Job Title: Editorial Manager
Department: Marketing and Communications
Reports To: Editor-in-Chief
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Prepared: May 2021
Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Manager is responsible for the content creation and editing
for Houston Grand Opera. With the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Manager splits their time between the
Marketing/Communications and Development teams, which together operate as HGO's Department of
Advancement. The Editorial Manager handles the management and execution, in collaboration with the
Editor-in-Chief, of four to five annual issues of Opera Cues, HGO's self-published magazine/program
book from concept, content creation, and completion. Additionally, the Editorial Manager oversees and
contributes to writing, editing, and production of the Company's other publications including but not
limited to four to six additional program books, four donor newsletters (Opera UNLEASHED) as well as
digital copy, marketing and fundraising collateral, and press materials. The Editorial Manager is
responsible for content creation and proofing for all marketing efforts including, direct mail, email
marketing, website copy, etc. The Editorial Manager assists in the content creation and research of
development grants, proposals, reports, and other initiatives as needed, including drafting donor-centric
communications for Company leadership, letters of support, fundraising letters, and reports on Company
activities. The Editorial Manager works closely with multiple departments including artistic, HGOco,
HGO Studio, etc. and serves as a resource for writing and editing.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Plans and creates editorial content with direct input from all departments.
o Writes articles and contributes copy, proofreads all submissions, and assists with the
overall messaging in publications.
o Commissions writers, research reprints, and negotiates fees
o Assigns internal (staff) writers to projects
o Project manages and contributes to the overall completion of all publications and content.
• Working with communications team and external publishers, oversees the design, production,
printing, delivery and distribution of publications, including routing of internal approvals and
supervision of press-checks.
• Assists in project management, contributes, and develops five issues of Opera Cues:
o Content planning with the Marketing and Communication team
o Assigns articles to various team members and edits submissions
o Works closely with design team for layout and pagination of publication
o Oversees advertising sales, ad delivery and ad revenue collection for Opera Cues and
manages external contractor
o Research and outreach to artists and artists' management for latest bios, headshots, etc.
• Drafts development writing projects as assigned by editor-in-chief and in collaboration with the
o Content creation and research for grants, proposals, reports
o Donor newsletters (Opera UNLEASHED) and other donor-centric communications
o Fundraising letters and other collateral
o Donor-centric annual reports on Company activities
• Adapts copy for different platforms including web, social, advertorial, etc.
• Researches, writes, and edits company materials as needed, and provides editorial support for consumer bound communications including social media, web content, advertising copy, etc.
• Establishes, communicates, and enforces deadlines for all assignments and content submission.
• The role is collaborative with the entire organization and participates in rotating inter-departmental Communications meetings (Artistic/Production, HGOco, Development Team, and Marketing) and disseminates information from these meetings to all participants.
• Participates in rotating Front of House duties at least once a repertoire
• Manages licensing for photography and artwork as needed for any publications of the company
• Maintains and communicates HGO's stylistic and creative requirements
• Provides abbreviated programs for final dress rehearsals
• Budget management for published projects, including CUES, newsletters and program books
• Working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style required
Bachelor's degree with a minimum of five years editorial/publications experience required, excellent writing and editing skills, a strong editorial point of view, strong project management abilities, and superb communications skills. Working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style required. Understanding of media and copyright law required; knowledge of classical music and opera will be strongly considered.
The Editorial Manager works closely with the department's leadership and should be able to provide status updates on projects and communicate well with the team. Deadline driven position that requires a strong attention to detail. Some nights and weekends may be required during heavy production periods.
To apply for this position, please visit Houston Grand Opera's job board at
https://www.houstongrandopera.org/employment-and-auditions/ RESUMES ACCEPTED UNTIL FILLED.
Houston Grand Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race,
color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.