Senior Director of Producing Operations

Boston Lyric Opera

15 Channel Center Street, #106
MA 02210




Feb 07, 2022

The Senior Director of Producing Operations will lead the Artistic and Production team for the largest and longest-lived opera company in New England. This role is a new position in an expanded Artistic and Production team structure. The role is part of the organizations Senior Leadership Team, reports directly to the General and Artistic Director, and involves leading a team of artistic and production staff, as well as artists and contractors, that will result in all opera productions, digital programs, and related ancillary programming. This role assures the maintenance of artistic and production standards, anticipating and planning resource allocation for the wider producing functions, while ensuring the flexibility needed for artistic programming. This role holds responsibilities in communication, project management, logistical planning, season calendar management, budgeting/forecasting, contracting, negotiating, payrolls and personnel management.

The ideal candidate demonstrates analytical ability, engages and inspires a team, and seeks efficiency through continuous improvement. We are seeking individuals who understand the artistic demands and technical details of putting a production together, strong business sense, and a shared love of Opera. They will have collaborated with AFM, AGMA, and IATSE, or a comparable union.

What you’ll be doing:

Leading a team of 6+ staff members and multiple artists to bring Opera to life in New England while directing overall operational success of the department.

Leading season planning meetings with your team and the Creative Teams for each opera
Developing artistic and production operational plans and production schedules that maximize efficient use of resources, minimize costs, and achieve desired artistic results.

Negotiating contracts with a variety of artistic and production personnel and their representatives/managers plus vendors and service agreements.
Managing the artistic and production finances in collaboration with your team and RADAR, a third-party financial services group that manages BLO’s company-wide financial operations.

Serving as a key member of the CBA negotiating team, advising and participating in ongoing contract management and union contract negotiations.
Collaborating with Senior Leadership and key individuals on future season and long-range organizational plans.

What success looks like:

3 months

Become familiar with BLO practices and CBAs
Work with current team on executing and closing out Champion and spring projects
Work with current team to prepare for the 2022/23 Season
Become familiar with BLO budget management and expense management expectations
Participate in AGMA CBA Negotiations
Become familiar with BLO negotiating practices and season staffing plans for the artistic and production teams
Prepare rehearsal and production needs for the fall productions
6 months

Lead the team through the fall productions

Have ownership of all functional processes for the department
Begin budget scenarios for the 2023/24 Season
Contract Directors, Designers, and Principal Artists for the 2023/24 Season
Report department updates at Board meetings


What you’ll bring:

7+ years senior leadership role in an opera and/or theater producing environment
3+ years in union work environments and interpretation and implementation of union agreements, preferred experience with AGMA, IATSE, and AFM, or a comparable union.
3+ years of leadership experience with direct reports
Knowledge of multiple operational functions and principles, including finance, artistic administration, production, negotiations, and employee management

What you’ll get:

The opportunity to play a key role in leading the productions, work alongside creative professionals - vocalists, artisans, stagehands, costumers, and scenic designers, all while bringing opera to the stage.
A collaborative team that shares a love of performing arts and are passionate about celebrating the art of the voice through innovative programming and community engagement initiatives that redefine the opera-going experience, and have a great time while doing so.
Strong benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k, and unlimited PTO.

  • This role summary is a high-level overview of the job. A complete description of scope of work and responsibilities is available upon request and will be reviewed with each candidate during the interview process.


The salary for this position is based on a candidate’s experience and skills, starting at $90,000. We also offer a benefits package which includes an Unlimited Vacation policy, 401k retirement plan, medical, dental and vision plans.