MAIN PURPOSE: The Managing Director leads and manages the executive team at Cape Town Opera (CTO) to achieve the strategic objectives of the company. The incumbent:

  • negotiates with key funding agencies, donors, artistic and academic collaborators to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organisation;
  • promotes CTO in local, national and international arenas and builds relationships with community and decision-making funders;
  • performs the role of the Managing Director; and
  • serves as a member of the CTO Board of Directors.


MAIN DETAILS: The position is full-time and the incumbent is based in Cape Town, South Africa. The role requires sensitivity to stakeholder expectations; the ability to engage with the media; an extensive knowledge of the performing arts; an understanding of non-profit legislation related to CTO and its related entities’ legal statuses; and a broad understanding of finance.  Key to the position is the ability to raise significant funds and to realize financially beneficial partnerships.  The incumbent must have a proven track record in managing local, national and international collaborations and networks, and managing a largescale team. The incumbent is required to travel nationally and internationally. The incumbent directs the organisation’s diversity policy plans.

REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: 10 years’ relevant experience.

REPORTS TO: Chairperson of the Board of Cape Town Opera

DIRECT REPORTS TO THIS POSITION: Artistic Director; Managers of Production, Finances, Marketing, Fundraising and Human Resource departments; Youth Development and Education department.



Strategic Management: establishes strategic plans, and formulates and proposes changes to the strategic direction of the organisation, including communication with and reporting to all key stakeholders; monitors development and progress of departmental operational plans and activities.

Expected results: strategic plans are approved by the Board and are successfully implemented; detailed operational plans for all departments are created and progress is reported against plans.

Finance: secures funding partnerships and collaborations that directly benefit CTO; directs funding allocations within the constraints of policy and obligations; approves all annual expenses and income budgets for submission to the Board; approves extraordinary expenditure.

Expected results: funding and partnerships allow for the attainment of strategic goals, financial health and a positive cash flow; budgets are approved by the Board.

People Leadership and Human Resources:  creates a learning culture through continuous skills development and knowledge transfer; develops staff succession plans and career paths; completes annual reviews of direct report departmental heads; has oversight of legal requirements for all labour related issues.

Expected results: an empowered and skilled workforce; retention of professional skills; staff career aspirations managed including feedback on progress and growth development opportunities; overall organisational compliance with labour laws.

Transformation: creates an environment that is supportive of institutional transformation and is sensitive to the changing needs of society.

Expected results: continuous recruitment of persons to match the demographics of the region, and support for overall CTO transformation.

Stakeholder Relations: builds relationships with communities and funding decision-makers; acts as spokesperson for CTO; reports to the Board of CTO; and represents the best interests of the organisation.

Expected results: strategic business relationships are developed and maintained; and CTO products are promoted to national and international communities.

Risk Management: directs the management of strategies to mitigate against risk.

Expected results: financial and operational risks are assessed and mitigated; compliance with laws and regulations governing CTO as a non- profit organisation.



Financial and computer literacy:  understands budgets, cash flows and audited financial statements, understands and operates computer software packages.

Proficiency levels: a general understanding of financial spreadsheets and reports, email, internet, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Technical skills and knowledge:  possesses, maintains and applies the skills and knowledge appropriate to one’s own technical or professional discipline, function or role.

Proficiency levels : either a deep or a wide knowledge of the basic principles, theory and practices of the performing arts and organisational management and direction; the ability to apply a range of practices, procedures and specialist techniques sometimes in unpredictable contexts; and a competency to provide professional advice to the business.



Key competencies:  adaptability; building relationships/partnerships; sound business acumen; providing excellent service to internal and external clients; successful conflict management; innovation/initiative-taking; professionalism; results orientation and team leadership of a diverse staff.



To apply: send your CV and covering letter motivating your suitability for the position, including details for at least three contactable referees to CTO’s Human Resources administrator at: Application closing dates: 1 June 2018.