development associate

Salary Range: $40,000-$43,000

The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is a respected non-profit organization in Seattle and national leader in maritime education with a mission to provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved and passed along to future generations. CWB serves over 100,000 visitors every year at its locations at the south end of Lake Union in downtown Seattle, at the north end of Lake Union near Gas Works Park, and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.

An educational innovator, CWB integrates the hands-on activities of a community waterfront center with traditional museum activities, such as providing interpretation and exhibits and caring for a collection of historic artifacts. The programs that are offered through CWB are varied and are available to visitors of all ages and abilities. CWB provides hands-on activities for the public through their participation in free public rides, livery rentals, an annual wooden boat festival, maritime skills workshops, field trips based in school curriculum, sailing lessons, boat restoration projects, model pond boat sailing, toy boat building, speaker series, and maritime exhibits that tell the story of Lake Union and the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest.

Our collection of traditional small craft serves as the centerpiece of all of CWB’s programs. Preservation and care of these boats is of paramount importance, and CWB’s boatshop is a critical resource that facilitates the ongoing maintenance of the working fleet of sailboats, rowboats and powerboats to ensure that these vessels transport us into the next century.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Associate is responsible for the organization’s donor database, gifts processing, grant coordination and membership coordination. Specific duties include:

  • Donor Database/Gifts Processing (30%):
    • Ensure accurate processing, designation and timely acknowledgement of all gifts.
    • Ensure integrity of donor data. Work with Accounting to ensure contributed income is tracked properly.
    • Serve as the organization’s expert on donor database technology and processes.
  • Grant Coordination (30%):
    • Maintain the organization’s grant pipeline to track and coordinate grants through their life cycle from identification through research, application, award and follow-up.
    • Coordinate volunteers and staff in grant research, grant writing and reporting.
    • Work with the Programs Manager to align grant opportunities with program strategy and delivery.
  • Membership Coordination (30%):
    • Maintain the membership roster and administer membership renewal.
    • Work with the Communications Coordinator to implement membership recruitment and retention campaigns.
    • Work with the Events Coordinator to deliver membership cultivation events.
  • Development and Program Support (10%):
    • Participate in “all hands on deck” projects to support various development and programming events such as the annual Gala, Breakfast for Kids Afloat fundraiser and the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival.

Job Requirements

  • 2 years in a nonprofit development role
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Development or related discipline, or equivalent demonstrated skills and experience
  • Proficiency in working with computer software including Microsoft Office and donor/museum management databases
  • Experience with at least two of the following strongly preferred: donor database management, membership management and grant support

TO APPLY:  Interested applicants submit their application by email to Applications will be considered which contain:  (1) Cover letter (2) Work Experience/Education Resume (3) Contact information for three references.

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