Duration: Full Time
Salary: 47k – 50k DOE

Job Description

The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is a respected non-profit organization in Seattle and national leader in maritime education with a mission to promote northwest maritime heritage through education, interpretation and hands-on experience in building, maintaining and using historic small craft. CWB serves over 100,000 visitors every year at its locations at the south end of Lake Union in downtown Seattle, at the north end of Lake Union near Gas Works Park, and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.

An educational innovator, CWB integrates the hands-on activities of a community waterfront center with traditional museum activities, such as providing interpretation and exhibits and caring for a collection of historic artifacts. The programs that are offered through CWB are varied and are available to visitors of all ages and abilities. CWB provides hands-on activities for the public through their participation in free public rides, livery rentals, an annual wooden boat festival, maritime skills workshops, field trips based in school curriculum, sailing lessons, boat restoration projects, model pond boat sailing, toy boat building, speaker series, and maritimeexhibits that tell the story of Lake Union and the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest.

Our collection of traditional small craft serves as the centerpiece of all of CWB’s programs.Preservation and care of these boats is of paramount importance, and CWB’s boatshop is a critical resource that facilitates the ongoing maintenance of the working fleet of sailboats, rowboats and powerboats to ensure that these vessels transport us into the next century.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager is responsible for theorganization’s development strategy and coordination of all development activities across the development team and other staff. Specific duties include:

Development Strategy/Planning/Organization (10%)

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, maintain the development strategy and plan for the organization. Scope to include all aspects of contributed income: appeals and events, individual giving, grants and membership.

  • Act as staff lead for the Board’s Development Committee.

Events and Appeals (30%):

  • Ensure events and appeals align to and achieve goals specified in the development plan and budget.

  • Lead audience development for events in collaboration with the Executive Director and Events Manager.

  • Participate in sponsorship solicitation in collaboration with Executive Director and Events Manager.

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Communications & Engagement Manager, formulate the strategies for appeals to achieve goals for cultivation, fundraising and stewardship.

  • Execute appeals.

Donor Database/Gifts Processing (20%):

  • Ensure accurate processing, designation and timely acknowledgement of all gifts.

  • Ensure integrity of donor data.

  • Work with Accounting to ensure contributed income is tracked properly.

  • Manage the moves management pipeline for donors.

  • Serve as the organization’s expert on donor database technology and processes.

  • Oversee the development content on the CWB website in collaboration with Communications & Engagement Manager.

Grant Coordination (20%):

  • Maintain the grant pipeline to track and coordinate grants through their lifecycle from identification through research, application, award and follow-up.

  • Write grant applications and reports.

  • Work with the management team to align grant opportunities with program strategy and delivery.

Membership Coordination (20%):

  • Maintain the membership roster and administer membership renewal.

  • Work with the Communications & Engagement Manager to implement membership recruitment and retention campaigns.

  • Work with the Events Manager to deliver membership cultivation events.

  • For all of the above responsibilities, cultivate and utilize volunteers, including volunteer leaders, to leverage development staff effort.

Job Requirements

  • 3 years in a nonprofit development role

  • Bachelor’s Degree in nonprofit development, marketing, public relations or related discipline, or equivalent demonstrated skills and experience

  • Proficiency in working with computer software including Microsoft Office and donor/museum management databases

  • Experience with at least two of the following strongly preferred: donor database management, membership management and grant support

TO APPLY: Email resume and statement of interest to Position open until filled. The Center for Wooden Boats is an equal opportunity employer.