Event & Corporate Giving Manager
To support SAL’s annual development plan, strategic objectives, and revenue goals, SAL is looking for a people-centered, mission-driven, goal-motivated development professional to be our Event & Corporate Giving Manager. Well over half of SAL’s annual revenue comes from charitable contributions, so this role is essential to fulfilling SAL’s mission and vision.
This person will plan and execute all SAL fundraising events, in-person and virtual, designed to support the cultivation, engagement, and retention of SAL donors, partners and volunteers, including SAL’s annual spring gala and auction, a fall WITS fundraiser, the annual Friends of SAL celebration, SAL’s annual Season Reveal, SAL author receptions & dinners, and other donor cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year. They are also responsible for the cultivation, stewardship, and growth of corporate giving to support SAL’s mission, programs, and goals.
Organization Overview: Since 1987, Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) has cultivated transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations. SAL fulfills its mission through educational, public, and community programming, in person and online. Our public literary events bring the most talented and thought-provoking writers of our times to local stages. Our youth programs include Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) program. WITS places local, professional writers in classroom residencies to inspire K-12 students to discover the power of their creative voices as they develop lifelong writing skills. Our YPL program elevates the powerful voices of local youth poets committed to community engagement, education, and equity in our region.
SAL plays a unique role in our community by using the literary arts to invest in essential community conversations that are national in scope but local in scale. We offer thoughtfully curated experiences through interdependent programs that are intergenerational in nature, bolstering both emerging and established literary artists and inviting change and new perspectives in our audience. We believe these activities are essential to continuously and courageously revitalize equity, justice, and belonging.
At SAL, we value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We are committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in all areas of our work. SAL is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from all cultures and communities are warmly encouraged to apply. SAL strives to create and sustain a diverse and welcoming workplace. We believe that having a board of directors, staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better meet our mission and we strongly encourage applications from people of color and other historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.
As a predominantly white-led organization, SAL is committed to actively working to dismantle white supremacy culture and institutional racism. Strong candidates will bring a diverse set of skills, characteristics, and experiences, both professional and lived. SAL strives to mitigate inherent biases that influence hiring practices by focusing on a holistic view of potential candidates and understanding that no single candidate will offer every desired skill and characteristic. The following offers an aspirational view of the ideal candidate profile; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from members of historically marginalized groups.
To support SAL’s annual development plan, strategic objectives, and revenue goals, SAL is looking for a people-centered, mission-driven, goal-motivated development professional to be our Event & Corporate Giving Manager. Well over half of SAL’s annual revenue comes from charitable contributions, so this role is essential to fulfilling SAL’s mission and vision. This person will plan and execute all SAL fundraising events, in-person and virtual, designed to support the cultivation, engagement, and retention of SAL donors, partners and volunteers, including SAL’s annual spring gala and auction, a fall WITS fundraiser, the annual Friends of SAL celebration, SAL’s annual Season Reveal, SAL author receptions & dinners, and other donor cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year. They are also responsible for the cultivation, stewardship, and growth of corporate giving to support SAL’s mission, programs, and goals.
Development Events (60%)
- In partnership with the SAL team, conceptualize, plan, and execute all aspects of SAL events that are focused on the cultivation, engagement, and retention of SAL supporters.
- Develop and manage all event timeline & production schedules to meet deadlines.
- Maintain a comprehensive calendar of SAL development events.
- Work with the SAL marketing & communications team to develop and execute all event and corporate sponsor communications strategies.
- In coordination with the SAL team, recruit, motivate, and manage fundraising event volunteers.
- Cultivate positive relationships with all vendors, attendees, donors, sponsors, program participants, board members, event committee members, and other volunteers.
- Manage event budgets to ensure income and expense goals are met for each event.
- Manage all event logistical details, including venue and catering, targeted invitations and follow-ups, committee support, volunteer assignments; donor, sponsor and partner outreach; table captain outreach; auction procurement; general pre-production details; day-of event management, and acknowledgement of all contributors and supporters.
- Manage the execution of auction experiences sold at SAL’s annual spring gala, Words Matter.
- Create post-event reports for the SAL staff and board to assess the events’ effectiveness, track progress toward our revenue goals, and inform future planning.
Corporate Giving (30%)
- In partnership with SAL’s Leadership Team, identify, cultivate, and coordinate the solicitation of corporate funding.
- Develop highly competitive proposals and benefits packages for corporate prospects, and manage proposal deadlines and submissions.
- Secure and participate in corporate partner solicitation meetings.
- Maintain a high-quality stewardship process for active corporate prospects and donors. Ensure that sponsorship benefits and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships.
- Manage all corporate giving logistics and processes, including tracking secured and pending funding; drafting and securing signed sponsorship agreements; securing logos; and tracking sponsor benefit fulfillment, acknowledgement, and payment in coordination with the SAL development, finance, and program teams.
- Participate in creating SAL’s annual development budget and fund development plan.
- In collaboration with the SAL team, recruit and manage development volunteers.
- Participate in and support SAL development events, public programs, and WITS programming by attending and helping to staff events, participating in on-site school visits, and supporting all collaborative organizational projects and efforts.
- Participate in SAL’s ongoing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access efforts, trainings, and activities.
- A passion for SAL’s mission and programs.
- A commitment to racial equity and social justice.
- Minimum three years of successful experience in a leadership role with non-profit fundraising events.
- Experience working with CRM databases; knowledge of PatronManager or another Salesforce-based system is a plus.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a dynamic, creative, highly collaborative team in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong attention to detail with excellent follow-through.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
- Exceptional interpersonal/relationship-building skills and a commitment to protecting confidential information.
- Flexible and curious with a sense of humor and calm under pressure.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required; comfort with Mac OS and Adobe product suite a plus.
- Evening/weekend hours required (typically 3 to 5 times per month, September to June).
- Openness to a dog-friendly work space.
- We anticipate that by fall, SAL will have adopted a hybrid work model including both time in the office and the opportunity for remote work. SAL policies on this will continue to evolve as informed by public health guidelines.
Compensation & Benefits:
This is a 40 hours/week full-time exempt position. Salary range is $55,000-$65,000 per year. (commensurate with experience and qualifications) with a robust benefits package, including:
- generous paid time off, including 20 vacation days/year starting your second year (15 days in year one) as well as sick, personal, and holidays;
- 100% of medical, vision, and dental insurance, long-term disability, and group life insurance covered including an Employee Assistance Program;
- 403(b) retirement plan pre-tax distribution with a 3% gross salary contribution annually funded by SAL;
- flex time as appropriate;
- support and budget for professional development and growth.
Hiring Process & Timeline:
- We will begin scheduling phone interviews the week of July 20.
- We will begin 45-min zoom interviews the week of July 27.
- Finalists will be invited to a second-round, two-hour interview (comprised of several shorter interviews with different teams), and we will make an offer shortly thereafter.
- Ideally, the selected candidate will start in mid to late August.
- Send a resume and cover letter that tells us why this position is a good fit.
- Submit applications electronically in one PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email subject line should be “Event & Corporate Giving Manager,” and please include your last name in the file name of your attachment.
- Open until filled. For best consideration, please submit no later than July 12, 2021.
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