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Fellowship & Professional Development Programs Manager

Position Description

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is hiring a Fellowship & Professional Development Programs Manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day logistics and planning of the Clayco Future Leaders Fellowship program and other professional development programs for administrative staff, including the Festival Season Administrative Intern Program and Professional Development Fund. In addition, they will support staff learning opportunities and act as liaison to the EDI Committee of the Board of Directors.

Responsibilities Include

Clayco Future Leaders Fellowship program

  • Support and execute the year-round and long-term curriculum for the Clayco Future Leaders Fellowship program.
    • In partnership with Fellow Supervisors and the Director of Administration, develop annual curriculum plans for the program.
    • Manage the implementation of Fellowship curriculum, including but not limited to:
      • networking sessions with field leaders,
      • skills-based learning sessions with subject experts,
      • professional development opportunities,
      • independent learning plans, and
      • company information sessions.
    • Work with Fellows and Fellow Supervisors to identify appropriate mentors; manage communication with those identified.
    • Facilitate regular cohort meetings with the Fellows.
    • Plan and execute events for the fellows, including Introduction Events, trips and tours to introduce Fellows to St. Louis through other cultural institutions and events, and a farewell event.
    • Manage the formal evaluation processes for the Fellows, in conjunction with HR, including 90-day reviews and final evaluations; conduct regular evaluations of the program to ensure it is advancing the program’s and the organization’s goals.
  • Implement recruitment strategies for the Fellowship program, growing the reach of the program, and the number of annual applicants.
    • Coordinate the annual interview and onboarding process for the fellow positions, working with the Fellow Supervisors to successfully identify each cohort of Fellows.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with Fellow Supervisors about program needs and feedback, Fellowship events, and the Fellow’s roles and responsibilities.
    • Facilitate regular meetings of the Fellow Supervisors.
  • Develop and maintain a Fellowship Alumni Network, to facilitate continued connections between OTSL and past Fellows.
    • Plan and manage a robust Alumni Weekend during the Festival Season.
    • Maintain accurate and up to date records of Fellowship alumni, including contact information, and current and historical job locations and titles.
    • Provide appropriate resources and support for Fellow alumni, such as sharing job search information and providing professional development resources.


Administrative Intern Program

  • Manage the recruitment, application, and onboarding process for seasonal administrative interns, ensuring these processes actively work to further the equity, diversity, and inclusion goals of the organization.
  • Plan and execute learning and professional development opportunities for the administrative intern program.
  • Manage the formal evaluation processes for Interns, in conjunction with HR.
  • Liaise with intern’s schools, to provide any necessary reporting or paperwork.
  • Coordinate with Intern Supervisors to support those positions as needed.


EDI Committee of the Board of Directors

  • Serve as staff liaison to the EDI Committee of the Board of Directors.
    • Collaborate with the Manager of Board Relations on meeting logistics, scheduling, agendas, and minutes for EDI Committee meetings.
    • Coordinate with EDI Committee leadership, General Director, & Director of Administration on meeting strategy and project management for the EDI Committee.
    • Prepare reports and materials for all EDI Committee meetings, including gathering data and tracking metrics to support the committee’s goals for accountability.


OTSL Professional Development Fund

  • Process and track all applications from annual staff for the Professional Development Fund.
  • Coordinate efforts to encourage and expand use of the Professional Development Fund by OTSL annual staff members.
    • Report on use of Professional Development Fund regularly to the Director of Administration & Finance.
  • Share resources for professional development with the OTSL annual staff.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Administration & Finance, coordinate staff professional development sessions and trainings, as requested.


Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-5 years of experience in talent development, coaching, non-profit management, or related field;
  • Demonstrated skill in managing multiple projects with overlapping deadlines;
  • Highly detail-oriented with meticulous follow-through;
  • Exceptional professional judgement; the ability to make decisions and deal with confidential information with discretion and maturity.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize tasks, and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours at key times during the year.


Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Passion for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion practices;
  • Demonstrates a team-oriented approach, while also able to be self-directed;
  • Able to assimilate information quickly and work independently;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to build relationships.
  • A high level of empathy and the ability to interact with staff, board members, donors, and volunteers in a range of professional and social situations;
  • Creative and efficient problem-solving skills;
  • An interest in performing arts.


Compensation & Hours

  • Compensation: $45,000-$50,000 annual salary plus benefits.
  • This is a full-time, non-exempt position.
  • Opera Theatre has a flexible work policy which allows for hybrid remote work and asynchronous schedule arrangements.
  • Some weekend and evening hours may be required, specifically during Opera Theatre’s festival season (May-June).

To Apply

Applicants for the position are asked to submit a resume along with a cover letter that describes their interest in the position, and outlines their relevant experience and qualifications.

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At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, we value equity, diversity, and mutual respect. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, people with disabilities, and others who have been historically excluded to apply. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our community. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

OTSL will not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion or belief; national, social, or ethnic origin; age; sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression; physical, mental, or sensory disability; family or parental status; genetic information or characteristics; protected veteran status; or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law. OTSL will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

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