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Now in its 67th season, Tulsa Opera is the 16th oldest opera company in North America. Under the artistic leadership of Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas, Tulsa Opera presents three productions each season with one committed to American and 20th Century repertoire. Tulsa Opera draws its audiences from a four-state region that includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.

While providing dynamic main stage Opera productions, equally important are the company’s education and outreach programs. It is with these programs that Tulsa Opera introduces classical music and opera to thousands of children (and their adults), fills gaps in school curricula created by funding cuts in arts education programs, and promotes the arts as an exciting enrichment and growth opportunity community-wide for all ages. Student Night @ the Opera provides free access to schoolchildren of all ages to the final dress rehearsal of each production. The statewide Opera on Tour! reaches more than 18,000 elementary students in 55 schools across Oklahoma and nearby states each year. Tulsa Youth Opera provides a tuition-free training program for students in grades 3-12 with more than 40 students participating this year, attending weekly rehearsals and vocal training. Tulsa Opera also participates in the Any Given Child program through the Kennedy Center. This program presents arts education opportunities to every K-8 student in Tulsa Public Schools.

For the first time ever, in 2013 and 2014, Tulsa Opera productions were broadcast to listening audiences throughout the State of Oklahoma. Tulsa Opera is developing a strategic plan to expand more formally throughout the state with a variety of performances for adults and children over the next several seasons. Tulsa Opera is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation governed by a 31-member Board of Directors with a 2013-14 operating budget of $2.6 million and an endowment of $4 million.


For nearly a century, Tulsa has been a center of culture and arts in the State of Oklahoma. Among other accolades in 2012, Tulsa ranked: #2 – among U.S. cities for young people to find a job (Fiscal Times); #3 – Top Libraries for Children (; and Top 10 – among cities with best music scene ( Tulsa is home to some of the nation’s largest companies with key sectors that include aerospace, energy, health care, technology, manufacturing, and transportation, and a gross domestic product of $44.8 billion, putting it at #9 in the nation.

Vibrant cultural institutions in Tulsa include the Philbrook Museum of Art, listed as one of America’s Top 65 art museums, Gilcrease Museum with one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of art of the American West, Tulsa Symphony, and Tulsa Ballet. Tulsa also has one of the largest concentrations of art deco architecture in the United States, behind only New York City and Miami.

Stretching southward from downtown, Tulsa’s RiverParks, along the Arkansas River, offers more than 25 miles of trails, recreation areas, scenic overlooks, and catfish and striped bass fishing. Just northwest of downtown lies the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Gardens with 170 acres of unspoiled land, nature trails, and the Osage Hills.

Tulsa also provides excellent K-12 educational opportunities with a diverse offering of public and private schools, as well as several institutions of higher education in the area including the top-rated University of Tulsa. To assist all Tulsa youth have an opportunity to continue their post-secondary education, Tulsa Community College offers Tulsa Achieves, a program that pays up to 100% tuition and fees for qualifying students who reside in Tulsa County. Tulsa is also home to America’s largest community foundation, the Tulsa Community Foundation. As one of the most philanthropic cities in the United States both in time and money, nearly 32% of Tulsans volunteer their time to an area nonprofit. Sources: Edited from,


The Managing Director reports to the President of the Board of Directors and works in partnership with the Artistic Director and Board to develop and execute the strategic vision that supports Tulsa Opera’s mission, vision, and community values. The role can be seen as translating strategic, artistic, and educational goals into a language of best business practices that result in institutional vibrancy and organizational sustainability. The scope of responsibility will include: 1) guiding the administration and operations of Tulsa Opera, 2) supervising staff who implement fundraising, marketing, public relations, and financial management, 3) overseeing, monitoring, and reporting on the organization’s financial and community performance, 4) maximizing contributed and earned revenue, and 5) expanding marketing, communications, audience development, and public image.


In keeping with the leadership of a dynamic, well respected, and community-focused opera company, responsibilities include a wide array as summarized below:

Institutional Advancement & Community Relations

• Serves in collaboration with the Artistic Director and President as a primary spokesperson to the community in clearly articulating the mission and impact of Tulsa Opera.

