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Vice President. Impact

Title: Vice-President, Impact 

Reports To: President & General Director

Classification: Full-time, Exempt 

Salary Range $95-115K: Commensurate with experience plus benefits (paid vacation, sick days, health, dental, flex spending, life/disability insurance, 403B)




Making a positive and lasting impact on our community at-large with our art and our art-making is critical in stewarding the mission of MN Opera to change lives and advance the art of opera for today and future generations. We believe opera can be a space of healing, refuge, and justice, and that collaborative art-making improves social connection, empathy, and critical thinking. We seek to develop educational and engaging programs, while eliminating barriers to personal learning, full and dignified work, and musical storytelling. MN Opera seeks a highly collaborative, creative, motivated leader to guide the company’s Impact department, including learning, training, engagement, and diversity.


The Vice-President of Impact will lead a team that listens and learns from our community to make meaningful, authentic, mutually beneficial, lasting relationships through the power of opera. This position will develop a corresponding annual and long-term impact plan and oversee its budgeting and delivery, including learning & training programs, internal and external EDI efforts, as well as community engagement strategies and activities.  This person will be responsible for leading a high functioning team of educators, artists, and administrators and serve as a thought leader with regard to MN Opera’s comprehensive Impact strategy, message, and activities.  A member of the six-person Senior Leadership team, this position will promote internal alignment throughout the interconnected departments of the institution. 



Include but are not limited to:

 Learning and Training Programs (40%)

  • Strategically assesses, evaluates and guides learning & training programs that meet defined objectives utilizing company logic models, EDI goals, and learning frameworks Encourages the creation, support, and advancement of collaborative transformative arts practice and leadership in service of racial equity
  • Creates and oversees comprehensive education plan outlining programming for specified audiences that first addresses community needs, provides equitable access, and leverages the human, artistic and production assets of the company in an effort to become a reliable resource for our communities, particularly those of color.
  • Oversees staff who manage learning programs such as Music Out Loud, Project Opera, Summer Camps, Baby Opera, Voices of Opera, and the premiere of Song Poet, among others
  • Considers financial resources and funding priorities in the mix of decision making.


    Community Engagement (25%)

  • Creates annual and long-term engagement strategy encompassing community engagement, patron and audience development events, in partnership with marketing and development activities, and prepares quarterly project review process,                       
  • Serves as critical partner, along with advancement and artistic leaders, in ideation and delivery of engagement events aimed at building audiences’ trust, ownership, and enjoyment of opera in communities historically and presently excluded by our art form Identifies and creates meaningful, mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations to move the impact and engagement objectives forward and designed with mutual benefit
  • Develop systems to measure experiences that deepen relationships in musical storytelling that are participation-based and community-driven, both inside and outside the Opera Center Campus and performance spaces



    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (20%)

  • Works with EDI Director to guide actions of Diversity Council as empowered by the company’s Diversity Charter and the Board of Directors
  • Align EDI strategies with external opportunities to deepen community relationships Facilitate conversations around creative process with regard to EDI goals internally and externally
  • Strategize and coordinate continuing staff training with EDI Director, outside consultants, and Diversity Council



    Management and Leadership (15%)

  • Provides thought leadership for staff, artists, and audiences in exploration and celebration of culture, identity, and diversity through artistic expression
  • Assess staff structure to ensure that administrative, communications, and professionally supportive roles adhere to articulated goals, and that the team is nurturing an environment that it positive and motivating, keeping the well-being of employees and participants at the forefront of its design
  • Impact department represents a budget inclusive of $80K in revenue and $550K in expenses
  • Creates annual engagement plan and prepares quarterly project review process Maintains a deep understanding of best practices in this sector to help MN Opera constantly evolve and change
  • Frequently creates reports and communicates with Board of Directors as invited
  • Some travel and attendance for conferences and continuing education is required



    This position is a good fit for someone who:

  • Has strong relationship-development skills
  • Has deep understanding of issues of race and racism
  • Has experience in the Education sector
  • Understands the cultural makeup of the Twin Cities
  • Has strong project management and event planning skills
  • Has strong personnel management skills in complex teams of different personalities and viewpoints
  • Models integrity, openness, and trust
  • Displays strong leadership in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Is an organized, flexible, and goal-oriented team player
  • Thrives when leading through change
  • Has outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Knows and uses Microsoft Office, has experience with CRM systems, and is adept at learning new systems
  • Is passionate about performing arts, particularly music and theater; knowledge of opera is strongly preferred





    MN Opera is willing to teach:

  • Intricacies of Opera as a collaborative art form
  • Industry-specific procedures around art-making, staffing, and scheduling
  • Intricacies of MN Opera’s Learning & Training programs
  • CRM database processes and procedures


The Minnesota Opera is an AA/EOE Employer and is particularly interested in how the perspective that a candidate of color could be especially valuable for our company. 


To apply:

Electronic resumes preferred but not required


Revised deadline for submission: Friday, July 10, 2020

Applications will be reviewed and responded to upon receipt.  Submission date will be extended as necessary.


Please send resume, cover letter to:


Attn: Jen Thill


or to


Minnesota Opera

Attn: Jen Thill

620 North First Street

Minneapolis, MN 55401

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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