Director of Development, Edmonds Center for the Arts

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) presents a high-quality and diverse season of music, dance, theatre, comedy and special attractions in its beautifully renovated performing arts venue in the heart of downtown Edmonds, WA, just 17 miles north of Seattle. ECA seeks a dynamic, creative, and organized fundraising professional to create and implement a comprehensive annual development plan. The Director of Development, in partnership with the Executive Director and Board, will lead the effort to steward strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation and government funders, spurring deeper engagement with and support of the organization and its mission. On a day-to-day basis, the successful candidate will be responsible for driving the organization's fundraising activities. S/he will have a demonstrated track record in fundraising and the ability to develop and lead a strong team. ECA is an innovative and challenging workplace. This position requires superior written and oral communication skills, computer proficiency, and the ability to engage and energize both donors and volunteers. S/he must be flexible, positive and able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic environment. 

  • Develop and execute ECA’s Annual Fundraising Plan, and provide strategic direction to the Executive Director, Board Members and Staff for soliciting contributions and meeting budgeted goals
  • Steward relationships with current major donors and sponsors, cultivate increased and/or multi-year giving, and work with ECA’s Board to identify and introduce prospective new donors and sponsors to the organization
  • Partner with Executive Director and Board Members to solicit major gifts
  • Manage overall implementation of annual fund activities, corporate giving, and grant solicitation in partnership with Development Manager 
  • Oversee and support the Development Manager in the planning and execution of the Center’s Annual Red Carpet Gala, as well as Center Stage - ECA’s annual season announcement and sponsorship event
  • Participate in building strategic and innovative partnerships throughout the local and regional community that help achieve the organization’s short- and long- term goals
  • Serve as a representative of ECA at community events, as well as at regional conferences, events and programs
  • Present progress reports and other relevant information in monthly Committee and Board meetings
  • Serve as staff lead for relevant committees and task forces (Resource Development Committee, Board Governance, others) 


  • Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university, and/or completion of fundraising certificate program (CFRE certification a plus), Master’s degree preferred
  • Strong strategic thinking abilities, as well as project and staff management skills
  • Minimum of five years of comparable experience in regional performing arts organization(s), with specific focus in the area of development
  • Knowledge of the Puget Sound region arts and funding communities
  • Knowledge of and interest in the performing arts
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentational skills
  • Ability to develop meaningful working relationships with staff, board members and volunteers
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of fundraising, ticketing and other database software programs 

WORKING CONDITIONS: Position often requires hours over and above a standard 40-hour work week. Participation is required in frequent events and meetings that often take place outside of normal workday hours and on weekends.

Please send a cover letter describing qualifications, resume, and at least three references to:
Director of Development Search, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Avenue N, Edmonds, WA 98020 or by email to Lisa Helber, Executive Assistant, at