Hedgebrook Director of Development and Outreach

Seattle, Washington, United States Full-time


Director of Development & Outreach

Posting Date: October 1, 2018

Applications will be given full consideration if received by October 29. Interviewing will begin in October; early applications are strongly encouraged.


Hedgebrook supports visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. We are seeking a passionate and innovative fundraiser to join our senior leadership team as the Director of Development & Outreach (DDO). Hedgebrook is well-positioned to expand its reach and its “ripples”, and we need an experienced communicator, capacity builder, and impact storyteller to help us make our vision a reality. As our DDO, you will have the remarkable opportunity to be part of a committed community of women writers, readers, and change agents from all over the world, and to make a significant impact on this organization during an exciting period of growth and evolution.


About Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change

Since opening its doors in 1988, nearly 2000 women writers have lived and worked in Hedgebrook’s cottages on beautiful Whidbey Island, generating thousands of novels, poems, plays, screenplays, memoirs, and works of non-fiction. Literally millions of people have experienced the work that has been generated in our cottages; recent works by women at Hedgebrook have helped raise awareness in a vast range of global issues including women’s rights in the Middle East, the spread of AIDS in Africa, rights of incarcerated women prisoners, political strife in Cambodia, and radioactive fallout in the Ukraine, to name just a few.

We call the care and nurturing writers receive in residence “radical hospitality,” since it enables a woman writer to go to the places she needs to go, however dark or challenging, to tell her story. The impact of this gift is manifold: everyone who encounters this writer and her work is a recipient of her experience—of being recognized and valued for her voice.

In addition to the 30 year old Writers in Residence program, Hedgebrook offers week-long Master Classes on Whidbey and in other locations (in 2019, classes will take place in Tuscany and in India!), a Vortext Weekend Writing Salon and a One-Day Writing Salon on Whidbey, periodic one-day Salons in other places, and a new on-line class series. We also offer programming for young women and non-binary writers, as well as residency programs dedicated to supporting playwrights, songwriters, screenwriters, documentary filmmakers and themed weeks featuring curated groups of social justice writers.

Hedgebrook has an annual budget of $1.7 million and a staff of 15-20, including part-time staff. Hedgebrook is supported by an influential board of 14 well-connected and creative women, based in Seattle and on Whidbey Island, with members in New York, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.The DDO will lead a team which will be made up of 4 additional development and marketing/communications staff to raise $1.35 million annually from individual donors, events, grants from foundations and corporations, and $350,000 from the marketing of earned revenue programs.

For more information about Hedgebrook and its programming, visit us at http://www.hedgebrook.org/


A Unique Development Opportunity

This is going to be an incredibly exciting time for a new leader joining Hedgebrook! Recognizing that we are in a period of evolution, the organization has committed time and resources to articulating and actualizing its vision for the future, and to building capacity to get us there. One anticipated outcome is a feasibility study to explore launching a campaign to establish an endowment and possibly capital project monies. We have recently completed an in-depth development assessment, and we have an Interim DDO who is paving the way for the new DDO to hit the ground running once hired. We have created a new position of Assistant Director of Development & Outreach to partner with the DDO and keep the workload manageable, and one of the DDO’s early tasks will be to hire this new person.  This important work will all be done in partnership with the extremely talented and inspiring staff, board, philanthropic founder and her family, authors, and changemakers who make up the Hedgebrook community.


The Role of the DDO

The Director of Development & Outreach (DDO) will work closely with the Leadership Team to develop, implement, and manage all aspects of fundraising, communications, and marketing. They will develop and lead innovative strategies to steward and cultivate existing donors, and to expand our philanthropic community both locally and nationally. They will foster strategic partnerships and build a robust program to grow foundation and corporate philanthropic support. In addition, they will oversee Hedgebrook’s communication and marketing strategies, including PR/marketing, social media, and creation of compelling storytelling content.

To accomplish all this, the DDO will lead and manage a development team made up of 4 core staff (Assistant Director of Development & Outreach, Development & Outreach Associate, Development & Outreach Coordinator, and a Donor Database Manager), as well as occasional contract labor, Seattle-based interns, work-study students, and additional community volunteers as needed. 


