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Executive Director

City Opera House is a 130-year-old Victorian Opera House, in downtown Traverse City, Michigan. The venue was renovated and brought back to life in 2005 and hosts its own Performing Arts Season, added events throughout the season and also serves the local community for a myriad of other rental events. The Opera House hosts 260-280 events and services per year and has a seating capacity of 650.

The COH is owned by the City, managed by the City Opera House Heritage Association (501 (c) (3)) non-profit that holds the lease with the City of Traverse City.

The Executive Director is responsible for all day-to day-operational aspects of the Opera House, including customer relations, programming, contract administration, human resources, development, marketing, public relations, ticketing and financial. Other items include; setting policies and procedures, set rental rates as needed, determine facility needs, budget development and financial information, writing grants, sponsor recruitment, ad sales, etc. Financial settlement of shows, manage and train staff in interpreting human resources and COH policies, hiring, discipline, terminations, assists in fund-raising, and related development activities, maintaining increased competency in the field of performing arts management, training, development activities and literature reviews, represents COH in the community and at events and other assorted duties.

The Executive Director Interacts with the COHHA Board, Advisory Board and staff, artists and artist representatives, independent facility users, support staff, volunteers, external organization representatives and individuals, building and maintaining relationships, and provides for the health and safety of others.

The job requires knowledge equivalent to that which would normally be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Business, Performing Arts, or a related field; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in sales, marketing, management, budget preparation and arts management principles, including performing arts disciplines, programming, contract and financial administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Salary range is $75K -$90K and is commensurate with experience. Must be willing to relocate to the Grand Traverse region.


Submit letter of interest and resume to [email protected]. Application deadline November 30, 2022.

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