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Northwest Folklife Development Director

Position Overview:

The Development Director will have a part time leadership role and will oversee and manage the development program of Northwest Folklife. This position is responsible for achieving the organization’s fundraising goals, directing activities and events related to securing the organization’s contributed income, and managing an ongoing donor cultivation program including Planned Giving.

Responsibilities and General Duties:

- Design and activate fundraising strategies based on best practices to attract a broad base of financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Current annual giving initiatives include major gifts, events, foundation, individual and corporate giving
- Oversee all grant-writing activities
- Collaborate with all departments and our board of directors to develop and implement fundraising strategies
- Manage all annual giving initiatives including the Friends of Folklife Annual Donor Program, major individual gifts, fundraising events, foundation and corporate grants and support
- Collaborate on the solicitation of corporate underwriting (sponsorships) for events and programs including the annual Northwest Folklife Festival and other year-round opportunities
- Cultivate relationships with corporate giving and program officers at funding agencies
- Oversees donor cultivation, engagement, recognition and stewardship practices
- Guide the organization’s development committee and work with the board of directors on their participation in development
- Hire  staff and select volunteers engaged with fundraising activities at the annual Northwest Folklife Festival and throughout the year, and provide them leadership, training, and support
- Direct strategic vision for Folklife’s development, including Planned Giving
- Manage staff support, and work toward the organization’s ability to strengthen its development and sponsorship presence

Desired Qualifications:

- At least four years of nonprofit development work, management level preferred
- Knowledge of and familiarity with Seattle’s philanthropic community
- Demonstrated grant research, grant writing and grant management skills
- Willingness and ability to work with board of directors to cultivate donor relationships
- Ability to organize and prioritize work efficiently and to meet deadlines
- Experience as a creative, collaborative team member
- Demonstrated management skills, including staff supervision
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
- Excellent planning, presentation, and communication skills
- Familiarity with donor database management (Folklife uses GiftWorks) and online donor technology
- Ability to work under pressure with a positive attitude
- Manage member recruitment and retention campaigns
- Interpret membership recruitment and retention statistics, review member research and make recommendations
- An understanding of and appreciation for Northwest Folklife’s mission
- Sensitivity to working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds

Reports To: Executive Director

Staff Managed: Office and Donor Coordinator

Time Commitment: Three days per week*

Compensation: DOE, Inquire

*Compensation will reflect that March – May are peak months for Folklife and additional hours may be worked during this period of time. Scheduling will be negotiated with your supervisor.

To apply, please attach a cover letter of interest and resume by email to with Development Director and your name in the subject line or send by postal mail to Northwest Folklife attn: Development Director Search, 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109-4623. Applications received by November 14 by 5:00 PM will be given priority.

Northwest Folklife is a $1.1 million dollar independent year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving folk and ethnic traditions of the Pacific Northwest. We do this in a number ways throughout the year, most notably through the annual production of the Northwest Folklife Festival presented without admission fee every year since 1971 at Seattle Center on Memorial Day Weekend.


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