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Director of Advancement

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Art with Heart
316 Broadway, suite 316
Seattle, WA 98122
United States
Phone: 206-362-4047

In the U.S. alone, 35 million kids have experienced serious trauma such as violence or abuse before their 18th birthday. That’s 1 out of 2 school-age children. Just as alarming, nearly 1 in 3 preteens and teens have experienced two or more childhood traumas adverse enough to damage their physical and mental health into adulthood. Without the right tools to manage their emotions, build resilience, and begin to recover, these kids risk a downward spiral of anxiety, depression, learning deficits, behavioral problems, social and emotional isolation, dropping out, and addiction.

For two decades, Art with Heart has provided direct services to kids facing trauma and adversity, working 1:1 with kids using our age-appropriate, expert-developed, therapeutic activity books in schools, camps, and therapy offices. Since our inception, we have reached over 180,000 kids with tools to build resilience and hope for their lives. We also use our Leader’s Companion guides and in person or online trainings to empower practitioners lead creative expression programs with kids.

Our ongoing collaboration with teachers, school counselors, and child psychologists has clearly shown: the need is greater than any 1:1 program can meet. Past programs saw us using internal resources and staff to reach 25 kids at a time. In 2017 we shifted the conversation: Could we reach more kids with a train-the-trainer model – and maintain our program quality, depth, and success? Because we have successful tools to help kids begin to heal their trauma – and because the need is a growing, vital, public-health interest – we’re now training practitioners to lead our programs and maximize our impact on kids.

Art with Heart helps kids turn pain into possibility and despair into hope. The Director of Advancement will be essential to securing the funding necessary to fuel the organization’s vision to serve 3.5MM of the 35MM kids facing trauma in America over the next 10 years.

Position Summary
Art with Heart is seeking a dynamic, creative, and strategic development professional and leader who is passionate about informing, engaging, and inspiring individuals, partners, and foundations to invest in Art with Heart. A successful candidate will be an excellent writer, communicator, and storyteller. The individual needs to have strong organizational skills with the ability to collaborate, delegate, and manage key relationships.

The Director of Advancement is responsible for developing a culture of philanthropy that encourages the community to participate in meaningful ways. This position works closely with the CEO, Board members, and other key volunteers. Areas of focus include major and mid-level gifts, corporate sponsorship, and foundation grants. This person also leads cultivation events and activities designed to inspire engagement, affinity, and drive annual fundraising objectives.

This position will report to the CEO.

Essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:

Leadership on four key strategies:
• Inspire and secure new multi-year major ($25K and above) and mid-level donors ($1K-$25K) to give.
• Build an effective, energizing annual fund program focused on engaging contributors giving $1-$1K.
• Identify robust grant pipeline to fuel organization’s current work and future vision.
• Build a portfolio of corporate partners that are enduring annual contributors to Art with Heart.

As a member of the team:
• Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the organization both internally and externally, in 1:1, small group, and large event settings.
• Lead a team of 1-3 individuals to deliver on strategic fundraising plans and goals.
• Develop and empower internal talent.
• Be a key thought leader contributing to Art with Heart’s innovative future and long term strategic plan.

Secondary responsibilities:
• Events and experiences – identify and lead intentional fundraising events and experiences to build engagement and affinity, and motivate giving.
• Communication - oversee donor communications, recognition, and acknowledgement process.

Summary of Experience
• At least seven years fundraising experience with a track record of securing major gifts.
• Passion for developing internal talent and leading a team.
• Contribute to the ambitious vision and strategic initiatives needed to fuel Art with Heart’s impact over the next decade.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
● Capacity to work effectively with a range of diverse people, in and outside of the organization.
● Skillful communication and genuine listening ability.
● Ability to modulate skillfully with a range of audiences.
● Organized, self-starter, able to work with a high degree of autonomy.
● Effective written and verbal communication skills.
● Ability to balance core mission, innovation vision, and delivering results.
● Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines and goals.
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
● Ability to analyze problems and offer solutions.

Core Competencies:
● Leadership – Catalyzes commitment, inspires greatness in others, and drives the vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision.
● Composure – Remains calm, maintains perspective, and responds in a professional manner when faced with tough situations.
● Accountability – Takes personal responsibility for the continuous growth of knowledge, skills, and experiences to propel self and organization forward.
● Managing Ambiguity – Able to successfully function during times of uncertainty and change.
● Results Oriented – Gets results, achieves goals.
● Interpersonal Skills – Builds effective relationships, inside and outside Art with Heart.
● Customer Engagement – Builds relationships and delivers legendary service that meets and exceeds partner/customer expectations.
● Ethics and Integrity – Adheres to Art with Heart values and vision.

Salary commensurate with experience. Annual bonus available for targets exceeded. Additional benefits include health insurance and Simple IRA.

There is flexibility in full time or part time employment based on the candidate’s interest and experience. We have a blended working culture, spending planned time in the office collaborating and flexible remote working time.

To apply:
Initial application should include resume and one-page cover letter explaining candidate’s fit for the position, passion for the role, and leadership philosophy. Art with Heart is an organization dedicated to self-improvement through creative expression. Send resume and cover letter to: [email protected]


Art with Heart
316 Broadway, suite 316
Seattle, WA 98122
United States
Phone: 206-362-4047