Executive Director / Employment

April 8, 2022

Organization Name: Pottery Northwest

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


We’re on a Journey

Founded in 1966 by a group of artists based in Seattle, Pottery Northwest celebrates innovation and access to education in ceramics, with a mission of fostering an inclusive community around clay. We have grown into a nationally recognized ceramics studio through long-standing and vibrant programming. All together, we serve over 1,000 students a year, and artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialogue and as a formative step in their careers.

Today we are in a period of transformation. In 2022 we approved our largest annual operating budget and, despite the impact of Covid-19, the organization is financially strong and debt-free. We are also doubling staff to seven full-time members and one part-time member by the end of July. Our newly renovated 8,000 SF community studio is set to open this spring in the heart of Pioneer Square and will feature x electric kilns and x wheels, as well as areas for hand building and glazing, large staff offices, exhibition and retail space, and semi-private studios for 8 Artists-in-Residents.

As we move beyond the limits and disruptions of the pandemic, the team is excited to work with a new leader to establish our new home and expand access to ceramics for new communities this summer.

We Create Community through Clay

Pottery Northwest programming has cultivated a vibrant and enthusiastic community of students and professional artists by ensuring access, promoting excellence, and fostering connection. Every year we sustain:
50+ All-levels classes and workshops, offered on a sliding scale
8-10 Exhibitions in our non-commercial gallery featuring local and nationally-recognized artists
8 Artists-in-Residence, supported over a 2 year period
A work-study program to teach folks all aspects of studio management
Multiple major community events including Clayfest and Salad Bowl.

A more indepth description of responsibilities, qualities, and qualifications can be found in our Comprehensive Position Profile.

The next Executive Director of Pottery Northwest will join the organization during an exciting period of rebirth and transformation. They will start from a highly advantageous position, inheriting a financially diverse and stable budget, with a large reserve fund, an expanding and engaged board and staff, a newly-renovated ceramics studio with offices in Pioneer Square, and an extremely passionate base of artists, instructors, apprentices, students, donors, and volunteers.

The new ED will be responsible for the overall operations of Pottery Northwest, including overseeing short term and long-range strategic planning, leading budgeting and financial reporting, driving expansion and evolution of our programming, developing our team, building community partnerships, supporting development activities, and assisting with board governance.

Pottery Northwest seeks a multi-dimensional leader with a compelling combination of lived experience, professional work, and direct & transferable skills. If you feel like you are a good fit for this role but don’t have all the skills listed, we still encourage you to apply.The board is committed to supporting their next Executive Director in their professional growth.

The annual salary range for this position is set at $85,000-95,000.

Pottery Northwest emphasizes a culture that supports work-life balance and prioritizes the health and wellness of our staff. To this end, we support a hybrid workplace with flexible hours, and focus on creating a safe space to bring your whole self to work. We offer:

100% paid medical, dental, and vision and partial coverage for dependents
Open (Unlimited) PTO / Vacation
Annual Bonus Opportunity
401k Retirement plan
$1,000 annual professional development stipend
Monthly Transportation Stipend
One-Time Technology Stipend
Complimentary access to classes and studio
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Relocation assistance may be available.


Opportunity Website