Pottery NW | FT Employment | Communications and Development Manager



Pottery Northwest is the Pacific Northwest’s premier ceramic facility. Founded in 1966 as a nonprofit arts organization, Pottery Northwest is a longtime and vibrant source of programming in the Seattle arts community. Artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialogue and as a formative step in their professional careers. World-class professional artist residencies, exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series spanning many years are all features of this fixture at Seattle Center.

Pottery Northwest is creating a new full time (40hr/wk) position. We are looking for a Communications and Development Manager to round out the small but robust staff at Pottery Northwest. The ideal candidate will be able to help direct the big picture strategy for the organization without losing sight of the small details and oversee contractors and interns who will assist in the myriad of projects. If you have a knack for words, an eye for branding, and are eager to add to your development experience we want to hear from you!


Development (40%)

  • Manage creation of donor campaigns
    • Write and send donation solicitations
  • Support the production of Pottery Northwest’s Annual Fundraiser
    • Manage Auction procurement for Salad Bowl Annual fundraiser, work with fundraising committee to coordinate donation of items for fundraiser
    • Provide administrative support for event production
  • Work with Director to maintain relationships with donors, students, volunteers, and artists
    • Manage VIP (prospects and major donors) invite lists for events and other external opportunities
    • Assist with donor cultivation and stewardship by ensuring timely gratitude for gifts and non-solicitation interactions throughout the year
    • Provide Executive Director and team with list requests and donor reports as requested, track all contact reports and interactions with Major Donors
  • Gift Processing
    • Maintain all donor data in database
    • Write and send thank you letters to donors
  • Manage contract grant writer ensuring they have materials needed for applications and reporting, review applications

Communications (35%)

  • Design, content creation, and execution of Pottery Northwest’s monthly email newsletter
  • Create email notifications for students (approx. 4 per quarter)
  • Functions as primary contact for media, draft press releases and public statements as needed
  • Draft remarks for the Executive Director and other constituents at events and oversee the messaging for events
  • Manage all external inquiries for organization and forward to appropriate person

Marketing & Design (25%)

  • Design materials for print & web, including post cards, posters & catalogs (or coordinate with designer to produce various materials (as required)
  • Provide materials specifications (images, artist statement, etc.) from artists
  • Promote Pottery Northwest programs, exhibitions, and events on communications channels including posting on local media calendar listings, etc.
  • Manage and research advertising and long-lead print opportunities in national ceramics publications, local publications, radio & social media
  • Photograph exhibitions, programs, and events (or coordinate with a photographer to document)
  • Manage Pottery Northwest’s digital media including an active online presence on social media accounts, email communications, and website


  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience working in a professional marketing, PR, and/or branding environment, or equivalent relevant experience in another industry
  • 1-2 Years’ experience in development/fundraising, or equivalent relevant experience in another industry
  • Strong written communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability interact positively and professionally with staff and constituents and to perform job duties while in stressful situations
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously to complete tasks on deadline thoroughly and efficiently
  • Ability to identify resources needed to complete a project, including the use of contractors and/or interns.
  • Solid professional computer experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with managing CRMs and/or databases


  • Familiarity with Seattle arts and culture landscape
  • Familiarity with the national ceramics community
  • Photography and design skills
  • IT problem solving abilities
  • Grant writing and reporting experience
  • Experience working within a nonprofit arts organization
  • Basic knowledge of WordPress and Constant Contact
  • Experience with DonorPerfect database software a plus


  • Receive, process, and maintain information through oral and written communications effectively
  • Substantial physical movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers
  • Ability to extend hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction with good eye and hand coordination
  • Lift, move, and carry up to 20 pounds on occasion


  • Salary $38,000-41,000/year with opportunity for advancement
  • Employer paid health insurance and dental insurance
  • 40 hours vacation per calendar year
  • 56 hours of sick leave per calendar year
  • 5 paid holidays plus the work days between December 25th and January 1st.
  • Flexible schedule (some evening/weekend hours may be required)
  • Free entry into one ceramics class each quarter


  • Send a cover letter and resume to gallery@potterynorthwest.org with the subject line “Communications & Development Opening.” Position open until filled.


  • Pottery Northwest fosters a creative and professional environment that reflects the diversity of Seattle. We strongly encourage qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.