Job Description

Profile Theatre Project, an Oregon not-for-profit corporation, doing business as Profile Theatre, invites applications for the position of Development Associate. 


Founded in 1997, Profile Theatre is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in the state. Profile Theatre centers an entire season of first class productions and community engagement activities through the lens of the season-long Featured Playwright, whose unique vision broadens our perspective on the world and deepens our collective compassion. We do this through large-scale professional productions, our expansive In Dialogue program, the Playwrights Residency, and our signature Community Profile program. Profile has grown to be one of the most well-regarded theaters in Portland, with a reputation for bringing intelligence, excellence and passion to the stage. The Development Associate reports to Artistic Director Josh Hecht and works closely with Profile’s Director of Communications, Finance Manager and contracted grant writer. 


Profile Theatre seeks an ambitious arts manager to serve as Development Associate. The Development Associate will work closely with the Artistic Director, the Board and staff to plan and execute a strategic fundraising program that encompasses membership integrated into annual giving, major gifts, foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorships, special events and blended campaigns. The Development Associate supports the Artistic Director in the cultivation and stewardship of major gifts; collaborates closely with the Director of Communications on an integrated communication strategy to the Profile family of supporters, particularly around the annual Calendar Year End and Fiscal Year End campaigns and Member cultivation events; and will collaborate with the Line Producer and Artistic Director on donor events that surround mainstage productions. The Development Associate will also serve as the project manager for Profile Theatre’s annual gala. 


The ideal candidate will have experience working in fundraising or communications. They have a passion for storytelling, an eye for creating engaging special events for donors and patrons, and will be knowledgeable and passionate about the arts and those who support it. They believe in the ability of art to strengthen communities and have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills and an organized and detail-oriented personality. The position is envisioned as evolving with the organization. 

Comfort with computers and other forms of office equipment. Experience with Salesforce or other comparable CRM, database management, and gift processing systems preferred, or a pro-active ability to research and learn if they don’t. 

Profile Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply, in keeping with its core values of inclusion and representation. Starting salary is $22 / hour for a flexible 20-hours a week, plus competitive benefits. 

This position will be expected to report to the Profile Theatre office at 216 NW 13th in the Pearl in Portland, OR, and at other off-site locations such as theatre venues, rehearsal halls, or other meeting places for events and donor engagement. Out of town applicants will be expected to reside within the Portland, OR area by the start of employment.

This position may include physical requirements of moving in our accessible office, transporting oneself to multiple locations within a single day, and utilizing a computer or other communication equipment. Reasonable accommodations provided.  

Apply To: Please include a cover letter, resume and 3 references (phone numbers and/or emails provided). No calls or drop-ins, please. If you require accommodation to submit, please notify us by email above. 

Desired start date is 10/15/22, applications accepted until position is filled.