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OCT is a vibrant, fun, and supportive workplace staffed by creative people who are passionate about theater, arts education, and community service. 


At Oregon Children’s Theatre, we work hard and have fun. When we hire, we look for people who are creative, collaborative, and passionate about our mission of creating exceptional theater experiences that transform lives. We approach all our work with respect for the intelligence and creativity of children.

OCT is the region’s largest nonprofit performing arts company for young audiences. For 30 years, we have provided professional arts and arts education programs in Oregon and SW Washington. Over a typical season, we reach over 130,000 children and families through stage productions, school performances and residencies, and theater classes. 

OCT is committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace that respects and celebrates individual differences and diversity.  We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to promote equity in our hiring practices inclusive of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status. We recognize that Oregon Children’s Theatre has been staffed by predominately white and able-bodied people over its 30-year history. We are committed to bringing in a more diverse pool of perspectives and lived experiences than has traditionally been represented internally. We especially encourage applications from candidates of traditionally underrepresented communities, and those who can help advance our goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Job Openings

Production Electrician

Director of Marketing and Communications

Production Electrician

Category: Temporary, Seasonal
Hours: Variable and somewhat flexible, will include occasional evenings and weekends.   
Department: Production
Supervisor: Production Manager
Location: OCT’s NE Portland Office, Scene Shop & Hatfield Hall
Compensation: Hourly, $18-$20/hour DOE 

Posted:  June 19, 2018
Application Deadline:  Monday, August 13, 2018.  First project begins in September; we encourage you to apply early.  We will review applications on a rolling basis and schedule interviews as they’re considered.   

To Apply:  E-mail a cover letter and resume to Kira Lombardozzi at with subject line “Production Electrician Job.” Please either: 

-Submit all materials as a single PDF (preferred), OR
-Name each file with your last name and document title (Sample: Lombardozzi Resume.pdf)  


The Production Electrician primarily manages the technical execution of lighting designs and supervises crews of stage electricians. OCT produces five mainstage productions in the Newmark and Winningstad Theatres each season (October - May). Additional responsibilities may include implementing or advising elements of projection or sound designs as well as events. The incumbent can expect to work 130-150 hours for each show including meetings, rentals, paperwork preparation, and running the load in & load out crews. Except tech week, hours are flexible. The job duration is show-based, and more than one individual may be hired. 

DUTIES (not all-inclusive)  

  • Faithfully implement the design as intended by the Lighting Designer (LD), communicating with LD throughout the design process to ensure timely, cost effective, professional quality work of the highest possible caliber. 

  • Collaborate with the production design team to facilitate artistic excellence and coordinate resources and schedules. 

  • Ensure that lighting design is executed within appropriate industry and safety standards. 

  • Partner with PM & LD to ensure design is executed within established budget. 

  • Generate and maintain archival documentation of lighting designs. 

  • Manage rentals of all lighting equipment necessary; including needed pick-up and returns. 

  • Consult with Technical Director (TD) to create load-in and strike workflow plans. 

  • Determine crew needs & supervise lighting crews (IATSE and/or non-union) for the load-in and strike/restore of each production. 

  • Organize, document, and manage OCT stock inventory of durable lighting & projection equipment and consumables. Report, repair or replace OCT-owned equipment as needed. 

  • Attend scheduled Production Meetings. 

  • Maintain lighting specific venue drawings and distribute to Lighting Designers. 

  • Additional support for projection design, student work, and events  as determined by PM. 


We seek an individual with directly applicable experience, who is both able to teach and willing to learn.   The successful candidate will be proactive, possess excellent time management and interpersonal skills, have strong attention to detail, and lead with a positive attitude. Being able to think ahead, problem solve and ask for clarification when needed are essential strengths. 

  • Three to five years of professional experience as a theatrical electrician, including at least 2 years as a Master Electrician or equivalent role. 

  • Experience and competence in all manner of theatrical lighting and effects, including DMX control, ETC Eos consoles, projection, LED & conventional fixtures, moving lights, practical wiring, and comfort with using old equipment as well as new technology. 

  • Strong computer proficiency [MS Office, Outlook, Lightwright, CAD software]. 

  • Ability to work days, weekends & evenings as needed to meet production deadlines. 

  • Competence to advise and enforce safety protocols. 

  • Applicant must be able to work both independently and as a crew leader. 

  • Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and draft technical drawings with CAD (Vectorworks preferred). 

  • Ability to lift, push or maneuver up to 50 lbs repeatedly either alone or with others. 

  • Ability to work at heights via ladders and/or personnel lifts. 

  • Ability to set up, operate, and maintain lighting, sound, and projection systems and configurations. 

