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5 Apr 2021

Full-Time Manager, Board of Directors

lyricopera – Posted by lyricopera Anywhere

Job Description

REPORTS TO: Chief Advancement Officer

STATUS:          Full-time, exempt


Through artistic excellence coupled with innovative, relevant programming; initiatives to connect with and grow new audiences; engagement with communities to ignite creativity across Chicago; and a modernized Opera House that is the setting for truly great experiences, Lyric is leading the advancement of opera. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought-provoking and inclusive audience and community experiences – while increasing the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.



  • Demonstrate leadership in accordance with Lyric’s mission and vision as they relate to the activities and events of Lyric’s Board of Directors.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Board of Directors in accordance with the Bylaws.
  • Act as a primary liaison to the Chair of the Board of Directors in collaboration with the Chief Advancement Officer and the Senior Director of Leadership Giving.
  • Support the Chair of the Board of Directors in all aspects of his/her role including transparent and proactive communication with the Chair about Lyric business, maintaining a complete and accurate schedule of all Lyric activities and meetings for the Chair, and drafting speeches and correspondence.
  • Manage and execute all aspects of five annual Board of Directors meetings, four Executive Committee meetings, and some key Committee meetings including preparing agendas, securing relevant reports, collating, and distributing materials, ensuring proper meeting notice, tracking attendance, recording of minutes, etc.
  • Schedule, organize, and execute all aspects of orientation sessions for new Board of Directors members.
  • In collaboration with the Office of the General Director and the Executive Leadership Team, develop and maintain the annual schedule of 20 Board of Director committee meetings.
  • Maintain the central file database for all Board, Executive Committee, and Committee materials.
  • Serve as the point of contact for members of the Board of Directors regarding performance tickets, questions about their philanthropy or gala attendance, Graham Room reservations, etc.
  • As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Lyric’s leadership identifies the need at any time.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 3+ years’ experience in Development or related field.
  • 3+ years’ experience supporting an executive.
  • Experience working with and supporting Board of Directors.
  • Working knowledge of and comfort working with:
    • Microsoft suite of products
    • CRM expertise including the ability to generate lists (Tessitura a strong plus)
    • Board portal software such as Diligent or similar
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately, propose solutions to challenges and think independently, and be a motivated self-starter who also works well in a larger team.



  • Ability and flexibility to oversee evening or weekend functions, deployments, or performances.
  • Ability and flexibility to respond to Board Chair, CAO, and Senior Director in the evening and on weekends by email, text, and phone.
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, to handle other office equipment, and to lift up to 25 pounds.





The Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 75 days.

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