ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia

"Audience Friendly, Singer Friendly"

Volunteer Job Opportunities

We are a friendly environment of talented arts professionals seeking equally talented, enthusiastic, and reliable administrative support for our dynamic group. The positions below are pro-bono/volunteer opportunities, with possible salary opportunities as organization and budget grow, as well as free admission to COPA events and performances, along with other perks. A great experience and a valuable asset on any resume, especially for emerging professionals.

General Manager
The Opportunity

The new General Manager of COPA will join a company with a proven record of artistic success and financial stability of almost two decades. He/she will have the opportunity to lead and represent COPA in the tri-state area where performing and visual arts have emerged as vibrant communities. Philadelphia alone, considered one of the top 10 cultural destinations of the United States by Travel Magazine, is home to well renown arts organizations that include orchestras, choral ensembles, opera companies, dance troupes, and theater groups, to name a few. This is an opportunity for someone who wants to lead a company with a distinctive vision, is committed to the continual growth of the company, working with limited resources, and in collegial relationships with an energized Board of volunteers. This is heretofore, an uncompensated position, however, it is an opportunity to create new revenue sources in order to ultimately support a paid staff.

The Company

ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia, known as COPA, was founded in 1996 with the mission of presenting standard operatic repertoire in concert format in intimate settings. This is a powerful experience for newcomers to the world of opera, and an exciting appreciation of artists and their emotional intensity to those who already love this art form. COPA’s performance approach provides a unique way of experiencing major opera works, that has solidified its reputation as “singer friendly, audience friendly.” COPA’s productions are also highly educational for both the singers and the audience. COPA offers a platform for professional artists, emerging or established, to essay roles of the standard and lesser known operatic repertoire. Needless to say, our alumni have amassed impressive performance credentials. Examples of repertoire performed to date include: Faust, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera, Carmen, Béatrice et Bénédict, Lakmé, Così fan tutte, Fra Diavolo, L’elisir d’amore and Die Fledermaus, among many others.

The Position

The General Manager is the chief executive officer of COPA, with oversight and ultimate responsibility to the Board of Directors for strategic vision. He/she oversees all aspects of operations including: artistic administration, budgeting and financial management, development, marketing and communications. He/she provides leadership and vision to ensure that COPA fulfills its mission and achieves its goals for organizational success. He/she is the face of COPA. In a culturally rich city, he/she may pursue partnerships and collaborations with arts, educational and cultural organizations in the area, while serving as spokesperson for the company. He/she will have the enthusiasm to be engaged in the fundraising efforts of COPA, by donating time and energy in the cultivation of donors in conjunction with the Board.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate is energetic and passionate about opera. He/she is someone who may be the early stages of his/her professional career in music (or the arts), and with a vision to steer the organization. An ideal General Manager sees COPA as an organization to grow with, to learn from, and to take to the next level, leaving a personal mark on COPA, and through it, COPA’s members.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume to info@concertoperaphl.org

Finance and Audit Chairperson

The Board Member will support the Finance and Audit Committee to oversee the fiscal stability and long-term financial health of COPA, to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting, and compliance with rules, regulations and restrictions governing grants or gifts from individuals, foundations and government agencies. The Board Member will make recommendations regarding new financial policies/procedures to the COPA Board of Directors.

ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia, known as COPA, was founded in 1996 with the mission of presenting standard operatic repertoire in concert format in intimate settings. This is a powerful experience for newcomers to the world of opera, and an exciting appreciation of artists and their emotional intensity to those who already love this art form. COPA’s performance approach provides a unique way of experiencing major opera works, that has solidified its reputation as “singer friendly, audience friendly.” COPA’s productions are also highly educational for both the singers and the audience. COPA offers a platform for professional artists, emerging or established, to essay roles of the standard and lesser known operatic repertoire. Needless to say, our alumni have amassed impressive performance credentials. Examples of repertoire performed to date include: Faust, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera, Carmen, Béatrice et Bénédict, Lakmé, Così fan tutte, Fra Diavolo, L’elisir d’amore, and Die Fledermaus, among many others.

