Arts & Communities Director

Science & Technology Partnerships Seattle, Washington


Position at Vulcan

Are you passionate about making a meaningful impact on our uniquely diverse Pacific Northwest community, contributing to its equity, vibrancy and recovery?  Seattle based Vulcan is looking to hire an Arts & Communities Director to strategically support its work advising the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

 About Vulcan:

Vulcan was founded in 1986 by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. It includes Vulcan Real Estate, an award-winning developer renowned for sustainable commercial, residential, and retail projects across Puget Sound. Vulcan’s multidisciplinary team also provides a diverse range of asset and project management support to the Paul G. Allen Estate and Trust, and advises the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation on its portfolio of charitable work investing in wildlife conservation, ocean health, vibrant communities, and the arts.

Vulcan believes in diversity and recognizing all voices, and we are working to weave equity and inclusion into the fabric of everything we do. We are actively investigating and applying best practices in equity and inclusion to our recruiting, hiring, retention and benefits programs. 

Position Summary:

The Arts & Communities Director will bring vision, creative problem solving, and entrepreneurial experience to program strategy, development, implementation, and oversight of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s regional arts and communities’ portfolio.  Programs will embrace a variety of genres and demographics, founded on an understanding of the cultural landscape within Washington State, and/or expanded geographies. The candidate should have solid experience in the giving strategies and best practices of other leading philanthropic entities that serve the Pacific Northwest communities.  The Arts & Communities Director reports to the Executive Director of Partnerships and Programs and will  develop and manage a strategic grantmaking program subject to the Foundation leadership’s review and approval. S/he/they are also responsible for the hiring and supervision of program management and supervision of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) staff. 

This position actively tracks emerging trends in the arts and culture sector and across Northwest sectors that will unlock new understanding of engagement and impact.  The Arts & Communities Director will facilitate cross-program communication and ideation to understand opportunities within these areas of interest and increase awareness of applicable approaches.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Bring intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit, and be open to input and feedback.
  • Set and implement a program strategy that supports the arts and community through grantmaking expertise and the development of successful grantee relationships.
  • Build and maintain a network of expert contacts in relevant topic areas to help inform programmatic strategy, approach and project pipeline.
  • Maintain currency in multiple topic areas and providing regular updates on progress at the forefront of the sector to the Foundation’s leadership and advisory committees.
  • Generate new ideas and proposed approaches for building healthy and vibrant communities.
  • Management responsibilities include, interviewing, hiring, and training/developing employees; coaching; mentoring; planning, assigning, and directing work; managing and appraising performance; pro-actively identify, address, and collaboratively resolve potential roadblocks/issues/concerns.  
  • Analyze current trends and develop forecasts.
  • Develop independent reviews of proposed approaches and projects.
  • Advise our nonprofit and NGO partners to accelerate their work and maximize impact
  • Demonstrate honesty, trustworthiness, ethics, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments

 Knowledge, experience, skill, and ability

To be successful, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  •  Deep experience with and knowledge of arts and culture, community and youth development and philanthropy. Preference for experience in and high familiarity of the Pacific Northwest arts and culture, including visual and performing arts, cultural projects and initiatives, youth engagement, and community development ecosystems.
  • Proven expertise making and managing grants and building reciprocal grantee relationships.
  • Proven best practices in philanthropy, ability to find common ground between multiple stakeholders, with varied interests and "must-haves", and current in measurement, learning and evaluation trends.
  • Proven ability to lead and facilitate, with strong interpersonal skills, inspiring trust and able to move from ideas to action.
  • Communicates effectively and professionally with executive leadership and with a diverse range of people from different environments and sectors.
  • Represents the organization before many audiences and in a wide range of situations.
  • Works both independently and collaboratively as a team player and with grace and flexibility when faced with multiple time-sensitive priorities and a changing environment.


  • Advanced degree from accredited institution and at least 10 years relevant experience advising on arts and communities programs.
  • Strong preference for candidates with experience working on arts and communities programs within or on behalf of a nonprofit or philanthropic organization

Travel estimated to be 10%

 We’re committed to inclusion and equal opportunity

To be successful, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vulcan Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, sex, disability, political ideology, or veteran status, or other protected class. 

Vulcan requires all U.S.-based employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19, except for those with an approved medical or religious accommodation. All new employees are required to provide proof of vaccination status or proof of qualification for a medical or religious accommodation upon hire.

If you need accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or your recruiter.