Development Associate

Job Type

Part Time




20th street and 6th Avenue
New York
New York
United States


Heartbeat Opera invites applications and nominations for the position of Development Associate (part-time consultant).

The Organization


From the drama at the core of each work, Heartbeat Opera grows vivid theatrical worlds through revelatory adaptations, radical rearrangements, and ingenious design. Through an inquisitive collaborative process with a diverse community of artists, we break down traditional barriers to reimagine opera for artists and audiences of the twenty-first century.


Founded by Ethan Heard and Louisa Proske, two stage directors and graduates of Yale School of Drama, Heartbeat Opera creates radical adaptations of classic operas in intimate venues for 21st century audiences. In its first four groundbreaking seasons, Heartbeat has established itself as “one of the most agile and dynamic companies on New York's indie opera scene” (Opera News), presenting eight fully-realized, critically-acclaimed productions in Manhattan, four beloved Halloween Drag Extravaganzas in Brooklyn, a special sold-out performance on The High Line, and two staged workshop productions. Praised as “bold and vivid” (The New York Times), “vital and heartbreaking” (The New Yorker), and “ingenious and artful” (The Wall Street Journal), Heartbeat’s work has captured the attention of the opera world in New York and beyond. Heartbeat has also collaborated with organizations such as Atlas DIY and A BroaderWay to bring arts education to underserved students in the New York City area. More info at

The Position

The Development Associate of Heartbeat Opera, reporting to the Co-Artistic Directors and Managing Director, will cultivate individual and institutional support of Heartbeat Opera. S/he will help maintain and grow the development activities of this cutting-edge, ambitious company. Specific tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide monthly financial reports detailing donors and donations;
  • Manage all donor data in Heartbeat’s Little Green Light account;
  • Attend performances and donor cultivation events;
  • Generate tax receipts and write thank you notes for donors;
  • Talk with supporters on the phone and in person at events;
  • Help plan fundraising events;
  • Research donors and potential supporters;
  • Assist with grant applications;
  • Assist in conceiving and executing fundraising campaigns;
  • Support the Co-Artistic Directors and Managing Director in matters relating to fundraising;
  • Attend frequent meetings with the Co-Artistic Directors and Managing Director;
  • Be a vocal representative and advocate for Heartbeat Opera to the global community of Heartbeat’s audience members, funders, and strategic partners.

The Development Associate will report to the Co-Artistic Directors and Managing Director.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be an ambitious and energetic collaborator who combines a passion for the performing arts with relevant experience in not-for-profit arts organizations. To apply, s/he must:

  • Have a BA and at least some experience in development;
  • Possess strong organization, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Have excellent bookkeeping skills;
  • Be creative and self-motivated while attentive to the overall vision and direction provided by the Co-Artistic Directors and Managing Director.

The preferred candidate would also:

  • Have an MFA and/or some professional experience fundraising;
  • Have experience writing and applying for grants;
  • Have excellent supervisory skills and a track record for mentoring and developing staff;
  • Be fluent in Google Suite;
  • Be fluent in Little Green Light;
  • Love music, theater, and opera.

Heartbeat Opera is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Part time. Currently, Heartbeat produces 3 full productions per season (September to June) plus 2-4 special events. The Development Associate must reside in NYC full time and be available to meet in person occasionally at our Chelsea office. Work can usually be done remotely and will usually take up 2-4 hours per week. During the production weeks surrounding our shows and events (3-4 weeks per year), workload may increase to 10-20 hours per week. Start date is as soon as possible.


Monthly consulting fee, commensurate with qualifications.


Please prepare a cover letter that states your specific interest in Heartbeat Opera and outlines your qualifications for the position. Submit with a résumé and contact information for three references. Interviews begin in November. Email

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree