Year-Round Positions

Watershed is currently hiring for the roles listed below. Click the titles to expand the accordions and find details on each of the positions.

Development Manager

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts seeks an experienced, passionate nonprofit development professional to guide the organization’s fundraising and donor stewardship efforts and support the growth of our development team. The successful candidate will be comfortable leading effective appeals and campaigns while managing all aspects of Watershed’s development activities – from major asks and grant writing, to database management and thank you letters. The ideal candidate will enjoy and excel at long-range planning and strategy, and possess a strong attention to detail needed to nurture and build sustaining relationships with donors and funders. 

With support and expertise from the Development Manager, Watershed will expand the development team in the coming 12-24 months. We are looking for someone willing to wear many hats and guide the progression to a well rounded team and strategy.

Responsibilities Summary

The Development Manager reports to the Executive Director and collaborates with appropriate Watershed staff and Development/Stewardship Committees of the Board of Trustees to oversee the development work of the organization in the following areas:

  • Fundraising strategy & implementation
  • Grant writing and administration
  • Annual appeal & scholarship appeal campaigns
  • Annual report 
  • Donor visits, asks, stewardship
  • Donor database management and acknowledgement letters 
  • Salad Days VIP event management 
  • Grow the development team and roles

Qualifications

  • Three years of donor database management experience minimum, knowledge of Blackbaud & eTapestry preferred
  • Three years successfully soliciting individual donors to support various fundraising goals (annual appeals, capital campaigns, Giving Tuesday, etc). 
  • Five years working in non-profit development roles with progressive responsibility
  • Event planning experience, ideally in a leadership role
  • Adept, efficient & effective writing and editing skills
  • Strong listening and interpersonal skills, and the ability to professionally and effectively communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Highly collaborative and organized with the ability to manage competing priorities
  • A self-starter and self-helper with keen attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Adept with computers, software programs, and platforms including: MacOS, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Google Suite (Mail, Calendar, Drive, etc), Dropbox, Zoom, WordPress, Constant Contact
  • Capital campaign experience and leadership preferred
  • An interest in the arts, artists and arts organizations preferred

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

Work is most often stationary and performed at a computer in an office environment, but requires event-related work outdoors and the ability to stand, walk, and lift up to 25 lbs.  Some remote work is available to be coordinated with the Executive Director but this is considered an on-site position which benefits from regular collaboration, communication, and connection with coworkers. 

Details, Compensation & Benefits

The position is full-time, year-round, and salaried (exempt status) with a regularly scheduled 40 hour per week expectation. The schedule is typically the standard 8 hours, five days per week, adjusting as needed to accommodate employee needs. Events and meetings take place during evenings and weekends periodically.

Compensation: $65,000 – $70,000 commensurate with experience, plus benefits: paid vacation and sick time, health insurance (paid in full by employer), optional FSA, retirement match, studio space, and a materials and kiln firing allowance.

Application Details & Hiring Schedule

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter detailing experience relevant to the Development Manager role to admin@watershedceramics.org. Preference will be given to applications received by February 11, 2024. Position open until filled. Watershed is targeting a March start date for the role.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Watershed is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, sex, gender, race, religion or belief, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, or sexual orientation.

A Note About Qualifications & Experience

We understand that talent comes in various forms and encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds, skills, and experiences to submit their applications. We recognize the breadth of skills and responsibilities in the job description is vast and that candidates may not possess every skill or have extensive experience in all areas listed, but we believe in the potential for growth and learning. All applicants will be thoroughly considered for the role based on their unique strengths and potential contributions to our organization. Join us in shaping the future of ceramic arts and community engagement at Watershed.

Communications Coordinator

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts seeks a Communications Coordinator with a full range of skills and experience needed to promote Watershed’s mission, story, programs and opportunities. This is a part-time, year-round position, the Communications Coordinator will work mostly onsite at Watershed in Newcastle, Maine for 24 hours per week.

The successful candidate will be comfortable managing all the communications, promotion and marketing aspects of Watershed’s overlapping planning cycles and calendars in order to properly market and celebrate a full year of arts programming and endeavors. The ideal candidate will enjoy and excel at planning and executing messaging strategies, branding, visual and written storytelling through online and social platforms, printed materials and email newsletters. This work is most efficiently achieved by someone with a strong writing skills and aesthetic style supported by their graphic design and photography skills.

Responsibilities Summary

The Communications Coordinator collaborates with Watershed’s program, studio and development staff to promote Watershed’s 12-month program cycle and fundraising efforts as well as to inspire through storytelling.

The Communications Coordinator’s primary and regular deliverables are: monthly organizational newsletters, ongoing web updates, 1-4 social media posts per week, 1-4 email blasts per month (in addition to monthly newsletters) printed promotional program materials, annual appeal writing, annual creation of new merchandise and overseeing the creation of the annual report.

