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Public Relations Manager

POSITION: Public Relations Manager

REPORTS TOSenior Director of Communications

STATUS: Full-time, exempt

Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera.

We are searching for a Public Relations Manager to be responsible for content creation and management, media relations, and public relations administration. Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Public Relations Manager will play a key role in communicating the company’s vision to the public in two major areas: content creation and media relations. This position is responsible for generating content across multiple platforms (blog, magazine, e-newsletter, program book, videos, etc.). This position also manages media relations for Lyric Unlimited events and initiatives, special projects and recitals, and the annual musical. Finally, the Public Relations Manager is responsible for managing key administrative duties that assist with timely and accurate communication with the press and general public.



Content Creation and Management

        Write newsletter, performance program book articles, and blog posts, as assigned

        Research and interview artists for video features, help oversee the distribution, use and re-use of these assets with the communications team, and assist with other new production activities, as assigned.

        Create web and brochure copy as needed

        Edit and proofread print, electronic, and video materials as needed

Media Relations

        Supervise media relations for all Lyric Unlimited events, Lyric special events and and the annual mainstage musical (writing press releases, identifying and pitching stories, establishing relationships with artists, establishing and maintaining working relationships with press, supervising photo shoots and interviews, building upon existing press lists, etc.)

        Supervise media relations for the Ryan Opera Center, the post-graduate professional artists training program at Lyric

        Assist with Lyric’s main stage opera season, as needed

        Manage day to day relationships with third-party PR firms hired to assist with special and main stage projects (musicals, Lyric Unlimited, grand opera)

        Write press releases; manage internal circulation and electronic distribution of all releases

        Assist with managing and training of PR interns

        Assist in planning and staffing of media events

Public Relations Administration

        Manage press ticketing for events, including keeping season press ticketing spreadsheet; updating records and creating orders in Tessitura

        Building and maintaining Lyric’s press lists

        Staff the press table for select opening nights and other special events

        Create and maintain season media calendar, including press release and pitching schedules

        Participate in the creation and distribution of the company’s weekly roundup of online and print coverage of Lyric, other arts institutions, and general cultural news

        Supervise the maintenance of comprehensive electronic media log

        Select and distribute photo assets from individual operas and Lyric events

        Respond to photo requests from media

        Oversee data collection, as assigned, for monitoring press and media efforts and efficacy

        Manage invitations and RSVPs for media events; maintain and update email press lists

As the business evolves, so may this role.  These duties may change as Lyric’s leadership identifies the need at any time.


        Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in English, journalism, communications, or equivalent experience

        At least 3 years of solid communications experience, ideally with a nonprofit or cultural organization

        Working knowledge of and comfort working with:

o    Microsoft suite of products

o    CRM expertise (Tessitura a strong plus)

        Outstanding communication skills, including the ability to speak to journalists and other members of the public with clarity and discretion

        Excellent writing skills with the ability to tailor messages to diverse audiences

        Working experience with the Chicago-area media market, particularly classical music, theater, and cultural outlets

        Knowledge of classical music and opera

        Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

        Ability to work and think independently, a motivated self-starter who also works well in a larger team


        Ability to occasionally oversee evening or weekend performances and special events

        Sitting for extended periods of time

        Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other office equipment


Interested applicants may send their resume, cover letter, and writing samples to jobs@lyricopera.org denoting position of interest.

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