Director of Learning & Civic Impact

Director of Learning & Civic Impact

Director of Learning & Civic Impact 150 150 PortlanOpera
Portland Opera Association, Inc
March 29, 2023
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Paul Lovincey


Position:  Director of Learning & Civic Impact

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.



  • Strategic Vision & Program Leadership?
    • Establish long-range vision and annual goals for the department as defined in the strategic plan
    • Understand and enhance the Portland Opera’s role as a civic institution in the Pacific Northwest
    • Lead the design, development, and implementation of creative and inclusive engagement
  • Community and Civic Impact & Partnership?
    • Build community and civic impact capacity, expertise, and initiatives throughout the organization
    • Create a partnership of trust, open dialogue, and accountability with communities by centering audiences and communities, and their feedback
    • Develop mechanisms for representation and feedback including a strategy and structure for community engagement including an evaluation process
  • Administration and Operations?
    • Oversee development, implementation, and monitoring of the department budget (both expenses and revenue). Think strategically about the resources needed for sustainability and growth
    • Represent the department at Leadership, Board, and Committee meetings. Take a leadership role in the Board Engagement Committee
    • Play a significant role in working with the development department to assist in identifying, and contributing to, implementing, and reporting on grant-funded opportunities. Assist in cultivation and stewarding donors interested in education, community, and civic related programs



  • Strategic leader with understanding of the Portland arts ecosystem
  • Knowledge of opera repertoire and production process
  • Understanding of the role Civic Impact plays in a community
  • Excellent personnel management and leadership traits
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Public speaking
  • Leadership


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