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Executive Director

Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF) seeks applications for the position of Executive Director from individuals with broad practical experience in opera company administration and fund-raising.  To steer the company in the realization of its short-term and long-range goals, BOF is seeking an entrepreneurial, collaborative leader to serve as Executive Director. This is a full-time position, requiring residence in the Berkshires year-round. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as the chief administrative officer of the company, working in close collaboration with the Artistic Director in carrying out BOF’s mission and vision.  The Executive Director’s position would begin on June 1, 2019. 

The Organization:

Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF) is a professional summer festival that calls Berkshire County in western Massachusetts home.  Adhering to the highest standards of artistic excellence, BOF is committed to restoring fully-staged opera to a place of prominence in the Berkshire community.  Every summer, BOF presents a season of diverse operatic programming in musically and dramatically compelling productions.  BOF began producing in the summer of 2016 with an inaugural season of two recitals and a fully-staged production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.  Former General Director Jonathon Loy and Artistic Director Brian Garman co-founded the company in August 2014.

The mission of Berkshire Opera Festival is to entertain and enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the Berkshire region by providing accessible and affordable performances of a broad range of operas with the highest artistic standards.  BOF’s annual budget is just over $600,000, and the company is poised for significant growth. 

BOF is working to introduce a second stage opera.  It currently presents off-season events as well as auxiliary seasonal programming (concerts and recitals) themed around the main stage production to enhance the audience experience for that opera. This serves to build community, from event to event, and enhances the “festival” aspect of the company.  The BOF has had tremendous positive (and growing) press response to its work.

Position Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for implementing BOF’s strategic plan and developing and maintaining external relationships with donors and community organizations.  As chief administrative and financial officer, the Executive Director is responsible for fiscal management, including drafting and monitoring the annual budget, working collaboratively with BOF’s Artistic and Production Directors, as well as managing other staff and all day-to-day operations. 

Berkshire Opera Festival’s administrative and artistic staff includes Artistic Director Brian Garman and Director of Production Jonathon Loy, plus a full-time Company and Development manager, and a seasonal director of marketing and community relations. Other skilled support such as stage management, set and costume design, and so forth is contracted as needed.

Primary responsibilities include:·

  • overall responsibility for the five-year strategic plan, working closely with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director;
  • day-to-day operations and management of staff;
  • financial oversight, including development and implementation of the annual budget, monitoring and control of expenses, processing payroll and payables;
  • maximization ofearned revenue;
  • creation of fund-raising strategies and activities;
  • meeting fund-raising targets; planning and coordinating grant submissions;
  • board development—supporting efforts to identify and cultivate new board members and enhance the participation of the current board;
  • building BOF’s relevance to the community through its educational activities, expanding relationships with area schools and colleges; and increasing the diversity of the BOF’s audience and stakeholders;
  • representing BOF at appropriate regional and national organizations;
  • attending and participating in board meetings.


Candidate Profile:

The Board of Directors is seeking someone who inspires enthusiasm, has a track record in fund-raising and audience development, and who is interested in growing a company over a number of years.

Training in opera/music and/or arts management is desirable. A good contact network throughout the opera industry would be useful.  A working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software would be helpful.    

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of senior management experience in the opera/cultural field and have the ability to work well in collaboration with the company’s current artistic leadership and staff, as well as with community volunteers including the Board of Directors.  

Other required skills include experience in the development and management of budgets, knowledge of fund-raising, marketing, opera repertoire and production, competence in strategic problem solving, and competency in the use of current business software as Excel and Microsoft Word. 

We seek a person with excellent oral and written communication skills; someone who is comfortable and adept in both private and public social and business situations with a well-developed sense of tact and diplomacy.

Salary commensurate with experience. 

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, a cover letter with salary requirements, and a list of references by Friday, March 22, 2019 to:

Margaret Genovese

Senior Partner

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates


77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103

Toronto, ON

Canada M5B 2J7

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