Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks a

Development Associate


This is an exciting time to work at Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT), a classically-based professional ballet company established in 1989 in Portland, Oregon. The company performs an annual season of programs while participating in many community events, as well as regional and national touring. OBT has grown from being a respected regional company to one of national significance, and developed a reputation for breaking the boundaries of what people expect from a night at the ballet. The OBT School is recognized as one of the premiere ballet schools in the country. OBT’s work in dance education includes a far-reaching community engagement program, connecting with students and adults throughout the Portland metropolitan region and Oregon.

OBT is supported by an actively engaged Board, respected executive leadership, 250 committed and talented staff, healthy finances, and a pre-pandemic budget approaching $9 million. For more information, recent news, and a full job description, information, visit: www.obt.org.


OBT is committed to the vitality of ballet as an art form that is accessible to everyone. We seek people who have lived, volunteer and/or have professional experience partnering, communicating, and engaging with communities of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other communities.


Under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Development Associate is involved in all key functions of development operations and makes a significant contribution to achieving OBT’s fundraising goals. This position works collaboratively with the Development team in overseeing annual giving campaigns, donor stewardship events and benefits, development communications, gift processing, and strategic utilization of the Tessitura CRM database. This is a pivotal position on the team, working synchronously with staff, artists, executive leadership, and the Board while interacting closely with OBT donors and the public. The work related to this position directly supports OBT’s mission and reflects the organization’s core values and highest ethical standards. Salary begins @ $44,000 annually.


We seek candidates with two years of professional, volunteer and/or lived experience in development, events, marketing, or patron services. Additional qualifications are listed in the full job description, linked below.


Submit a cover letter, and resume or CV, and one writing sample to jobs@obt.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. A full job description can be obtained HERE.