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Pittsburgh Public Theater is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Public Works & Partnerships Manager

The Public Works & Partnerships Manager designs and leads all programmatic and educational activities for the Public Works Pittsburgh program. The Public Works Manager’s primary responsibility is to cultivate partnerships that result in energized collaborations and excellent art, and in so doing yields returns that continue beyond the time frame of any one program. They serve an essential function in the Artistic Department, participate in season planning and contribute to organizational-wide artistic programming, bringing insights and recommendations from their work with our partners. 

This role deepens relationships between the Public and the community in several ways: by modeling and promoting the mission and vision of the Public Theater; by envisioning and executing participatory artistic endeavors for the region; and by cultivating excellent relationships and consistent communication with professional artists, internal staff, community partners, teaching artists, and related organizations. This role supervises all Public Works events on and off-site; manages the Public Works budget; tracks participation and impact of programs; and works closely with the national Public Works cohort to serve our shared goals. 

Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity 
Competitive candidates will contribute toward a work environment that supports and nourishes the lives and experiences of all those with whom we partner. Our team is working to build a multiculturally competent workplace. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other protected identities. Candidates must be willing to broaden their knowledge base in culture, style, and consultation when working with BIPOC staff, volunteers, and trustees. At Pittsburgh Public Theater, we aim to ensure that every individual who enters our space feels seen, heard, and valued. All our employees’ points of view are key to our success and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility. 

This is a full-time position with some flexibility to work remotely. The salary range for the position is $48,000-$52,000. Benefits Include health, vision, and dental insurance. Pittsburgh Public Theater covers the full cost of employee dental and vision coverage and provides $567.22/month towards employee’s choice of five health insurance options. Eligibility to contribute pre-tax to Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 401(k) retirement plan and receive a match of contributions up to 1% of salary each calendar year. One week of paid vacation, eight sick days and two personal days per year, eight paid holidays. The paid time off for the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and a floating holiday to be used between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. There is the opportunity to purchase a discounted Theater Square Garage parking lease for $165/month, paid via pretax payroll deductions. Four free tickets per Pittsburgh Public Theater production. 


  • Create and strengthen community relationships in a sustainable way, both between PPT and the community, and within the community itself 

  • Manage projects effectively: navigate the environment and internal/external relationships to create strong collaborations and excellent art in a sustainable way 

  • Be an ambassador for PPT and Public Works: within the organization and with the broader community, succeeding in building sustainable collective support for this program 


  • Collaborates with community partners to create programs and opportunities to deepen PPT’s relationships with our communities and to promote mutual benefit for all parties  

  • Maintains consistent and excellent communication with partner organizations and participants, as well as internal staff and departments 

  • Works closely with the Artistic Director, as well as artistic and production staff, to plan and support Public Works productions 

  • Designs workshops, setting curriculum guidelines and consistent outcomes across partners 

  • Contracts and manages PW Teaching Artists, support staff, and volunteers 

  • Supervises the PW budget  

  • Manages hospitality and transportation resources for partners and events 

  • Supervises community support, transportation, and concierge for Public Works productions 

  • Serves as an Assistant Director on Public Works productions 

  • Attends and represents PW in internal meetings and with PW constituents 

  • Leads and executes PW Events 

  • Produces a monthly newsletter for the Public Works community and its supporters 

  • Actively researches and seeks out new partner and civic opportunities 

  • Collaborates with the Artistic staff to: 

  1. Support Board and Trustee involvement in PW 

  2. Coordinate fundraising activities and tools in support of the Development Department 

  3. Maintain and participate in the national Public Works cohort 

  • Works with the Development Team to cultivate and deepen relationships with funders  

  • Submits regular reports to artistic leadership on progress of PW program as well as regular submissions to internal newsletter 

  • Leads strategy and execution of impact assessment and measurement of the PW program 

  • Works closely with the Marketing, Communications and Patron Services to track participants and organizations in Tessitura 


  • A track record of results creating excellent art on any scale 

  • Significant experience in community organizing and/or building organizational partnerships 

  • 3-5 years of experience working in Theater or Arts Education 

  • A strong commitment to, and track record of implementing, equitable and inclusive practices 

  • A strong track record of collaboration with diverse communities  

  • Excellent communication and writing skills 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, ability to use Asana and/or Tessitura a plus 


  • Must possess a deep understanding of the arts and passion for advancing the mission and goals of the Pittsburgh Public Theater 

  • Must model and practice the values of artistic excellence, joyful collaboration, and resolute respect—especially when faced with challenges—through constructive, clear, solution-focused communication with fellow staff, supervisors, guest artists, and any other individual involved in the work at hand 

  • Must acknowledge, understand, and demonstrate a commitment to the Theater’s racial justice efforts by applying anti-racist tools and practices to individual and departmental processes and systems, and to contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and engagement with persons of all cultures, identities, and backgrounds (for more information see 

  • Must maintain confidentiality and discretion in the workplace 

  • Must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds  

  • Must be able to work some evening and weekend hours 

Pittsburgh Public Theater is a hybrid workplace with most administrative staff working from home two days per week and in the theater’s downtown office three days per week. Team schedules may be adjusted at the discretion of senior management and department supervisors.  

Note: Interested in this role but it’s not quite the right match? Applicants who meet some but not all of or exceed the above criteria are still encouraged to apply! We are eager to speak with candidates with diverse backgrounds and can assess abilities and skills on an individual basis. 


To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references labeled with your first and last name in a PDF file to Meleana Felton, Talent & Equity Manager at with the subject line “PUBLIC WORKS”. 


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Chief Development Officer.

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