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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, Seattle / Seeks Programs Intern

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. Benefit Art Auction Volunteers
  2. Artist Trust, Seattle / Seeks Strategic Planning Project Intern
  3. Seeking Volunteers Year-Round
Artist Trust, Seattle / Seeks Programs Intern

Artist Trust seeks a detail-oriented, highly organized intern to help out with our Programs Department. Internships run four to six months, 10-20 hours per week. The Programs Intern will help with various aspects of programming, including:

    • Researching, updating and managing the Artist Trust Opportunities webpage
    • Assisting with enrollment for career training programs
    • Creating and updating programming evaluations
    • Preparing materials for various career training programs
    • Assisting with events
    • Special projects

This opportunity includes:
    • Valuable insights into the nonprofit arts administration arena
    • Exposure to the ins & outs of running arts programs
    • Opportunities to learn Expression Engine, Raiser’s Edge
    • Capitol Hill location
    • Creative work environment
    • Exposure to Washington State arts and artists.

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

This is a paid internship, which will be rewarded as a $1,000 stipend after the 6 months are completed. Interns also receive a free one-year Artist Trust membership. Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three professional references to zach@artisttrust.org by January 30, 2015.

Time Commitment : Four to six months, 10-20 hours per week

Apply now
Benefit Art Auction Volunteers

Artist Trust 2015 Benefit Art Auction is one of Seattle’s most exciting fundraising events.  Amid one of a kind art work by local artists, performances and installations, and sumptuous food and drinks, Artist Trust raises money to continue supporting individual artists across Washington State.

Volunteers are the backbone of this event. From mailing invitations to setting up the space to pouring drinks, there are dozens of opportunities to make the night a success.  Please consider joining us at Artist Trust and the Seattle art community by volunteering your time and energy. Not only will you have a blast, but also by volunteering for 5 hours you receive a yearlong membership with Artist Trust!​

Follow this link to register: http://bit.ly/1zQ8Qoc

These are the positions that need volunteers.

PRE/POST EVENT POSITIONS
Locations: Fisher Pavilion/ Artist Trust Office

Name Tag and Bidder Packet Assembly
With the event only days away and a crew working hard on-site, we’ll need some reliable folks to make sure that everything is ready to go back at the office. For these tasks, it’s helpful if you’re able to commit to working the duration of the 5-hour shift.
Time Commitment
Thursday, March 5
Friday, March 6
10 am to 4 pm
At the Artist Trust offices

Auction Art Wall Builders
Work off the winter blahs with energizing physical labor! Here’s an opportunity to really make something happen – without walls, we cannot display our auction artwork.  Must be comfortable with tools (no more complicated than electric screwdrivers), lifting, and painting. Let us know if you can bring a power drill with a Phillips-head screw bit and/or stepladder, and be sure to wear your painting clothes!
Time Commitment
Thursday, March 5
9am-2pm or noon-5:00pm
Fisher Pavilion

Auction Artwork Unpacking & Layout
Experience handling visual art is an absolute must! Get an exciting first-hand peek at the auction art by unpacking it from transport boxes and preparing the artwork for installation!  Light lifting, active work, ability to handle art carefully is a must.
Time Commitment
Thursday March 5
5pm-8pm
Fisher Pavilion

Art Hanging Helpers
Come lend a hand as the white-glove experts install the art for the show! Must be comfortable with power tools and lifting, as well as experienced in handling visual art. Let us know if you can bring tools, a power drill, and/or stepladder, and be sure to wear comfortable clothes!
Time Commitment
Friday, March 6
9am-3pm
Fisher Pavilion

Auction Clean-Up & Load Out (Post-Auction)
There’s a special place in “volunteer heaven”’ for our clean-up crew! Help us put it all away the day after the auction (loading and returning walls to storage). We will provide coffee and treats! Dress casually and be ready to get down and dirty with load out! Handiness with power tools and willingness to lift awkward objects is a plus. Let us know if you can bring a power drill with a Phillips-head screw bit and/or stepladder, and be sure to wear your moving clothes!  If you have a car with some cargo room, load up and help us drive things back to the office.
Time Commitment
Sunday, March 8
10am-3pm
Fisher Pavilion

Post-Auction Office Crew
We’d love your help after the auction! Be a part of the post-auction crew at the Artist Trust offices by helping us with light clean-up tasks and thank-you mailing preparation.
Time Commitment
Monday, March 9
10am-1pm
Artist Trust offices

DAY-OF-EVENT POSITIONS
Location: Fisher Pavilion

Auction Last Minute Prep Crew
Dress comfortably— be crafty!  You’ll be running around helping assemble centerpieces, hang decorations, and generally making sure everything is perfect for our guests before they arrive!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7th
12pm-5pm

Registration Greeters
These positions require a friendly personality. Must be confident with customer service, helpful and friendly and comfortable.
Dress warm as you may be near a drafty door!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
4:00pm-9pm

Coat Check
This shift is long but you will have a nice break in the middle when guests are not arriving or departing. Coat Check will welcome our guests and guard their precious belongings so that they can be worry free and focus on buying art!
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet – and dress warm as you will be near a drafty door!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
4:00pm-11:00pm

All-purpose Event Assistants
All-purpose Assistants will be our flexible, on-the-ground troops. You’ll help the event run smoothly by filling in other positions as needed, acting as gofers, and supporting the team captains and event organizer.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet.
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 22nd
5:00pm-12:00am

Auction Bartenders Assistant
Bartenders assistants are responsible for assisting the catering staff in pouring beverages and making sure drinks get out to guests in a timely manner.. Food or bar service is not required, but must have good customer service skills!
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet—and dress in warm layers since your area may be drafty.
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
4:00pm to 10:00pm

