The Manager of Community Programs is
primarily responsible for overseeing and coordinating all programs that connect
the community with Washington National Opera.
The Manager of Community Programs will involve WNO and Kennedy Center
staff, WNO affinity groups, and community partners in developing WNO programs
and the opera’s audience. S/he will
manage the Women’s Committee, BravO Club, and the Board of Trustees Audience
Development Committee; coordinate the annual Opera in the Outfield outreach
event; identify and liaise with local groups to create meaningful events inside
and outside the Kennedy Center; and research, assess, and implement community
engagement initiatives. S/he works
closely with the WNO Executive Director and Artistic, Production, Marketing,
Development, Education, Press, and Young Artist Program Departments as well as
independently to facilitate a variety of artistic, educational, and community
25% Group management: plan, manage, and facilitate
the work of the Women’s Committee, BravO Club and the Audience Development
Board committee by attending monthly and twice-monthly meetings for each,
assisting with special events, investigating and following up on ideas and
logistics, and ensuring all groups are engaged in their respective
initiatives. Work with the Executive
Director to develop a strategy, goals and plans for each group.
engagement: work with the WNO Executive Director and Marketing, Development,
Education, and Press, and Young Artist Program Departments to assess current
WNO community engagement programs, research industry best practices, identify
possibilities for the DMV area, and develop new and revitalized community
programs. Take responsibility for
initiating dialogues with community leaders and developing community
partnerships with other civic, artistic, and educational institutions in the
greater metropolitan area.
development: work with colleagues to manage and implement community engagement
initiatives, such as Young Artist performances, around the metropolitan DC
area. Serve as a liaison for these
activities and events. Work with the WNO Artistic Department and Press
Department to create opportunities for staff and artists to make visits in the
community when possible. Identify groups to attend performances and curate
personalized experiences for each. Support Marketing with sales initiatives
beyond normal audience development work as needed.
15% Opera in the
Outfield: engage and coordinate staff across all departments of the Kennedy
Center and contacts at the Nationals to prepare for and execute WNO’s largest
projects: coordinate the commentary program and any other projects as assigned
(such as exhibits and company-wide projects)
other departments with WNO questions and issues as needed.
must have three or more years of administrative experience, preferably in
classical music and/or in special events, community programs, or audience
Skills and/or Knowledge Required
of opera desirable.
- Must have
ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously, to work
independently, and to represent the WNO well in public settings and with various
constituencies as may be required.
communication, writing, editing, and proofreading skills as well as
creativity, flexibility, diplomacy, and problem solving skills are
with Microsoft Office is highly desirable.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts is a world premiere performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural
center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values.
Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable
us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.