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Grantmaking Manager
SUBMITTED DATE: 4/16/2019

GRANTMAKING MANAGER

 

REPORTS TO: CHIEF PROGRAMS OFFICER

 DEPARTMENT: PROGRAMS

STATUS: FULL-TIME/EXEMPT

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

OPERA America’s Grantmaking Manager is responsible for coordinating grants and awards that support the advancement of the art form and the field. In 2019, OPERA America grants will total more than $2 million across programs that support individual artists and administrators, and opera companies in the areas of new work development and innovative operational practices. The Grantmaking Manager administers the application process for all programs, in collaboration with several OPERA America departments. For more information about OPERA America’s grants, go to operaamerica.org/grants.

The Grantmaking Manager reports to the Chief Programs Officer and is responsible for providing concierge service to applicants and grantees/awardees throughout the grantmaking process.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining current grant information, including guidelines and applications.
  • Serving as the preliminary contact to guide applicants through the applications process.
  • Reviewing applicant eligibility and other requirements, in coordination with membership and program staff.
  • Maintaining all data in the online grant portal and generating periodic reports.
  • Coordinating with facilities and event staff to organize all adjudication meetings.
  • Managing correspondence, travel arrangements and payments to panelists.
  • Tracking incoming reports from grant recipients and processing grant payments.
  • Supporting program staff in coordinating regular group or individual contact with grantees/awardees.
  • Participating in the grant assessment process to contribute to field advancement through interviews and documenting key learning.

 

PREFERRED SKILLS

The ideal candidate is a forward thinker pursuing an arts administration or philanthropy career with strong organizational and interpersonal skills, experience with the nonprofit granting process, and full comprehension of office management systems and procedures.

  1. Minimum two years in nonprofit, arts or philanthropic administration.
  2. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, as well as excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  3. Ability to achieve high performance goals, prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  4. Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information with discretion and liaise with high-profile professionals.
  5. Collaborative nature and ease with building relationships across departments.
  6. Must be passionate about nonprofit performing arts. Familiarity with opera a plus.

 

SALARY AND COMPENSATION

Salary commensurate with experience, expected in the mid-50Ks. Excellent benefits package including health and dental coverage, pension, paid time off, life insurance, access to rehearsal/performance venue, and opportunities to network with opera leaders nationwide. Desired start date by July 8, 2019.

For information about OPERA America’s granting programs, visit operaamerica.org/grants

 

TO APPLY

Please send the following materials to Laura Lee Everett, chief programs officer, at Jobs@operaamerica.org:

  • Cover letter (articulating your interest in this particular position)
  • Resume (outlining your career accomplishments and applicable skills)
  • Writing sample (such as a programming proposal or other professional document)

OPERA America is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline: May 16, 2019

No phone calls, please.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY

OPERA America (operaamerica.org) leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

Founded in 1970, OPERA America fulfills its mission through public programs, an annual conference, regional workshops, consultations, granting programs, publications and online resources. It is the only organization serving all constituents of opera: artists, administrators, trustees, educators and audience members. Membership includes 150 professional opera companies; 350 associate, business and education members; and 1,600 individuals. OPERA America extends its reach to 80,000 annual visitors to its National Opera Center and over 40,000 subscribers and followers on e-communications and social media. Representing over 90 percent of eligible professional companies, OPERA America is empowered to lead field-wide change.

OPERA America’s long tradition of supporting and nurturing the creation and development of new works led to the formation of the Opera Fund, a growing endowment that allows OPERA America to make a direct impact on the ongoing creation and presentation of new opera and music-theater works. Since the inception of its granting programs, OPERA America has awarded more than $19 million to the opera field to support the work of opera creators, companies and administrators. Currently, OPERA America awards more than $2 million each year through its range of grant initiatives.


Questions?
Questions about Membership or this application? Please contact Vincent Covatto, organizational membership manager, at VCovatto@operaamerica.org or by calling 646.699.5237.
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