Employment

Join The Glimmerglass Festival team

The Glimmerglass Festival employs more than 350 people in the course of a single season. The core of the company is about 20 full-time, year-round staff members, amplified by seasonal staff and interns leading up to and including the summer Festival.

CLASSIFICATION: Full time, year-round, exempt position
DEPARTMENT: Development
REPORTS TO: Artistic & General Director and Executive Director
SUPERVISES: Development Staff

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Director oversees the Development Department, participates in short-term and long-range planning as a member of the senior executive team, and is a primary liaison to the Board of Trustees and a senior advisor to the Artistic & General Director. The Director is knowledgeable about and is fluent in all aspects of company operations in order to communicate effectively with trustees, funders, donors and prospects about the company’s work, and to assist leadership in their communications.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Establishes the contributed income goals and strategies for the company’s annual operating budget based on knowledge of existing donors, opportunities that arise with institutional funders, the appeal of special projects, reasoned goals for the annual Gala, and plans and projections for prospect engagement
  • Lead department in the development and implementation of an annual Communications, Engagement, and Solicitation Plan to achieve the contributed income goals, along with goals for defined capital efforts and growth in planned gifts
  • Works closely with the Artistic & General Director and Board leadership on sensitive gifts
  • Identifies appropriate grant opportunities, oversees applications and reports to funders
  • Fields ideas and input from development staff to advance campaigns, internal systems and programs, and works with staff to help guide or implement ideas as needed
  • As a Gift Officer, manages a portfolio of donors: serves as their liaison to Glimmerglass, recognizes their involvement, acknowledges their donations, develops their engagement and works continually to solidify their interest in and contributions to the Festival
  • Approves the development department operating budget and expenditures as they occur
  • Participates in Board and Board Committee meetings; assists the Chairman and President in the preparation of meetings and Board communications; reports to the Board on Development progress

DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND PERSONAL QUALITIES

  • At least 10 years of fundraising and supervisory experience
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated success in setting and meeting fundraising goals; including managing annual appeals and special campaigns, soliciting major gifts, building and cultivating relationships, and utilizing a strong network of contacts
  • Experience and proven success prioritizing multiple assignments and meeting tight deadlines
  • Experience working successfully and collaboratively with trustees to support their roles as ambassadors and fundraisers
  • Ability to function in team environment and strong collaboration skills
  • Knowledge of and contacts within the philanthropic communities in New York City
  • Resourcefulness, creativity and strong problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to being an active community member and living in Central New York

Please forward application materials, including resume and letter of interest, to search@glimmerglass.org.

 

 

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks First Hands for its 2020 summer season (The Sound of Music, Rinaldo, Die Feen, Don Giovanni).  Contract dates are mid-May through mid-July 2020.

Duties:

  • Assist with the setup and breakdown of the Costume Shop
  • Assist in distributing work to Stitchers
  • Assist in checking Stitchers’ work
  • Cutting and stitching as requested
  • Responsible for being sure all parts and pieces are available,  in fitting room and ready to fit prior to each fitting
  • Strike all items from fitting room at end of fitting
  • Assist with fittings, including taking notes and photos
  • Available for dress rehearsals (Assist wardrobe with dressing performers, take notes for the Draper, etc.)
  • Assist in pulling/restocking/organizing items in Costume Storage

Please note that this is a general guideline of what is expected of a First Hand but you may be asked to perform other duties in the Costume Department as well.

First Hands receive $13.35/hour, overtime, and company-provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to hiring@glimmerglass.org. Include your last name and the job title in both the PDF file name and the email subject line.

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks Drapers for its 2020 summer season (The Sound of Music, Rinaldo, Die Feen, Don Giovanni).  Contract dates are mid-May through mid-July 2020

  • Report directly to the Assistant Costume Director and Costume Director

  • Communicate with the Assistant Costume Director concerning progress of work load and team needs

  • Assist with setup and breakdown of the Costume Shop

  • Work with Costume Designers and Assistants to realize designs

  • Drape/flat patterning

  • Cutting

  • Alterations

  • Stitching as needed

  • Supervise a team consisting of First hand, Staff Stitcher, and Intern Stitcher

  • Supervise Intern Stitcher apron project

  • Meet with Intern beginning and middle of contract to go over skill level

  • Meet with First Hand prior to first fittings to go over expectations/needs in fittings

  • Fit all items assigned to your table–built, purchased and pulled

  • Build costumes to the standards provided for maximum alterability

  • Assist in pulling/restocking/organizing items in Costume Storage

  • Have costumes completed (basting allowed, no pins) for Piano Dress

  • Available for dress rehearsals of the assigned show

  • Assist Wardrobe at dress call as needed

  • Creating a wardrobe repair kit by end of contract

  • Packing and labeling of patterns/fabrics by end of contract

  • Promote a positive work environment

Please note that this is a general guideline of what is expected of a Draper and you may be asked to perform other duties in the Costume Department as well.

