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Deputy Director (4Culture)

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Seattle, WA

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4Culture is an independent public agency, chartered under state law and King County ordinance in January 2003, after 35 years as the King County Office of Cultural Resources. The ideal candidate for this position champions public support for arts and culture and has demonstrated sustained commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice. As the cultural funding and services agency for King County, Washington, 4Culture works to make the region vibrant. The organization’s four program areas—Arts, Heritage, Historic Preservation, and Public Art—put public resources to use all over King County.

Guided by a vision of a King County in which every person has what they need to explore and create culture, we’re working to become an actively anti-racist organization. We know that this work is urgent and ongoing; as a public agency, we’re committed to being transparent about our successes and failures. 4Culture is part of the system of white supremacy that has historically disadvantaged Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. We are working to understand systems of structural racism, dismantle them with the tools available to us, and build up something equitable that supports and recognizes the value in cultural expression of all of people, especially those in King County.

Job Description

Department: Administration
Location: 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $122,070-$150,000 (Includes a competitive package of benefits, including participation in the Washington State Retirement System)
Reports to: Executive Director
Apply by: Friday, November 4, 2022, 5:00 pm PDT


We are seeking qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Director. This position will be a critical member of the senior management team, helping with long-range planning; budget development; funding programs oversight; personnel management; and undertake various strategic initiatives and projects. The position will report to the Executive Director and will coordinate closely with 4Culture’s department directors. The successful candidate will begin working by February 2023.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

-In coordination with other senior staff, help coordinate day-to-day operations and activities of the agency.

-Develop budgets for the Agency, annual operations, and grant programs, including managing the Community Partners Program and other initiatives/projects as assigned, acting as primary liaison with King County’s Office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget.

-Act as primary liaison to the Board Finance Committee, developing long-term policies and revenue forecasts and program budgets and ensure legal and financial compliance requirements.

-Work closely with 4Culture’s Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement strategic plans and realize the agency’s goals.

-Monitor and assess agency goals to measurably improve racially equitable access to cultural experiences and preservation of the built environment throughout King County.

-Work with 4Culture’s Senior Staff, Advisory Committees, and Board to develop and implement agency-wide partnerships and initiatives, including strategic major capital investments and potential new avenues for support.

-In coordination with the Executive Director, manage personnel performance and evaluation.

-Lead organizational research efforts, including reports, fact sheets, and analyses of 4Culture’s grant making activities.

-Represent 4Culture at a variety of community events, venues, meetings, and conferences.
In the absence of the Executive Director, serve as a spokesperson for the organization, including responding to and communicating with the press, in collaboration with the Director of Communications.

-Contribute to the overall health and welfare of 4Culture by participating on internal committees related to cultural issues.

-Help to build and strengthen relationships with other public agencies, government officials, tribal councils, and tribal agency staff, in collaboration with the Government & Community Relations Manager.


The pay range for this position is between $122,070 and $150,000. Salary will be negotiated and based on the selected candidate and their experience and includes a competitive package of benefits. It is classified as Regular Full Time, Exempt.

Work Environment:

– Position works a 37.5 hour work week, Monday-Friday. This position will primarily be onsite 4Culture at 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA, but has the option to be hybrid (3 days in the office/2 days remote).

– Occasional early morning, evening and/or weekend hours are required.

– Alternative work arrangements may be considered and will be based on operational needs.

– Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Qualifications

You will be most successful in this position if you have the following qualifications:

-Staff wellness and staff professional development are key priorities and you have a proven track record of motivating and unifying teams.

-You have grant management/oversight experience in the cultural sector.

-You can provide long-term, inspirational vision, while simultaneously implementing and communicating solutions to day-to-day problems.

Additionally, you will be prepared to take on this role if you have following experience, abilities, commitments, and skills:

Committed to:

– Advancing racial equity and social justice in how you conduct your work.

– Building trust, credibility, and collaborative relationships with all stakeholders, including 4Culture staff, Advisory/Board members, County and City partners, and community leaders.

– The health and evolution of King County’s cultural sector.

Experienced with:

– Public grant making and philanthropy, particularly as it relates to broadening cultural opportunities in historically underinvested in communities.

– Working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

– Creating/managing budgets, budget analysis, and project accounting for budgets of $10 million and over.

– Senior Management: including staff management, coaching, and development.

– Working with and communicating effectively to municipal, nonprofit, and community-based cultural organizations throughout King County.

Skilled in:

– Using interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, including the ability to establish relationships of trust, with colleagues, direct reports, and community partners.

– Managing public revenue streams and complex fiscal transactions and partnerships.

– Creative problem-solving, strategic planning, program management, and organizational development.

– Managing several complex projects simultaneously, often in a deadline-oriented environment requiring creative and flexible solutions.

Ability to:

– Learn various grant management systems, HR processes, and software packages.

– Handle controversial/sensitive issues with confidentiality and composure and make dependable independent decisions.

– Maintain calm and steady during times of crisis or stress.

– Confidently present to a variety of audiences, including people and policymakers outside of the cultural sector.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

– Directly manage Operations, Communications, Finance, and Administration Departments, which requires direct supervision of 4-5 senior leaders at the organization. Provide coaching and training to direct reports (and other staff) to support their professional development and career advancement goals.

Minimum Qualifications:

5-7 years of experience in the fields of senior leadership/management, administration, grantmaking, nonprofit or public administration are the minimum requirements for this position. This can be a combination of education, work/life experience. The most successful applicants will have experience in philanthropy and understand requirements of public agency operations and/or cultural organizations. Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. Proficiency in MS Office 365 including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and SharePoint.

Benefits of Working at 4Culture:

Working at 4Culture provides the chance to support and learn from the cultural community that makes King County a vibrant region to live in. Our mission affirms a deep commitment to racial equity as we work with our community to end institutional and structural racism. We work toward this goal, while supporting the physical and mental health of all 4Culture employees. Maintaining an appropriate work life balance is essential to our work, and 4Culture prioritizes staff wellness and the continual evolution of a healthy organizational culture.

The perks of working at 4Culture include a 37.5 work week, flex schedule, 12 days of vacation in the first five years of employment, 12 days of paid Holiday (including Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day), sick leave and 12 weeks of paid Family and Medical Leave after working over 1 year at 4Culture and access to a lactation room. Staff receive a Orca transit card, and an attractive comprehensive health insurance package consisting of medical, dental, vision, and basic life and long-term disability insurance for employees.

How to Apply

Please apply online no later than Friday, November 4, 2022, 5:00 pm PDT. You will need to log in or create a 4Culture account in order to access the application.

Please contact Erica Maniez at  if you have any difficulty with this process.

The privacy of applicants will be respected and preserved until the last phase of the hiring process. For example, references will be checked during the process of interviewing the finalists and with the applicant’s knowledge.

No Discrimination in Hiring:

4Culture is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment. We recognize that diverse perspectives, ideas, cultures, and life experiences of all employees are critical to our success. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace that reflects our residents, meets the needs of the communities we serve, and leverages the power of our employee’s individual uniqueness. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to creed, age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical handicap, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability unless such limitations are necessary for the performance of the role and no less discriminatory alternatives are available.

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