PATP: Development (Fundraising) Apprentice
SEATTLE REP is accepting applications for our Professional Arts Training Program (PATP). For more than 35 years, the PATP has helped young professionals break into the world of not-for-profit arts. Applications will be accepted through June 16, 2022 at 4PM PST.
Seattle Rep is committed to producing the highest quality programming. We believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences. We are part of a growing movement in theater to ensure the inclusion of those who have been historically excluded, focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and women, ensuring they are at the decision-making table and reflected in our community.
Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region.
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ABOUT THE PATP
Seattle Rep’s Professional Arts Training Program provides apprentices the opportunity to learn alongside professional art and theater-makers. PATP offers hands-on work learning and behind scenes experience. Apprentices undertake responsibilities as members of various departments, contribute ideas, participate in department and staff meetings, and engage in projects with the guidance of their supervisor. They will also participate in professional workshops and seminars, which provide connections with theater staff, guest artists, and the Seattle Arts community members.
Seattle Rep’s 2022/23 Season runs September 2022 – June 2023. Apprenticeship contract start/end dates will vary by department.
- Stage Management: Full-Time (40 hours a week) between 26-31 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks.
- Production Management and Lighting Design: Full-time (40 hours per week) for up to 36 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks.
- Directing/Casting, Directing/Literary: Full-time (40 hours per week) for up to 35 weeks, with some sabbatical time. Weekly hours will vary based on the needs of each production but a minimum of 32 hours per week can be expected. In addition, a limited amount of overtime will be available during tech weeks.
- Scenic Art (Paints) and Properties: Full-Time (40 hours a week) for 31 weeks.
- Development: Full-Time (40 hours per week) for up to 35 weeks, with some sabbatical time.
- Youth Engagement: Part-Time for up to 39 weeks.
- Public Works: Part-Time for up to 37 weeks.
- Compensation: All Apprenticeships pay $17.27/hour
- Apprentices should expect to work on-site. Some work from home may be offered. Find Seattle Rep's evolving COVID safety protocols here.
- In addition to hands-on training in their chosen field, Apprentices have the opportunity to participate in:
- Cohort activities to build relationships within the Apprentice class.
- Seminars with industry professionals to gain an overview of how departments collaborate at the regional theater level. These seminars also introduce Apprentices to the Seattle theater scene and help them gain an understanding of how different-sized organizations work.
DEVELOPMENT (FUNDRAISING) POSITION OVERVIEW
Seattle Rep has designed the Development Apprenticeship to provide an immersion into the full array of development activities. The Apprentice will function as a vital member of the Development team and gain a working knowledge of major giving, annual giving, board engagement, corporate and foundation giving, and special events. Ongoing opportunities include cultivation/stewardship/solicitation of donors, prospect research, database management, donor correspondence and grant writing, and special events support. This Apprentice will have a high-level of interaction with trustees, donors, and staff leadership. The supervisor for this Apprentice is Darragh Kennan, Major Gifts Officer.
At the end of this apprenticeship, the Development Apprentice will understand the development cycle and how it applies to donors at all levels and of all types:
- Use Tessitura and prospect research databases to identify and research individual and institutional funders.
- Identify donor priorities (interest, affinity, and capacity) and how they align with organizational priorities and programming.
- Use Tessitura as a tool to analyze and track donor history and patron behavior.
- Understand all the aspects of cultivation included but not limited to: networking, communication strategies (non-solicitation), and events.
- Learn the different strategies behind written and in-person solicitations depending on the target audience.
- Learn different methods for donor acknowledgement, benefits and recognition included but not limited to: generating donor receipts, writing thank you letters, event invitations, etc.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills
- Computer proficiency and working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Enthusiastic, motivated, and forward thinking
- Creative and innovative
- Flexible team player
- Self-starter with the ability to handle multiple projects
- Deadline-meeting and multi-tasking capabilities
TO BE CONSIDERED
- Review the minimum requirements for the opportunity.
- Complete all areas of the online application.
- Attach a resume and letter of interest (cover letter).
Meet the 2021/22 Apprentice: Joel Curry
ALL AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES
- Development (Fundraising)
- Lighting Design
- Properties (Props)
- Production Management
- Scenic Art (Paints)
- Stage Management (2 positions)
- Youth Engagement