Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks a


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 as evidenced by the invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center in 2008, the “Ballet Across America” series in 2013, and Wolf Trap in 2014. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Irving, OBT has continued to make its mark nationally. While maintaining a strong classical foundation, the company has broadened its contemporary repertory, and produced thematic programs touching on issues such as race, the environment, and gender roles. OBT has 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 of Trustees, 200 staff, and an annual budget approaching $9 million. For more information, recent news, and a full job description, visit 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 Development Director, the Major Gifts Manager leads the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of 250 individuals each giving at least $1,000. annually, and over $500,000. in aggregate. Portfolio constituents include current and lapsed donors, representatives of corporate supporters, and donor prospects among subscribers, individual ticket buyers, and fundraising event attendees. This is a pivotal position on OBT’s development team, working collaboratively and strategically with staff, executive leadership, and the Board of Trustees.


We seek candidates with three-five years of professional, volunteer and/or lived experience raising at least $300,000. annually from individual major donors in a non-profit setting. 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.