Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, an internationally acclaimed festival opera company, seeks an Assistant Director of Public Relations and Publications. OTSL annually produces a six-week spring season that attracts ticket buyers from nearly every state and close to a dozen countries, as well as from every zip code in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The company is recognized for the quality of its productions, its innovative approaches to building audience and community for opera, and the adventurousness of its repertoire, which has included 23 world premieres and 23 American premieres. Productions are reviewed annually by music critics from major publications across the nation, with unique reviews or features appearing in 28 national or international publications during its recently-completed 2013 season. The company’s annual budget is approximately $9 million. Under the leadership of current General Director Timothy O’Leary, OTSL has sustained its long tradition of financial strength and fiscal responsibility.
This position represents an ideal opportunity for a motivated public relations professional with strong verbal, written, and copy editing skills to grow inside a fast-paced environment. The position develops year-round public relations strategies in conjunction with both OTSL’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations and OTSL’s National Press Representative, planning and implementing media relations, social media, and other communications initiatives. The position coordinates across departments for the PR and communications needs of OTSL’s highly-successful Young Friends program and its recently formed Engagement and Inclusion Task Force. The position is also responsible for the editorial, production, and advertising schedules for OTSL’s 160-page program book and supervises the publication of the Annual Report. The position supervises seasonal staff, including the company photographer, the program book designer, a publications intern, a public relations intern, and the OTSL board program ad committee.
Successful applicants will have a range of experience that should include:
- A proven track record of media relations across a range of media (print, radio, television, online), with familiarity with the St. Louis press landscape preferred
- Excellent copy editing skills
- Experience in social media content management
- Familiarity with the performing arts sector and an interest in opera
- The ability to perform under pressure and tight deadlines
- Excellent verbal communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work as a team player
- A Bachelor’s Degree, as well as five or more years working in public relations, entertainment, non-profit, or performing arts fields preferred
Submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Joe Gfaller, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, 210 Hazel Avenue, St. Louis MO 63119.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org. By fax: (314) 961-7463. Please no phone inquiries.
Opera Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, and veteran or disability status. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required.