The Opera Education Assistant is a vital member of our team and will use their energy, knowledge, and expertise to tie together the administrative and practical functions of our department. Often acting as the direct point of contact between the organization and schools, community venues, and vendors, this individual will serve in a forward-facing and active role. Using their experience and under the guidance of the Director, the assistant will manage important agreements for schools, oversee department publications and media, and maintain department databases. As one of the friendly faces in the department, the assistant will also give public tours of our physical spaces to groups as well as direct presentations in schools for students and/or teachers. We desire an Education Assistant who will be flexible with an evolving department and welcome change with eager energy and creative functioning.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Scheduling and School Liaison Work • Schedule opera school presentations (nearly daily performances). • Create, manage, and send contracts and Education materials for opera school presentations • Publish education calendars for company and Opera Resident Artists; maintain continually. • Assist in planning and executing opera community residencies and tours. • Coordinate schedules and releases with resident artists, Education department, and Opera Music staff. Website Development and Management • Regularly update Education website with current Education offerings. • Meet regularly with company website manager to review issues and receive training. • Manage surveys and applications for education events. • Contribute Education content to social media (Facebook, Instagram, twitter). Assist at concerts, performances, activities • Assist as needed at Opera-tunities Nights and Children’s Opera Showcase. • Oversee ticketing at select events. Record-keeping • Keep accurate records of education department activities. • Prepare reports of education department activities as needed; help with reports to Development and USOE. • Keep records of our rotation plan of events around the state and at school. Public Presentations • Give building tours of Production Studios, Capitol Theatre, & Abravanel Hall as requested. • Give presentations in schools for symphony and for opera, and as needed in presentations to teachers. Education Office Management • Keep computer and office hard files organized. • Order supplies as necessary.
REQUIRED SKILLS / ABILITIES: • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Excellent organizational and time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines. • Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently. • Ability to prioritize tasks and remain flexible to department urgencies when appropriate. • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, and Google Suite Tools. • Occasional evenings and weekends required.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE • Bachelor’s degree in music, fine art, arts administration, communication, or related field or experience in an organizational role at a performing arts organization preferred. • Knowledge of symphony and opera repertoire preferred. • Experience with digital photography, social media design, and website maintenance preferable. • Knowledge of Tessitura database preferable.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS • Prolonged periods of remaining stationary and working on a computer. • Able to move equipment weighing up to 30 pounds. • Must have reliable transportation.
About Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s mission is to connect Utah with great live music in orchestral and operatic art forms that celebrate past traditions while cultivating present and future audiences.The Utah Symphony, which performs more than 70 concerts at Abravanel Hall and in the community, is one of only fifteen year-round orchestras in the nation. Together with Utah Opera, which presents four productions annually at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, USUO reaches 350,000 people in Utah and the Intermountain region through performances and educational outreach programs. The organization employs 57 staff and 86 full-time musicians and has a development staff of nine. USUO hosts an annual summer series – the Deer Valley® Music Festival – in Park City, Utah. For more information, visit www.usuo.org.