Development + Communications Director

Reports to: Executive/Artistic Director

Supervises: Communications Coordinator, Development Intern

Hours: Full Time

Salary: DOE

About Velocity
Mayor’s Arts Award and Genius Award winning Velocity Dance Center (Velocity) is Seattle’s forward-thinking laboratory and essential incubator for dance and emerging ideas. With artist-driven, community-centered artistic programs, Velocity is instrumental in making Seattle a destination city with one of the most active dance communities in the nation. With artist-led classes and workshops every day, performances every week, ongoing humanities programs that activate thoughtful conversations, as well as weekly community events from social dances to family-style dinners, Velocity is a portal for those new to dance and an important community resource. Home to hundreds of independent dance artists and renowned for producing innovative, cutting-edge work, Velocity is Seattle’s only dedicated contemporary dance venue where groundbreaking work, disciplined practice, and community participation coexist.

Position Overview
The Development + Communications Director works in partnership with the Executive/Artistic Director and Producing Director as Velocity’s Management Team. Under the general direction of the ED/AD, the Development and Communication Director is responsible for four primary outcomes at Velocity: 1) Development of new and sustained support from philanthropic sources including individuals, foundations, government and corporations; 2) An integrated strategic communications process and strategy; 3) Management of an expanded monthly donor program; 4) Senior level strategic thinking and leadership. The Development + Communications Director position is an exciting opportunity for an innovative, creative and self-driven person to join an exceptional team and create lasting impact on the Seattle arts community.

Primary Responsibilities/Outcomes

1. Development of new and sustained support from philanthropic sources including individuals, foundations, government and corporations

  • Lead and manage all fundraising planning and implementation
  • Sustain and foster a strong major donor program
  • Plan and oversee Velocity’s annual signature fundraising event in collaboration with ED/AD and Producing Director
  • Manage Velocity’s grant writing program, including grant proposal and budget preparation, funder communication, invoices, and final reporting
  • Support ED/AD with individual and organizational major gift solicitation
  • Cultivate strong relationships with individuals, foundations, partner organizations, local businesses, corporate and government funders

2. An integrated strategic communications process and strategy

  • Supervise Communication Coordinator
  • Collaborate with ED/AD and board in the development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan
  • Ensure marketing and communication efforts related to all Velocity programs are timely, effective and focused on community engagement
  • Promote the mission of Velocity by proactively pitching stories to the local and national media on Velocity programs, events, artist/faculty achievements, etc.
  • Enhance Velocity’s reputation and unique identity through strategic communications with stakeholders: donors, artists, students, teachers, community/business leaders, legislators and the media
  • Oversee Social Media and, including status updates, web updates and design
  • Represent Velocity at citywide events

2. Management of monthly donor membership program

  • Implement and manage Monthly Velocity Partner (MVP) program
  • Engage MVPs through a variety of activities, such as pre-show talks, social and informational events, volunteer opportunities, and more.
  • Communicate with MVPs and public via email, social media, web, mail, phone and in-person

3. Senior level strategic thinking and leadership

  • Work with Board committees and Board of Directors to harness the resources, talent and energy of the Board
  • Track Velocity impact and attendance for grant proposals and other communications
  • Collaborate with the ED/AD to advance the relationship between Velocity and various local, state, and regional organizations, including government agencies and advocacy groups, community and local business groups and arts organizations
  • Work with the ED/AD and Board of Directors to develop and implement long-term strategies for continued organizational health and overall service of the organization’s mission, vision and values
  • Serve as a liaison between Board of Directors and the organization; fostering board fundraising and communication, including working with ED/AD and Producing Director on preparation of monthly board reports


  • 3-5 years work experience in the nonprofit sector with resource development background
  • Experience in Communication preferred
  • Experience with nonprofit budgeting and finance preferred
  • Significant experience with various development and marketing techniques, strategies, and best practices—ideally including major gifts, online fundraising, events, grant writing, corporate partnerships, and social media
  • Ability to function as a dependable leader and team player
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; ability to vary communication style to meet the needs of the audience
  • Proven management and leadership capabilities, high energy, and creative
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment while being flexible and detail-oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills. Mac proficiency a plus.
  • Must be able to work efficiently on several projects simultaneously and prioritize deadlines
  • SalesForce and/or PatronManager experience preferred
  • Demonstrated passion for the arts
  • Knowledge of the Seattle arts & culture community a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required

Compensation + Benefits
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Health Benefits. Unlimited Free Dance Classes. Studio Rental at staff rate of $7/hr. Flexible Schedule. Velocity is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, in PDF format, to Tonya Lockyer at Position open until filled, applications reviewed on a rolling basis.