Arts Operations Manager for SEED / Employment
January 31, 2023
Organization Name: SouthEast Effective Development (SEED)
Organization Location: Seattle, WA
Job Announcement: Arts Operations Manager
SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1975. SEED’s
mission is to improve the quality of life in Southeast Seattle by creating partnerships and
inspiring investments in housing, arts, and economic development – with a special focus on
residents with fewer opportunities and resources. SEED works in three key areas: Affordable
Housing, Arts and Culture (SEEDArts), and Economic Development. Visit our website for more
SEED owns 1,135 affordable apartments and is an active developer of new buildings, helping to
meet the need for affordable homes throughout Southeast Seattle. Award winning SEEDArts
builds community by presenting diverse arts experiences, nurturing local artists, and infusing
creativity into Southeast Seattle. Our five signature programs – Columbia City Gallery, KVRU
105.7 FM, Public & Community Arts, Rainier Arts Center, and SEEDArts Studios – support and
sustain artists, inspire and connect residents, and revitalize community. SEEDArts serves over
800 performing, visual and media artists each year; our events reach 40,000 community
In 2023, SEED will embark on a new five-year strategic plan. Grounded in race and social justice,
the plan will inform the long-term strategies and day-to-day tactics of SEED’s work, including
that of SEEDArts. We are recommitted to pursuing our mission beyond arts presentation,
fostering the creative economy as an engine for community and economic development. A key
priority is to grow internal capacity to maximize the potential of SEEDArts’ programs. The
Gallery, KVRU, and Rainier Arts Center are well-loved community arts venues with ambitious
goals – but their growth limited by our capacity. To that end, we have created this new
About the position
SEED is seeking an experienced and dynamic Arts Operations Manager (AOM). This position will
work with the SEEDArts Director and Program Managers to develop and implement operational
systems for each Program, and to create efficiencies and opportunities for collaboration
between the Programs when possible. The AOM will identify, organize, and implement new
strategies with a focus on identifying opportunities for revenue growth and streamlining
financial and administrative processes. The AOM will provide leadership on growth initiatives at
Columbia City Gallery, KVRU, and Rainier Arts Center and will lead SEED’s growing fiscal
sponsorship program focused on supporting community organizations that align with SEED’s
The AOM will divide their time between the SEEDArts Programs. Each Program has unique
strengths and challenges; none of the Programs have staff beyond 40 hours/week. Key areas of
focus will be:
• Rainier Arts Center (25%) Develop and implement streamlined processes for rental
contracts, rental payment processing and deposit tracking, and bookings; provide
financial oversight and monthly reconciliation of internal bookkeeping system
(QuickBooks); identify areas for revenue growth.
• KVRU 105.7 FM (25%) Develop and grow KVRU’s revenue generating strategies,
including underwriting, sponsorships, studio rentals and membership; work with SEED’s
Senior Manager of Fund Development and Station Manager to administer grant
contracts and fulfill reporting requirements.
• Fiscal Sponsorship (20%) Lead SEED’s growing fiscal sponsorship program, which
provides a vital service to grassroots and emerging arts and cultural groups in Southeast
Seattle. The AOM will be the primary point of contact for current and new fiscal
• Columbia City Gallery (10%) Provide financial oversight for Gallery and online sales,
with a focus on Gift Shop development; work with Gallery Manager to develop
• SEEDArts Studios (10%) Lead leasing of studios and monitor rent collection.
• General Arts Administration (10%)
• Commitment to racial and social justice, anti-bias, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Three or more years of arts or business management experience, with demonstrated
success in systems improvement.
• Demonstrated track record of developing financial and operational systems for enterprises.
• Proficiency with budgets, basic bookkeeping, and business systems. Experience with
QuickBooks, Square sales terminals, and Microsoft Office Suite a plus.
• Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Willingness to work out of SEED’s headquarters in Seattle’s vibrant Columbia City
neighborhood, and also to dedicate weekly hours at the arts facilities. Position will likely
allow for some remote work.
• Passion for strengthening communities via the creative economy.
• Bachelor’s degree in business or arts management; Master’s degree a plus.
• Experience working with community media/arts organizations and/or individual artists.
Familiarity with Southeast Seattle a plus.
• Desire to work as part of a team and willingness to promote SEED’s work.
This full-time position reports to the SEEDArts Director and works directly with the Program
Managers. The salary range is $62,000 – 70,000 (depending on experience and education) and
includes a full benefits package.
Send a cover letter, resume, and list of references in a single PDF to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put “Arts Operations Manager” in the subject line. This position is open until filled.
SEED acknowledges that leadership roles are historically grounded in white privilege. As part of
SEED’s commitment to racial equity, SEED sees the hiring of this position, and all positions, as
an opportunity to be a more equitable and racially just organization. SEED is an equal
opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender,
gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally
protected status. People of color, Native and Indigenous people, LGBTQIA+ people, people with
disabilities, and other individuals who bring critical perspectives from historically marginalized
communities are strongly encouraged to apply.