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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 Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager

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 Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager

Deadline: September 21, 2014
40 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 for working artists, and has invested over $10 million in individual artists throughout the state since its inception in 1987.

Job Summary: Reporting to the Director of Development, the Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager will be responsible for building the overall fundraising capacity of the organization from foundations, corporations/businesses and government agencies primarily through grants and sponsorships. This staff person will cultivate relationships, research and identify prospects, develop strategies, and prepare letters of interest, grant proposals, sponsorship requests and reports. As a key member of the Development team, this person will work successfully with all staff to understand the organization’s needs and opportunities, gather accurate and relevant details and information and meet deadlines.

Reports to: Director of Development

  • Working with Director of Development, strategically sets direction and prepares and implements a plan for expanding foundation, government and corporate fundraising
  • Proactively fundraises to attain annual and long-term funding goals for general operations, programming and other initiatives which may arise
  • Works with program and other relevant staff to identify current and future needs in seeking relevant funding
  • Prepares grants and reports for foundation, corporate and government funders
  • Maintains calendar of grant deadlines for all proposals, letters of intent, invoices and reports
  • Maintains and updates database, electronic files and paper files for institutional donors
  • Develops meaningful relationships with current and prospective funders
  • Communicates with funders while preparing a proposal and during the granting process
  • Conducts prospect research to identify new foundation, corporate and government funding opportunities
  • Strategically grows revenue and secures corporate sponsorships and partnerships for special events and relevant programs
  • Structures, negotiates and crafts sponsorships that creatively and distinctly communicate unique opportunities to targeted prospects
  • Coordinates with Communications Manager to organize relevant text, stories and testimonials from programs (Creative Career Center and Grants Program) to keep proposals and other development communications updated and applicable to donor interests
  • Works with appropriate program and administrative staff to proactively and systemically gather relevant internal data to support proposals and reports
  • Prepares text for acknowledgement letters to institutional donors
  • Coordinates with Communications Manager regarding press releases for institutional funders
  • Works with other staff on fulfillment of grant-related obligations (e.g. logos on website and printed collateral)
  • In coordination with Development Assistant, reviews and updates institutional donor list for newsletters, press releases and on the website
  • Performs other duties as required

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience and training as grant writer and/or direct fundraiser or equivalent
  • Strong persuasive writing and budgetary skills
  • Analysis, synthesis and clear communication of information through original writing
  • Motivated self-starter, a hard worker with a high energy level; willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of development activities
  • Strategic thinker who is goal oriented
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors and interact via telephone and in person with funders; must be an excellent networker and negotiator
  • Possess ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet short deadlines with limited supervision
  • Work well independently and in a group setting; a team player
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations, foundations and government sources
  • Computer skills: Knowledgeable and skilled with Microsoft Office (including Excel) and Raiser’s Edge
  • Thorough understanding of and training in fundraising/stewardship principles and best practices
  • Passion for the arts and/or artists

$45,000-$50,000 DOE plus benefits including health insurance, retirement plan, long-term disability, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance and paid vacation, sick leave and holiday pay.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume to Director of Development, Marsha Wolf at marsha@artisttrust.org by September 21, 2014. Please use the subject line “FOUNDATION & CORPORATE RELATIONS MANAGER” in your email. Applications will be reviewed as received. No phone calls.

Artist Trust is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all EOE and ADA requirements. People of color are encouraged to apply.

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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.

    • 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

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