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Thanks for your interest in being part of the Artist Trust community! We have many ways for you to participate with us, as a staff member, intern or volunteer. Read on for current openings:

We are currently seeking applicants for the following positions. These positions will remain open until they have been filled.

Paid positions

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  1. Artist Trust / Seeks Communications Manager
  2. Artist Trust / Seeks Auction Registration Intern / Seattle
  3. Artist Trust / Seeks Auction Sponsorship Intern / Seattle
  4. Artist Trust / Seeks Auction Volunteer Coordinator Intern / Seattle
  5. Artist Trust / Seeks Auction Art Intern / Seattle

Volunteer opportunities

Artist Trust regularly has volunteer opportunities available. There are many benefits to volunteering: gain valuable insight to grant panel processes; learn how we collect/distribute information; get experience in events planning; etc. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities and descriptions. Please let us know if you'd like to lend a hand!

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  1. Artist Trust / Seeks Artist Happy Hour Volunteers / Leavenworth
  2. Artist Trust, Seattle / Seeks Grants Program Intern
  3. Seeking Volunteers Year-Round
Artist Trust / Seeks Communications Manager

Deadline: November 9 2014
32 hours/week, Exempt

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Artist Trust is recognized as a national model for direct funding to artists and professional development of working artists, and has invested over $10 million in individual artists throughout the state since its inception in 1987.

Job Summary:The Communications Manager is responsible for increasing the visibility of Artist Trust and the achievements of its grant recipients and EDGE graduates. The main emphasis is on the creation and dissemination of promotional and outreach materials.

Reports to: Executive Director

Primary Responsibilities
  • Develop and implement strategic communications plan, strategy and calendar for Artist Trust in coordination with program and development efforts;
  • Coordinate all communications for the organization;
  • Manage messaging and branding initiatives;
  • Maintain and refine website;
  • Maintain and develop relationships with Ambassadors throughout the state and devise new strategies to more effectively engage stakeholders outside of King County;
  • Produce, design, oversee production and distribute print and online collateral materials including, but not limited to: Artist Trust brochure; office collateral; special event invitations; Auction materials; program invitations; press releases; blog posts; and bi-weekly e-newsletter;
  • Regularly enhance Artist Trust’s digital footprint through social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter in innovative and effective ways;
  • Interview, hire and manage interns to assist with programs and communications tasks, including: online posting; Raiser’s Edge data entry; mailings.
  • Coordinate and enhance media relationships, including generating press releases; pitching stories; coordinating press interviews; managing press contacts in database; and maintaining press clippings archive;
  • Manage style and language standards for all print and online materials and review all materials before they are distributed;
  • Serve as back-up spokesperson for the organization;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Proven success in effective communications, website management, marketing, and traditional and social media;
  • Accomplished communications professional with at least five years of experience;
  • Knowledgeable and working relationship with news and media outlets, art reporters, etc.;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Editing skills;
  • Graphic design skills and experience;
  • Advanced knowledge of Constant Contact (or similar platform); MS Office, Raiser’s Edge (or similar database software); Adobe InDesign and Photoshop;
  • Attention to detail and a high degree of personal organization;
  • High ethical standards and a record of good judgment, integrity, and diplomacy;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a fast-paced heavy workload and to plan, organize, establish objectives and priorities, and achieve goals;
  • Ability to initiate and sustain productive working relationships with diverse populations;
  • Available for occasional evening and weekend events;
  • Commitment to Artist Trust’s mission and goals; able to inspire staff, board and the community in developing broad-based understanding of the importance of supporting individual artists of all disciplines throughout the state;
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a member of a team.

Desirable Qualifications
  • HTML; Expression Engine;
  • Experience working in a not-for-profit organization;
  • Familiarity with the Washington State arts community, across all disciplines.

Compensation
  • $30,000-$32,000 per year DOE (for 32 hours/week) plus benefits including health insurance, retirement plan, long disability insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance; paid vacation, sick leave and holiday pay.

To Apply
  • Submit a cover letter and resume to shannon@artisttrust.org with the subject COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER by November 9, 2014.