COPA believes in the power of opera performed in intimate settings. To that end, COPA produces performances in diverse locales throughout the Delaware Valley region. We provide a collaborative platform for emerging and established artists while presenting educational opportunities for our audiences through each production.

For more information, please see: http://www.concertoperaphl.org/AboutUs.html

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES The Board Member will be responsible for the duties outlined below, as well as any other duties required by applicable law or delegated to the Finance and Audit Committee by the board:

  • Selecting and engaging an external auditor. Periodically reviewing the performance of the auditor and recommending either renewal or replacement.
  • Meeting with external auditor at least once per year. Discussing with the auditor the organization's internal controls, and the fullness and accuracy of the organization's financial statements.
  • Reviewing and approving annual audited financial statements, the IRS Form 990 and any other financial information when appropriate or as needed for required reporting to be submitted to any external organization, as well as recommending approval by the Board as required.
  • Approving agreements with firms providing accounting or other financial services.
  • Reviewing the system of internal controls to deter and detect fraud. Additionally, conducting an annual fraud/risk assessment.
  • Approving the annual budget and presenting to the COPA Board of Directors for final approval.
  • Reviewing on a quarterly basis performance against budget, reasons for significant variances, and the projected results for the fiscal year, as well as reporting on the results of the review to the full board.
  • Reviewing any agreements with banks or other financial institutions, loans to COPA, or loans by COPA to any individual or organization for final approval by the COPA Board of Directors.
  • Developing a three-year financial plan for COPA, periodically making updates to the plan.
  • Finance Chairperson will have overall signatory authority and approval for all funds and expense transactions as needed.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES

  • 8+ years in a strategic planning and implementation.
  • Have strong communication skills (written and verbal) with the ability to effectively present ideas and work.
  • Experience working across a variety of digital and traditional platforms, including social, web, mobile, applications, broadcast, etc.
  • Experience planning/conducting/analyzing qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Familiarity with analytics and data tracking tools. Hands on thinker and problem solver with the ability to think critically and logically.
  • Proven ability to lead/work with multi-discipline teams, both large and small.

In addition to these ongoing roles and responsibilities, the Board Member will be expected to pursue the following strategic goals in cooperation with other committees:

  • Working with the Development Committee, developing specific goals for increasing amounts and sources of unrestricted revenue.
  • Evaluating the potential for increased revenue through the provision of professional training, conferences, and other initiatives.
  • Working with the entire board, developing a plan to maximize return on existing fundraising events.

TO APPLY

Please send cover letter, resume, and volunteer history to: info@concertoperaphl.org
Please be advised that this is a volunteer position and is therefore not eligible for remuneration.

Legal Chairperson

This position serves as a member of the Board of Directors, and will assist the board with matters needing legal expertise that includes, but is not limited to: contracts, adherence to legal code as a not for profit, and as needed legal advice contracting venues and artists.

ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia, known as COPA, was founded in 1996 with the mission of presenting standard operatic repertoire in concert format in intimate settings. This is a powerful experience for newcomers to the world of opera, and an exciting appreciation of artists and their emotional intensity to those who already love this art form. COPA’s performance approach provides a unique way of experiencing major opera works, that has solidified its reputation as “singer friendly, audience friendly.” COPA’s productions are also highly educational for both the singers and the audience. COPA offers a platform for professional artists, emerging or established, to essay roles of the standard and lesser known operatic repertoire. Needless to say, our alumni have amassed impressive performance credentials. Examples of repertoire performed to date include: Faust, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera, Carmen, Béatrice et Bénédict, Lakmé, Così fan tutte, Fra Diavolo, L’elisir d’amore, and Die Fledermaus, among many others.

COPA believes in the power of opera performed in intimate settings. To that end, COPA produces performances in diverse locales throughout the Delaware Valley region. We provide a collaborative platform for emerging and established artists while presenting educational opportunities for our audiences through each production.

The Board will support the work of the Legal Chairperson and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to- day operations are led by COPA’s General Director (GD), the Board- GD relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the General Director as s/he develops and implements ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings
  • Approving ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Assisting the General Director and Board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board members
  • Partnering with the General Director and other Board members to ensure that board goals are carried out
  • Open to serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Representing ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia’s commitment to a diverse Board and staff that reflects the communities ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia’s serves

Fundraising

  • As a Board member, assist ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia’s Board Members with fundraising.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia's mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience in law in the nonprofit sector (i.e. Experienced Paralegal, J.D., or equivalent).
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia's stakeholders who have a passion for grassroots arts.

