Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks a

Development Director


This is an exciting time to work at Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) – one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. We are emerging from the pandemic in a position of strength and well-positioned for the future. We are financially solid and debt free. Our Board is actively engaged in oversight and stewardship. Our 250 employees are resilient and energized. We are adding two new studios to facilitate growth. Programmatically, OBT is robust. Our professional company of 27 dancers perform a season of five shows featuring both classical and contemporary work. OBT2, our junior company, boasts dancers of exceptional talent. Our nationally-renowned School trains hundreds of students from across the county. Our community education programs reach thousands of students in classrooms across the region. We are committed to advancing equity and creating a culture of kindness.


The Director of Development leads OBT’s strategy to raise $2.4 million annually now and at least $3.4 million annually within five years – a growth goal supported by data. This is a member of the senior leadership team who participates in strategic decision-making, provides exemplary leadership, and serves as a critical thought partner to the Executive Director, Artistic Director and Board of Directors. We seek to build an exceptional fundraising program that includes robust prospect relationship management, strategic institutional partnerships, and effective pipeline management through a successful, data-driven annual giving program. In addition to managing a personal portfolio of current and prospective major donors, they will actively manage prospect portfolios for executive leadership and Board members.


Results-driven. Innovative. Energetic. Relational. Seven (7) or more years progressive fund development experience raising at least $2 million annually with a proven track record of major gift solicitation and prospect relationship management. Leadership experience planning and implementing annual operating, endowment, planned giving, or capital campaigns. Prior experience managing or supporting annual fundraising events. Exceptional interpersonal skills and a high degree of professionalism combined with the ability to influence, build consensus and productively engage with a wide range of stakeholders including staff, Board, patrons, and community leaders.


$100,000. – $125,000. annually DOE and full benefits, including: employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; and 23 days off annually (15 days PTO and 8 holidays). Employees may also elect and self-fund the following benefits: 403(b) retirement plan; short-term and/or long-term disability insurance; flexible spending account for health-related expenses and/or childcare; and additional life insurance.


Email cover letter, resume and salary history 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.

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