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Communications Assistant

Metropolitan Opera

The Communications Assistant works to coordinate a variety of Met-related activities within a fast-paced in-house press department. The ideal candidate is a motivated, collaborative self-starter with a love of opera and excellent writing skills who demonstrates excellent judgment and attention to detail.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assists with logistics of on- and off-site interviews with Met artists and staff, related to both Met performances and the institution itself
  • Manages contact database and targeted media lists for various Met activities
  • Primary responsibility for routing and answering incoming inquiries from press via phone and general press inbox
  • Primary responsibility for processing press ticket requests, including responding and assigning seats to journalists
  • Selects relevant multimedia assets (audio, photo, video) and distributes for inclusion with reviews and features and on the Met’s own distribution channels
  • Assists with setup and monitoring for in-house photo shoots and filming opportunities, including notification of all relevant parties and unions
  • Tracks ongoing and in-process press coverage across all media outlets; monitors and distributes breaking news coverage
  • Collects and distributes media coverage to Met staff, board, and other constituents; monitors and shares breaking news coverage
  • Represents the Met before performances and at intermissions to provide critics with information and answer questions (approximately one performance per week throughout the opera season)
  • Manages department budget, invoices, petty cash, and payroll processing
  • Works with other PR staff to create story ideas and target media lists to promote Met performances

Qualifications & Skill Requirements:

  • One year of experience in public relations, ideally with an arts organization or related agency, preferred
  • Knowledge of today’s opera world and its leading figures
  • Excellent communication skills: verbal, writing, editing
  • Patient, pleasant, and professional demeanor; understanding of artistic needs
  • Desire to grow professionally as a publicist for the performing arts
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed (usually one performance per week)

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@metopera.org, including “Communications Assistant” in the subject line of your e-mail.

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