Executive Director Search

Applications are now being received for the position of Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director is charged with leading CCO’s overall direction in regards to fundraising, strategic planning, operational, financial, and administrative management.

The ideal candidate will have significant operational and fundraising expertise in the cultural sector, with a preference for candidates with specific experience in classical music. Knowledge of, or experience working with unions or labor organizations is helpful, but not required.

Reports to: Board of  Directors
Location: New York, NY

Company Profile

For more than three decades, the Center for Contemporary Opera has been a leading opera company devoted exclusively to the development and production of modern operas, seen in both the United States and abroad. It has produced a remarkable body of work staging some 59 contemporary operas including more than 15 premieres as well as 55 operas in development.

Founded in 1982 by Richard Marshall with Robert Ward as its first president, CCO continues its mission to produce and develop new opera and music-theater works; revive rarely seen American operas written after World War II; promote an interest in new operatic and music-theater culture among the public; and to produce contemporary opera outside of the United States.  The Center for Contemporary Opera has produced seven commercial recordings and made seven European tours.

Key Responsibilities include

  • General management, financial oversight and operations.
  • Financial management. Company budget of $650,000 in 2018
  • Maintain and expand upon current funding relationships
  • Develop new funding relationships from the private sector, public sector and individuals
  •  Legal compliance
  • Achieve fundraising goals, set in collaboration with the Board of Directors
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors and Artistic Director, create a strategic plan for the organization focusing on an endowment drive to assure the long term viability of CCO
  • Negotiate and execute contracts pertaining to the annual performance schedule including but not limited to: performance spaces, artists, collaborators, musicians, directors etc…
  • Create and adhere to an operating budget, ensure the organization’s fiscal well being
  • Maintain publicity tools/website/communications/community/social media
  • Assure CCO continues to further its mission to expand contemporary music opportunities on a world-class basis; maintain and grow this concept through collaboration with other organizations, both domestic and international.


  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, in business, non-profit management or similar
  • Experience in the management of a performing arts organization or similar cultural arts field
  • Interest and knowledge of classical music, preferably opera and contemporary music
  • New York City or environs residence mandatory


$45,000 compensation plus health benefits

How to apply

To apply, please send your resume & cover letter to email hidden; JavaScript is required  no later than May 21, 2018.

Candidates must be available to attend an interview in New York City on June 4th, 2018

For more information

Contact Jim Schaeffer at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 1-646-481-8110

CCO does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.