Contributed revenue is a primary source of LA Opera’s income, and the Senior Director of Development plays a critical leadership role related to the company’s fundraising strategy and operations.

This position reports to the Executive Vice President/Chief Strategic Officer, and direct reports to this position include the Director of Major Gifts, the Associate Director of Major and Planned Gifts, the Director of Development Operations, and the Director of Leadership Gifts.

The Senior Director of Development cultivates and stewards relationships with donors up to the highest levels of giving and manages an extensive portfolio. They provide strategic oversight of Major Gifts, Planned Gifts, and Development Operations, and along with the Executive Vice President they lead the strategy for a $250 million capital and endowment campaign.

This is a full-time administrative staff position based out of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. Presently there is some hybrid work flexibility, with the possibility of working remotely up to two days a week in many weeks. Some evening and weekend work is required, in addition to regular office hours, related to performances and events.

The anticipated annual salary range for this role is $185,000 to $215,000. This position is eligible to participate in LA Opera benefit programs, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan with a company match; cell phone stipend; Employee Assistance Program; subsidized parking or public transit reimbursement; and complimentary and discounted tickets.

Who we are looking for:
We are seeking an individual with extensive demonstrated success with frontline fundraising—including cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts of at least six figures—as well as experience supervising Development staff and operations. A willingness to learn about opera is also important.

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 Senior Director of Development who champions and demonstrates this commitment. 

To Apply:
To apply, please complete a brief job application here.

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

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.