Boston Lyric Opera
15 Channel Center Street, #106
Boston Lyric Opera seeks an Event Producer to design and execute both new and existing programming to engage, build, and diversify BLO audiences through both in-person and online events. This position will drive innovative, creative programming to build curiosity and expand the operatic experience beyond mainstage productions, from BLO Street Stage to community events, galas, and beyond. This position will work closely with Company leadership to activate BLO headquarters in Fort Point through new programming, as well as manage existing public and private events and programs across the Company. The Event Producer will lead the Events team, providing a consistent event brand and exemplary audience experience for all BLO events.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
• Plans and implements multiple, simultaneous events ranging from 15 to 500 participants; manages vendor partners and event production; steers the planning, execution, and logistics of events, including on-site management.
• Executes a broad portfolio of public programs, including, but not limited to, BLO Street Stage, community programming and PRIMA, BLO’s young adult opera initiative; researches, designs, and presents new program initiatives and partnerships.
• Research and curate both program locations personnel, including lecturers, panelists, speakers, and artistic talent, in conjunction with the producing operations team.
• Collaborates with development department to design and execute both public and private donor events, ranging from small pre-show receptions to fundraising galas.
• Collaborates with producing operations team to align with production operation standards and ensure adherence to union regulations.
• Works closely with the marketing team to develop marketing and communications strategy for programming, including list development, invitations, and reminders, both print and electronic; collaborates with the marketing team for the design and creation of related collateral.
• Supervise staffing responsibilities for all public events, assigns duties to and manages BLO staff in the context of BLO events.
• Collect and analyze program-related data to track program performance against goals.
• Track and manage all event-related expenses; prepares and monitors expense reporting; monitors expenses against budget, reporting on variances and recommending courses of action to address budget gaps, if any.
• Other duties, as assigned.
• A creator who finds joy in designing unique experiences that change how you see the world.
• A planner who thrives in preparing for every contingency.
• A champion for creating equitable spaces.
• Passionate about the performing arts and bonus points if its opera.
• A dynamic, small team with big ambitions; we move fast with a “fail forward” mindset.
• Believers that opera can be everything and everywhere – an art form that belongs to all.
• A team unified around all areas of public engagement, taking an integrated approach to the audience experience, from community and public programming, to how we communicate and welcome audiences into the theater.
• 3-5 years’ experience in events, program management, development, and/or community engagement, ideally in an arts or cultural non-profit.
• General knowledge of opera and/or the performing arts.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office; knowledge of Canva/Adobe and email marketing programs a plus; comfort learning and training others on new technologies.
• Supervisory experience for both direct reports and temporary staff.
• Strong strategic thinking, building new ideas into executable framework
• Customer service experience working with diverse stakeholders across cultures.
• Well-organized and detail-oriented, able to effectively work independently and within a team framework.
• Strong written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; high level of discretion and judgment.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Prior experience in a performing arts environment preferred.
The position is full-time, non-exempt. Regular business hours are Monday to Friday, with evening and weekend work during seasonal high-volume periods. Administrative work is currently hybrid/remote, as BLO staff continue to adapt to COVID-19 precautions. Regular onsite work is required for BLO performances and events in Boston and across the greater Boston area (both during the week and/or on weekends). Ideal candidates for this role will live in the greater Boston Area.