Job Posting


Odyssey Theatre is looking for a creative, organized, proactive and effective communicator to join our team as a Development & Marketing Officer. This exciting position plays a key role in helping expand audiences and donors for the Company’s unique artistic work.

Established in 1986, we are an award-winning, non-profit professional theatre renowned for our innovative style of theatre, incorporating masks, movement, Commedia dell’Arte, clown and puppetry. Odyssey is committed to developing new plays for masked physical theatre, as well as contemporary adaptations of classics. Our programs include our annual Theatre Under the Stars in Strathcona Park, a New Play Creation program, training workshops for artists and youth and a new online theatrical series, called A Virtual Odyssey. Odyssey is developing new international collaborations to reach audiences both nationally and internationally.

Working closely with the General Manager, the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director, you will:

  • Develop and implement fundraising campaigns to increase support from corporate, foundation, individual donors and special events;

  • Work with our Board’s Marketing Committee to implement marketing strategies to grow audiences for our work and increase box office revenues; and,

  • Develop and launch innovative communications and outreach initiatives to diversify our audiences, expand the Company’s presence in traditional and social media and build Odyssey’s profile in the arts community nationally and internationally.

Our ideal candidate is energetic, interacts well with people and is passionate about theatre and the arts. In addition, you must also have:

  • University or college degree in a relevant discipline such as fundraising, marketing, communications, business, theatre or other arts;

  • Excellent written communication skills and an ability to write for different audiences;

  • Effective interpersonal skills and an ability to work cooperatively as part of a professional

    team and with a non-profit Board of Directors and volunteers;

  • Strong initiative and an ability to work independently;

  • A demonstrated interest in the arts and significant education or experience in fundraising or

    marketing, preferably in the arts; and,

  • Strong skills working on websites and with digital and social media.

The Development & Marketing Officer is a full-time position:

  • Starting in mid-August or September, 2020 at an annual salary between $37,000-$40,000 depending on your skills and experience in marketing, fundraising and the arts.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, the names of three references and two writing samples* by July 31, 2020 to:

John Forster, General Manager, Odyssey Theatre
By email: or to 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2

While we thank all those who apply, only those to be interviewed will be contacted. For more information on Odyssey Theatre visit our web site at

* A writing sample can be any sample of writing solely authored by you of at least 3 pages in length relevant to the position, such as a funding proposal, funding report, marketing strategy, media release, etc.


Hourly Wage, Salary or Salary Range: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 31, 2020
Start Date: 
Monday, August 31, 2020
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By Mail
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Odyssey Theatre

John Forster
2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2

Odyssey Theatre is a dynamic, award-winning company that runs a successful open-air theatre in Strathcona Park, Ottawa. Our company produces a unique style of theatre that successfully blends various theatrical forms, including such arts as Commedia dell’Arte, mask, physical theatre and clown.