Communications Assistant

Department: Creative Content
Available: Immediately

POSITION SUMMARY

The Communications Assistant coordinates 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, demonstrated 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 contract 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
  • Collects and distributes media coverage to Met staff, board, and other constituents; monitors and distributes breaking news coverage
  • Represents the Met before performances and at intermission 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 and Skill Requirements

  • One year of experience in public relations, ideally with an arts organization or related agency
  • 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.

E-Mail (Preferred): resumes@metopera.org