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Job Description

PURPOSE: To provide leadership while ensuring the preservation and availability of San Francisco Opera Archives


  • Master’s Degree in Library Science with a concentration in archives management
  • Preferred degree in history
  • Minimum ten years archiving management experience
  • Certified Archivist preferred
  • Superior project management and organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills required, including strong familiarity with Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and Outlook
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all artists, staff, public, and volunteers in a professional, confidential and tactful manner
  • Ability to apply good judgment, creative thinking to all strategic planning activities
  • Ability to work independently; prioritize tasks
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Knowledge of opera and classical performing arts preferred but not required
  • Reliable daily attendance and punctuality
  • Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner
  • Detailed understanding and experience with the most current archival/records management technology


  • Provide professional archive leadership to continue the development of the Company’s Archive across all departments
  • In accordance with accepted standards and practices, preserve important objects and documents, including works of art, transcripts of meetings, photographs and historic objects, production elements (costumes, props, renderings, etc.), electronic media in different formats and traditional paper records of San Francisco Opera and its affiliate organizations
  • Plan and oversee the Archive arrangement and cataloguing of collections
  • Provide archive protocols to Senior Staff members on how to identify and implement respective department’s archive
  • Collect, organize and maintain control over a wide range of information deemed important for permanent safekeeping
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for public access to the Archives in the soon-to-be-open Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera
  • Collaborate with IS and Communications on the process by which the online archive will be maintained and continued
  • Recommend, implement, and manage the integration of sophisticated archival/records management technology
  • Determine the education and public outreach programs such as tours, presentations, and lectures relating to the Archives
  • Develop and responsibly manage the Archives budget
  • Provide leadership and manage employee relations with all assigned staff and archive volunteers
  • Collaborate with the SFO Media Department on the preservation of existing and upcoming video/radio broadcasts


  • Provide a detailed audit of the current Company Archive and develop a comprehensive operational plan
  • Direct the acquisition, storage and exhibition of collections, including negotiating and authorizing in collaboration with the Director of Communications on the purchase, sales, exchange, or loan of collections
  • Participate in fund raising for the Archives, which may include the writing and reviewing of grant proposals, journal articles, publicity materials as well as attendance at meetings, conventions, and civic events
  • Develop and implement a plan to integrate the Opera’s archival materials stored at the Museum of Performance and Design with the Wilsey Center for Opera Archives
  • Prepare archive materials for the Company’s Centennial Celebration, beginning with the 2022 season
  • Pursue alternative storage possibilities
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

How to Apply

E-mail required cover letter and résumé with salary requirements directly to or fax to (415) 551-6297. No phone calls please. San Francisco Opera only retains résumés that are sent in response to specific, posted job openings.

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