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 
Contributed revenue is a primary and critical source of LA Opera’s income, and the Major Gifts Officer will serve an important role in the fundraising work that make
s LA Opera’s productions and programs possible. Reporting to the Senior Major Gifts Officer, the Major Gifts Officer will be part of the four-person Major Gifts team and will build and manage a portfolio of individual prospects and donors. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Manage and deepen relationships with donors who give $3,500+ annually
  • Cultivate, solicit, and secure four- to six-figure gifts for restricted and unrestricted purposes
  • Identify and solicit new prospects
  • Develop and execute effective stewardship plans
  • Attend performances, programs, and events in support of the above
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of LAO’s programming and funding priorities
  • Maintain accurate gift records, in accordance with department processes

This is a full-time administrative staff position with benefits, based at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. Some evening and weekend work is required. 

Who we’re looking for 
We are seeking an individual with prior experience in fundraising, sales, or other related experience. 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.  The ability to handle confidential and proprietary information sensitively and discreetly is critical.

Successful candidates will have an interest in attending multiple performances each season and be knowledgeable or interested in learning about opera. Prior experience working with volunteers and/or board members is helpful.

We are committed to a workplace in which everyone has equitable opportunities and support and experiences a sense of belonging, and we are seeking a Major Gifts Officer who champions and demonstrates this commitment.

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

To apply 
To apply, please send resume
 (as an attachment) and cover letter (in the body of the email) to jobs@laopera.org. Applications received by Wednesday, September 8, will receive full consideration.

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

Vaccination policy: LA Opera has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, which requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID to perform work for the company beginning August 9, 2021. Within 24 hours of accepting an offer of employment with LA 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 or not granted, the offer of employment will be withdrawn. Individuals receiving an offer of employment from LA Opera will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.