Specific Responsibilities of the DDO will include:

  • Work with the Leadership Team and the Development & Outreach team to create an annual plan which outlines the strategies and activities designed to achieve revenue goals for each fiscal year drawing on a diverse base of support: individual donors, foundations, corporations, government grants, endowment and planned giving.          
  • Partner with Executive Director and Program Director in nurturing relationships with founder, Board of Directors, Creative Advisory Council, writers in residence, alumnae and a diverse range of other key stakeholders. Support cultivation efforts with partners (regionally, nationally, and internationally) who can expand and enhance Hedgebrook’s mission, outreach, brand recognition and solvency.
  • Lead major gift efforts including prospecting, cultivation, moves management, and stewardship to grow major donor program. Develop a legacy giving program.
  • Leverage community, corporate, and foundation connections to share storytelling, amplify writers’ voices, and build funding support.
  • Work with the staff to create and produce compelling events that raise funds, cultivate donors and expand Hedgebrook’s presence in its communities.
  • Develop and implement marketing strategies in support of growing both fee for service and philanthropic revenue, to increase mission aligned access to Hedgebrook.
  • Oversee key messaging and ensure consistency and quality in all outward facing communications and printed collateral. Oversee an effective social media program that expands Hedgebrook’s presence, influence, and audience.
  • As a member of Hedgebrook’s Leadership Team, collaborate on organization-wide strategic planning, calendering, budgeting, and building annual and long range plans. Attend Executive Committee, Finance and/or Board meetings as needed.


Ideal Candidate Profile

The Director of Development and Outreach will be inspired by the prospect of being a leader in a close community that believes passionately in elevating and amplifying women’s voices and stories. They must be eager to be a part of a collaborative team, and prepared to help strategically guide the organization during this exciting and sometimes uncertain period of growth and transformation. Supporting Hedgebrook’s evolution will require a leader who is both an innovative and fearless fundraiser and “asker”, and who is also an expert capacity builder, able to design and implement systems that will support this new growth. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned team leader who is comfortable hiring, supervising, and mentoring development staff, as well as providing some coaching and guidance to the Leadership Team and board members around authentically stewarding and soliciting donors. As we continue to expand the “global campfire” that is Hedgebrook, a sophisticated understanding of communications including brand management, messaging, and impactful storytelling will be critical for this position.

The ideal candidate will bring significant development and communications experience to this role:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years experience in a development leadership role
  • Demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting and securing gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Experience creating and implementing systems that support fundraising capacity building and growth
  • Strong team building, staff supervision, and coaching skills
  • Experience partnering with a Board of Trustees, and guiding their development efforts
  • Communications and messaging expertise including excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong technology skills: proficiency with Microsoft Office and donor database software (experience with eTapestry preferred); comfort with social media of all kinds.


Location and Staff Culture:

The Director of Development & Outreach will be based in Hedgebrook’s Seattle office, which is currently located in Pioneer Square but is likely to move (within Seattle or nearby) in early 2019. The DDO should expect to spend approximately 2 to 4 workdays per month at the Whidbey Island location (about 30 miles north of Seattle, plus a short ferry ride), most often on Thursdays. The development team works remotely on Fridays. The DDO will occasionally be asked to travel to conferences or to cities where Hedgebrook board members and supporters live. Mileage and costs associated with travel to Whidbey Island and other locations are covered by the organization.

The current Hedgebrook staff is a warm group of radical hosts who believe deeply in the Hedgebrook mission. They are readers and feminists and advocates for social change. Hedgebrook values work/life balance, and staff may take personal time after particularly heavy work periods, such as an event or travel for work.

Our Commitment to Equity

At Hedgebrook we are committed to equity and inclusion; we believe different voices and perspectives enrich our culture, raise our awareness and make our community stronger. We welcome people of all races, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations, and strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Executive Director.  The salary range is $85,000 to $95,000, depending on experience.

Hedgebrook offers a generous benefits plan including 10 days of paid vacation in the first year, as well as 10 days of discretionary time off in lieu of holidays (giving staff members the flexibility to decide which holidays they prefer to observe). Medical, dental, and vision insurance are offered, as well as paid sick leave. Hedgebrook offers a 401b retirement savings plan matched by the organization after the first year of employment.


To Apply

Online applications only, please no email or paper submissions. You will be asked to upload a resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please describe as specifically as you can why you are interested in joining the Hedgebrook team, and how your skills and experience are a fit with the goals of this position and the mission of this community.

Applications received before October 29<sup>th</sup> will be given full consideration. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the hiring committee. Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received; we encourage early applications. Interviewing will begin in October.


The search for this position is being facilitated by Clover Search Works, a search firm that provides a full range of search services to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Clover Search Works is honored to work with Hedgebrook and is working hard to help Hedgebrook hire a development professional who can provide leadership to realize its important mission.


Questions regarding this opportunity are welcomed and can be directed to Emily Anthony of Clover Search Works (www.cloversearchworks.com).

Email: emily@cloversearchworks.com Phone: 206.355.9132