Seattle Rep is hiring a Gift Officer!

Seattle Repertory Theatre


About the project and the company

SEATTLE REP is seeking an experienced, resourceful, and highly talented Gift Officer to join the Development Team. The Gift Officer is a critical member of the Individual Giving team, working closely with the entire team to ensure proper cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of donors to meet the financial goals in support of annual and long-term organizational needs and plans.


Seattle Rep is committed to producing the highest quality programming, and we believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

We are part of a growing movement in theater to ensure inclusion of those who have been excluded historically; focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and women, ensuring they are at the decision-making table, reflected in our community.


Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region.


Theater at the heart of public life


Artistic Vitality, Sustainability, Generous and Inclusive Practices

Job Description

The Development Department is dedicated to growing contributed revenue to support fulfillment of Seattle Rep’s mission and vision. In addition to supporting the ever-increasing funding needs of the theater. This position is part of a team of fundraisers whose efforts support the organization’s quest to position “theater at the heart of public life” and Seattle Rep as the preeminent theater in the Pacific Northwest. The Gifts Officer is responsible for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors; this role focuses most on donors who contribute up to $3,000 annually. They will develop and implement strategies for moves management, ensuring maximum engagement and support from each donor in their portfolio to meet financial goals tracked monthly, quarterly, and yearly. The Gift Officer carries a large portfolio of mid-level donors, demanding a self-motivated, action-oriented strategic thinker who possesses strong project management skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, computer proficiency, and keen attention to detail. Typical duties include: Strategize to maximize individual, contributed revenue on a sustainable basis •Ability to understand and articulate the organization’s long-range plans, strategy and how philanthropy can fuel the achievement of goals •Works with the Director of Development, Individual Giving Director, members of the Board of Trustees and Executive Leadership (when necessary and appropriate) to create and coordinate the stewardship and solicitation plans for a portfolio of existing and potential donors including donor ask, follow-up, stewardship, and involvement programs •Works with Individual Giving team to research and identify prospects for special programs or project underwriting, as well as campaign participation •Coordinates with the Individual Giving team to support Gala and other special event efforts, including but not limited to seeding Raise-the-Paddle giving and sourcing matching funds Utilize internal systems to track donor activities, communications, and other information to effectively steward donors’ relationships with the theater long-term •Updates plans and plan steps as needed to accurately track work with individual donors •Engages with donors to ensure proper benefits delivery, and ticketing support on a case-by-case basis Deepen the connection between a portfolio of donors and Seattle Rep in a personalized, tangible, and sustainable way •Connects personally and professionally with donors building and developing their relationship with the theater to support the intentions and philanthropic desires of each individual, while balancing the needs of the organization •Represents the Theater at donor events, receptions, and other special occasions; virtual and eventually in-person, based on public health and safety guidelines •Attends productions of and represents the theater, including shows, education, and outreach events, beyond specific donor-centered gatherings; virtual and eventually in-person, based on public health and safety guidelines Cultivate donors and potential donor relationships “where they are” – even when outside Seattle Rep or typical working hours •Create and implement strategies to meet annual contributed revenue goals and to set a foundation for long-term organizational investment by mid-level and major donors •Prepares for and participates in face-to-face (in person and virtual) solicitations with specific emphasis on a portfolio of donors (350-400) •Meets weekly and monthly donor contact goals, as determined by standard fundraising practices and the objectives of the Development team •Researches and Qualifies portfolio donors for participation in additional opportunities (campaign, planned giving, etc.) and works with related to staff to solicit and secure funding Support department- and company-wide development efforts, as a collaborative, contributing, and positive participant, setting an example for the rest of the organization •Attends all-staff meetings, team meetings and meetings of the Board Committees as appropriate and necessary and provides staff support for the Committee’s activities related to major gifts when needed •Helps to host cultivation and stewardship events as assigned and appropriate Serve as an essential contributor to Seattle Rep’s culture and success •Adds constructively to the collaborative and collegial health of the organization •Adds actively and constructively to the equity, diversity, and inclusion work of the organization, including attending all-staff training sessions •Engage with and strive to embody Seattle Rep’s mission, vision, and values in all aspects of work •Help create a culture of philanthropy among staff, Board members, and donors

Required Qualifications

Minimum qualifications •Three years of development or sales experience with at least one year of direct donor relations or direct sales experience; responsible for growing donors’ giving or contributed revenue year-upon-year •Experience in en masse or direct solicitation of individual donors of $1,000+, or equivalent sales or marketing experience •Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) •Strong time management with demonstrated ability to be punctual •Effective combination of being charismatic and people-oriented; detail minded and direct enough to personally ask for gifts •Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion, take initiative and make recommendations in resolving problems and providing guidance to other staff •Understanding of and interest in financial markets, wealth and asset management and other areas of intersection that may influence giving •Extensive experience with word processing and spreadsheet applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) •Familiar with Tessitura or demonstrated ability to interact with CRM software and technology •Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and diplomacy skills •A demonstrated ability to meet fundraising goals and deadlines under pressure •An ability to work flexible hours as necessary, including evenings and/or weekends for special events •A great sense of humor •Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications •Five years of development experience, with major gifts experience and evidence of growing donors’ giving year-upon-year •Experienced Tessitura user •Knowledge of Seattle/Pacific Northwest private donor community preferred •Passion for theatre and/or the performing arts

Other details

Applicants are reviewed the day after the position closes. First round of interviews tentatively scheduled for 03/25/2021.

Additional information
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Pay Rate

Salary $50k-$57,387 annually

Audition location

SEATTLE Washington

Submission instructions

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Employement type

full time