend and evening availability to assist with events, performances and rehearsals)
▪ Excellent written and oral communication skills

Lyric Opera seeks an intern who demonstrates initiative, creativity and the keen ability to independently manage projects. The intern will receive the rights to add all videos and/or writing assignments to their portfolio. Interested applicants should forward a resume and writing sample to hr@kcopera.org. Please type “Marketing & Social Media Intern” in the subject line. Lyric Opera of Kansas City is an equal opportunity employer. No calls please.


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