TO APPLY
Please send cover letter, resume, and volunteer history to: info@concertoperaphl.org
Please be advised that this is a volunteer position and is therefore not eligible for remuneration.

Marketing Chairperson

This position serves as a member of the Board of Directors, and will be responsible for planning, development, and implementation of all of the
organization’s marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities.

ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia, known as COPA, was founded in 1996 with the mission of presenting standard operatic repertoire in concert format in intimate settings. This is a powerful experience for newcomers to the world of opera, and an exciting appreciation of artists and their emotional intensity to those who already love this art form. COPA’s performance approach provides a unique way of experiencing major opera works, that has solidified its reputation as “singer friendly, audience friendly.” COPA’s productions are also highly educational for both the singers and the audience. COPA offers a platform for professional artists, emerging or established, to essay roles of the standard and lesser known operatic repertoire. Needless to say, our alumni have amassed impressive performance credentials. Examples of repertoire performed to date include: Faust, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera, Carmen, Béatrice et Bénédict, Lakmé, Così fan tutte, Fra Diavolo, L’elisir d’amore, and Die Fledermaus, among many others.

COPA believes in the power of opera performed in intimate settings. To that end, COPA produces performances in diverse locales throughout the Delaware Valley region. We provide a collaborative platform for emerging and established artists while presenting educational opportunities for our audiences through each production.

The Board will support the work of the Marketing Chairperson and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to- day operations are led by COPA’s General Director (GD), the Board-GD relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
The Marketing Chairperson will

  • in collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Marketing Committee establish a marketing plan, including digital media, traditional marketing techniques, and public relations and communications to support the growth of COPA;
  • develop and execute comprehensive short-term and long-term marketing plans and programs to support COPA’s performances, fundraising and development activities, auditions, recruiting, and contributed and earned revenue goals;
  • research and analyze current and prospective audiences and devise marketing strategies to deepen existing relationships and develop new ones;
  • enhance COPA’s brand identity and recognition locally and regionally;
  • establish and maintain relationships with key business, community, strategic, and cultural partners;
  • serve as liaison with outside organizations to develop marketing and promotional opportunities and actively attend events in the community;
  • plan and oversee advertising and promotional activities including digital, print, outdoor, and direct mail;
  • oversee development and production of marketing, promotional, and collateral materials; measure results of marketing and promotional programs, and make data-driven decisions about how to invest COPA’s marketing resources for maximum impact;
  • create, recruit, and manage a Marketing Committee;
  • determine agencies and suppliers of record, negotiate contract terms, and conditions for service;
  • prepare Committee activity reports and present to the Board and GD;
  • develop and manage the marketing budget and participate collaboratively in the development of the institutional budget; and
  • contribute positively and productively to the operations of the company.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES
The ideal candidate for the position of Marketing Chairperson will have

  • proven experience in marketing management;
  • editorial experience in all forms of media;
  • experience with all forms of institutional communications;
  • experience in managing website and other digital content;
  • financial skills appropriate for management of budget, financial projections, and research purposes;
  • computer literacy for reporting; and
  • excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a related field, or equivalent experience is required. The successful candidate will have 3-5 years of management experience in marketing, preferably in the non-profit space, with a strong understanding of the arts and culture.

TO APPLY
Please send cover letter, resume, and volunteer history to: info@concertoperaphl.org
Please be advised that this is a volunteer position and is therefore not eligible for remuneration.

Strategic Planning Chairperson

This position serves as a member of the Board of Directors, and will be responsible for providing guidance to the Board in order to ensure delivery of its mission, vision, and strategic direction.

ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia, known as COPA, was founded in 1996 with the mission of presenting standard operatic repertoire in concert format in intimate settings. This is a powerful experience for newcomers to the world of opera, and an exciting appreciation of artists and their emotional intensity to those who already love this art form. COPA’s performance approach provides a unique way of experiencing major opera works, that has solidified its reputation as “singer friendly, audience friendly.” COPA’s productions are also highly educational for both the singers and the audience. COPA offers a platform for professional artists, emerging or established, to essay roles of the standard and lesser known operatic repertoire. Needless to say, our alumni have amassed impressive performance credentials. Examples of repertoire performed to date include: Faust, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera, Carmen, Béatrice et Bénédict, Lakmé, Così fan tutte, Fra Diavolo, L’elisir d’amore, and
Die Fledermaus, among many others.

COPA believes in the power of opera performed in intimate settings. To that end, COPA produces performances in diverse locales throughout the Delaware Valley region. We provide a collaborative platform for emerging and established artists while presenting educational opportunities for our audiences through each production.

For more information, please see: http://www.concertoperaphl.org/AboutUs.html

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Make recommendations to the full board related to the organization's mission, vision, strategic initiatives, major programs and services.
  • Help management identify critical strategic issues facing the organization, including making recommendations for alternative strategic options.
  • Ensuring management has established an effective strategic planning process, including development of a three-to- five-year strategic plan with measurable goals and time targets.
  • Understanding the organization’s industry, market/community, and core competencies. Keeping up-to-date on industry and local market trends, advances in marketing, and other opportunities to improve the scope, cost effectiveness and quality of services provided by COPA.
  • Annually review the mission, vision and strategic plan, and recommend changes based on the needs and changes in the market, community and other factors.
  • Monitoring the organization’s performance against measurable targets (e.g., market share, increase in volumes) or progress points

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES

  • 8+ years in a strategic planning and implementation.
  • Have strong communication skills (written and verbal) with the ability to effectively present ideas and work.
  • Experience working across a variety of digital and traditional platforms, including social, web, mobile, applications, broadcast, etc.
  • Experience planning/conducting/analyzing qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Familiarity with analytics and data tracking tools. Hands on thinker and problem solver with the ability to think critically and logically.
  • Proven ability to lead/work with multi-discipline teams, both large and small.

TO APPLY
Please send cover letter, resume, and volunteer history to: info@concertoperaphl.org
Please be advised that this is a volunteer position and is therefore not eligible for remuneration.

Intern interested in arts administration
Quarter Time

Position is for credit & exposure.

Will assist with marketing, development, social media, and stage production needs

Perks-complimentary admission to shows, and community outreach events! Great networking opportunity!

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume to info@concertoperaphl.org

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • intern: 1 year
Marketing Coordinator
5-20 hours a month / 1-4 projects a year

Requires frequent e-mail/phone contact with General Director and Volunteer Coordinator, but all work is done independently and in own home. 1-4 projects a year, in conjunction with events and season performances.

Seeking Volunteer with:

  • Ability to create and place ads within tight budget
  • Creative market strategizing, and ability to attract new audiences
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia area, publications, and advertising opportunities

Preferred, but not necessary:

  • Experience with ad layout/design
  • Arts background or experience with non-profit arts organizations.
Development Coordinator
Main time commitment involves administrative duties
Approximately 5 hours per event. (1-4 a year)

However, we are mainly searching for great fundraising ideas and new ways of attracting donors. This aspect varies from month to month and the time commitment can be regulated at Development Coordinator's discretion.

Duties:

  • Keeping track of monetary and in-kind donations and donors.
  • Following up with thank-you letters to donors.
  • Coming up with fundraising ideas and new donor programs and options.

Seeking Volunteer with:

  • Reliability
  • Great organizational skills
  • Creativity
  • Some development, marketing, or public relations experience.

Preferred, but not necessary:

  • Experience with ad layout/design
  • Arts background or experience with non-profit arts organizations.
Office Assistant
1-2 hours weekly

Assistance with simple office tasks such as filing and mailings. Arts background or experience with non-profit arts organizations preferred, but not required.

Correspondence Secretary
4-6 hrs monthly

Assistance with both mail and e-mail correspondence, answering general questions, organizing letters and mailings, and other similar duties. Seeking Volunteer with excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as ability to handle inquiries in a professional and timely manner. Arts background or experience with non-profit arts organizations preferred, but not required.

 

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