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Interim Director of Opera and Visiting Assistant Professor, UMKC Conservatory, 81972

University of Missouri-Kansas City
UMKC Volker Campus

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Job Title: Interim Director of Opera and Visiting Assistant Professor, UMKC Conservatory, 81972
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 41774
Hiring Department

University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory invites applications for a one-year interim Director of Opera and Visiting Assistant Professor position to begin fall 2022.

Job Description

Serve as director for opera productions, showcases and workshops in the Conservatory; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in opera, according to field of expertise and the needs of the Conservatory; work collaboratively with the Conservatory faculty in choosing repertoire, casting, developing classes and coursework, and the general production of opera; work as a liaison between UMKC Theatre and our producing partners, including the Young Artist Program partners at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City; contribute to the creative/scholarly, academic and service environments characteristic of a Conservatory within a university; enrich the diverse cultural environment of the Kansas City metropolitan community.

Minimum Qualifications

Demonstrated successful and innovative experience in directing for opera at the university level; excellent collaborative skills and significant professional experience in opera; documented success as an artistic leader; strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate level teaching; professional experience at the regional and/or national level as an director; terminal degree in a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a one-year, full time, unranked, non-tenure-track, benefit eligible, nine-month appointment. The appointment starts Fall of 2022.


Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin May 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

To be considered, you must complete the application which contains two (2) sections: 1. Name and Contact Information 2. Combine all application materials (a letter of interest, curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments, and artistic credentials (and a list of at least five references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /,&, %, etc.).

If you need technical assistance, please call (800) 488-5288.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

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