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Director of Community Alliances

Arizona Opera is seeking an energetic, creative, and community-focused individual to join its senior management team as its Director of Community Alliances.  This newly redesigned position will have a continued focus on managing and improving Arizona Opera’s group of community engagement programs, while seeking programmatic and partnership opportunities that will help to advance Arizona Opera’s goal of becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.

Since 1971, Arizona Opera has produced over 200 fully-staged operas and concerts. As one of the only companies in the country to perform in two major metropolitan cities, Arizona Opera presents artists of both international stature and emerging talent, and each season balances debut artists and the return of favorite performers. In addition to producing five productions each year in both Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona Opera offers in-school touring productions and numerous outreach events for children and adults of all ages. The 2021/22 Season will mark the company’s 50th Anniversary.

Arizona Opera has recently reshaped its strategy around creating the most dynamic artistic program possible, based on a community-centric approach, intended to help the company realize its vision of maximizing its artistic vibrance, civic value, and institutional strength and sustainability. This strategy shift has resulted in the company’s adoption of a new season model beginning in the 2018/19 Season, with the new McDougall RED Series in the Fall, and the Arizona Opera Main Stage Series in the Winter & Spring, which is comprised of two beloved classics, and one large-scale contemporary opera as part of the Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard Modern Masterworks Series.


Job Title: Director of Community Alliances

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Department: Education and Community Engagement

Reports To: President and General Director

FLSA Status: Not Eligible for OT (Exempt)

Classification: Full time


The Director of Community Alliances (“Director”)—working closely with the Directors of Education, Development, and Marketing—leads an array of Arizona programs throughout the community that build awareness and excitement about our company and our art form, and which contribute significantly to AZO’s civic value across the state. The Director will support the advancement of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan to support opportunities for more inclusive programming and partnerships.

A sampling of current programs includes brown bag performance lunches, the Arizona Opera Book Club, pre-performance lectures, and the Opera & Gelato Film Fest. (N.B.: Leadership of Arizona Opera’s K-12 programs falls under another position, the Director of Education.)


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Review current Arizona Opera community engagement programs, with a goal of identifying how best to deploy company resources to maximize the breadth and depth of program impact.
  • Work in partnership with the Director of Development and Director of Marketing, Communications, and PR to identify new program opportunities that will most effectively deepen relationships across the community.
  • Lead the design and implementation of new programs and partnerships to support Arizona Opera’s goal of becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to build support and feedback on new initiatives.
  • Cultivate relationships with external partners in order to create programs that will help Arizona Opera to build bridges across our community and maximize the vibrancy and inclusivity of our programs, aligned with the organization’s DEI Strategic Plan, currently under development.
  • Lead and/or outsource a variety of lecture- and conversation-based programs, such as pre-show talks, talk backs, and the Arizona Opera Book Club.
  • Work with the Marketing and Development departments to develop a communication plan that maximizes participation in Arizona Opera’s community programs, with a consistent awareness of how those programs can support the goals of Arizona Opera’s DEI Initiative.
  • Maintain strong communications with internal constituencies—staff, board, volunteers, etc.—to ensure that programs are coordinated successfully with other company initiatives.
  • Leverage the Tessitura CRM, as well as other internal and external tools, to capture, analyze, and report data on attendance, demography, as well as other measures, to determine the effectiveness of programs, including their intended outcomes as aligned with Arizona Opera’s DEI Initiative.
  • Establish and maintain program budgets, working with the President and General Director and Finance.


The Successful Candidate Will:

  • Have a passion for building community through the arts, and for supporting Arizona Opera’s growth in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Have an excellent sense of how to evaluate the relative strength of a group of projects, within the context of a clearly articulated set of organizational goals.
  • Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.
  • Demonstrate leadership initiative, display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • Have experience advancing diversity and inclusion practices and policies.
  • Have an attitude of service, a commitment to ongoing learning, and desire to contribute to an organization and a community.
  • Be an active listener possessing excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Exercise sound judgment, handle confidential matters with discretion, and develop a broad knowledge of the institution’s programs, practices, policies, and procedures.
Reports To: 
President and General Director
Job Category: 
Education and Community Engagement



  • Excellent project management and project selection skills.
  • Excellent presentation and people skills.
  • Knowledge of opera strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in a nonprofit environment preferred.
  • College degree preferred.


Computer Skills: 

  • Proficiency in Tessitura or another CRM preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.
  • Proficiency in web-based research tools.


Non-Essential Functions: Other duties as company may assign

Physical Demands: Extended periods at workstation, using a keyboard, viewing a computer screen and communicating by telephone and in person. Some special event set up and break down may be required. Ability to work flexible hours required, including travel around the state, evenings and weekends.

Work Environment: Work environment is generally quiet, and in an office setting, but intensifies during periods when the company is in production. Also, see Physical Demands section above re special events.

Travel/Other Requirements: Reliable transportation required and must be able to travel statewide. Flexible schedule that will require working some nights and weekends to attend events, performances, rehearsals, etc.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

Arizona Opera is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer.  The Arizona Opera does not discriminate against an Employee or candidate for employment because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected status.  We prohibit discrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, engagements, assignments, training, discipline, termination, promotions or other conditions of employment or career development.  We offer Reasonable Accommodations where necessary to candidates for employment and to our qualified employees with disabilities.


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