Position Profile

North Carolina Opera



Development Coordinator (Part Time)

Raleigh, NC



North Carolina Opera was formed in 2010 from the merger of Capital Opera Raleigh and The Opera Company of North Carolina. It is dedicated to presenting operatic performances at the highest level throughout the Triangle. We also have a robust education program that brings opera to schools across Wake County and surrounding counties. North Carolina Opera brings international level artists to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and also engages the best in local Triangle talent.

During its founding season, Eric Mitchko was named General Director and Timothy Myers was named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Both came to the organization with rich experience in music and a passion for the arts. Through their leadership and vision, NC Opera provides the community with a stellar product, able to mount both large-scale and more intimate productions in a variety of venues across the Triangle, with casts that feature the finest singers from the world’s opera stages, as well as emerging talent from across the state. The company continues to offer cutting edge programming and community engagement and education activities throughout the region, and frequently collaborates with many other cultural and performing arts organizations.

NCO’s upcoming season features Verdi’s Aida, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and a Wagner concert including Act I of The Valkyrie starring Metropolitan Opera tenor Jay Hunter Morris. In addition to the 3 mainstage productions scheduled for this season, NC Opera also hosts engaging “Opera About Town” performances in various settings in the local community, the popular “A Taste of Opera” dinner and discussion series, fascinating master classes, entertaining “Opera in the Schools” programs for children, and a festive annual gala. These diverse offerings have quickly made NC Opera a key contributor in the Triangle’s performing arts repertoire.


The Triangle region of North Carolina includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, and is an area of outstanding resources where cultural and performing arts organizations thrive. In addition to the NC Opera, major institutions include the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of History, Marbles Kids Museum, Ackland Art Museum, Nasher Museum of Art, Museum of Natural Sciences, Morehead Planetarium, Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Theatre and American Dance Festival. The many colleges and universities in the region also contribute to the quality of the local artistic community.


The Development Coordinator, reporting directly to the General Director, is responsible for building and managing a growing fundraising program to advance the NC Opera mission and to increase the support base for existing, new, and expanding offerings. The successful candidate will coordinate the day-to-day development operations of the organization, including managing the donor database, overseeing the annual campaign, providing donor relations support, cultivating and maintaining corporate giving and partnerships, and planning events and initiatives for increasing awareness and funding.

The successful candidate will have a creative orientation to infuse new ideas and new ways of accomplishing results. He or she will thrive in this young, small organization, which offers flexibility on how tasks are prioritized and approached. This person must understand the dynamics involved in successful fundraising and have strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

The work environment at NC Opera is cultivated by the leadership of individuals passionate about the mission. The Development Coordinator plays a key role in the organization which requires that the individual have a confident, polished, professional approach. The successful candidate must be approachable, personable and genuine, with a strong sense of integrity. The ability to manage multiple priorities with tight timelines and limited resources is essential.


This is a great opportunity for the new Development Coordinator to grow this position and organization and create a lasting impact. At this time, the position is projected to require an average of 20 hours of work per week. In this role, the Development Coordinator will be part of a core team responsible for strengthening and enhancing the current organizational mission, and, under the direction of the General Director, provide oversight and support of identified development/fundraising tasks and initiatives.

Essential duties and responsibilities of the position include the following:

Donor Relations Support

  • Build, manage and maintain the donor database and development files
  • Prepare and update prospect lists and provide basic research on prospects
  • Prepare stewardship reports
  • Prepare letters, mailings and communication for prospects and donors, including acknowledgement letters, gift recognition, and other relevant materials
  • Implement annual development plan strategies
  • Identify and cultivate new relationships with donor community, including corporate, foundation, and individual donors.

Special Projects Management

  • Provide logistical oversight and support for special projects that are key to NC Opera’s development initiatives, including but not limited to cultivation of prospects and stewardship of donors, minutes of meetings, and briefing papers and mailings. A particular focus will be providing support for the planning and implementation of several large-scale events throughout the course of the year.
  • Participate in greeting patrons and cultivating donors during performance intermissions and other events
  • Coordinate and oversee the expansion of events in the community to build revenue and support base

Administrative Assistance

  • Facilitate efficiency of development-related initiatives by providing supporting communication activities, handling records and compliance, and providing administrative assistance to the General Director.

Performance will be evaluated after the first 90 days of employment, then on an annual basis.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 1-3 years’ professional experience, preferably fundraising experience in a nonprofit organization; knowledge of principles of philanthropy and fundraising
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills. Ability to assume professional responsibilities as directed and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Effective and courteous interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; oral and written English fluency, including accuracy in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Excellent computer software skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with donor/fundraising management software is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in various stages of progress, each with a unique timeline, maintaining attention to detail
  • Genuine interest in opera, performing arts, and/or music.


Thank you for your interest. This position has been filled.

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