  • Experience managing and prioritizing multiple initiatives and projects 

  • Valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to drive company van. 

Director of Marketing and Communications

Department: Marketing and Communications
Location: Portland OR. The Oregon Children’s Theatre office is at 1939 NE Sandy Blvd, with some work at performance venues at 1111 SW Broadway, Portland OR.
Compensation: Full-time/Year-Round exempt position with a base salary of $50,000 based on prior experience and qualifications. OCT offers comprehensive benefits, including health and dental insurance.

Deadline: We will begin scheduling interviews starting August 22nd with the goal of filling the position as soon as possible.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter detailing why you think you’d do well in this position, along with a resume outlining your experience and qualifications. PUT ALL DOCUMENTS IN ONE PDF and email to Please include your name and “Marketing Director” in the subject line.


Oregon Children’s Theatre (OCT) seeks a creative and innovative leader to guide its promotional, branding, and communications strategies. The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for overseeing initiatives to cultivate audience development and engagement with the goal of increasing attendance and participation, deepening patron loyalty, and advancing OCT’s brand.

The successful candidate will have proven experience in designing and executing successful communication strategies. They will demonstrate exceptional organizational and management skills, and be driven to meet unrelenting deadlines and critical goals. The Marketing and Communications Director must be curious and ready to adapt to ever-changing circumstances and new modes of communication and engagement.

The Director of Marketing and Communications reports to OCT’s Managing Director, works closely with the company’s Artistic Director to convey his artistic vision, and is a member of the senior leadership team. The position works hand-in-hand with OCT’s fundraising team to support an institutional communications strategy.

OCT’s office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 to 5:00; however, the nature of our work requires occasional work in the evening and on weekends, especially during the performance season.


* Implement marketing campaigns for OCT’s five mainstage productions, three Young Professionals Company productions, annual subscription renewal and acquisition campaigns, school field trip ticket sales, and Acting Academy registrations.

* Create and execute audience development strategies and initiatives, including direct mail, radio, television, print, outdoor, grassroots, digital advertising and publicity.

* Ensure that OCT’s brand and messaging are maintained throughout the organization.

* Analyze and recommend ticket pricing matrices and strategies, and consult on the management of ticket inventory to maximize revenue.

* Work collaboratively with the Development Department to coordinate messaging; marketing; ticket-buyer-to-donor conversion; and overall patron loyalty, retention and service.

* Support OCT’s Educational Theatre Program (a partnership with Kaiser Permanente) in its communications efforts.

* Oversee the solicitation and maintenance of media sponsorship and advertising trade agreements.

* Oversee media relations, including solicitation of feature coverage and reviews.

* Develop and oversee a comprehensive digital strategy, including the organization’s website and social media channels.

* Oversee the development of OCT’s printed and electronic publications, including playbill preparation and electronic newsletter.

* Create and manage departmental budgets and resources to achieve goals.

* Create, implement and analyze patron surveys and evaluation systems.

* Analyze historical and current sales data and patterns to enable data-driven decision making and forecasting.

* Track and report sales, and support Managing Director and Finance Manager in forecasting and reporting earned income from tickets sales and class registrations.

* Supervise all employees in marketing and communications: Sr. Marketing Associate, Marketing Associate, Graphic Designer (1/2 time).

* Oversee the Patron Services team to ensure the overall smooth operation, knowledge base and high customer service level of the Patron Services team.

* Assist with creating and managing implementation of pre-and post-show activities onsite in the theater lobby.

* Keep the theater’s equity and inclusion lens firmly focused on all marketing and communications initiatives.

* Other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will demonstrate the following experience and skills:

* Leadership Style: Collaborative and entrepreneurial. A highly organized, self-starter with ability to manage multiple projects on fixed deadlines. Ability to lead a team of talented individuals to deliver their best work, encourage their creativity, and foster their professional growth while achieving company goals. Lead with trust and transparency. Model a commitment to equity and inclusion.

* Education and/or Experience: Six or more years of related experience and/or training; interest and/or involvement in marketing. Experience in communications for nonprofit arts organizations or mission-based organization is preferred, but not required.

* Language Skills: Ability to write reports, business correspondence, business plans and effective marketing materials. Ability to effectively present information clearly, and respond

to questions from groups of managers, employees, board members, patrons and the general public in writing, by telephone, through face-to-face conversation and public speaking.

* Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of data and effectively convey the conclusions of that analysis to your team, peers and supervisors.

* Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of and comfort with database software; Microsoft Office Suite, in particular spreadsheet and word processing software; web CMS experience; and digital media best practices and execution.