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Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Director of People and Culture

About the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is one of the premier theaters in the nation, and is among the oldest and largest professional regional repertory theatre companies in the United States. OSF reaches an average annual attendance of approximately 125,000 with nearly 800 performances throughout their season. OSF has received numerous distinctions and honors, including multiple Tony Awards, the National Governors’ Association Award for distinguished service to the arts, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Commendation and Open Book Award for First Amendment Courage by American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

In addition to its artistic prominence, OSF is nationally recognized for its leadership in embracing equity, diversity, and inclusion as core values in all of its work - from the actors and stories on its stages, to its audiences, to its employees.

OSF was founded in 1935 in the picturesque college town of Ashland, Oregon. Located 350 miles north of San Francisco and 285 miles south of Portland, Ashland is tucked in the Rogue River Valley at the foot of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges on Interstate 5.


Position Summary

The Director of People and Culture is responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the Human Resources department; supporting OSF’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts; and developing and managing a range of activities related to employee relations.

OSF is a $40 million organization whose employees work under a wide variety of labor arrangements. OSF has collective bargaining agreements in place with two unions and works with others. The Festival has nearly 200 full-time, year-round employees, and the workforce expands to approximately 600 with part-time and seasonal employees.


The Director of People and Culture will:


The Ideal Candidate will have/be:


How will we know you're the right person for the role?

Please complete the following very simple application. Priority will be given to those applications submitted by Wednesday, May 23; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

Candidates that meet the minimum experience will be invited to complete a set of short answer questions.

The overall hiring process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:

If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to email shennessey@koyapartners.com. We look forward to reading your application!


One Frequently Asked Question. 

This job sounds perfect, but I have no plans to move to Ashland, Oregon; can I work remotely?

The Director must be based in Ashland, but a regular commuting arrangement could be considered. Working and living in the beautiful Rogue Valley area comes with many advantages:


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