Director of Artistic Planning

Director of Artistic Planning

Director of Artistic Planning 150 150 PortlanOpera
Portland Opera Association, Inc
March 29, 2023
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Paul Lovincey


Position:  Director of Artistic Planning

Location:  Portland Opera’s Hampton Opera Center, just south of OMSI in Portland Oregon

*In-office position


Do you love the theater, having fun at work, and gazing at the most beautiful scenery Oregon has to offer? Portland Opera provides all of that and more! While eating lunch from the break room, you can see third-story balcony views of Mt. Hood and the river. What if the weather is rainy? Enjoy your lunch inside and listen to the opera singers as they roam the halls spreading their love for the arts.




  • Artistic management?
    • Hire singers and other artists
    • Disseminate casting needs and manage communication with artist managers throughout the engagement period
    • Identify & recommend potential singers for future productions
  • Mainstage operations?
    • Determine and communicate specific musical needs for each production
    • Ensure musical matters identified by visiting conductors and stage directors are addressed in a timely manner
    • Maintain a thorough understanding of AFM and AGMA work rules
  • Contracting, administration and financial oversight?
    • Prepare department budgets for all programs and activities
    • Prepare forecast projections throughout the fiscal year
    • Serve as committee member for all artist union relations and negotiations (AGMA, AFM)



  • Graduate degree or beyond work in Music and/or Music Administration
  • Demonstrated strong management and leadership skills
  • Ability to delegate appropriately to department and contracted staff
  • Thorough understanding of opera repertoire and production
  • Effective budgeting, cost management and financial tracking skills
  • Understanding of human resource principles, particularly in a union environment
  • Microsoft Excel - intermediate or about skill level


Culture: With a passion for music and theater running all day in front of everyone’s minds, the Portland Opera provides an upbeat and enthusiastic culture. The environment provides employees with the opportunity to always be at their best while having fun!


Portland Opera offers productions of the highest artistic quality, bringing the world of opera to the region. Over the past 58 years, the company has presented more than 200 operas, including world premieres. In addition to its annual season, the company is also renowned for its outreach and educational initiatives, including Portland Opera-To-Go, Opera a la Carte, and its Resident Artists Program, which supports the next generation of opera singers.

Compensation/Benefits: We work to empower and inspire all to be their very best. We are committed to keeping our employees and their families as healthy as they can be, which is why we provide a comprehensive benefits package.


  • Compensation Structure: This position offers an exempt salary of $85,000 + per year, dependent on experience, with the below benefits:


  • Our benefits start the 1st of the month following your start date and include: 
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision options
    • HSA/FSA
    • Life Insurance
    • Retirement plan w/employer match
    • Up to 18 days of PTO plus 16+ Paid Holidays off; including the last week of December off!
    • Work-life balance with a 37.5-hour work week!
    • Two complimentary tickets to all Opera productions
    • Free parking or employer-paid monthly transportation allowance
    • Indoor bike storage, shower, and locker room


Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

At Portland Opera, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and we are an equal opportunity employer.  Portland Opera Association will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We invite you to join us on our journey.


Ensemble & Cultural Equity

Our work relies on being an ensemble, and our ensemble only thrives with diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect. We commit to actively confronting and dismantling white supremacy, patriarchy, and exclusion in our company, field, and community. We commit to being inclusive and strive every day to be an anti-racist organization. Learn more about our vision, mission, and values here. 


TO APPLY:  Qualified candidates should forward resume and cover letter to   Please, no phone calls


For information about Portland Opera and to review the complete job description and requirements for this position, please visit our website at



Portland Opera is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

TO APPLY:  Qualified candidates should forward resume and cover letter to   Please, no phone calls