Director of Music Operations

Director of Music Operations



To work closely with senior leadership on company planning and logistics, focusing on areas of union relations/negotiations with AFM and AGMA, and oversight of the non-soloist artists of San Francisco Opera and related programs. Oversees the following departments/staff: Orchestra, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra Library, Dramaturg Emeritus

EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s degree in music, theater, or related discipline from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred.


  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in a large performing arts organization, preferably multirepertory operatic or symphonic.
  • Experience in a supervisory role.


  • Ability to handle company matters in an extremely confidential and professional manner, including interaction with the Board of Directors.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to interact with all staff in a professional, confidential, and tactful manner.
  • Excellent leadership skills required, including decisive and fair attributes
  •  Thorough knowledge of music, especially opera repertoire.
  • Experience interpreting and applying collective bargaining agreements.
  • Experience with budgeting and forecasting.
  • Experience in scheduling performing groups, preferably multi-repertory operatic or symphonic.
  • Experience in managing or oversight of professional orchestras, choruses, and dance groups preferred.
  • Experience with negotiations, grievances, and arbitrations preferred.
  •  Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications with Word and Excel skills essential; database skills
  • desirable.
  • Ability to work independently; prioritize tasks; and exercise good judgement and initiative.
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities successfully.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner.
  • Position requires evening and weekend obligations during the opera season.


  • Manages multiple departments (Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Orchestra Library), with responsibility for departmental strategy, finances, and staffing.
  • Supervises departmental administrative managers and directors within the Music Operations areas, and oversees staff and union employees within the Music Operations areas, in support of the company missions, programming, processes, and activities undertaken in these areas.
  • Provides administrative oversight for Chorus Director and Assistant Chorus Master.
  • Manages personnel issues in the Orchestra, Chorus, and Corps de Ballet, overseeing the hiring, ongoing work, leaves, retirements, and discipline issues in the areas supervised, and liaises with HR department to implement and message company policies, procedures, and benefits.
  • Oversees $20M+ in budget centers, working with department managers in the areas of Music
  • Operations with regards to budgeting, forecasting, and scenario modeling in these areas.
  • As primary management contact for, and a lead negotiator with, AFM and AGMA, interacts with union leadership and shop stewards and perpetuates positive working relationships with those unions, including day to day problem solving, negotiation/interpretation of contracts, resolutions of grievances and arbitrations, and oversight of deadline management.
  • Chairs the “Mini AMP” group and meetings, leading creative problem solving in the areas that intersect between these three core producing areas (artistic/music/production).
  • Participates in the development of out-season calendars as needed.
  • Reviews and evaluates operations/procedures in Music Operations areas of supervision, reviewing working practices and adjusting for maximum staff efficiency and job satisfaction, defining targets and ensuring that they are met. Develops synergistic new ways of working between Music Operations departments, finding efficiencies, improving information pathways, creating holistic messages, and ensuring a consistency of approach that supports a strong sense of company aesthetic.
  • Collaborates with Artistic department colleagues to prepare for soloist and conductor arrangements that impact Music Operations areas.
  • Participates in the rehearsal/production process such that Music Operations areas run smoothly and efficiently, including attendance at key rehearsals and performances, and collaborates with creative and production teams (directors, designers, choreographers, dance master, stage managers, etc.).
  • Provides leadership for programming which is Music Operations-centric, such as Chorus Concert, etc.


  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the General Director, Music Director, and/or Chief Operating Officer.

Application Instructions: E-mail required job application, cover letter and résumé, to [email protected] or fax to (415) 634-0203.  No phone calls please.  San Francisco Opera only retains résumés that are sent in response to specific, posted job openings.

Vaccination policy: San Francisco Opera has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, which requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID to perform work for the company or have been approved for an accommodation based on disability or sincerely held religious belief.  Within 24 hours of accepting a conditional offer of employment with SF Opera, individuals must either submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID or submit to the human resources department a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination policy. If proof of vaccination is not provided and a request for an exemption is either not submitted in the time frame stated or not granted, the conditional offer of employment will be null and void by its own terms as the condition will not have been fulfilled.  Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from SF Opera will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.

Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


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