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Minnesota Opera

Access & Engagement Director

Location: MN - Twin Cities Metro
Type: Full Time
Category: Program management
Deadline: September 30, 2021

City: Minneapolis, MN
Salary: $58,000 – $63,000
Website: https://mnopera.org/about/jobs/
Is this a remote / work from home position?: This is a hybrid position (partially remote, partially site-based)

Job description

Position Title: Access & Engagement Director
Reports to: Vice President, Impact
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Salary Range: $58,000 – $63,000
Start Date: No later than November 1, 2021

Minnesota Opera’s vision and mission is to sing every story and to change lives by bringing together artists, audiences and community, advancing the art of opera for today and future generations. We aim to inspire hope, empower all voices, and strengthen bonds between people of all backgrounds and identities. To this end, Minnesota Opera commits itself to working continuously to become an antiracist and anti-oppressive organization through the following actions: intentionally acknowledging and examining racism, anti-Blackness, and other discriminatory practices; promoting anti-racist and anti-oppressive ideas, values and policies that counter the oppression of any people during the education, production, promotion and experience of opera; working towards eliminating all forms of oppression; and developing effective tools for social justice.

Responsible for the administrative, programmatic, and strategic leadership of Minnesota Opera’s community-building and accessibility-focused public programs, the Access & Engagement Director has oversight over a suite of public engagement programs aimed at building continuous mutually-beneficial relationships with the Twin Cities community; learning about our mainstage productions, artists, and creative processes; and engaging in community dialogue about social issues thematically related to our artistic offerings. In addition, the Access & Engagement Director will continue to address (disability, socioeconomic, and gender) accessibility issues at each of our venues, in our company culture and policies, and in digital media (1 FTE).

o Collaborate with the Vice President, Impact to create, develop, and implement engagement goals that are firmly grounded in the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access;
o Lead program design and execution, working in collaboration with the Impact team to establish culturally appropriate engagement opportunities that actively work to eliminate access barriers to the art form;
o Develop, facilitate, and oversee all aspects of MNiatures from pre-selection through final presentation and evaluation of each cycle;
o Work collaboratively with other Minnesota Opera units and partner organizations to develop efficient processes to execute all facets of each program and event:
• Design and execute panel discussions, as necessary;
• Hire guest speakers and artists for programs, as necessary;
• Prepare for and facilitate programs as able and/or necessary;
o Identify, maintain and cultivate relationships with organizational partners and local businesses; and
o Pursue continuing education and training to develop, deliver, and manage programming effectively.

o Plan and facilitate Accessibility Advisory Group meetings;
o Work collaboratively with other MNOP units on implementing recommended accessibility measures;
o Work with EDI Director on continuous staff education on accessibility;
o Work with Patron Services, Production, and Communications teams on coordinating accessibility services at each performance and event venue; and
o Work with Marketing and Communications on developing web accessibility practices.

o Develop budgets for programs, events, resources, and services;
o Supervise Civic Engagement Manager, guest speakers and artists; and
o Assist with and conduct program evaluation as advised by Vice President, Impact.

Qualifications or requirements

o Is knowledgeable about inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in any context;
o Is knowledgeable about development and production of new work, either in opera, theatre, or orchestral contexts;
o Has the ability to think creatively about opera as a field and culture, and is open to interrogating existing practices in the interest of positive innovation;
o Has some familiarity with ASL, Spanish, Hmong, Swahili, Amharic, or other language;
o Works well in a fast paced, collaborative environment;
o Has the ability to problem-solve and prioritize;
o Has excellent written and verbal communication skills;
o Has excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; or
o At least five years of relevant experience, which may include disability rights and/or advocacy, direct care, classroom teaching, teaching artistry, community education, developing programming for an arts organization, or other related form of instruction.

o The incumbent will be expected either to reside within commuting distance of the Opera Center or be willing to relocate prior to beginning work; and
o If you are hired, we will require you to prove that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

How to apply

Please go to mnopera.org/jobs and click the red box labeled “Learn More” under the job summary. From there, you will be asked to fill out a confidential Self ID Survey before proceeding to the next page, where you will be able to fill out the application and upload your resume and cover letter. Application materials will be sent directly to the Vice President, Impact, Lee Bynum. Individual Self ID information will be seen only by the HR Director, Jen Thill.

Application materials accepted through September 30, 2021.

Minnesota Opera is an AA/EEO Employer