Part-time Executive Director (ED)

About Little Opera at Grace

Little Opera is a small non-profit organization dedicated to creative youth development in San Francisco. Little Opera’s mission is to build a vibrant creative community — through the creation and performance of original opera — that transcends divides and transforms the lives of children, families and artists. Our core program is Little Opera at Grace, a 9-month after-school opera creation program that gives students of diverse backgrounds exposure to and training in multiple art forms. Students work with teaching artists every week for a full school year to write, compose, design, rehearse, and perform original opera. The program is a partnership with Grace Cathedral. 

Little Opera is a creative organization that highly values collaboration, transparency, and flexibility. At Little Opera, we take both pride and joy in our work and operate with a high degree of professionalism. Our model is inherently community-based and responds to the needs of our students, families, and artists. 

About the position
Little Opera is seeking an inspired leader who embodies Little Opera’s values to guide the organization in furthering its mission. The Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Little Opera’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its organizational goals. Responsibilities include:

Program Administration & Management (approximately 25% of the position) 

  • – Support teaching artist team’s needs and manage all team and partner communications.
    Manage interns, volunteers, and part-time administrative support staff.
  • – Oversee the implementation and operations of all programming.
  • – Build strong, collaborative relationships with staff and partners.
  • – Conduct staff meetings to enhance internal communication and collaboration among staff.

Development (approximately 25% of the position) 

  • – Work with the team (Board of Directors, and part-time grant writer) in meeting all fundraising goals, including corporate, foundation, and government support, special events, individual, and in-kind contributions.
  • – Serve as the public face and voice for Little Opera.
  • – Plan and execute all donor communications, with support from the Board of Directors. 

Recruitment, Outreach & Communications (approximately 25% of the position) 

  • – Work with partners at Grace Cathedral, interns, and part-time staff to plan and execute all recruitment and outreach efforts.
  • – Build an outreach strategy to reach recruitment goals of a student body that is 30% needs-based scholarships, 30% sliding scale tuition, and 30% full tuition.
  • – Work with Grace partners and contractors to plan, design, and distribute all printed materials.
  • – Manage all website design and copy.
  • – Ensure a consistent voice and branding in all Little Opera communications.

Strategy & Board of Directors (approximately 15% of the position)

  • – Work with board chair to lead all strategic planning with board, staff, and partners.
  • – Plan and lead annual summer staff retreat.
  • – Ensure organizational decisions are rooted in current strategic plan.
  • – Serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors, including building relationships with new and prospective members. Assist in board development, including board succession planning.
  • – Facilitate the board’s decision-making by providing accurate and timely information. 
  • – Work closely with board president to prepare bi-monthly board meetings and produce regular financial statements.

Financial & Legal Management (approximately 10% of the position) 

  • – Responsible for all budgeting, cash flow, payroll, bookkeeping, and financial reporting.
  • – Ensure expenses are in line with revenue and reports regularly to the Board on the budget and cash flow.
  • – Oversee annual financial audit and the publication of Little Opera’s Annual Report.
  • – Responsible for tracking and completing all legal filings.

Work Environment 

  • – Flexible part-time schedule (15-20 hours/week), occasional nights and weekends required.
  • – Remote work possible.
  • – Little Opera is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring. We encourage people from all backgrounds and people returning to work after time away to apply. We strongly encourage applicants who have graduated from San Francisco Public Schools and from underrepresented communities in the arts, education, and nonprofit sectors to apply. 

The successful executive director candidate must be able to demonstrate they can: 

  • – Set organizational priorities and goals.
  • – Lead with transparency and integrity.
  • – Create and carry out a vision in collaboration with a team. 
  • – Manage a team of part-time teaching artists.
  • – Solve problems efficiently and creatively. 
  • – Write and communicate effectively. 
  • – Work independently to meet tight deadlines.
  • – Collaborate effectively with staff, Board, community partners, schools, and foundations.

Qualifications and skills

  • – Enthusiastic belief in the mission of Little Opera and commitment to creative youth development.
  • – Minimum 3-5+ years non-profit management experience (arts education or creative youth development field strongly preferred).
  • – Previous experience supervising and managing staff.
  • – An understanding of the grantmaking process and individual donor cultivation.
  • – Prior experience managing a board of directors.
  • – Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, decision making and reporting.
  • – Strong community outreach and collaboration and networking skills. 
  • – Familiarity with Google Suite, WordPress, and QuickBooks.


  • – We offer a flexible part-time work schedule (15-20 hours/week) with generous time-off. 
  • – Benefits include paid sick leave, and non-matching 401K.
  • – Salary range for this position is $25,000 – $30,000  depending on experience and qualifications.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest and professional experience to jobs@littleopera.org. Position begins August 1st, 2020. Open until filled.



Little Opera is always looking for great artists to teach master classes, and collaborate with our students. If you are interested in working with us, email us at info@littleopera.org.