Auction Greeters
Early shift greeters are responsible for welcoming guests upon their arrival, directing traffic flow and answering any questions as guests wait to register. Greeters should know the event forward and backwards such as; the check-in and check-out procedure, where the restrooms are, the coat check, the schedule of events.
Dress warm because you will be outside or near a drafty door! Layers recommended.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7th
4pm-9pm

End-of-Evening Guest Services
Greet our guests as the evening comes to a close, assisting with the flow of the check-out process, assisting with packages and transportation.  Offer the ‘white glove’ treatment to our generous donors so their last impression of the evening is picture-perfect.  Assist with basic break-down tasks at the end of the event.
Dress warm because you will be outside or near a drafty door (and even outdoors assisting art buyers as they load their vehicles)! Layers recommended.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
7pm-12am

Auction Art Wrappers
Experience handling visual art is a must! The art wrappers are responsible for getting the artwork wrapped, packaged and labeled well for pickup once it is auctioned off.  This is a great position for those who prefer to be behind the scenes. You will not be very visible as you will be behind the curtains, but it’s fun to see all the artwork up close and which bidder won which pieces!
Dress comfortably and casually, as this is active work and you may get a little dirty!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
6:30 to 11:30 pm

Front of Curtain Art Wrappers
Experience handling visual art and a friendly Customer Service attitude is a must! In addition to serving as part of the Auction Art Wrappers team, this position requires you to be the liaison between the patrons and their art they have bought. You will be responsible for ensuring the artwork is given to the correct winning bidder. You will be interacting with patrons and coordinating with the behind the scene art wrappers.
Wear comfortable shoes!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
6:30 to 11:30


Silent Auction Art Runners
Experience handling visual art is a must!  Silent Runners are responsible for closing the silent auction down by circling the highest bid on the silent auction sheets once the auctioneer announces the end of the silent auction section, taking sheets to be filed and then removing the work from the walls and taking it to the packing room.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet and will need to move quickly.
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
5pm-11pm

Live Auction Art Handlers / Models
Experience handling visual art is a must! Live Auction Art Handlers/ Models are responsible for taking the Live Auction art off the wall, in order, and taking it up to stage to the auctioneer. These volunteers must wear all black, handle art with care, and be comfortable on stage. Once the work has been sold onstage, the handler then carries the art to the packing room.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet and will need to move quickly.
Arrive at 5 for training, you will begin your serious WORK at 7:30.
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
5pm-11pm

Live Auction Spotters & Golden Ticket Sellers
GOLD COSTUME REQUIRED
GOLDEN TICKET SELLERS: The Golden Ticket is a raffle ticket that gets drawn before the Live Auction begins. The winner of the Golden Ticket wins an artwork of their choice from the live auction. The Golden Ticket is sold in groups of four for $100. Once the buyer has purchased their ticket, you give them a blinky ring to wear which signifies they are a buyer as well as their tickets. You must record their names and number of tickets on the clipboard. Then, during the Live Auction, the Golden Ticket Sellers will deliver a gift to the winner of each Live Auction item and help with traffic flow at the end of the evening during check-out.  Wear GOLD!

SPOTTERS:
Spotters are the eyes of the auctioneer. Spotters keep an eye on bidders and point to them in the audience during the live auction. Must be willing to draw attention to yourself, interact with guests, and help with traffic flow at the end of the evening during check-out.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet and will need to move quickly.
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
4:00pm-11pm

Live Auction Gift Team:
During the live auction the highest and second highest bidders are identified and receive gifts. This team moves quickly through the crowd to award the gift. Must be attentive, interact with guests and be excited!
Comfortable shoes required- you will be moving quickly.
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
5pm-11pm

Artist Liaison:
Assisting performing artists before and after, setting up and taking down the installation pieces. Must be able to lift heavy objects and move fast within a crowd. Comfortable shoes required- you will be moving quickly.
Time Commitment
Saurday, March 7
4pm-9pm

Time Commitment : Varies (See Full Position Descriptions for more information)

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Artist Trust, Seattle / Seeks Strategic Planning Project Intern

Artist Trust is seeking a Strategic Planning Intern to assist with our strategic planning initiative. The internship will require an average of 10 hours/week, commencing February 2015; project duration is a minimum of two months/maximum of six months, to be negotiated with the individual applicant. Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. The Strategic Planning initiative will help to inform Artist Trust’s strategic direction with the goal of improving the efficiency and efficacy of Artist Trust’s mission delivery.

The Strategic Planning Intern will assist with state-wide information gathering to inform Artist Trust’s new strategic direction.

Specific duties include:

• Assist with development of state-wide information gathering methodology from Artist Trust stakeholders, including on-line questionnaires, and in-person interviews and focus groups.
• Work with Artist Trust staff to coordinate facilitation of questionnaires, focus groups and interviews.
• Work with Artist Trust staff to analyze and collate data gathered.
• Work with Artist Trust staff to develop information, recommendations,  and presentations for Strategic Planning Committee.

This opportunity includes:

• Valuable insights into the nonprofit arts administration arena.
• Experience arts non-profit strategic planning.
• Creative work environment in Seattle’s Capitol Hill.
• Exposure to Washington State arts and artists.

Skills and Requirements for Position:

• A strong interest in data analysis.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• An interest in art, arts administration, or non-profit administration.
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
• Attention to detail.
• Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office.

This is an unpaid position. Interns receive a free one-year Artist Trust membership. Please submit a cover letter, résumé and three professional references to shannon@artisttrust.org
by 9am February 9, 2015.

Time Commitment : 10 hours/week

Apply now
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