• Advocates for and enhances visibility of Tulsa Opera within the community and coordinates public external communication strategies and institutional branding efforts.

• Creates and implements a strategic development plan that supports Tulsa Opera’s artistic and financial objectives, including major gifts, grants, corporate sponsorships, special events, and annual appeals.

• Devises and executes effective audience growth and community relations initiatives.

• Oversees effective single ticket and subscription campaigns with the goal of increasing audience participation and patron satisfaction.

Strategic Planning & Governance

• Drives efforts for long-term strategic planning and institutional brand building, working in partnership with the Artistic Director and Board of Directors.

• Ensures that the appropriate business plan is in place to support the overall strategic mission, vision, values, and goals of the Tulsa Opera.

• Works with the Board Development Committee to engage Board members to maximize their participation in Tulsa Opera and their contribution toward its success and growth, to cultivate and recruit new Board members, and to develop strategies for effective evaluation, rotation, and celebration of the Board.

• Evaluates progress towards goals on a regular basis with the Board, Artistic Director, and senior staff.

Finance & Administration

• Provides fiscal and organizational leadership, including guidance to all administrative departments within Tulsa Opera to maximize staff effectiveness and productivity.

• Works with the Artistic Director and Finance Committee to develop annual budgets and cash-flow projections; monitors the organization’s financial position.

• Hires, trains, and supervises administrative staff, mobilizes volunteers, and oversees the effective use of financial and technological resources needed to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.

• Creates human resource policies, practices, and procedures with appropriate Board input to ensure that they comply with state and federal employment laws and regulations.

• Establishes an administrative environment and decision-making process that promotes a positive working atmosphere and collegial Board and staff relations.


The Managing Director will bring a resourceful and entrepreneurial perspective in building an effective management team and organizational structure that best serves Tulsa Opera’s mission, vision, goals, and artistic leadership. A versatile, tenacious, results-oriented professional and hands-on manager, the selected individual will have a proven track record and possess exceptional organizational, fundraising, and communication skills. A desire to work in an environment of regular interaction with and pragmatic management of internal stakeholders as well as visionary engagement of external stakeholders is critical. The selected candidate will forge a strong partnership with the Artistic Director and the Board, value knowledge and intellectual growth, and realize the importance of the effective investment of time and resources required to advance institutional goals. He/she will have a strong connection to and appreciation of the institutional growth trajectory of the Tulsa Opera and the broader statewide community that it serves.

The selected candidate should also demonstrate the following competencies:

• Leadership & Interpersonal Skills – Demonstrates the ability to achieve extraordinary results through others and communicates effectively, building rapport and relating well to all kinds of people.

• Customer Focus – Consistently places a high value on the Tulsa Opera’s extensive network of internal and external stakeholders with a keen focus on listening to, understanding, and appreciating feedback.

• Decision Making – Gathers data, develops a rationale, and utilizes effective processes to make decisions.

• Self-Management & Personal Accountability – Prioritizes and completes tasks necessary to meet or exceed the mutually agreed upon expectations of the role while being accountable for personal and professional actions.


The successful candidate will have a minimum 5 years of senior management experience, particularly in maximizing revenue and mobilizing human and financial resources. Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree with an advanced degree or equivalent experience in the performing arts or nonprofit management preferred. Opera experience is desirable, as is experience in an organization that is expanding its reach regionally. Competency and comfort with standard computer applications and equipment (MS Office and Outlook), as well as with social media and an online marketing environment.


Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience with fringe benefits that include health, dental, and life insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; vacation, holiday, and sick pay. Quality of life in the vibrant Tulsa community is an added benefit.


Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, electronic submission preferred, to:

Ms. Rebekah Lambert, Associate Vice President
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
818 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 236
Portland, OR 97204-2405
Tel (888) 234.4236, Ext. 8
Cell (541) 913-9186
Fax: (888) 284.6651

Tulsa Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.