Development Director
Duration: Full-time, permanent

Opera Idaho (OI) is a level 3 (budget $1,000,000 – $3,000,000) opera company and the only professional opera company of its kind in Idaho. Opera Idaho is one of the fastest-growing opera companies in the U.S., having tripled its budget in the last 13 years. Opera Idaho is located in Boise, OI, noted by some as the fastest-growing city in the U.S.

Opera Idaho celebrates its 49th consecutive season in 2021/22 with a mainstage season of four operas plus two non-subscription productions and a free outdoor Opera in the Park concert. In 2009 OI moved into its new performance home, the restored Egyptian Theatre, long popular in the community for its unique architecture, location and selection to the National Register of Historic Places; OI also performs at The Morrison Center on the campus of Boise State University. The principal place of business for OI is its facility in downtown Boise as part of the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, which also has facilities for Ballet Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic. The facility houses the company’s offices, rehearsal studio and meeting rooms.

OI seeks a Development Director. This position reports to the General Director and is responsible under the guidance of the General Director for planning, implementing, and administering all development activities for all OI programs.

The Director will work with the General Director and others (Board and Fund Development and Special Events Committee members) to plan, implement and administer development efforts of OI. This will be accomplished within the framework of OI’s “moves management” process. The Director is responsible for creating and implementing a development plan and budget under the guidance of the General Director and in accordance with the approved budget. The Director will be involved in all special events, including but not limited to salons, Auction of Arias and Black & White Gala. The Director will assume lead grant writing responsibilities.

This position is supported by one staff position, whose partial function is tracking ticket revenue, donor contributions and moves management, etc. In addition, the position works closely with our marketing department, coordinating corporate sponsorships and the education/community outreach efforts.

Candidates must be self-motivated and have strong interpersonal skills, excellent organizational ability, superior communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, creative strategic planning skills and a minimum of three years of professional development experience with demonstrable results in similar organizations. Knowledge of Blackbaud’s E-Tapestry is helpful, as it is the company’s customer relationship software. An interest in and knowledge of opera and classical music are required.

Compensation: commensurate with experience. OI provides fully paid health and dental benefits.

Please send cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to:

Opera Idaho
515 S 9th St
Boise, ID  83702

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only individuals selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Opera Idaho is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.