Tapestry Opera Advancement Associate

Date Posted: Jun 23, 2022
Application Deadline: Jul 04, 2022
Start Date: Jul 13, 2022

Salary From: 40K To 45K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Tapestry Opera
Tapestry Opera is a professional theatre and opera producer that is Canada’s most prolific and rigorous commissioner and producer of new opera works. We are driven to not only cultivate new works, but to cultivate new works and performance practices that positively evolve the genre, tapping into vital and relevant stories and diverse musical traditions as part of our mandate. We are the leading opera company in Canada in performing works by women and artists from diverse background and believe strongly in progressively reflecting and engaging the world we live in through our works and throughout all of our organizational activities.  
Creation begins with multiple collaborations at the Composer-Librettist Laboratory (LibLab), where eight writers and composers are introduced and produce sixteen opera shorts under intense conditions. Successful partnerships may result in commissioning new full length works by Tapestry or by other producers. Evolution exists not only in the content and style of the music and text, but also in performance practice. Tapestry Explorations (Tap:Ex) is Canada’s premiere program for the evolution and advancement of opera performance practice and seeks inspiration from other art forms in both art and popular streams.
Recent innovations in performance have included Tap:Ex Forbidden combining Persian Classical Music, rap, and opera; The Overcoat: a musical tailoring featuring fully choreographed physical theatre by opera singers; and Tables Turned, synthesizing classic film, live virtuosic percussion, and extended technique soprano singing accompanied by film and turntables. Tapestry productions have been nominated for 27 Dora Mavor Moore awards in the last two seasons, garnering 8 wins.

Job Description

The Advancement Associate will provide support to the Manager of Philanthropy and Sponsorship and the Executive Director. We are looking for someone with 3-plus years administrative and development experience with a history of strong writing, working with granting bodies, some understanding of CRMs, not-for-profit, and fundraising. We’re a highly collaborative team, and this role would work closely with the entire Tapestry team to ensure clear communication with donors, patrons and audiences, and a well-supported Advancement department.

Projects that this role will fundraise to support include:
Commissioning of Canadian writers and composers
World premiere productions
COR - The Canadian Opera Resource - a smart wiki and marketplace for Canadian operas and arias
Women in Musical Leadership - 3-year fellowship for Women and non-binary conductors
Cultivation of emerging creative and performing artists
Other dynamic artistic programming

We are committed to equity and justice in hiring and will welcome and encourage applications from people from communities of colour, LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, disabed, and other equity-seeking communities to apply

This is a comprehensive but not exhaustive list, in which there is room for growth in particular areas of interest to the applicant. As with any small organization, additional duties as required, within reason and subject to discussion.

Organizational Participation
Participate in and contribute to strategy sessions and long term planning
Develop relationships with staff, volunteers, and board members
Identify areas for Professional Development within and outside the organization
Contribute to board meetings and AGMs as required
Writing support, editing and proofreading for the company and marketing department

Government, Corporate, and Foundational Fundraising Support
Research into relevant government grants
Writing support on government grants
Track deadlines, reports, and deliverables for government grants
Track deadlines, reports, and deliverables for foundation grants
Track recognition, deliverables for corporate sponsorships
Research, prospecting, and identifying new avenues for foundation, corporate, and individual fundraising
Develop collateral and assets for corporate and foundation pitches and applications
Participate in and contribute to strategy sessions and pitch ideations

Individual Giving and Philanthropy Support
Participate in and contribute to strategy sessions and planning
Track deadlines and deliverables for seasonal campaigns
Oversee the reconciliation of all individual donations between CRM and Accounting software
Oversee the issuing of all tax receipts
Develop collateral for major gift proposals
Assist in the development of Winter Membership Drive and Spring Membership Drive
Assist with building reports and record keeping in CRM software
 

Requirements:

The Advancement Associate will provide support to the Manager of Philanthropy and Sponsorship and the Executive Director. We are looking for someone with 3-plus years administrative experience with a history of strong writing, some understanding of CRMs, not-for-profit, and fundraising. We’re a highly collaborative team, and this role would work closely with the entire Tapestry team to ensure clear communication with donors, patrons and audiences, and a well-supported Advancement department.

Full remote working is negotiable with this role.

Things that matter:
We make art that is socially engaged - you have an understanding or lived experience of principles of equity and anti-oppression, and/or are interested in and open to the process of learning
You have an understanding of and connection to opera as an art form
You have solid writing, analysing, and communication skills
You have development and grant writing experience
You have proficiency with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Wordpress, and basic design skills (familiarity with one or more of the following preferred: InDesign, Publisher, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). 
You see challenge as an opportunity
You are looking for work you’ll love. We do this because we love the work, and we like each other.

Additional Info:

What we Offer:
Comprehensive health benefits
Flexibility with hours, work-from-home days (even in non-pandemic times!)
Casual working environment
Unlimited vacation and paid time off 
Open, transparent, and communicative office culture
Professional development opportunities
Your expertise is valued and trusted, and you will have real input into decision-making
Tickets to all Tapestry productions

How to Apply:

If this sounds like something that you could love, we’d like to hear from you.

Checklist:  Please include as one complete pdf file, in this order: 
Cover letter (hint, research the company) on why you’d like to work for Tapestry and why you think you’d make an excellent candidate for this role.
Up-to-date resume.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday July 6 and Friday July 8. If you are invited for an interview, please provide two writing samples and two references that we can contact by phone and/or email. 

Email sapplin@tapestryopera.com with your pdf attachment and include Advancement Associate in the subject line.

Deadline for Applications is July 4, 2022

We look forward to meeting you!

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