Development Manager

Base: Experimental Arts & Space

Elevate risk and experimentation in movement practices with Base

Seattle, WA

Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office


  • Part Time
  • Seattle, WA (Remote)
  • Wed, Aug 31, 2022
  • Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office
  • Dance
  • $21,600
  • $21,600

Website Base: Experimental Arts & Space

Elevate risk and experimentation in movement practices with Base

Base, a nonprofit arts space committed to creative risk and experimentation through a framework of equity, seeks a part-time Development Manager. The person we seek is passionate, experienced and knowledgeable about fundraising in the nonprofit arts sector, with a track record of success. They are positioned to leverage the organic, grassroots momentum of Base’s first six years toward a sustainable, actionable fundraising strategy, to be implemented in collaboration with the rest of the Base team of staff, board of directors and advisors.

Within a staff structure that is cooperative and horizontal by design and includes four other part-time employees, the Development Manager will lead individual fundraising efforts and work collaboratively with the Operations Manager to strengthen the organization’s other contributed income streams, including public and private grants. This is a remote position that involves some in-person meetings and events. The Development Manager will be expected to attend weekly staff meetings and monthly board meetings (currently held via Zoom).

Development Manager is a part-time, mostly remote position with a self-designed, flexible weekly schedule
This position is compensated with a $1,800 per month flat fee

Base relies on contributed income for 75% of its $128,000 annual operating budget, including 57% from individual donations. Under the stewardship of the Development Manager, we hope to significantly increase this percentage as well as grow the organization’s operating budget.

Demonstrated history of successful individual fundraising, preferably in the arts space
Knowledge of CRM nonprofit software and donor databases
Knowledge of LinkedIn and development platforms (Benevity, GiveBIG, etc)
Experience with donor relations, particularly within the Seattle philanthropic community
Familiarity and ease with board relations
Demonstrated history of a range of fundraising activities, including campaigns and events
Brings a lens of anti-oppression and anti-racism to all aspects of professional life

We’re looking for someone who …
Communicates persuasively through written and spoken means
Is organized, self-directed and collaborative
Shows outstanding attention to detail
Has a passion for connecting with people and community
Appreciates the importance of art and experimentation in helping society move forward through converging challenges
Understands and has had experiences within Seattle’s movement community

Please send a resumé and cover letter to with “Base Development Manager” in the subject line.

This position will stay open until filled, with a start date in Fall 2022. Online or in-person interviews of qualified candidates will be conducted with members of the Base team; if you are asked to interview we will ask you to provide two relevant writing samples. There may be second-round interviews with staff and board members.

BIPOC and LGBTQI people as well as people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Base strives to create an atmosphere of flexibility, open communication and collaboration. Our six-person board of directors is passionate, brilliant and kind. We value a diversity of perspectives and appreciate our staff’s willingness to occasionally work the odd hours that come with the territory of live performance.

Base and Equity
Base is a predominantly white-led organization striving to sharpen our analysis around anti-racism and anti-oppression. Staff are committed to ongoing work toward racial justice and equity within our community and beyond. We seek to work with candidates who are excited to grow Base’s support of the arts with a lens of systems change and social justice.

Base’s mission
Base exists to elevate risk and invention in dance, performance and visual experience. A platform for developing and publicly sharing original work, Base is committed to addressing experimental artists’ needs for time, space, experimentation, creative freedom and critical discourse.

More about Base
Base operates a versatile, 2,000 square foot space within Equinox Studios, designed for rehearsals, residencies and performances. By making outstanding creative space accessible to artists, Base helps preserve Seattle’s vital cultural landscape—and makes it easier for artists to sustain their practices as the cost of living rises.

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