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Full-Time Opportunities 


Institutional Giving Manager

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, an award-winning regional theater and Maryland’s longest running performing arts institution, has an exciting opportunity in our Development Department for a dynamic, fundraising professional. Reporting to the Director of Development, 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.


  • 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
  • Engage in efforts for new funder prospecting, including: research, analysis, proposal writing, and identify sources of new funding
  • Implement cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • 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
  • Work with the Development Director to 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
  • 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
  • Partner with development staff on special fundraising initiatives
  • Participate in initiatives and events related to the Theatre's mission


  • Minimum three years fundraising/non-profit 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 and is an equal opportunity employer.


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



Human Resources/Finance Manager

The Human Resources/Finance Manager is an administrative position within the Finance Department reporting to the Director of Finance and working closely with the General Manager. Primary responsibilities include human resource management, finance management, and administrative support.


  1. Human Resources
    • Review and update forms and documents to conform to annual changes in laws and rates as needed
    • Update Employee Handbook as needed
    • Assist full-time staff with benefits, time-tracking, and payroll
    • Maintain Human Resources files for all employees, including electronic and hard copy files
    • Set up employee training for internal systems
    • Conduct onboarding and exit interviews
    • Coordinate hiring of new staff among all departments
    • Report all Worker's Compensation claims
  2. Finance
    • Manage open payables filing
    • Communicate with vendors as needed
    • Enter invoices into Quickbooks
    • Input credit card transactions to Quickbooks
    • Match checks to invoices; mail and distribute in-house checks as required
    • Scan and file paid invoices
    • Payroll Administration through Paychex
    • Pull back-up documentation for annual audit
    • Other accounting support as needed
  3. Administrative Support
    • Serve as point of contact for office equipment contracts
    • Monitor office supply inventory
    • Oversee common work areas
    • Serve as point of contact for brokers of all organization insurance policies including, but not limited to, general liability, automotive, umbrella, health, life, disability, and Worker's Compensation insurance


  • Education: Associate's Degree in Finance, Human Resources, or related field, or equivalent work experience. Bachelor's Degree is preferred
  • Experience: 1-3 years of experience in office environment. Previous experience with Quickbooks is preferred
  • Physical Requirements:  This position requires long periods of sitting at a desk, and occasional lifting
  • Time Requirements: Full-time position, with occasional evening and weekend work requirements


Salary commensurate with experience


Please email your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with the subject line "HR/Finance Manager Search". No phone calls, please.


Music Directors, Conductors, and Keyboardists

Olney Theatre Center is currently accepting applications for Music Directors, Conductors & Keyboardists for POSSIBLE openings in our 2016-17 season.  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..


Part-Time Opportunities


Front of House Associate

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts seeks part-time Front of House Associates. This position will work 10-20 hours per week, both weeknights and weekend shifts, as well as occasional weekday or holiday shifts. One must have great customer service skills, and a dedication to the service of the theatre and its patrons.


  • 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. 
  • Maintain cleanliness of public spaces and certain backstage areas including theatres, lobbies, and bathrooms.


  • Minimum 1 year customer service experience
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Strong and proven customer service skills
  • Cash handling experience
  • Computer proficient
  • 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, must have or be currently pursuing a high school diploma or equivalent and be legally permitted to work in the U.S.




Please email the following materials to to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone calls, please.

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


Education Associate

The Education Associate assists the Director of Education in the daily administration of Olney's expanding educational programs. Along with hosting the longest-running touring company in the country (National Players), Olney Theatre Center's educational programs include an elementary-school Arts Integration and Collaborative Playwriting Program, now in preparations for its fifth year, as well as an inaugural Summer STOCK theatre camp. Olney Theatre is dedicated to unleashing the creative potential of artists, audience, and students; the Education Associate works closely with Olney Theatre Center staff, National Players, school principals and teachers, and teaching artists to make that possible for thousands of kids annually.


Duties to administer the Arts Integration Program:

    • Develop personalized curriculum geared toward individual student populations
    • Recruit new teaching artists as necessary
    • Train current and new teaching artists in lesson plan development, classroom management, etc.
    • Cultivate current relationships with partner schools and build new relationships with future schools
    • Function as a lead teacher in at least one partner school

Duties to assist with National Players:

    • Develop lesson plans for three Teacher Toolkits annually
    • Train future Players in effective lesson plan development, classroom management, and effective reporting

Duties to administer Educational Camps:

    • Work with the Director of Education to develop curriculum for Summer STOCK camp and potential Winter STOCK, Spring STOCK, and School's Out STOCK camps
    • Recruit and train necessary staff for the camps
    • Teach and administer camp classes as necessary
    • Communicate with family members as necessary

Additional Administration:

    • Attend all weekly education staff meetings
    • Work within budget requirements for all programs
    • Ensure continued knowledge and implementation of government laws and regulations regarding student safety
    • Manage other duties as assigned by the Director of Education


  • Education: Bachelor's Degree (BA, BFA, or BS Ed) in theater education or allied field; Or equivalent professional experience. Masters degree preferred.
  • Experience: 5 years experience in the classroom either as a teaching artist, para-educator, or classroom teacher. Extra consideration will be given to candidates who have administrative and managerial experience.
  • Skills and Technical Knowledge: Position requires in-depth knowledge or curriculum writing and development for elementary and middle-school students, experience with training teaching artists, expressed ability to take initiative and complete projects individually.
  • Time Requirements: Year-round, part-time job (average of 20 hours per week). Approximately half this time is in the classroom teaching or observing other teachers, and half is administrative. Some telecommuting hours are possible.


Please email your resume and cover letter to Jason King Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone calls, please.


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 Taylor Payne at 301.924.4485 x156 or e-mail her 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.


National Players

Celebrating their 68th 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.