2022 Moisture Festival: Opening March 17

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The Seattle Moisture Festival is a 501(c)(3) performing arts nonprofit with offices in Seattle, WA. For the last 19 years we’ve produced a four-week festival in the spring, presenting comedy/varieté and burlesque performances in venues around Seattle. Every March, approximately 10,000 patrons delight at all the weird, wonderful, and sublime talents of the Seattle Moisture Festival’s aerialists, acrobats, clowns, comedians, puppeteers, jugglers, dancers, musicians, and more. We are currently the longest running and largest festival of this kind in the world, presenting over 200 performers in more than 30 events in 2023.

We are seeking an Executive Director to join our staff.

This position is a full-time salaried opportunity for someone with strong collaborative and organizational skills. The Executive Director will be responsible for stewarding the spirit of the festival in a time of transition. The festival is changing venues and navigating the challenges and opportunities associated with that shift. This role will be the central strategic leader envisioning and executing the festival in its new iteration.This is a great position for someone looking to have a high impact at every level of an organization in transition, and is comfortable working with a lean staff and volunteers to deliver great results.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leads the planning and execution of the Seattle Moisture Festival in collaboration with the Artistic Director and in partnership with the Board, staff, and key volunteers.
  • Manages professional staff and key volunteers.
  • Manages and delegates administrative functions for the organization.
  • Supports festival production, fundraising, and other key events.
  • Oversees the ongoing strategic growth of the organization.

Desired skills and experience:

  • 5+ years of experience in nonprofit management or complex program management, preferably in
    the arts.
  • Change management for small organizations, including staffing planning, volunteer coordination,
    and board relationships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and stakeholder engagement — face to face,
    email, and on the phone.
  • Experience supporting all areas of operations at a small organization. Including HR, budgeting,
    administrative tasks, reporting, revenue/expense tracking, and project management.
  • Experience leading organizational diversity initiatives.
  • 3+ years of people management.
  • Volunteer recruitment and coordination.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work collaboratively.
  • A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (esp. Excel).
  • Knowledge and ability to use Google Drive (esp. Sheets and Forms).
  • Strong data gathering and analysis skills.
  • A desire to learn a must.
  • A sense of humor is a must.

The skills and experience listed in our job descriptions are guidelines. If you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply. Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translate directly to our openings. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered for the position.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Hours are a combination of in-office, at events, and work-from-home. Weekend/evening availability required as needed for planned events. Reliable access to transportation/transit and ability to run errands in the Seattle metro area required. To apply please email your resume and brief cover letter telling us why you are a good fit for the Moisture Festival to jobs@moisturefestival.org.

Salary $85,000-95,000 annually.

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