Opera North is England’s national opera company in the North and a leading European arts organisation. Acclaimed for its imaginative programming and innovative productions on the main stage, Opera North also programmes its own venue, the Howard Assembly Room, with an enormous diversity of activity.

We create music and opera for everyone, and we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and sections of the community. Opera North is committed to Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity in all aspects of our recruitment and employment practices and we are the first opera company to be awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status. We are keen to encourage a diverse range of perspectives, skills, experience and knowledge within Opera North and to support this commitment and to help us develop our policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form.

If you need any help applying to a job, including any adjustments to the application process, and if you’re applying under the Disability Confident Committed Scheme, please contact appointments@operanorth.co.uk

If not otherwise stated, all deadlines are at 23.59pm.

We regret that we cannot contact applicants individually about their applications. If you have not heard from us within 14 days of the job closing, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion and keep an eye out for future vacancies.

Howard Assembly Room Event Assistant

Committed to producing high quality work that informs, excites and entertains, Opera North is looking for experienced and well-motivated individuals to fill the role of Event Assistant.

Successful candidates will have proven customer service and sales experience. You will have excellent organisational and communication skills, with attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure, on your own and as part of a team.

Candidates will be assessed at a recruitment workshop where they will carry out three group tasks.

Salary: £9.90 per hour in line with Real Living Wage. Expected minimum call of 3.5 hours.
Deadline for applications: Sunday 28 August 2022
Recruitment workshops to be held at: Howard Assembly Room, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU

Howard Assembly Room Event Assistant Job DescriptionEquality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Music Therapist

Opera North is seeking an inspiring and experienced music therapist to develop and deliver a year-round programme of engaging group music sessions with clear outcomes within the award winning Opera North Education programme; with a focus on the In Harmony Opera North SEND provision and dementia related activity in particular.

The successful candidate will have a background in music therapy, a solid classical music training and be able to demonstrate experience of working professionally delivering group music sessions for children and adults with special educational needs and disabilities.

The post is subject to satisfactory DBS clearance and is available for two days a week initially; with potential for growth subject to funding.

Salary: £29,779 per annum (pro-rata)
Deadline for applications: Sunday 4 September 2022

Music Therapist Job DescriptionEquality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Part-time Finance Officer (Purchasing)

Opera North’s Finance team have a busy and varied workload. The finance function supports all aspects of Opera North’s work, which has recently expanded in size with the recent re-opening of the Howard Assembly Room venue and the opening of Kino, a bar and restaurant.

The Part-time Finance Officer (Purchasing) role primarily supports purchasing and supplier payments systems. As a charity, operating in the arts sector, there are also a number of more specific reporting requirements we work to in addition to those required of regular companies.

We are keen to hear from people with at least two years’ professional experience in a finance/accountancy department, with good experience of purchase ledger and a working knowledge of VAT.

This is a part-time role of 21 hours per week.

Salary: £23,000 per annum (full time equivalent)
Deadline for applications: Monday 5 September 2022
Interviews expected: Thursday 15 September 2022

Please note the interviews will be held in our Leeds office (Howard Opera Centre, 8 Harrison St, Leeds, LS1 6PA) but if you can only attend an interview remotely we are happy to meet you online – in this case we would ask you to visit our office before accepting any job offer.

Part-time Finance Officer (Purchasing) Job DescriptionEquality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes

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Sustainability Champion

Opera North is seeking to appoint a Sustainability Champion to track, guide and support our work towards creating a sustainable opera season in autumn 2023.

This person would be:

  • Carbon Literate trained and have an understanding of carbon calculators
  • Have experience with environmental sustainability
  • Have an understanding of theatre production management

The role would involve:

  • Creating a Green Production Agreement that is then signed by everyone involved in the production
  • Ensuring all key members of the team have undertaken carbon literacy training
  • Collating the Materials Inventory according to the Green Book Baseline and Intermediate productions
  • Lead the post-show evaluation of the season against its Green Book target

It is recognised that the Sustainability Champion doesn’t own sustainability for the season as sustainability is a shared responsibility. But the Champion will ensure that everyone involved to take ownership of the role they play in contributing to a sustainable show. The Champion will not be made to feel like a policeman but will be there to support all the Opera North teams in achieving the sustainability aims.

The Sustainability Champion will contribute and support, help think through problems and brainstorm solutions, point team members to advice, and act as a conduit in making sure the team acts as a unit on sustainability matters.

The season will open in Leeds in September 2023 before touring to Newcastle, Salford, Nottingham Hull. The production process is now underway and we are seeking a Sustainability Champion to be appointed as soon as possible at the very beginning of the design process.

Expressions of Interest
Opera North is seeking expressions of interest from freelancers to become our Sustainability Champion for the season.  Scope of hours and contact time will be negotiated with the successful candidate based on their preferred approach to the task.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity further please contact Opera North’s General Director, Richard Mantle at richard.mantle@operanorth.co.uk.

Sustainability Champion Tender | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy | Guidance Notes


Disability Confident Committed

As users of the disability confident scheme, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy will be offered an interview.

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