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We value diversity in all areas of our operations and welcome all qualified applicants. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Freelance Graphic Designer

In addition to the full-time position listed below, Seattle Opera is looking for freelance graphic design help for the 2015 summer season. Freelance work can be completed remotely but some in-person meetings are required. Projects could include advertising, outdoor campaigns, direct mail, collateral marketing pieces, digital assets, and more. Freelancers will work with Graphic Designer, Associate Director of Marketing, and selected other key personnel. Interested candidates should send online portfolio with cover letter indicating interest in freelance work to

Graphic Designer

Seattle Opera invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Graphic Designer. This full-time exempt position within the marketing group reports to the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications and will work with advertising managers, writers, web producers, freelance graphic designers, brand experts, and any staff requiring graphic design work. The full-time position start date is late August, 2015, however we welcome candidates who could start freelance work prior to the start date.

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Financial Analyst

Seattle Opera is accepting applications for the position of Financial Analyst. This full-time, exempt position which reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for financial reporting and data analysis to support the financial management of the company. Significant role in coordination of organization-wide budget data and analytics over a multi-year time horizon. Development of analytical tools and sophisticated financial modeling in support of the SO's strategic plan. Responsible for the preparation, analysis, and reporting of annual operating and capital expense budgets and long-range operating projections, as well as interim forecasts and final reports of budget vs. actual results.

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Development Operations Manager

Seattle Opera is accepting applications for the position of Development Operations Manager. This is a full-time, salaried position within the Development Department and is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the Development department, including: data entry practices and procedures, campaign and annual giving reporting and analysis, gift processing, financial forecasting and analysis, acknowledgement and tax summary processing, and pledge billing procedures. The Development Operations Manager serves as a liaison between the Development department and the Finance, IT, and Facilities departments.

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Direct Sales & Telefunding Representative

Bring your voice to the Seattle Opera! Join Seattle Opera for our new, in-house, subscription and fund campaigns. Applicants must be articulate, motivated, dependable, and detail & customer-service oriented. Previous telephone/sales experience preferred. 20 hours weekly; day/eve shifts. Hourly, plus commission, plus perks and bonuses. Excellent earning potential based on performance. Contact: Dan Murphy 206-676-5802.


Current Internships

How to Apply
Download an Adobe PDF application and follow the instructions for submission.

For additional information about any internship posted, please contact the person noted on that position.

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Artist Aides

Artist Aides are a crucial part of the Seattle Opera family, and are essential for the welcoming of our guest artists. The purpose of the Artist Aide program is to assist our guest artists with transportation and other hospitality needs.

Primary responsibilities of an Artist Aide include picking up guest artists at the airport; providing transportation to and from rehearsals, costume fittings, performances, and medical appointments; as well as taking guest artists to the airport for their return home.

Artist Aides have the opportunity to become better acquainted with our visiting artists on the first-rehearsal day, at which Artist Aides host a buffet. Artist Aides also participate in cast parties hosted by the General Director. In addition, Aides who are driving to/from rehearsals sometimes remain on site and thus have an opportunity to observe rehearsals in progress.

Drivers must submit proof of a valid Washington State Driver’s license and proper liability insurance. All Artist Aides are subject to a background check, must have email, a cell phone and a clean reliable car.

For most visiting guest artists the Artist Aide is their first introduction to Seattle Opera. Come be a vital part of the production process!

If you have questions or would like to arrange an interview, please email Paula Podemski at

Thank you for considering this important volunteer opportunity and for supporting Seattle Opera!

Production Volunteers

The Production department is always looking for reliable people willing to volunteer their time and talents. Volunteering with the Production Department gives you the opportunity to experience what goes into creating a production. Choose from the positions below to learn more about how you can become a part of the opera.


Non-speaking acting roles - like being an extra in a movie!

Supernumeraries are volunteers who appear on stage in mute, non-singing roles, much like being an extra in a movie. Being a "super" takes lots of time and patience, but is a lot of fun and a good learning experience. Time requirements vary per opera, but the average commitment is three evenings a week and a weekend day for three rehearsal weeks, four to six hours for five nights during "tech week", and then, anywhere from six to eight performances on various nights throughout the two weeks of performances. Men of the ages 18 - 50 are the most needed. Small children are always encouraged to apply. Supers receive 2 tickets to a dress rehearsal of the show in which they appear.

How to Apply
Please phone the Production Supervisor at 206.676.5812 to schedule an in-person interview to find out more details about this exciting volunteer opportunity.

Youth Chorus

Youth (approx ages 7-12) sing in operas requiring children’s voices.

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Other Volunteer Positions

For information about all other Seattle Opera volunteer opportunities, please contact Human Resources Director Nancy Del Villar Vivé at 206.676.5521 or

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