Vacancy | Board Appointments

Tuesday, 1 November, 2022
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Irish Opera Transformations CLG, trading as Irish National Opera, is seeking to appoint up to three new members to its Board.

The mission of Irish National Opera is to provide extraordinary opera experiences accessible to all throughout Ireland. We present high-quality productions from the classic opera repertoire, lesser-known and contemporary works and newly commissioned operas.

We connect with audiences by touring throughout Ireland and presenting exciting productions in established venues of all sizes and in unexpected places. In the firm belief that opera is for everyone, the company provides engagement opportunities throughout the year for people of all ages and backgrounds. We further engage audiences through our digital programme, radio broadcasts, commercial audio recordings and online video streaming on major platforms. We also experiment with new ways of producing opera by using state-of-the art technology to create, for example, surround sound landscapes, street-art opera and VR experience.

We champion Irish and Ireland-based artists and we aim to raise the profile of Irish opera and Irish artists. We do this by engaging Irish singers and creative teams working at the highest level to perform on Irish stages alongside guest artists. We raise the international profile of opera artists and of Irish opera by presenting works internationally and by engaging with the international opera community. We also co-produce works with leading opera houses across the world. Our online works have resonated internationally and significantly increased the presence of Irish opera on the international stage.

We value collaboration and have forged fruitful partnerships with key arts organisations. We are also committed to maximising the investment of public monies and ensuring strong leadership and robust governance. The vision of the company is to create a strong and sustainable opera ecology and culture in Ireland and to present opera in all 26 counties annually.     

The board of Irish National Opera invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals to fill three vacancies which have arisen on the board. In line with its own values, and with international best practice and government policy, the board actively welcomes diversity among its members.

The specific skill sets required re the vacancies are as follows:

1) Fundraising and Development

Candidates must demonstrate evidence of experience at an appropriately senior level in one or more of the following:

  • Fundraising 
  • Philanthropy 
  • Donor relations, advocacy and marketing

2) Marketing and Communications inc. social media and PR

Candidates must demonstrate evidence of experience at an appropriately senior level in one or more of the following: 

  • Marketing strategy and execution
  • Social Media strategy and execution
  • Public relations and media engagement
  • Stakeholder mapping and management
  • Audience development

3) Arts management and performance

Candidates must demonstrate evidence of recognised experience in relation to the arts in one or more of the following areas of opera:

  • Directing
  • Designing
  • Producing
  • Technical opera expertise

In addition to the specific skill sets identified above, it is desirable that applicants possess two or more of the following:

  • Knowledge of the environment and the sector in which Irish National Opera operates and an understanding of the challenges facing businesses in that sector;
  • Previous experience of board membership, on the board of a cultural or other relevant institution or business;
  • Relevant business and leadership experience which would enable them to provide the Board with a useful perspective on business strategy and significant risks;
  • The ability to understand high level financial data, budgets, and good financial management practice;
  • Experience on the board of an organisation which is dependent on fundraising for the delivery of its mission, goals, and objectives and, in particular, willingness to play an active role in support of the organisation’s fundraising objectives;
  • Experience of an organisation dealing with major capital investment projects;
  • Understanding of what is best practice for the sector in terms of safety, health and welfare at work, data protection, asset protection, compliance with legislation, compliance with tax obligations etc.; and
  • Awareness of the impact of environmental issues and the need for sustainability in the arts.

Appointments are non-remunerated and are for a maximum of two terms of three years’ duration. There are at least 6 board meetings a year. Most board members also sit on one of the board’s sub-committees.

Please submit expressions of interest by close of business on Monday, 14th November, 2022 to:

Following the closing date, the nominations committee will review all applications and invite shortlisted candidates to meet with representatives of the board.