Employment Opportunities at Opera North


Opera North, located in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017, is a nationally recognized professional producer of opera, musical theater and concerts in the culturally rich Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.


Summerfest – the company’s principal season – runs June through August and features concerts in historic locations and three mainstage productions with a noted artistic team of conductors, coaches, directors, and designers, along with internationally recognized opera and musical theater singers. Opera North is also home to one of the country’s most sought-after training program for young opera professionals. Each year, nearly 1,000 singers apply for positions as Resident Artists with the company.


During the fall, winter and spring, Opera North maintains an active schedule of concerts, special events, and educational activities. In the spring and fall, Opera North’s Education & Outreach program takes live performances of opera to thousands of local elementary, middle, and high school students. In December, Opera North produces an annual holiday performance with school matinees and evening performances.


Opera North has a long history of collaboration with higher education, arts and cultural partners in the region, including Dartmouth College, the National Park Service, The Fells Estate and others. Opera North has been profiled in The New York Times, Opera News, and a broad range of print and social media outlets in the region.


Opera North is currently seeking:


Development Director (full-time)


The Development Director is responsible for leading a wide range of fundraising and advancement services activities. This dynamic position is full-time exempt and reports to the General Director.


Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • With the General Director, plans and executes all development activities and events.
  • Serves as key partner in strategic planning efforts, including revenue-generating programs, and legacy gifts.
  • Leads all aspects of company’s annual individual giving programs, with specific goals of increasing the size of the donor base and the amount raised through the annual fund drive.
  • Takes the lead on planning and execution of special events, including annual gala.
  • Oversees corporate sponsorship program.
  • Develops and maintains ongoing relationships with key donors. Implements stewardship efforts for major donors.
  • Ensures accuracy of all related data and reporting.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible direct fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience managing fundraising databases or other CRMs and strong proficiency in MS Office required. Ability to learn new software quickly is essential.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are required, as are a commitment to customer service and the ability to work effectively with internal and external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage volunteers.
  • Entrepreneurial drive and commitment to succeed is highly desirable. Must be able to proactively work independently as well as collaboratively on a team.
  • Must effectively demonstrate attention to detail, superior organizational skills, and the ability to project manage long-term projects, tasks, deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities with good judgment. Ability to problem solve and to analyze and explain data.
  • Must be available to staff and attend events on nights and weekends as needed.
  • Must believe in the importance of cultural organizations as core of the fabric of a community.


Send cover letter and resume to Evans Haile, General Director.


Opera North      •     Lebanon, New Hampshire      •      info@operanorth.org

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