Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Detroit Opera in
the search for a Chief Development Officer.
Reporting to the President & CEO, the Chief Development Officer
will be responsible for all contributed revenue for Detroit Opera.
Through a positive and progressive leadership approach, guided by
the artistic mission of the organization, the Chief Development
Officer will provide the direction necessary to ensure Detroit
Opera’s contributed revenue goals are met, ensuring mission focus
and financial strength in the short and long term. The Chief
Development Officer will have oversight of and play an active role
in leading annual, capital, and endowment fundraising strategies
and activities as well as special campaigns for monies raised from
individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources.
Detroit Opera is in an exciting period of transition that began
with the appointment of Yuval Sharon as the Gary L. Wasserman
Artistic Director in 2020. His vision is to transform Detroit
Opera’s programming model toward more self-produced and original
productions. Under his artistic direction, recent highlights
include 2020’s Twilight: Gods, a drive-through experience
of Richard Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the
Gods), staged in the Detroit Opera’s Parking Center. This was
followed in 2021 by a new staging of Ragnar Kjartansson’s
performance piece BLISS and the world premiere in 2022 of
a new co-production of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,
the first revival of Anthony Davis and Thulani Davis’s opera since
its 1986 premiere.
Under Sharon’s leadership, Detroit Opera has attracted an
extraordinary artistic team including the appointment of
world-renowned soprano Christine Goerke as its Associate Artistic
Director in 2021 and Mexican American conductor Roberto Kalb as its
Music Director in 2022. They join Artistic Advisor for Dance Jon H.
Teeuwissen in leading Detroit Opera as the foremost producer and
presenter of opera, music theater, and dance in the Great Lakes
Region. The organization engages artists of national and
international stature for mainstage and community performances and
provides cultural-enrichment programs for a broad range of
audiences and communities. It is one of Detroit’s leading arts and
Detroit Opera is committed to bringing music to all people of
Detroit. Opera in the Parks are free, outdoor performances
that take place during the summer and feature members of the
company’s Touring Ensemble. There are also summer programs for
young people that allow students to gain experience in not only
performing, but also creating their own compositions and dances.
Detroit Opera also works closely with area schools to ensure that
all children can experience opera, music theater, and dance
throughout the school year, offering trips to the Detroit Opera
House for backstage tours as well as the opportunity to experience
dress rehearsals. Detroit Opera Touring Ensemble brings
performances to area schools that are suitable for all audiences.
For teens interested in opera, Detroit Opera is part of “Opera
Teens,” a national movement that empowers teenagers to pursue their
interests in opera, share opera with others, and leverage the power
of the art form to serve local communities. Teens in the program
attend performances, explore careers in opera, and connect with
peers and professionals nationwide.
A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and
experience is required for this position as is at least seven years
of senior management experience. Although direct experience of
opera is not required, the successful candidate must have a passion
for the performing arts. Detroit Opera will consider a broad array
of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences
and backgrounds. Candidates returning to work after a gap in
employment, simply looking to transition, or taking the next step
in their career path are encouraged to apply. All applications must
be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should
be responsive to the mission of Detroit Opera as well as the
responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position
prospectus. Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the successful candidate has been selected.
The salary range for this position is $150,000 to $175,000
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