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Full-Time Opportunities
 
Manager of Institutional Giving

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts has an exciting opportunity in our Development Department for a dynamic fundraising professional. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Institutional Giving Manager will play a key role in a premiere arts organization and will be responsible for helping to significantly increase revenue over the next five years. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation, corporate, and government funders;
  • Generate written communications, including letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and periodic updates on activities to secure renewals and new funding.  Comply with grant reporting requirements;
  • In concert with the Managing Director, develop strategy to grow the organization’s corporate giving program;
  • Identify and research new institutional funding prospects. Work with Managing and Artistic Director’s to implement cultivation and solicitation strategies;
  • Establish and manage a system to track corporate, foundation, and government grants and reporting deadlines;
  • Work closely with the Finance Department to prepare financial reports and other information for tracking, analysis, and budgeting purposes.  Set income, expenses and other goals for institutional giving program;
  • Plan for cultivation opportunities for institutional supporters, including invitations to theatrical events;
  • Ensure the accuracy of donor records and generate timely acknowledgements;
  • Prepare briefing materials for Managing Director and Artistic Director; provide reports to the Board of Directors;
  • Represent Olney Theatre Center to funders and in the community, as needed
  • Contribute to institutional materials as needed, including annual reports, departmental reports and board updates;
  • Provide supervision and guidance to Olney Theatre apprentices;
  • Participate in initiatives and events related to the Theatre’s mission.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum three to five years fundraising experience or combination of education and experience
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to write and edit persuasively on issues related to the performing arts and arts education
  • Strong attention to details
  • Superb interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with staff at all levels, ability to interact with donors and ability to represent the organization with tact, diplomacy and confidentiality
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to conduct and coordinate multiple tasks under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to prepare budgets
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is required
  • Knowledge of performing arts or related field is strongly preferred
  • Availability to work evening hours and weekend, as needed
  • Knowledge of state and county grant system is preferred
  • Knowledge of Raisers Edge, Tessitura or other fundraising software is strongly preferred

Salary commensurate with experience.  Olney Theatre Center offers a full benefits package.  Olney Theatre Center is an equal opportunity employer.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to Debbie Ellinghaus, Managing Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  No phone calls, please.

 

 

 

Senior Manager of Individual Giving

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts has an exciting opportunity in our Development Department for a dynamic, creative, go-getting fundraising professional. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Senior Manager of Individual Giving  will have primary responsibility for leading the organization’s annual giving efforts and manage a portfolio of donors giving up to $5,000.  The Sr. Individual Giving Manager will play a key role in a premiere arts organization and responsible for helping to significantly increase revenue over the next five years.

Responsibilities include:

  • Set strategy and execute fundraising plans for sustaining and growing the number of annual donors, increasing gift amounts, and converting annual donors to major donors;
  • Lead new funder prospecting, including: research, analysis of fit, and proposal writing;
  • Solicit and close annual gifts;
  • Manage all appeals, implement and monitor online giving initiatives, and work collaboratively with other program areas to advance fundraising goals;
  • Oversee database management, gift processing, fulfillment of donor benefits, gift recognition, donor correspondence, and direct mail campaigns;
  • Supervise Special Events Associate and coordinate events logistics to ensure an exceptional donor experience, with focus on cultivation and stewardship and post-event follow-up;
  • With Managing Director, conceptualize and implement small donor cultivation events for the purpose of growing major donors;
  • Assist the Managing Director, Board of Directors and Gala Committee in planning and executing the annual gala;
  • Support the Managing and Artistic Directors in Major Gift efforts;
  • Provide support to the Board of Directors;
  • Work with marketing and communications team to develop strategies for development presence in all materials and website;
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of donor communications; Prepare regular reports on all campaign activities;
  • Monitor and report on revenue and expense related to individual giving.
  • Ensure the accuracy of donor records and generate timely acknowledgements;
  • Contribute to institutional materials as needed, including annual reports, departmental reports and board updates;
  • In collaboration with other departments, provide volunteer management;
  • Provide supervision and guidance to Olney Theatre apprentices;
  • Represent Olney Theatre Center, as needed and participate in initiatives and events related to the Theatre’s mission.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum three to five years fundraising or similar experience, or a combination of education and professional experience
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to write and edit persuasively on issues related to the performing arts and arts education
  • Strong attention to details
  • Superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with staff at all levels, ability to interact with donors and ability to represent the organization with tact, diplomacy and confidentiality
  • Ability to schedule and conduct face-to-face meetings with donors and prospects
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to conduct and coordinate multiple tasks under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to prepare and track budgets
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively across departments
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is required
  • Knowledge of performing arts or related field is preferred
  • Availability to work evening hours and weekend, as needed
  • Knowledge of Raisers Edge, Tessitura or other fundraising software is strongly preferred

Salary commensurate with experience.  Olney Theatre Center offers a full benefits package.  Olney Theatre Center is an equal opportunity employer.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send resume and cover letter to Debbie Ellinghaus, Managing Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  No phone calls, please.

