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DEIA Advisor
Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati, Ohio
Job Summary

Cincinnati Opera is seeking a skilled professional with excellent interpersonal and communication abilities, along with a proven track record in DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility). The Advisor for Diversity & Inclusion interfaces with the CEO, senior management, and board leadership in advancing the organization's strategic initiatives.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Serve as a resource for the latest best practices, trends, and research associated with advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) initiatives.
  • Provide strategic advice on DEIA considerations as an integral part of the organization’s planning processes.
  • Identify and implement comprehensive training programs aimed at educating staff, visiting artists, and the board on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Act as the primary liaison with the Board’s DEIA Committee, ensuring seamless communication and alignment of initiatives.
  • Attend weekly Planning Team meetings.
  • Collaborate with HR to formulate inclusive recruitment and hiring practices, offering guidance on attracting a diverse pool of candidates for open roles.
  • Foster cultural competence among both staff and the board, contributing to the establishment of a workplace culture that is both respectful and inclusive.
  • Play a key role in programming discussions, providing insights to identify opportunities that align with DEIA goals.
  • Cultivate relationships with DEIA professionals in the arts, non-profit, and corporate sectors, facilitating collaboration and information exchange.
  • Establish, monitor, and report on metrics related to diversity and inclusion, offering a clear overview of the organization’s progress.
  • Establish, monitor, and report on metrics related to supplier diversity.
  • Provide data related to diversity and accessibility in response to grant requests.
  • Advocate for and ensure accessibility in all aspects of the company's operations, from physical spaces to digital platforms.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Prior experience as a consultant or advisor
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations
  • Experience working with senior management teams
  • 5+ years in DEIA, corporate compliance, supplier diversity, or human resources
  • Ability to work with diverse group of professionals

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional experience working with an arts or cultural organization

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, and use hands. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, far vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may need to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • The position requires comportment satisfactory to working in an office setting.


This is a one-year contract position, averaging 40 hours per month, with a fee of $1,800 to $2,000 per month. As this is a contract role, the position does not offer benefits.

About Cincinnati Opera

Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera is one of the oldest and most highly regarded opera companies in the United States. Known for its longstanding partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a roster of world-class singers, and its spectacular performance venue, Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati Opera has received numerous accolades and awards, including a recent nomination for the prestigious International Opera Award. Cincinnati Opera offers a primary season of performances from June through August (paid attendance 17,000-20,000), plus a host of events through the year, including educational programming, small-scale public performances, recitals, and fundraisers.

How to apply

To apply online at or email!

Cincinnati Opera is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.

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