Position: Coordinator, Board of Directors and Women’s Board
Reports To: Manager, Boards Management
Status: Full-time, non-exempt

Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Boards Team

  • Demonstrate leadership in accordance with Lyric’s mission and vision as they relate to the activities and events of Lyric’s six Boards: Board of Directors, Women’s Board, Guild Board of Directors, Ryan Opera Center Board, Chapters Executive Board, and Lyric Young Professionals Board.
  • Manage the Board Office including ordering supplies, drafting correspondence, preparing gifts, and tracking expenses.
  • Ensure and manage the day-to-day functioning of the Board of Directors and Women’s Board, adhering to the Bylaws set by each Board.
  • Update, maintain, and produce, alongside Boards team, Board directory annually.
  • Ensure Board Office phone is covered at all times.
  • Provide concierge level customer service to Board members in Maintenance Portfolio by monitoring contributions, executing performance ticket requests, making Graham Room dining reservations, answering phones, composting correspondence, etc.
  • Assist the Associate, Guild Board and Chapters; Associate, Ryan Opera Center Board and Lyric Young Professionals; Special Events Team with their responsibilities under the supervision and approval of the Senior Director, Boards Management and Special Events and Manager, Boards Management.

Board of Directors and Women’s Board

  • Maintain accurate and detailed contact information for Board members in Tessitura, board directory, and digital files, proofing Board listings regularly for programs.
  • Track Board engagement, giving, and participation through database and files.
  • Prepare and track annual dues.
  • Develop and maintain filing system for member files, activities, events.
  • Oversee the management and execution of all Full Board and Committee meetings, and Board-specific events, such as orientations, throughout the season.
  • Generate all Board and Committee meeting materials and logistics, alongside Boards team, including:
    • Creation of packets, reports, agendas, record and transcribe meeting minutes
    • Manage invitations and track responses
    • Prepare and assemble meeting folders
    • Manage seating and vendors
  • Create content and oversee production of Board e-newsletters, social media, and other related communications.
  • Plan and execute Lyric Leadership Briefings as directed.
  • Organize planning and implementation, alongside Boards team, of all Women’s Board events including Opening Night Opera Ball, Spring Musical Celebration, Wine Auction, and special fundraising galas, including:
    • Tracking responses
    • Writing copy
    • Maintaining files
    • Coordinating production and design of print pieces
    • Producing escort cards and place cards for seating
    • Responding to inquiries
    • Managing vendors
  • Coordinate all aspects of the triennial Wine Auction project, alongside Boards team, including:
    • Assisting with solicitation of items and tracking of donations
    • Maintaining inventory
    • Coordinating shipments and fulfillment
    • Print/online catalogue development and production
    • Planning pre-/post-event activities, and interim Wine Auction-related events
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of Board of Directors and Women’s Board member-only trips.
  • As the business evolves, so may this role; these duties may change as Lyric’s leadership identifies the need at any time.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 1+ years experience in Development or related field.
  • 1+ years experience working directly with a volunteer board.
  • Working knowledge of and comfort working with:
    • Microsoft suite of products
    • CRM expertise (Tessitura a strong plus)
    • Ability to work and think independently, a motivated self-starter who also works well in a larger team.

Work Conditions:

  • Ability and flexibility to oversee evening or weekend functions, deployments, or performances.
  • 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 30 pounds.

How to Apply

Please forward a resume and cover letter denoting the position of interest to jobs@lyricopera.org or mail to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Attention: Human Resources, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 860, Chicago, IL 60606.

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.