In 2016, the community of Port Angeles received a $9 million gift from the late Donna Morris to establish and operate a premier performing arts center. Local arts patron Dorothy Field then donated the last undeveloped parcel of waterfront property in Port Angeles to be the site and helped to start a $9 million endowment for operational funding. Early conceptual design work revealed that the project site was larger than needed, so the Marine Discovery Center consortium and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe were invited to join as “site partners” on a campus combining arts, science, and culture. Both accepted the offer, and each of the site partners is responsible for the design, fundraising, and construction of their own facilities but will work together on shared site planning, maintenance, and marketing.
Over the past four years, the Field Hall Board and staff conducted a market analysis, established an endowment (which now totals over $3 million), selected a general contractor, completed the schematic design, and initiated a capital campaign. So far, 70% of construction has been completed and $37 million has been raised towards a goal of $50 million.
The building will include a 500-seat auditorium and a 300-seat conference facility, combining arts, entertainment, and special events, as well as a coffee shop and gallery space, all under one roof. As a performing arts center, Field Hall will serve the North Olympic Peninsula as a host for artistic programming produced by new and existing local nonprofit performance, cultural, and education groups and as a presenter of world-class artistic and cinematic programming. As a venue for conferences and events, Field Hall will serve as a home for community gatherings, meetings, nonprofit and corporate seminars, and local business events, as well as a full-service event center for regional and national conferences, sales and marketing events, weddings, tourism conclaves, and other events.
A proactive, driven, and creative fundraising professional, Field Hall’s Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and serve as an essential member of the organization’s senior staff. They will lead comprehensive fundraising efforts to support Field Hall’s mission, including individual and major gifts, planned gifts, corporate and foundation support, and revenue from special events, sponsorships, and grant writing. They will manage one support professional initially, with an expectation to grow the team in the future. This leader is expected to implement a robust plan for growth with the primary goal initially to be the successful completion of Field Hall’s $50 million Capital Campaign in partnership with staff and board leadership. Once the campaign is complete, it is anticipated the Director of Development will need to raise an estimated $200,000 or more annually to help support Field Hall’s programs and general operations. Ongoing responsibilities will include implementing systems to track, record, and acknowledge contributions and data on community impact; plan and oversee at least one major fundraising event each year; provide accurate, timely fundraising reports to the Executive Director and board; and develop and nurture relationships with individual, institutional, and government funders.
The Field Arts & Events Hall has retained Campbell & Company to conduct this search. The full position overview can be found here: https://bit.ly/35RvbG3
Alongside a strong commitment to advancing Field Hall’s mission and strategic goals, the ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience managing successful nonprofit fundraising programs. They will demonstrate significant achievement in the areas of annual giving, corporate giving, foundation giving, marketing and communications, and special events, including solicitation of five- and six-figure gifts or greater. Additional qualifications include the ability to hire, manage, and motivate a team; the ability to achieve fundraising goals; excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to inspire and present publicly; strong knowledge of CRM systems; and the ability to work on evenings and weekends with occasional travel. Experience with arts and culture organizations and/or campaigns would be an advantage.
About Field Arts & Events Hall
Our vision is to inspire, nurture and empower the local arts community, enrich local cultural and educational experiences, and spark economic activity throughout the region.?