Marketing and Communications Associate

Rate of Pay: 
$34000.00 $36000.00

Job Title:               Marketing and Communications Associate

Reports to:            Marketing Manager

Classification:       Full-time, non-exempt

Hours:                    40 hours/week

Salary:                    $34,000-$36,000, depending on qualifications, and a generous benefits package (paid vacation, sick days, health, dental, vision, flex spending, life/disability insurance, 403b)



Minnesota Opera began in 1963 and is a leading American company, admired as an innovative creator of compelling opera productions, programs, and new works. Minnesota Opera’s vision and mission is to sing every story and to change lives by bringing together artists, audiences, and community, advancing the art of opera for today and future generations. We aim to inspire hope, empower all voices, and strengthen bonds between people of all backgrounds and identities. To this end, Minnesota Opera commits itself to working continuously to become an anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization through the following actions: intentionally acknowledging and examining racism, anti-Blackness, and other discriminatory practices; promoting anti-racist and anti-oppressive ideas, values and policies that counter the oppression of any people during the education, production, promotion, and experience of opera; working towards eliminating all forms of oppression; and developing effective tools for social justice.



This position strengthens Minnesota Opera by providing project management and administrative support; creating marketing, communications, and development content; and executing and tracking tactics as specified in marketing and communications plans for various multi-channel campaigns to achieve departmental and institutional goals. The position supports the Opera’s anti-racism and anti-oppression goals and has a key focus on generating original content for Minnesota Opera’s digital platforms that engages current and future audiences and fosters curiosity and fandom for Minnesota Opera to support its mission.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

Project management (40%)

  • Facilitates and advances select projects achieving specific project objectives and meeting final deliverables that are constrained to a finite timescale and budget.
  • Works closely with Graphic Designer to coordinate requesting, proofing, and on-time delivery of ads and collateral.
  • Manages the production of all performance programs.
  • Serves as point-person for project management software Smartsheets.

Administrative support (30%)

  • Supports the Marketing and Development departments in scheduling meetings, processing invoices, and updating finance documents, data entry, server organization, and other duties as assigned.
  • Helps facilitate design requests, list requests, and promo requests both within the department and cross-departmentally.

Content creation and distribution (30%)

  • Writes, edits, copyedits, compiles, and proofreads textual material for Minnesota Opera communications (across departments) for print and the website, including marketing materials, brochures, flyers, postcards, institutional communications, community reports, annual report, exhibition materials, invitations, and signage.
  • Interfaces with various departments in gathering communications materials.
  • Supports the creation and posting of social media content.
  • Supports and protects the Minnesota Opera brand by ensuring positive and relevant messaging.
  • Incorporates the Opera’s anti-racism and anti-oppression initiatives into day-to-day responsibilities and tasks.


This position is a good fit for someone who:

  • Has a BA/BS in Communications, Marketing, or equivalent and at least one year experience in marketing or communications.
  • Is goal oriented, organized, and deadline driven.
  • Works well in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • Communicates clearly and concisely and has exemplary writing, editing, and copy proofing skills.
  • Is interested in learning new skills, is proactive, and asks questions
  • Knows and uses Microsoft Office; is adept at learning new programs and technology
  • Is able to work some nights and weekends, as required by the Opera’s performance schedule and sales cycles.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively to achieve department and organizational goals.
  • Maintains a positive, productive attitude working with media, staff, artists, volunteers, and patrons.
  • Passion for the arts. Basic understanding of opera and/or classical music preferred.


Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.


MN Opera is willing to teach:

  • Opera as an artform and associated MN Opera products, including subscriptions, single tickets, related events, and ancillaries.
  • Industry-specific marketing skills and existing procedures for design requests, art delivery, scheduling, promotions, and data management.
  • CRM database processes and procedures.


Please Note:

The applicant will be expected either to reside within commuting distance of the Opera Center or be willing to relocate prior to beginning work to participate in a hybrid work environment (three days a week onsite). If hired, the applicant will be required to prove they are up to date, per the CDC, with their COVID vaccinations or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.


How to apply:

Please go to and click the red box labeled "Learn More" under the job summary. From there you will be asked to fill out a confidential Self ID Survey before proceeding to the next page, where you will be able to fill out the application and upload your resume and cover letter. Resumes will go to the Marketing Manager, Essie Lash, and the self ID information will go directly and solely to the HR Director, Jen Thill. Individual self ID information will be seen only by the HR Director; application materials will be forwarded to the search team.


Application deadline:

Sunday, October 2, 2022


Minnesota Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Contact information

Minnesota Opera
Web site

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Sunday, October 2
Posted September 8