Artist Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all EOE and ADA requirements. People of color, individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Artist Trust / Seeks Auction Registration Intern / Seattle

Help Artist Trust prepare for our annual Benefit Art Auction! A perfect opportunity to learn more about the area’s contemporary arts scene and Artist Trust – a terrific arts organization dedicated to supporting individual artists of all disciplines. Work with experienced development staff as well as local artists and arts patrons to create one of the most exciting art happenings in Seattle. Gain first-hand development experience and learn about the many aspects of producing a successful arts fundraiser and celebration. Also learn advance project management and computer skills (databases—Raiser’s Edge and Auction Tracker).

Some work to be completed in the Artist Trust office; some work can be done remotely. Daily schedule is flexible and limited evening availability may be necessary. You must be available for the entirety of Auction day, March 7, 2015, along with increased availability Auction week, March 2-7, 2015.

The Auction Registration Intern maintains and updates multiple databases with contact information and ticket sales data for 450 guests, most of whom are major donors to Artist Trust. Assist with preparation of guest materials for the auction, supervise volunteer teams in advance of and during the auction. Perfect accuracy in data entry, excellent communication via phone, email, and in person, and knowledge or quick learning of Raiser’s Edge and Auction Tracker databases required.

Stipend: $500

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to marsha@artisttrust.org. Please detail any experiences with tasks similar to these, and your experiences working as part of a team.

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Artist Trust / Seeks Auction Sponsorship Intern / Seattle

Help Artist Trust prepare for our annual Benefit Art Auction! A perfect opportunity to learn more about the area’s contemporary arts scene and Artist Trust – a terrific arts organization dedicated to supporting individual artists of all disciplines. Work with experienced development staff as well as local artists and arts patrons to create one of the most exciting art happenings in Seattle. Gain first-hand development experience and learn about the many aspects of producing a successful arts fundraiser and celebration. Also learn advance project management and computer skills (databases—Raiser’s Edge and Auction Tracker).

Some work to be completed in the Artist Trust office; some work can be done remotely. Daily schedule is flexible and limited evening availability may be necessary. You must be available for the entirety of Auction day, March 7, 2015, along with increased availability Auction week, March 2-7, 2015.

The Sponsorship Intern helps secure corporate sponsorships and catalog ads for Annual Benefit Art Auction. Working with the Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager, oversee the communications and record keeping for corporate sponsorships and ads, including electronic and print solicitation, follow up, and completion. Obtain and organize camera ready ads for auction catalog and power point presentations. Help coordinate sponsorship guest attendance information with Auction Registration Intern. Also support efforts for securing and printing materials for Arts Experience auction items such as trips, dinners, etc. Excellent communication via phone and email, experience with spreadsheets, and basic sales and customer service skills are necessary. Graphic design skills a plus.

Stipend: $500

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to marsha@artisttrust.org. Please detail any experiences with tasks similar to these, and your experiences working as part of a team.

Apply now
Artist Trust / Seeks Auction Volunteer Coordinator Intern / Seattle

Help Artist Trust prepare for our annual Benefit Art Auction! A perfect opportunity to learn more about the area’s contemporary arts scene and Artist Trust – a terrific arts organization dedicated to supporting individual artists of all disciplines. Work with experienced development staff as well as local artists and arts patrons to create one of the most exciting art happenings in Seattle. Gain first-hand development experience and learn about the many aspects of producing a successful arts fundraiser and celebration. Also learn advance project management and computer skills (databases—Raiser’s Edge and Auction Tracker).

Some work to be completed in the Artist Trust office; some work can be done remotely. Daily schedule is flexible and limited evening availability may be necessary. You must be available for the entirety of Auction day, March 7, 2015, along with increased availability Auction week, March 2-7, 2015.

The Auction Volunteer Coordinator Intern recruits volunteers for all shifts (using Artist Trust’s database of contacts), communicates and confirms with volunteers in advance of the event. Maintain and update a database with contact information for 100+ volunteers. Coordinate all the details of volunteer shifts. Train and supervise volunteer teams during set-up, during the auction, and during load-out and clean-up. Post-auction wrap up includes updating volunteer jobs and contact information in the Raiser’s Edge database. Accuracy in data entry, knowledge of Excel, other MS software, Google Drive, and quick learning of Raiser’s Edge is required. A patient, positive communication style is essential via phone, email, and in person.

