Employment and Volunteer Opportunities with
Central City Opera
Central City Opera
|Central City Opera Festival Staffers/Interns in their uniforms to usher performances.|
Central City Opera, located less than an hour from Denver in the foothills of the Rockies, is the second oldest summer opera festival in the United States. The 550-seat opera house, a historic landmark in Central City, affords an intimate, innovative opera experience. The year-round administrative offices for the opera are located in Denver, Colorado.
In addition to its main stage productions, Central City Opera is noted for its famed Apprentice Artist/Studio Program, dedicated to the education and development of rising young opera singers.
If you are interested in volunteering for Central City Opera, please download the Volunteer Application or consider becoming a member of the Guild.
In December or January of each year we also hold our auditions for the Summer Performing Arts Intensive, available to students ages 14 to 19.
For a list of current staff, visit our Staff & Board webpage.
STATUS: Part-time, Nonexempt
REPORTS TO: Controller
DIRECT REPORTS: None
COMPENSATION: $13.00-$15.00 per hour, depending on qualifications/experience
Normal Hours: 20-25 hours per week, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Controller may authorize additional hours.
This position is responsible for advancing the mission of the Central City Opera House Association (CCO) by supporting finance and accounting functions of the organization. The Accounting Clerk will be responsible for the successful and timely completion of duties assigned by the Controller and will be trained to perform essential functions in the absence of the Controller. The Accounting Clerk is expected to maintain absolute confidentiality regarding CCO’s business affairs.
NATURE AND SCOPE
The Accounting Clerk performs a variety of general accounting support tasks as well as other such duties as may be assigned. The Accounting Clerk will be familiar with and follow established internal controls and company policies and procedures.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Perform daily accounting functions including accounts receivable, accounts payable, and data entry.
- Set up and maintain vendor files.
- Assist with monthly reconciliations and the preparation of monthly financial reports.
- Assist with preparation and completion of annual processes and reports,
- including budgeting, audits, SCFD qualification reporting, and the Opera America survey, among others.
- Accurately file accounting documents to maintain historical financial records.
SKILLS REQUIRED AND MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- A minimum of two years of successful experience in similar accounting positions. Some college level accounting courses preferred, but not required.
- Knowledge of non-profit accounting practices.
- Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
- Ability to work productively in a high volume, sometimes noisy, fast-paced environment.
- Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Competency in Microsoft Office applications with strong skills in Excel.
- Experience with SAGE MIP accounting software preferred, but not required.
Approximately 90% of the workday is spent working at a computer workstation and/or on the telephone. Most of the workspaces have some natural light; all are lit with a combination of fluorescent and incandescent lighting. Hours may fluctuate and may include some evenings or weekends. The job location will be at Central City Opera's administrative offices in southeast Denver.
Equipment Used: In addition to a computer workstation and telephone, the Accounting Clerk uses copy and fax machines, postage meter, and scanner. Use of other office equipment may occasionally be required.
Physical Demands: Use of computer and mouse for extended periods of time. Phone work is intermittent and not for prolonged periods. Standing, kneeling, or sitting are necessary for filing. Lifting tasks are occasional and limited to 20 pounds or less without assistance. Computer workstation and desk are not shared and can be adjusted to make them more ergonomically comfortable for the individual.
TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter of interest and a professional resumé by emailing email@example.com with the subject line "Accounting Clerk." Only those candidates whose skills and experience best fit the needs of the position will be contacted. No phone calls please. Position open until filled.
Central City Opera is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and is dedicated to building a diverse staff. Applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds are encouraged.
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, which selects 30 participants from more than 1,000 applicants each year, has provided valuable training for many of America's most notable young opera professionals, including Denyce Graves, Cynthia Lawrence, Margaret Lattimore, Mary Mills, Emily Pulley, Don Bernardini, Greg Turay, and J. Patrick Raftery.
Application materials for the 2013 program were due by October 20, 2012. Please see the above link for details.
Positions as Festival Staffers/Interns offer an excellent introduction to careers in arts management and opera production, as well as practical experience in specialized areas of interest. Many past Festival Staffers have gone on to successful careers in these fields. All positions have been filled for the 2013 Festival. Applications for the 2014 Festival will be available in December 2013. In the meantime, see the description below for an idea of the internship positions.
DESCRIPTION: Fourteen positions as Festival Staffers are available for the summer season, with a fulltime commitment from May 21 through August 18, 2013. All Festival Staffers serve as ushers during most performances and perform general operational duties throughout the summer including office support, garden watering, facility maintenance/light cleaning and switchboard operation. Internship areas include: office/music library, events/party planning, public relations/marketing, gift shop/retail assistance, house/company management, stage management, wardrobe, props and wigs/makeup. In consideration for these positions, the Opera offers free shared housing with kitchen facilities, a weekly salary of $290 and a one-time travel stipend.
ELIGIBILITY: Concurrent or previous academic coursework or practical experience in those areas of interest and be a high school graduate. Should have an interest in opera/music theater and must have a positive demeanor and solid work ethic. The ability to deal maturely with the public is a must. Writing and photographic samples may be requested if interested in public relations/marketing; social media experience also helpful. Candidates for office/music library and stage management positions must be able to read music. All production-related candidates must have some previous related experience in those areas. Employment is limited to citizens of the United States, students from abroad with valid student or work visas and aliens who have been granted permanent resident status by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Further information may be obtained by contacting the Director of Production at the address or e-mail address listed below:
Karen T. Federing
Director of Production, Central City Opera
c/o 525 Riverdale Avenue, Apt. 6G
Yonkers, NY 10705