LA Opera is a mission-driven, nonprofit 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.  

Each year, more than 100,000 audience members experience our productions 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 Contributed revenue is a primary and critical source of LA Opera’s income, and we are hiring an Institutional Giving Assistant to provide support for the fundraising work that makes LA Opera’s productions, programs and impact possible. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Giving and Government Relations, the Institutional Giving Assistant provides support for all aspects of our Foundation, Corporate and Government fundraising efforts.  

Responsibilities include writing reports for grants received, maintaining grants and corporate sponsorship tracking and calendar, helping to implement corporate fulfillment, assisting in the creation of corporate sponsorship presentations, tracking and drafting acknowledgement letters, assisting with data entry of donations, and providing other support to the Institutional Giving team and broader Development department.  

This is a full-time, overtime-eligible position based at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles, with a base hourly rate of $22.00. The normal schedule is Monday through Friday with occasional weekend and evening work. There is some remote-working flexibility via a hybrid work policy.  

Staff benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance; a Flexible Spending Account Program; employer matching retirement contributions; mental wellness benefits; subsidized parking or public transit; a cell phone allowance; and access to complimentary and discounted opera tickets. 

Who we’re looking for: We are seeking a candidate interested in joining a dynamic, collaborative team at one of LA’s preeminent performing arts institutions. We’re looking for candidates with strong written and oral communication skills, an aptitude for learning new processes and applications, and good administrative skills, including proficiency using databases and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Prior experience in a nonprofit/fundraising environment is preferred.

Successful candidates will possess the following:  

  • highly organized with great attention to detail 
  • excellent writing skills 
  • team-oriented working style 
  • a strong work ethic with a sense of humor 
  • a desire to work in a fast-paced environment and success with managing competing deadlines 
  • initiative and problem-solving savvy 
  • success adapting to changing priorities 
  • ability to handle confidential information sensitively and discreetly  

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 Institutional Giving Assistant who demonstrates this commitment.   

To apply: 
Apply here. Applications received by Monday, November 7, will receive full consideration.  

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

Vaccination policy: LA Opera has a Covid vaccination policy for employees, which requires employees to be up to date on their vaccines (meaning an original vaccine series plus a booster when eligible, as determined by the CDC eligibility schedule). Further information about the policy will be provided to candidates in the interview process. 

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