Drapers receive $18.60/hour, overtime, and company-provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to hiring@glimmerglass.org. Include your last name and the job title in both the PDF file name and the email subject line

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks Stitchers for its 2020 summer season (The Sound of Music, Rinaldo, Die Feen, Don Giovanni).  Contract dates are mid-May through mid-July 2020

  • Report to the Draper/First Hand

  • Assist with the setup and breakdown of the Costume Shop

  • Use domestic and industrial sewing equipment as required

  • Perform hand sewing tasks with speed and accuracy

  • Keep work areas clean and organized

  • Possible cutting assistance of small projects

  • Assist in pulling/restocking/organizing  items in Costume Storage

  • Possible assistance in Crafts as needed

Please note that this is a general guideline of what is expected of a Staff Stitcher and you may be asked to perform other duties in the Costume Department as well.

Stitchers receive $11.80/hour, overtime, and company-provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to hiring@glimmerglass.org. Include your last name and the job title in both the PDF file name and the email subject line.

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks a Production Administrator for its 2020 summer season of four mainstage productions and two second stage shows. Contract dates are April 20 through August 30, 2020.

The Production Administrator will be part of the production administration team. In addition to general office duties, they have primary responsibility for facilitating costume accounting and reconciliation of all purchasing, shipping and returns. The successful candidate will be extremely organized, detail oriented, and proficient in Microsoft Office. Must have excellent telephone etiquette, a positive attitude, and remain calm under pressure. Please note that this is a general guideline of what is expected and you may be asked to perform other duties as well.

The Production Administrator receives $13.60/hour, time and a half over 40 hours per week, and company-provided housing. Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to hiring@glimmerglass.org. Include your last name and the job title in both the PDF file name and the email subject line.

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks Staff Electricians for its 2020 summer season. Contract dates are May 25 through August 30, 2020.

Responsibilities include installing, circuiting and focusing 500+ unit plot; performing daily changeovers; running productions; and strike. Requires thorough experience with stage electrics. This is a large crew and a team-oriented attitude is essential.

Staff Electricians receive $11.80/hour, time and a half over 40 hours per week, and company-provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to hiring@glimmerglass.org. Include your last name and the job title in both the PDF file name and the email subject line.

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks a Costume Crafts Artisan for its 2020 summer season of four mainstage shows and two second stage productions.  Contract dates are May 18 – July 26.  The Crafts Artisan is primarily responsible for footwear, millinery, painting/dying, and specialty stitching.

  • Report to the Crafts Manager/Asst. Crafts Manager/Costume Director & Assistant Costume Director
  • Assist in the setup and breakdown of the Craft areas
  • Millinery construction and modification
  • Jewelry construction and modification
  • Leatherwork
  • Stitching
  • Painting/dying
  • Shoe/boot modification
  • Fabric/Garment aging and distressing
  • Assist in pulling/restocking/organizing items in Costume Storage
  • Possible assistance in Costume Shop as needed

Please note that this is a general guideline of what is expect of a Crafts Artisan, you may be asked to perform other duties.

The Crafts Artisan receive $12.85/hour, overtime, and company-provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to hiring@glimmerglass.org. Include your last name and the job title in both the PDF file name and the email subject line.

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks a Lighting Supervisor for its 2020 summer season. Contract dates are May 18-August 25.

The Lighting Supervisor is responsible for the accurate maintenance of lighting designer’s vision through the run of a challenging repertory opera season.  They create, maintain and uphold the organization of all repertory paperwork for each show, refocus lights during each changeover, and maintain the smooth running of each production.  They work in conjunction with the assistant lighting designer to achieve the designer’s vision.  They are responsible for designing onstage concerts and may assist on second stage productions.  In collaboration with the assistant master electricians, they ensure the preservation of the design for each repertory performance.  The Lighting Supervisor reports to the Lighting Director.  Candidates should have excellent attention to detail and be proficient in both Vectorworks and Lightwright.  Candidates must be self-motivated, mature and professional with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Compensation is $16.90/hour, time and a half over 40 hours per week, and company-provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file to hiring@glimmerglass.org. Include your last name and the job title in both the PDF file name and the email subject line.

The Glimmerglass Festival seeks Hair and Makeup Staff for its 2020 summer season. Contract dates are June 1 through August 26 2020.

Assist with daily maintenance of wigs, application of pre-performance makeup, Period/ Modern hair styling, and backstage quick changes. Experience in ventilating and foundation building is required. Show running experience, as well as proficiency with show run and show bible paperwork are required. Staff person should be artistic and easy to work with. Will assist the Hair and Makeup Supervisor with monitoring and mentoring the interns through show runs and build. Portfolio is required.

Hair and Makeup Staff receive $12.35/hour, time and a half over 40 hours per week, and company-provided housing.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF file. Your portfolio should be either a separate PDF file, or a link embedded in your application PDF. Include your last name and the job title in PDF file names and the email subject line. Send all materials to hiring@glimmerglass.org.

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