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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. 



The mission of Oregon Children’s Theatre is to create exceptional theater experiences that transform lives. We believe theater and storytelling can educate, empower, inspire, and entertain in remarkable ways. Our vision is that all children, families, and communities have opportunities to learn and grow through theater and the arts. We approach all our work with respect for the intelligence and creativity of children.

OCT is the region's largest non-profit performing arts company for young audiences. For 30 years, we have provided professional arts and arts education programs in Oregon & SW Washington. Over a typical season, we reach over 120, 000 children and families through stage productions, school performances and residencies, and theater classes. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website ( to learn more about our mission and programs.


Oregon Children’s Theatre believes communities are stronger when they are diverse, and we are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace with that in mind. 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 historically staffed by predominately white and non-disabled people. We especially encourage applications from those who bring us new perspectives and lived experiences, candidates of traditionally underrepresented identities, and those who will advance our goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We welcome requests for accommodations during the application or employment process. 

Job Openings

Patron Services Assistant

Department: Patron Services

Location: Portland OR. OCT offices at 1939 NE Sandy Blvd, with some work at performance venues at 1111 SW Broadway, Portland OR.

Compensation: This position is nonexempt with an hourly rate of $14. It is 20-30 hours a week, January through June.

Deadline: We will begin scheduling interviews starting November 29th with the goal of filling the position as soon as possible.

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume outlining your experience and qualifications. PUT ALL DOCUMENTS IN ONE PDF and email to Please include your name and “Patron Services Associate” in the subject line.


The Patron Services department of Oregon Children’s Theatre (OCT) ensures that audience members, program participants, and patrons receive exceptional service and support through every interaction and every transaction. Impeccable customer service is one of our highest priorities and the key to sustaining great relationships with children, families, and teachers.

We seek to fill the position of Patron Services Assistant with an individual who brings a strong commitment to customer service and care. Position will be hourly and will be between 20-30 hours a week depending on seasonal needs.

This position will be representing OCT at Hatfield Hall (1111 SW Broadway, Portland OR) during school and public performances. This requires strong communication skills and a high level of service that aligns with OCT’s mission.


* Drive sales through exemplary service, upselling, and subscription promotion.

* Maintain thorough knowledge of the ticketing software and ticketing policies.

* Serve as the OCT liaison for school performances. Coordinate with the house manager to greet and seat schools and troubleshoot issues with school orders.

* Manage the box office at Hatfield Hall during public performances. (40% of the job is during the weekends when in production.)

* Responsible for being the first on phones/walk-ups and is able to assist with a variety of patron needs, including: ticket sales, school field trip sales and invoicing, resolving ticket issues, gift certificate purchases, general questions about OCT performances and programming, call forwarding, and other patron needs.

* Diverse administrative tasks including: voucher fulfillment, printing and mailing tickets, data entry, office supply management, and preparation of will call.


* Dedication to sales and customer service. Ticketing experience preferred, but not required.

* Strong oral and written communication skills.

* Strong attention to detail.

* The ability to exercise independent judgement when helping patrons with varying needs.

* Trustworthiness and ability to work with cash and confidential financial information.

* Ability to work with and learn a variety of software applications, including the PatronManager system and MS Office.

* Strong work ethic with a dedication to exceptional quality and service.

* Ability to work with people in a variety of settings with a positive attitude and care.

* The ability to work weekends at Hatfield Hall during productions, and the occasional evening shift.

* A passion for theater, and a dedication to the OCT mission of creating exceptional theater experiences that transform lives.