Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

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Executive Director

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

The Position

Cedar Rapids Opera Theater is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director from strong leaders with broad practical experience in administration, fundraising and marketing. This is a full-time position, requiring residence in the Greater Cedar Rapids Corridor area. The Executive Director works closely with the Artistic Director on business planning to expand the companys reputation for artistic excellence, while maintaining its financial stability. The Executive Director will play a primary leadership role in achieving the companys vision.

The Company

Cedar Rapids Opera Theater just celebrated its 20thyear anniversary of presenting standard and contemporary repertoires, commissions and premiers. Founded in 1998 by Artistic Director and Conductor Daniel Kleinknecht, the company presents two to three operas each season, along with other opera-related events and programs. The company maintains an internationally recognized Young Artist Program that provides performance training and experience, as well as educational outreach opportunities. Cedar Rapids Opera Theater collaborates with other artistic and community organizations, and annually reaches between seven and ten thousand audience members and students.

Position Summary

This is a full-time position reporting to the Board of Directors. Primary responsibilities include:

Administration & Production Support

  • Assume overall responsibility for the companys strategic plan; daily operations and management; financial oversight; internal and external communications
  • Work closely with the Artistic Direct to plan future seasons, and maintain the companys calendar of activities, including productions, events and schedules
  • Negotiate dates and venue requirements for all events, and make necessary arrangements regarding equipment, set storage, and transportation consistent with the event budget
  • After the Artistic Director has hired performing artists and production staff, prepare the necessary contracts with artists, staff, and third-party vendors consistent with the event budget
  • Maintain the dexterity to anticipate, identify, and overcome obstacles
  • Recognize the multiple components of particular issues, the relationships between people, and the steps needed to achieve optimum solutions
  • Prioritize and complete necessary tasks to meet or exceed mutually agreed-upon expectations, and assume personal responsibility for leadership actions
  • Develop logical and orderly procedures, processes and systems to meet goals and objectives in an efficient and timely manner

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $35,000.00 to $45,000.00 /year


  • Arts Administration: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Arts management: 3 years (Required)
  • Management: 5 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor’s (Required)


  • Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 (Required)


  • Driver’s License (Required)


  • English (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Required travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)

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