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Established in 1923, San Francisco Opera is one of the world’s leading producers of opera, presenting a roster of traditional and contemporary lyric theater repertory at the historic War Memorial Opera House. Hailed as an industry leader, San Francisco Opera has been acclaimed for its presentation of the world’s finest opera singers, conductors, directors and designers in innovative and bold productions. The Company is distinguished for producing numerous World and American premieres and for its internationally celebrated young artist training program, the Opera Center.

Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Associate General Director

PURPOSE: To plan season master schedules and oversee the non-soloist artists of San Francisco Opera

- Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred
- Minimum five (5) years’ experience in a performing arts organization, preferably operatic or symphonic
- Supervision of staff and union personnel required
- Thorough knowledge of music, especially opera repertoire
- Experience with budgeting and forecasting
- Experience in scheduling a repertory opera season
- Experience in managing or oversight of professional orchestras, choruses and dance groups preferred
- Experience interpreting and applying collective bargaining agreements
- Experience with negotiations, grievances and arbitrations preferred
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications with Word and Excel skills essential; database skills desirable
- Ability to work independently; prioritize tasks; and exercise good judgment and initiative
- Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities successfully
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
- Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to interact with all staff in a professional, confidential and tactful manner
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
- Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner
- Position requires evening and weekend obligations during the opera season

- Oversees staff and union employees in the areas of orchestra, chorus and dance
- Manages the Orchestra Manager and Chorus/Dance Manager overseeing assignments, schedules, payroll process, auditions, etc.
- Oversees $16-20M in budget centers, working with orchestra and chorus managers on budgeting, forecasting and scenario modeling
- Manages personnel issues in the orchestra, chorus and corps de ballet, overseeing the hiring, ongoing work, and discipline, in the areas supervised
- Manages the Orchestra Librarian. Works with the Music Planning Manager to ensure a smooth working relationship between the Orchestra Library and Music Library
- Participates in union negotiations for AGMA and AFM. Interacts with union leadership and shop stewards and perpetuates positive working relationships with AGMA and AFM
- Oversees future opera season master scheduling over a 4-5 year horizon in consultation with leadership colleagues in the areas of artistic/music/production; manages the intersection of numerous union work rules and subscription requirements; works to achieve the most artistically beneficial and financially efficient season plan
- Works closely with the Rehearsal Department and Production Department to ensure a seamless scheduling process between annual schedules and weekly/daily schedules, and to simplify the manual process currently required to transfer information between different schedules
- Oversees out-year scheduling for the new Wilsey Center for Opera at the Veterans Building, working closely with colleagues in artistic/music/production areas
- Coordinates backstage/offstage orchestra and chorus requirements, working closely with the Music Planning Manager
- Oversees rehearsal activities for orchestra and chorus, working on-site with orchestra and chorus managers and shop stewards to ensure work rules are adhered to and that rehearsals run smoothly and productively
- Oversees rental/royalty negotiations for orchestra and chorus music materials and works closely with the Media department on publisher clearances for media distribution
- Oversees the capital plan, purchase and rental of orchestral musical instruments as needed

- Approves master and bi-weekly schedules for orchestra, chorus and corps de ballet
- With assistance of Music Planning Manager, coordinates licensing agreements for audio clips to be used on website and other marketing materials
- Represents the company at the Joint Committee meetings with AGMA and the orchestra committee meetings with AFM
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned

E-mail required cover letter and résumé with salary requirements directly to or fax to (415) 551-6297. No phone calls please. San Francisco Opera only retains résumés that are sent in response to specific, posted job openings.

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