 

Part-Time Opportunities


Front of House Associate Position

Olney Theatre Center, an AEA COST theater with four performance facilities producing an eight-play season plus special events, seeks part-time Front-of-House Associates. This position will work 10-20 hours per week during shows, both weeknights and weekend shifts, as well as occasional weekday shifts and holidays. One must have great customer service skills, and a dedication to service of the theatre and its patrons.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Front-of-House Sales: Setup, operate, and close up the gift shop, concessions, and alcohol sales for the theatre during performances
  • Customer Service: Assist House Management staff in creating a safe and welcoming environment at the Olney Theatre Center, providing hands-on assistance as necessary / requested
  • Maintain the cleanliness of public spaces, backstage areas, and artist residencies. This includes but is not limited to: theatres, lobbies, dressing rooms, and bathrooms


REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum one (1) year customer service experience
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Strong and proven customer service skills
  • Cash handling experience
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to multitask and to work well under pressure
  • Experience with performing arts organizations and/or restaurant and hospitality experience preferred
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and must have, or be currently pursuing a high school diploma or equivalent

COMPENSATION

  • $8.50/hour

HOW TO APPLY

Please email the following materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :

  • A resume outlining work experience and education  
  • The name, phone number and email address of one professional reference
  • The name, phone number and email address of one personal reference
  • A brief statement of interest 
Music Directors, Conductors, and Keyboardists

Olney Theatre Center is currently accepting applications for Music Directors, Conductors & Keyboardists for POSSIBLE openings in our 2014 & 2015 seasons.  A handful of applicants will be invited to attend an audition/interview in the Fall and the rest of the resumes will be kept for future consideration.  All conductor applicants need to be proficient on piano and all applicants must have local housing.   Please submit resumes and references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Volunteer

Friends of Olney Theatre (FOOT) is a volunteer community outreach program which supports the mission of Olney Theatre Center.  Committees include housing, welcoming, administrative, opening night, special events, family theater outreach, public outreach, and lobby ambassador. Join today! Please call Wesley Meekins at 301.924.4485 x130 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Olney Theatre Center Institute Advanced Training Program

Each class of full-time apprenticeships plays an essential role in Olney Theatre Center (OTC) operations. Working in every department of production, apprenticeships will learn standards of professionalism while building their resumes and/or portfolios, making them more marketable to future employers.

OTC Apprenticeships offer emerging theatre artists a bridge between the university and the profession. The apprenticeship aims to develop each individual’s skill and knowledge of the professional theatre world through hands-on work in a professional theatre.

Apprenticeships work alongside production staff and directly with visiting directors and designers on various productions in a variety of spaces. From a one-man show performed in a black box to a full-scale, main stage musical, OTC produces a range of theatrical productions.

Each participant will explore his or her chosen discipline (lights, costumes, etc.) while exploring other interests within the theatre. However, acceptance of an apprenticeship requires a full-time commitment. Due to the variable and extended hours of the program and the nature of theatre work, outside employment is not possible.

Learn more about the program and available apprenticeships here.

 

Auditions
Olney Theatre Center

Olney Theatre Center is a professional, award-winning regional theater, and operates under an Actors' Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract and casts primarily from actors who are based in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area.

In addition to holding auditions onsite, Olney Theatre Center representatives attend the League of Washington Theatres auditions, the Greater Washington/Baltimore AEA Liaison auditions (in Washington, DC) and AEA principal auditions in New York City.  Actors may also submit their pictures and resumes electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Materials may also be sent by US Mail to the Theatre address.
 
National Players

Celebrating their 66th season National Players is "America's Longest Running Touring Company." National Players tours from mid-September to mid-May with three shows in repertory, which may perform together or separately.

If you are interested in auditioning for National Players, you must be a non-equity actor who has completed a post-high school academic experience (i.e. college degree or certificate program). More information about National Players auditions can be found here.

Play Submissions

Olney Theatre Center does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.