Leadership Development Opportunity (Change Makers)

The Royal Opera House would like to encourage more people from a wider range of backgrounds to consider senior leadership roles in opera and ballet. We would like to cultivate our relationships with outstanding talent and specifically we are looking to identify an individual from a BAME background and/or with a disability who could partner us in making an application to Arts Council England`s Change Makers programme.

The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House aims to enrich people`s lives through opera and ballet. Home to two of the world`s great artistic companies - The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, performing with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - we seek to be always accessible and engaging, to develop audiences across the UK and to break new ground in the presentation of lyric theatre.

We are one of the busiest theatres in the world, delivering more than 500 performances and 1,000 learning and participation sessions each year, employing 1,000 permanent staff and generating a turnover of £110m, with 44% of the tickets sold costing less than £50. In turn this enabled 1.5m attendances in Covent Garden and in cinemas worldwide last year, further extended via broadcasting, digital activity and collaboration with touring companies. We worked with 14,000 people of all ages through creative learning projects in London and South Essex.

We have a central role to play in cultivating a healthy future for opera, ballet and, more broadly, the UK`s cultural ecology, and we are committed to uncovering and nurturing talent across every aspect of our artistic and learning programmes. We are working with more than 44 UK arts organizations ranging from East London Dance to Birmingham Royal Ballet, the London Sinfonietta to the V&A, Gandini Juggling to Opera North, as well as more than 30 international companies and theatres, our partners in Thurrock and numerous schools and colleges

Change Makers Programme

Change Makers is a senior leadership training and development programme designed in response to the underrepresentation of Black, minority ethnic and disabled leaders across the arts sector and is funded by the Arts Council. The programme aims to better support aspiring leaders from underrepresented groups to compete effectively for future Artistic Director, Chief Executive and other senior leadership vacancies by providing valuable experience at a senior level in an arts organization. The programme will help the organization to effect a cultural change towards being more systemically open and diverse across its programming, audiences, workforce and partnerships while also facilitating the development of the creative case within the sector.

A funding application will be made by the Royal Opera and the individual to the Change Makers Fund and subject to the application being successful:

  • A senior leadership training and development placement would be undertaken with the Royal Opera House and would include opportunities to be involved in strategic decision-making, creative development and programming.
  • The placement would be for a minimum of 12 months; flexible arrangements could be considered to accommodate existing projects or needs.
  • The placement and any initiatives should be completed between 1 October 2016 and 31 December 2018.

Please see guidance attached for more details.

Open call for applicants

The Royal Opera House would like to hear from Black, minority ethnic and disabled arts and cultural professionals who would like to jointly submit an application to the Arts Council`s Change Makers fund.

You do not need to have worked in Opera or Ballet before, but have a desire to develop your existing skills and experience in this area. We are looking for a creative, inspirational and ambitious individual, ready to make an impact on their career. You should be committed to the promotion of diversity in the arts and cultural sector, and confident and aspirational about affecting change in this area.

Submission requirements

  1. Please fill out the on-line form detailing educational achievements, memberships and training, and work history.
  2. An outline of how you could use a placement with the Royal Opera House to develop yourself as an aspiring leader (up to 400 words)
  3. Submit the outline (up to 400 words) of a creative project that you would be interested in leading with the Royal Opera House, should the funding application be successful, in one of the following areas:
    1. Opera
    2. Ballet
    3. Learning and Participation

For additional information or if you have access requirements please contact Angela Wachner on email angela.wachner@roh.org.uk or Tel: +44 (0)20 7212 9551.

Closing date: 10:00 on Monday 21st March 2016.

Applicants must have work authorization for the UK.

Sorry, this vacancy is closed.