Job title: Development Director  
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary & Benefits: $55,000-60,000 salary, generous holiday and personal time off (including volunteer time off and floating holidays), plus medical, dental, and vision benefits, 403(b) match, and discounts on Hugo House classes
Classification: This position is full-time and non-exempt, operating on a Monday–Friday schedule with occasional evenings and weekends required.
Location: This role is on-site at our Capitol Hill, Seattle facility with the opportunity for a hybrid schedule.

Purpose: The Director of Development at Hugo House reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for strategically developing meaningful relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. The primary goal is to raise funds to support the continued operation and growth of Hugo House, its programs, and its racial equity goals. The Director of Development oversees all fundraising activities, including major gifts, institutional giving, membership, annual appeals, special events, government grants, online appeals, and grant reporting. This position entails supervising a Development & Events Assistant's daily work and collaborating closely with the Board of Directors, senior staff, donors, community members, and volunteers.

 The Development Director will be responsible for managing ongoing development efforts, including event fundraising and donor management for one of Seattle’s most beloved arts organizations. The Development Director will work alongside the Executive Director and the development team to complete departmental planning and reach contributed income goals.   

Development Oversight and Coordination: 

  • Coordinate the Board's Development Committee to oversee fundraising strategy  
  • Execute the annual appeal, along with online, direct mail, and in-person giving.  
  • Steward foundation, individual, and corporate donors with the Executive Director. 
  • Develop and manage the annual membership program calendar. 
  • Oversee multiple donor database, Salesforce data entry, and acknowledgment workflow. 
  • With Marketing, coordinate and collaborate on the design and production of development materials. 

Membership and Fundraising Operations: 

  • Oversee member benefit fulfillment through collaboration and coordination across departments.  
  • Work with Development & Events Assistant to ensure timely donor acknowledgment. 
  • Coordinate direct mail and online membership campaigns. 
  • Oversee production of monthly financial reports and perform analysis. 
  • Work with finance staff to reconcile membership and revenue regularly. 
  • Manage the Development department's budget. 
  • With Marketing, coordinate regular online donor-facing web pages updates and strategize for improved conversions. 
  • Manage renewal and upgrade strategy for donors and members. 
  • Manage membership and fundraising communications on pages. 
  • With Marketing, coordinate strategic, targeted and segmented efforts to encourage donations and memberships through email newsletters, website messaging, and social media promotion. 
  • Coordinate annual fundraising opportunities, including design, promotion, and execution. 

Grants Management and Assistance: 

  • Assist with grants research, proposal preparation, regranting initiatives, and reporting. 
  • Assist in data reporting for grants. 
  • Assist Executive Director with grant proposal preparation, research, and writing. 

Fundraising Planning and Personnel Support: 

  • Assist in annual budgeting process and goal setting. 
  • Evaluate and report development budget progress and receivables. 
  • Manage all forms of individual giving, including major donors, events, and campaigns. 
  • Manage the Hugo House membership program. 
  • Research and cultivate prospective individual donors. 
  • Attend events and meetings to further donor relationships. 
  • Utilize database for donor cultivation, tracking, and acknowledgment. 
  • Support a culture of philanthropy among staff, volunteers, and board members. 
  • Collaborate with administrative and support staff on development, from planning to execution. 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the board cultivation committee. 
  • Support development staff, interns, and volunteers. 


  • Manage a diverse and robust events calendar focused on passive community engagement, volunteer activities, friendraising, and local opportunities. 
  • Implement a grassroots framework to enhance the authenticity and community connection of events. 
  • Oversee the workflow of a Development & Events Assistant to ensure seamless coordination and execution of events. 
  • Provide supervision to maintain high-quality standards in event planning and execution. 
  • Connect all events and outward-facing services to potential areas of interest for funders. 
  • Foster relationships that align community engagement initiatives with the organization's mission and funding priorities. 


  • Share Hugo House's commitment to building an antiracist organization.   
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of development experience in the nonprofit sector: 
  • Individual & major donor relations 
  • Annual fund management 
  • Membership management 
  • Grant writing 
  • Event production 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Salesforce or equivalent CRM software. 
  • Experience managing relational databases preferred. 
  • Must have strong writing and verbal communication skills. 
  • Exceptional organizational skills: ability to prioritize and work independently. 
  • Must be willing to work in a team environment to solve problems and further the mission. 
  • Must enjoy working with philanthropic organizations and individuals. 
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential issues and information. 

 Applicants are urged to read about Hugo House and its mission at before choosing to submit.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 prohibits discrimination in employment. Recognizing its legal as well as social obligation to afford equal opportunity, Hugo House maintains an affirmative action policy as part of its inclusive hiring practices. It is Hugo House’s intent to maintain a diverse workforce that represents our community. Our approach to diversity is intended to provide not only equal employment opportunities to minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, but also to recognize and value people with ethnic, cultural, and other differences, such as religion, ancestry, language, national origin, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, and marital status.

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