Producing Director

We are seeking a Producing Director to join the leadership team of Portland Opera.

About the position:

Portland Opera's Producing Director assembles and manages a team of professional to bring operatic experiences to life.  In this leadership role, the Producing Director keeps a complex department of specialists operating at peak efficiency, collaborating with all departments in the company.  The Producing Director also negotiates the details to bring all elements of a production—physical, personnel, artistic—to life. In addition, this role accomplishes long-range planning and budgeting, along with short-term financial management to bring all of the elements of production together on time, and on budget. 

We are seeking to fill this role in fall, 2022, in order to shadow our current (also amazing) Producing Director for the season. 


  • Knowledge of operatic repertoire and staging practices
  • Understanding of IATSE, AFM and AGMA unions
  • Ability to Multitask
  • Strategic vision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Budget and financial management skills
  • Public speaking
  • Excellent leadership skills

Culture: With a passion for music and theater running all day in front of everyone’s minds, the Portland Opera provides an upbeat and enthusiastic culture. The relaxed environment provides employees the opportunity to always be at their best while having fun!  

Portland Opera offers productions of the highest artistic quality, bringing the world of opera to the region. Over the past 58 years, the company has presented more than 200 operas, including world premieres. In addition to its annual season, the company is also renowned for its outreach and educational initiatives, including Portland Opera-To-Go, Opera a la Cart, and its Resident Artists Program, which supports the next generation of opera singers. 

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

At Portland Opera, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and we are an equal opportunity employer.  Portland Opera Association will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We invite you to join us on our journey.

Full Job Description - More Information
Position: Producing Director

Status: Full-time/Regular/Exempt

Reports to: General Director
                    Artistic Director
                    Music Director


Production Staff, Artistic Staff, Set, Costume, Lighting and Wig/Make-up Designers, Technical & Production Director, Stage & Production Manager, Costume Director, Props Director, Artistic Administrator, Manager of Education & Community Engagement, Chorus Master /Assistant Conductor, Music Administrator & Librarian, Music Assistant, Resident Artists, All other Production & Artistic staff

Liaises with: opera staff in all departments

Normal hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (37.5 hours per week) During performance season, additional hours, including evenings and weekends, are required. 

Effective date: Fall, 2022 


The Producing Director manages all Production and Artistic related departments, staff, artists, and projects, and is responsible for planning, preparation, coordination, management and supervision of all Production and Artistic operations, including financial oversight and budgeting of all production- related elements.  The PD assists the Artistic Director in the artistic operation of Portland Opera’s mainstage operas and studio productions, community outreach and education programs, auditions, and future repertory/artist planning.


Production and Artistic Department Oversight


  • Recruit, engage, manage and direct all Production & Artistic Department personnel
  • Prepare and execute department employment contracts
  • Prepare and track performance evaluations
  • Educate staff on company personnel policies
  • Ensure the safety of all personnel involved in productions and activities
  • Ensure that personnel policies are carried out and that the Department functions smoothly and efficiently in collaboration with other areas of the company
  • Address and manage all personnel issues within the department

Production and Artistic Responsibilities


  • Review, recommend, negotiate, and oversee contracting for incoming production rentals and co-productions
  • Engage designers to produce physical productions of the highest possible artistic merit and technical standards within the scope of the company’s budgets
  • Administer personnel arrangements for each production, including staging staff and music staff.
  • Assemble production information and specifications for all department activities
  • Negotiate, prepare, and execute contracts for all Production and Artistic employees
  • Oversee Artistic Administrator in preparing artists contracts
  • Serve as communication point person for union relations and lead negotiations (AGMA, AFM, IATSE)


  • Prepare department budgets, both expense and revenue, for all programs and activities, including outreach activities, education activities, production facilities
  • Prepare expense budgets for all performance activities
  • Approve disbursements, review and authorize all purchase- and labor-related paperwork
  • Prepare forecast projections throughout the fiscal year and review any projected cost overruns or un-budgeted expenses with the General Director
  • With assistance from the Production Coordinator and Accounting team, review all department costs and revenue reports on no less than a monthly basis
  • Consult with other departments to create long-range and multi-year budgets

