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Job Announcement

Executive Director Opportunity
Richard Hugo House, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Seattle, Washington, is seeking a full-time executive director.

About Richard Hugo House
Founded in 1997 by authors Linda Breneman, Andrea Lewis and Frances McCue, Hugo House is ably led by an active board and engaged staff. Hugo House has built strong relationships with writers and readers in its community through a wide range of programming that makes a significant impact on the city and the region by commissioning new works; developing networks among writers and readers; and creating opportunities for artists and audiences to interact and learn from each other. Over 50,000 writers, readers and community members representing a wide range of ages and cultures have met to share their ideas, stories and passions through the vehicle of language. Hugo House programs and services include: Resources: Hugo House writers-in-residence, established professional writers, meet with members of the public to mentor them in their writing as well as create programming for Hugo House. ZAPP, our Zine Archive and Preservation Project, preserves and catalogs the more than 25,000 zines in our possession. ZAPP also holds open hours three times a week, making the non-circulating collection available to anyone. Events: Hugo House presents and curates a variety of events and partnerships, all with the focus of creating and supporting new work. Our Literary Series is our flagship event, and we host dozens of other readings, book releases and performances throughout the year.

Hugo House has an annual budget of over $800,000, Classes: Hugo Classes for Teens; Scribes Summer Cre- five full-time staff members, several part time staff ative Writing Camps; Write Time; and Adult Classes. members and close to 200 active volunteers.

Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2011

Our Mission
Richard Hugo House fosters writers, builds community and engages the Pacific Northwest in the world of writing.

Our Vision
Richard Hugo House is a nationally recognized community of writers and lovers of writing who use words to celebrate, understand and engage in the complex world around us and to give untold and heard stories a voice. We encourage and promote our shared love of language and writing as an important thread in the fabric of community that is crucial to political and social dialog, connecting people of all races, ages, classes and belief systems. Richard Hugo House’s community is supportive and collaborative, a place where writers of all kinds discover their authentic voices, take artistic risks without fear of judgment, build audiences for their work and launch their writing careers. Richard Hugo House is the place Pacific Northwest writers call “home”.

Our Values
Creating community | Artistic responsibility | Innovation | Inclusiveness Cultural enrichment | Sustainability

For additional information about the organization, please visit the Hugo House website: | Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2011


The Position


Lead the organization, including ensuring that the organization has the human, financial and operational resources it needs to fulfill the mission; developing short- and long-term strategic and business planning; representing the organization in the community; and developing longterm facility plans; Manage the organization to attract and retain top quality staff and volunteers; oversee human resources management and personnel policies; hire, motivate, support and evaluate direct reports; assume responsibility for fiscal oversight and reporting; and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations; Develop the fund raising strategy for the organization; cultivate and maintain relationships with major donors, foundations, corporate sponsors, government and in-kind sources; create opportunities to engage new donors/members and sustain existing supporters; Oversee the development of programs, create systems to support program development; explore new program development opportunities and ensure that ongoing programs are evaluated thoroughly; Manage board relations and development by providing board members with the information, tools and resources needed to govern and support the organization; assist in recruitment and orientation of new board members; and serve as the primary conduit between board members and other stakeholders; Develop and manage collaborative programs within the Pacific Northwest writing community. | Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2011

Skills and Experience
• • • • • • • • • • A demonstrated passion for the arts, a love of literature and an appreciation for community-based organizations; The energy and commitment to lead a small arts organization; A passion for social justice and inclusiveness; Demonstrated fund raising experience; Experience managing financial activity for an organization with a $500k+ annual budget; A minimum of four years management experience including managing, leading and mentoring staff; Strong communication, listening and relationship-building skills; strong collaboration and decision-making skills; An understanding of marketing, outreach and communications concepts; Knowledge of nonprofit board structures and principles of governance; and The ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate the organization’s schedule of events.

The salary for this position is dependent on qualifications and experience, in the range $70,000 $75,000. Compensation includes medical and dental insurance and generous leave time.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information (phone and email) for at least three professional references. Submit your materials electronically, in Microsoft Word or PDF format, to the Executive Director Search Committee, If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Green, interim executive director, at or (206) 322-7030 ext. 102. | Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2011