Stipend: $500

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to marsha@artisttrust.org. Please detail any experiences with tasks similar to these, and your experiences working as part of a team.

Apply now
Artist Trust / Seeks Auction Art Intern / Seattle

Help Artist Trust prepare for our annual Benefit Art Auction! A perfect opportunity to learn more about the area’s contemporary arts scene and Artist Trust – a terrific arts organization dedicated to supporting individual artists of all disciplines. Work with experienced development staff as well as local artists and arts patrons to create one of the most exciting art happenings in Seattle. Gain first-hand development experience and learn about the many aspects of producing a successful arts fundraiser and celebration. Also learn advance project management and computer skills (databases—Raiser’s Edge and Auction Tracker).

Some work to be completed in the Artist Trust office; some work can be done remotely. Daily schedule is flexible and limited evening availability may be necessary. You must be available for the entirety of Auction day, March 7, 2015, along with increased availability Auction week, March 2-7, 2015.

The Auction Art Intern maintains and updates multiple databases and spreadsheets with vital details about artist donors and 150 pieces of art. Coordinate details of artist donations, communicate with donating artists, assist with art storage logistics, help to transport art to auction site, pack and unpack art, and install—some lifting expected. Compile necessary materials to assist in catalog and website production. Accuracy in data entry, excellent editing and language skills, and knowledge or quick learning of Photoshop are required. A patient, positive communication style is essential via phone, email, and in person. Gallery work experience and/or confidence with the terms and language of contemporary visual art is a plus!

Stipend: $500

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to marsha@artisttrust.org. Please detail any experiences with tasks similar to these, and your experiences working as part of a team.

Apply now
Artist Trust / Seeks Artist Happy Hour Volunteers / Leavenworth

Artist Trust is seeking volunteers for our Artist Happy Hour in Leavenworth on October 25 at Blackbird Bistro. This exciting event is a fantastic way for artists to advance their arts careers by expanding their network!

We need several friendly volunteers to help with check-in, set-up and clean-up.

As a thank you for volunteering, you’ll receive a one-year membership to Artist Trust, as well as our extreme gratitude and a fun atmosphere!

Time Commitment : Saturday, October 25, 2014, 4:30-7pm

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Artist Trust, Seattle / Seeks Grants Program Intern

Artist Trust seeks a detail-oriented, highly organized Grants Program Intern. Reporting to the Grants Program Manager, this position will assist the Grants department in helping artists statewide with grant processes. The position also assists with panel processes and workshops located outside the office. The position is unpaid and is approximately 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of six months.

Primary Responsibilities:
    • Processing grant applications;
    • Assisting with grant panels;
    • Communications with grant recipients;
    • Database, file maintenance, and statistic-gathering;
    • Special projects and events.

Opportunities Include:
    • Computer software skills commonly used in the not-for-profits and arts fields such as Raiser’s Edge and CaFÉ;
    • Work experience in arts administration and the not-for-profit fields;
    • Work experience with arts programs;
    • Seattle’s Capitol Hill location, close to bus lines;
    • Exposure to Washington State arts and artists.

Skills and Requirements for Position:
    • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
    • Attention to details and highly organized;
    • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office;
    • Ability to work in a team environment;
    • An interest in art, arts administration or non-for-profit administration;
    • Ability to commit to six months of interning.

Compensation:
    • Free one-year Artist Trust membership. This is an unpaid position.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé and three professional references by August 25, 2014 to barbara(at)artisttrust.org with the subject line “Grants Intern Position.”

Time Commitment : Six months minimum; 15-20 hours per week.

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Seeking Volunteers Year-Round

Volunteering is a great way to support Washington artists and Artist Trust! There are opportunities to volunteer all year; the Annual Benefit Art Auction in February is the event that requires the most volunteers, before, during and after.

Please email info(at)artisttrust.org to help us match you with volunteer opportunities.

As a thank you, when you volunteer for five hours or more, you receive an annual membership to Artist Trust, as well as our extreme gratitude and a fun atmosphere!

Time Commitment : Varies

Apply now