Director of Development / Employment
July 31, 2022
Organization Name: Pratt Fine Arts Center
Organization Location: Seattle, WA
Position Title: Director of Development
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt
Pratt Fine Arts Center is seeking a bright and energetic Director of Development to lead its development efforts in support of the organization’s dynamic mission. The Director of Development will directly build long‐term health for the organization by establishing meaningful and productive relationships with the community through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors at all levels.
An opportunity for an innovative Development professional means that this position is perfect for a creative thinker with solid fundraising fundamentals. Pratt is currently in the process of naming a new Executive Director. After 10 years of stewardship by its former ED, newly named leadership – including the Director of Development – will play a pivotal role in shaping Pratt’s future. With a foundation of longtime donors, all-time high interest in art classes, and an invigorated community returning to the facility, Pratt is ripe for enhancement and direction in the development space.
Reporting to the Interim Executive Director until a new Executive Director is named (expected Fall 2022), the Director of Development will work closely with the Board of Trustees, the Marketing Director, and the management team. Relationship management, annual fund planning and execution, event leadership, and team management are major functions which this role will drive. The Director of Development will have the opportunity to grow and professionalize Pratt’s annual fund solicitation and stewardship systems, renew longtime donor relationships, and innovate within the events space.
Pratt is in search of candidates with proven success in development who are poised and prepared to lead a comprehensive development program. A successful candidate will be a self‐starter with a lively personality who is comfortable working both as a part of a team and working independently. This is a rare opportunity for a promising development professional to grow with an organization with a long history of fundraising success.
Pratt Fine Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Preferred candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of systemic oppression and the ability to apply an anti-racist lens to all work at Pratt. Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPoC) are encouraged to apply.
This is a full‐time, year‐round position requiring occasional evening and weekend hours, as required. For the foreseeable future, Pratt staff are operating under hybrid work guidelines which aim to maximize the benefits of remote work and in-person collaboration. The Director of Development will be expected to work on-site 20% of a typical 40-hour work week, at minimum.
The Director of Development at Pratt Fine Arts Center will:
● Own and implement a high-touch donor engagement plan
o Major gift cultivation and solicitation of longtime donors
o Opportunity to strategize with and re-engage donors after COVID-19
o Relationship management continuation and renewal
● Strategize and lead annual fund plan
o Build plan with support of Development team
o Cultivate and solicit new and lapsed donors
o Re-engage recurring donors to build affinity
● Produce and drive annual fundraising auction
o Project management and supervision for 400 seat dinner with live, 200 object auction
o Lead cross-departmental team which includes vendors and event consultants
● Manage and supervise Development team
o Supervise two full-time staff members
o Oversee CRM/DRM Raiser’s Edge
o Supervise foundation, government, and corporate grant writing efforts
o Secure corporate sponsorships for auction and other initiatives
● Represent Pratt within the community, especially the Central District
● Create and manage budgets
● Develop and promote a formalized planned giving program
● Assist in the recruitment of new board members
● Capital fundraising, as needed
● Bachelor’s degree in related field or relevant experience
● 5+ years of experience in development positions, preferably for arts or community building organizations
● Excellent communication skills in writing and oral presentation
● Proven success in establishing and meeting development goals
● Understanding and experience with special event production
● Experience with personal solicitations in person and via phone/email
● Ability to work with diverse constituent groups including principal donors, trustees, artists, etc.
● Knowledge of donor database software systems; Blackbaud product knowledge a plus
● Confidence in working with financial data and reports
● Demonstrated record of integrity
● Ability to lift and transport works of art
● Master’s degree in related field
● Fundraising auction experience
● Passion for arts education and support of artists
● Experience in serving diverse populations
● Familiarity with the Central Area, local arts organizations, or related institutions
● Competence in serving diverse populations
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
● Ability to manage stress and maintain sense of humor
$75-90k annual salary range DOE + medical, dental, and long-term disability and paid vacation. Employee-paid short-term disability and retirement programs are provided, but are optional. Also includes generous in-kind benefits in the form of class registrations and studio access.