About LA Opera
LA Opera (LAO) is a mission-driven, non-profit organization that plays a significant role in the cultural life of Southern California. Hundreds of LAO employees and artists help bring to life world-class opera that preserves, promotes and advances the art form while embodying the diversity, pioneering spirit and artistic sensibility unique to Los Angeles. Our productions are experienced by more than 100,000 audience members each year at our home at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. We reach many more through our community and school programs, Off Grand performances in venues across Los Angeles, and On Now digital content.  

About the opportunity
In support of LA Opera’s fundraising and audience outreach, our special events team produces dozens of events throughout the year, including an annual gala, opening night dinners, cast suppers, and multiple donor benefit events at The Music Center and other venues and private residences throughout the Los Angeles area. The team also supports logistics for bi-monthly meetings and other events of the Board of Directors.

We are hiring an Associate Director, Special Events to provide leadership for all aspects of our event planning and execution. The Associate Director, Special Events is part of a two-person special events team within the Development department and will report to the Senior Director of Development.

Key responsibilities include leading the planning and execution of the company’s multiple events each season, managing vendor relationships, and managing the work and professional development of the Special Events Coordinator.

Who we are looking for
We are seeking an individual with at least five years of experience in events management, including events experience in the non-profit sector. Prior experience managing employees and volunteers is preferred, as is experience working with union-represented personnel. 

The right person for this role will demonstrate integrity, possess high emotional intelligence and interpersonal savvy, and be an outstanding communicator—including excellent writing and active listening skills. Successful candidates will have the ability to decipher, communicate and manage intricate details along with handling confidential and proprietary information sensitively and discreetly. The ability to remain poised and on track in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment is critical.

Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to provide exceptional customer service and a high level of professionalism. Our Special Events and other Development team members “roll up their sleeves” and work in a hands-on way to support one another and the organization, and the right person for this role will thrive in such an environment.

We are committed to a workplace in which everyone has equitable opportunities and support and experiences a sense of belonging, and we are seeking an Associate Director, Special Events who champions and demonstrates this commitment. 

Individuals of identities that are underrepresented in arts administration are especially encouraged to apply.

LA Opera is an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any legally protected categories. 

To apply, please email your resume to with “Associate Director, Special Events” in the subject line.