The Communications Assistant works to coordinate a variety of Met-related activities within a fast-paced in-house press department. The ideal candidate is a motivated, collaborative self-starter with a love of opera and excellent writing skills who demonstrates excellent judgment and attention to detail.
Assists with logistics of on- and off-site interviews with Met artists and staff, related to both Met performances and the institution itself
Manages contact database and targeted media lists for various Met activities
Primary responsibility for routing and answering incoming inquiries from press via phone and general press inbox
Primary responsibility for processing press ticket requests, including responding and assigning seats to journalists
Selects relevant multimedia assets (audio, photo, video) and distributes for inclusion with reviews and features and on the Met’s own distribution channels
Assists with setup and monitoring for in-house photo shoots and filming opportunities, including notification of all relevant parties and unions
Tracks ongoing and in-process press coverage across all media outlets; monitors and distributes breaking news coverage
Collects and distributes media coverage to Met staff, board, and other constituents; monitors and shares breaking news coverage
Represents the Met before performances and at intermissions to provide critics with information and answer questions (approximately one performance per week throughout the opera season)
Manages department budget, invoices, petty cash, and payroll processing
Works with other PR staff to create story ideas and target media lists to promote Met performances
Qualifications & Skill Requirements:
One year of experience in public relations, ideally with an arts organization or related agency, preferred
Knowledge of today’s opera world and its leading figures
Excellent communication skills: verbal, writing, editing
Patient, pleasant, and professional demeanor; understanding of artistic needs
Desire to grow professionally as a publicist for the performing arts
Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed (usually one performance per week)
Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com, including “Communications Assistant" in the subject line of your e-mail.
About Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.
Each season the Met stages more than 200 opera performances in New York. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in the opera house during the season, and millions more experience the Met through new media distribution initiatives and state-of-the-art technology.