(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Please note, this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 



  • Knowledge of operatic repertoire and staging practices
  • Understanding of IATSE, AFM and AGMA unions
  • Multitasking
  • Strategic vision
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Budget and financial management skills
  • Public speaking
  • Leadership

Highly Desirable:

  • Experience producing commissions and/or premieres
  • Performance, direction, and design skills
  • Hiring and personnel management


The Artistic Administrator has a wide variety of duties, both inside and away from the office.  Roughly 85% of the workday is spent either on the phone or working at a computer workstation.  The work area has natural light and a combination of fluorescent and incandescent lighting.

EQUIPMENT USED: In addition to computer workstation and telephone, the Producing Director uses reproduction devices and office tools typical of an office environment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Position requires extended periods of sitting. Some concentrated data entry using computer keyboard and mouse is required. Phone work is intermittent and usually not for prolonged periods of the workday. Occasional lifting tasks are required and are limited to 40 pounds or less without assistance. The Producing Director’s desk, computer and seating are not shared and can be adjusted to make them more ergonomically comfortable. 

About Portland Opera


We celebrate the power of performance, storytelling, and song as an inclusive artistic leader.

We gather and inspire audiences, artists, and collaborators to share opera experiences that enliven and connect us all, enhancing the cultural landscape of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

We realize our mission and vision with a constellation of values that guide our work:

The Art of Opera

We are unapologetically passionate about the live art of opera, and are energized by its roots as the people’s art form. We believe in its future. We continue the timeless tradition of storytelling, we celebrate the universal language of music, and we honor the brilliance of the human voice. 

Ensemble & Cultural Equity

Our work relies on being an ensemble, and our ensemble only thrives with diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect. We commit to actively confronting and dismantling white supremacy, patriarchy, and exclusion in our company, field, and community. We commit to being inclusive and strive every day to be an anti-racist organization. 

Our Shared Humanity

We sing stories about experiences, emotions, and moments that matter in life. In this practice we, together with audiences, aim to reveal and gain insight into the human condition—as a reflection of ourselves, and ourselves in relation to each other. 

Fiscal Strength & Stewardship

We are committed to the fiscal health of our organization, and its bright future. We are dedicated financial stewards of the community and the philanthropic funding that makes our work possible. 

Community Connections

We generate positive impacts for our community, fostering and co-authoring collaborations and programs to achieve meaningful engagement. We contribute to the civic and cultural life of our region, and amplify the contributions and insights of our peers, colleagues, and partners. 

Imagination & the Entrepreneurial Spirit

We accomplish our work with an enthusiasm to be creative, to innovate and transform, to adapt and collaborate. We hold ourselves and each other accountable to achieve sustainability, increase accessibility, and make space for curiosity in attaining our strategic goals. 


Compensation/Benefits: We work to empower and inspire all to be their very best. We are committed to keeping our employees and their families as healthy as they can be, which is why we provide a comprehensive benefits package.

  • Compensation Structure: This position offers an exempt salary in the range of $105,000 to $125,000 per year, dependent on experience, with the below benefits:
  • Our benefits start the 1st of the month following your start date and include: 
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision options
    • HAS/FSA
    • Life Insurance 
    • Retirement plan w/employer match
    • Up to 18 days of PTO plus 16+ Paid Holidays off; including the last week of December off!
    • Work-life balance with a 37.5-hour work week! 
    • Two complimentary tickets to all Opera productions
    • Free parking or employer-paid monthly transportation allowance 
    • Indoor bike storage, shower, and locker room 


Qualified candidates should forward resume and cover letter to

Please, no phone calls.

Portland Opera is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Apply today! Email us your resume and cover letter.