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Managing Director

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Pottery Northwest
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Seattle, WA
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Published 9 days ago

Pottery Northwest seeks a full-time managing director to join a highly dedicated team working to realize Pottery Northwest’s mission, vision, and values. You will work in a distributed leadership model, in close partnership with staff and board members, to set and implement policies and strategic direction. You will have a focus on cultivating organizational culture and internal and external collaboration and will play a key role in facilitating the organization’s ongoing adaptation and implementation of this new worker self-directed nonprofit model, which was jointly agreed upon by the board and staff members in July, 2021. 


Organization

Pottery Northwest is a Seattle-based arts organization whose vision is A Passionate Community for Clay.

We have been a trusted and vibrant source of ceramics education in the Seattle arts community since our founding in 1966. Artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialogue and as a formative step in their professional careers. Pottery Northwest features world-class professional artist residencies, exhibitions of traditional and contemporary work, community classes, and an engaging lecture series. 


How We Fulfill Our Vision

Classes & Workshops

Pottery Northwest offers a mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes on a quarterly basis, taught by our resident artists and other local ceramicists in our well-furnished facility. As our curriculum continues to evolve, each quarter brings new class options as well as a core group of regular classes to meet the needs of students at every level. Most classes run for 10 weeks; classes meet once a week with the instructors for three hours, and students can use our extensive open studio time to work independently on their projects.


Artist In Residence Program

Our Artist in Residence Program is nationally recognized. Resident artists work for up to two years as part of our community, producing work and developing their practice. This residency program offers many benefits including a  space to work, project grants, gallery space for shows, retail space open to the public, and teaching opportunities.


Gallery

Pottery Northwest hosts monthly and annual exhibitions of ceramic work. Our gallery serves as a platform for the public to experience ceramic artwork and to connect with clay artists. Exhibitions include solo shows of our resident artists, our annual student show, and our annual UnWedged Exhibition, a national juried show that attracts artists from all over the nation. All of our exhibitions are free and open to the public. 


Opportunities for Impact

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)
  • Advance the principles of equity, transformative justice, inclusion, shared liberation, and trauma-informed care in the ceramic arts.
  • Organizational Culture
  • Cultivate a positive organizational culture and productive work environment, supporting fellow staff and facilitating program integration and collaboration; ensure the organization’s mission, vision, and values are honored in every aspect of the work
  • Location
  • Help settle us into our temporary home and continue efforts to build inclusive community relationships and partnerships to support the search for a permanent home
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Work alongside staff and board to establish and achieve development goals for fundraised and earned income
  • External and Internal Relationships
  • Build Pottery Northwest’s engagement with community networks, partnerships, and relationships in partnership with the staff and board.


Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates will express a passion for the arts and have knowledge of the cultural life in the region; have demonstrated effectiveness in these areas: shared decision making, nonprofit management; justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; fundraising and communications; and strategic project management; have a genuine interest in becoming a driver of Pottery Northwest’s mission, vision, and values


Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $52,000-$78,000 per year. Placement within the range is dependent on an organization wide base salary with added experience and education multipliers. 


In addition to a base salary this role offers: 

  • 15 vacation days
  • 10 paid floating holidays
  • $1,200 personal learning and development stipend
  • Medical and dental insurance-100% employee premium paid by employer
  • Complimentary classes, workshops, and studio usage
  • Employees are also eligible for Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) as required by Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance and Washington’s Paid Sick Leave Law. 


How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@potterynorthwest.org. Your cover letter should include a statement describing how your experience and qualifications apply to the role. Please put “Managing Director” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will be open until filled.


We understand that white-supremacist practices and privileges inherent and specific to the field of ceramics have disproportionately hurt the most historically excluded people — including Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), womxn, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. For this reason, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other historically excluded communities.

Pottery Northwest seeks a full-time managing director to join a highly dedicated team working to realize Pottery Northwest’s mission, vision, and values. You will work in a distributed leadership model, in close partnership with staff and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 1, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

$52,000 - $78,000Placement within the scale is dependent on an organization wide base salary with added experience and education multipliers.

Benefits

  • 15 vacation days
  • 10 paid floating holidays
  • $1200 personal learning and development stipend
  • Medical and dental insurance-100% employee premium paid by employer
  • Complimentary classes, workshops, and studio usage
  • Employees are also eligible for Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) as required by Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance and Washington’s Paid Sick Leave Law.
  • 15 vacation days
  • 10 paid floating holidays
  • $1200 personal learning and development stipend
  • Medical and dental insurance-100% employee premium paid by employer
  • Complimentary…

Location

On-site
226 1st Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109, United States

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@potterynorthwest.org. Your cover letter should include a statement describing how your experience and qualifications apply to the role. Please put “Managing Director” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will be open until filled.

Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@potterynorthwest.org. Your cover letter should include a statement describing how your experience and qualifications apply to the…

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