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Director of HGOco – Houston Grand Opera

HOUSTON GRAND OPERA (HGO) is seeking applications from talented individuals who will passionately lead expansive efforts to build upon and broaden the company’s commitment to its community as its next Director of HGOco, the company’s well-regarded initiative to creatively connect to the broader Houston population. As HGO looks to the future, the significance of HGOco and its active presence throughout the greater Houston community becomes an even more vital part of the company’s vision and long-term success.

The incoming Director will be an individual driven to actively engage within Houston’s many neighborhoods, diverse populations, and restorative civic and educational efforts. At the same time, the Director will find new ways to integrate the impact of HGOco’s externally focused work within the broader scope of all of HGO’s programmatic activities and operational planning. The Director will identify fresh ways for HGOco to support the overall growth of HGO’s full operations through development of new resources of funding, talent, and connections.

The Director need not be a subject matter expert in opera, but an obvious love of and fascination with the art form is essential as HGOco’s new Director provides inspirational leadership and a masterful community organizer’s zeal into exciting Houstonians about HGO’s work and establishing a stronger covenant between the company and the citizens who can call HGO their company with a growing sense of civic pride. An entrepreneurial spirit and deep love of authentic and meaningful educational experiences realized through uplifting and relevant art will be at the heart of the Director of HGOco’s focus, and the ideal candidate will ensure that HGOco is a rock-solid part of HGO’s foundation moving into a new era of resilience and inclusivity. Houston Grand Opera has engaged Management Consultants for the Arts to lead the search for their Director of HGOco, and interested candidates may apply for this position by visiting this link: https://mcaonline.com/searches/hgoco-director

Organizational Profile

HGOco was created in 2007 with a mandate to increase relevance for HGO’s work with new populations and to deepen the company’s greater connection to its community. From the start, HGOco has defined itself as a far-reaching set of activities intended to break down barriers to the arts by creating opportunities for observation, participation, and creation. The “co” in HGOco represents a focus on company, community, connection, and collaboration. Maximizing the resources of the entire company (staff, chorus, orchestra, designers, technicians, guest artists, etc.) and collaborating with kindred organizations, HGOco seeks to change the way people involve art in their lives.

These efforts include all of HGO’s education and community-engaging activities. HGOco has reached more than one million people and collaborated with close to 100 community-based organizations throughout the Houston area since its founding. Programmatic efforts includ workshops, lectures, public performances, and commissioning of new work that strives to tell the stories of the Houston community through the discipline of opera. HGOco operates on an annual budget of approximately $1 million dollars and is supported through contributions from foundations, granting organizations, and individuals.

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