Program Officer, Theater

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is a 501(c)3 organization with an annual budget of $11.5 million. NEFA invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.

As an organization, NEFA values an equitable, diverse, and inclusive world, which we interpret as all people having fair access to the tools and resources they need to realize creative and community endeavors. We acknowledge structural inequities that have excluded individuals and communities from opportunities based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography and strive to counter those inequities in our work. 

NEFA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and is invested in creating an equitable and inclusive working environment and organizational culture. We are committed to hiring individuals who share, value, and support these goals, and who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. NEFA does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


NEFA’s theater programs support the field of devised theater through grantmaking and field-building collaborations to foster a more vibrant and equitable theater ecosystem in the United States. The programs support the creation and touring of new devised and ensemble work by national theater artists and work to strengthen the capacity of presenters – of all sizes and types – to collaborate with artists, build audiences, and serve communities. The Program Officer, Theater is a steward of programmatic and organizational goals, working closely with constituents as they navigate the grant process, driving communications and promotional efforts that support and enhance the visibility of our programs and services, and providing administrative and logistical support for department activities and events. 

This position reports to the Senior Program Director for Theater and works in close coordination with the Program Coordinator. The Program Officer will partner with this team to administer NEFA’s portfolio of theater programs and services including the National Theater Project, managing the program’s community partnerships and supporting its strategic growth. They will also serve as the department’s liaison to NEFA’s communications team, with whom they will coordinate to produce and publish content to NEFA’s website, social media, and other platforms. The position requires excellent communication, compassion and patience when working with constituents, a commitment to advancing equity and justice in the public realm, and an interest in art as a lever for public discourse.

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All candidates will apply using the application form at We ask all candidates to submit a current resume and a cover letter describing their interest in and preparedness for the role, and to respond to a limited set of questions about relevant skills. 

The deadline to apply for this position is Monday, May 16. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we encourage interested candidates to apply prior to the deadline. Applications received after the deadline may not be reviewed if the existing candidate pool is deemed sufficient. We anticipate sending out requests for initial phone interviews approximately two weeks after the application deadline.