Qualifications

  • Social media strategy and technical know-how: Ability to use and leverage social media platforms for both storytelling and promotional purposes. 
  • Experience organizing, writing and crafting effective e-newsletters.
  • Graphic design skills for day to day visuals (formal training not required, Watershed can hire designers for larger projects, as needed)
  • Photography skills (formal training not required, Watershed can hire photographers periodically, as needed)
  • Adept, efficient & effective writing ability and editing skills.
  • Strong sense of visual aesthetics and ability to align with brand and style guide
  • Experience & ability to manage processes using collaborative systems and software such as shared calendars, Google suite and other online tools 
  • Strong listening and interpersonal skills, and the ability to professionally and effectively communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Highly collaborative and organized with the ability to manage competing priorities
  • A self-starter and self-helper with keen attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Personal and professional dedication to diverse, equitable and inclusive programs and values.
  • Adept with computers, software programs, and platforms including: MacOS, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Google Suite (Mail, Calendar, Drive, etc), Dropbox, Zoom, WordPress, Constant Contact, Adobe design software and/or Canva or similar and database software (eTapestry, Blackbaud preferred)
  • An interest in the arts, artists and arts organizations
  • Experience with e-commerce a plus

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

Work is most often stationary and performed at a computer in an office environment, but requires event-related work outdoors and the ability to stand, walk, and lift up to 25 lbs. Some remote work is available to be coordinated with the Executive Director, but this is considered an on-site position which benefits from regular collaboration, communication and connection with coworkers. 

Details, Compensation & Benefits

The position is part-time, year-round, and hourly position (non exempt status) with a regularly scheduled 24 hour per week expectation. The schedule is typically during the standard Monday – Friday work week, and can be arranged and adjusted as needed to accommodate employee’s availability. Role will require some work on evenings and weekends with advanced notice.  

$20/hour 

Studio space, and a materials and kiln firing allowance

Lunch provided on days worked during residency periods (currently most days during the summer residencies)

Accrual of Earned Paid Leave per Maine law (1 hour per 40 hours worked)

Application Details & Hiring Schedule

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter detailing experience relevant to the Communications Coordinator role to admin@watershedceramics.org. Preference will be given to applications received by February 26, 2024. Position open until filled. Watershed is targeting a March start date for the role.

Responsibilities Detail

  • Design annual marketing and advertising plans to increase Watershed brand recognition and reach;
  • Create messaging and design branded advertising materials for workshops, residencies, public programs and special events; places ads in key print and digital publications;
  • Writes and disseminates press releases with input from other staff, as needed;
  • Photographs and edits photos of Watershed program participants and during special events; directs photographers and videographers during special projects and events, as needed;
  • Creates marketing content to promote programs and events via:
    • Watershed’s website and blog;
    • Social media accounts (Facebook & Instagram);
    • E-newsletter and special email outreach campaigns;
  • Communicates with media partners and other arts and educational organizations interested in learning more about Watershed;
  • Designs Salad Days marketing materials and messaging in collaboration with program and development staff; designs and manages Salad Days advertising; 
  • Collaborates with development staff on content for the annual report, print and digital content for the annual appeal, Giving Tuesday, scholarship campaigns, and other special fundraising projects that include public messaging. 
  • Designs, co-writes, edits, lays out, and prepares annual report, annual appeal, and other development-related print pieces;
  • Provides development staff with digital templates for public fundraising campaigns.
  • Collaborates with ED and development staff on copy for special materials and communications for donors; and works with outside designers and creatives, as needed. 

General / Other

  • Participate in ongoing short-term and long-term strategic planning with  the organization, providing a perspective from a communications lens.
  • Assist with on-campus cultivation and donor stewardship events.
  • Support executive director in grant writing and administrative efforts.

Mission & Culture

  • Promote and embody Watershed as a welcoming and inclusive organization, where all people are valued and respected.
  • Support the values and purpose of Watershed as expressed in the mission statement and other guiding documents.
  • Uphold the reputation of Watershed and support strong relationships with and among Watershed founders, staff, board, residency artists, local supporters and individuals and foundations making major gifts.

A Note About Qualifications & Experience

We understand that talent comes in various forms, and we encourage applicants with a diverse range of skills and experiences to submit their applications. We recognize the breadth of skills & responsibilities in the job description is vast and that candidates may not possess every skill or have extensive experience in all areas listed, but we believe in the potential for growth and learning. All applicants will be thoroughly considered for the role based on their unique strengths and potential contributions to our organization. Join us in shaping the future of ceramic arts and community engagement at Watershed.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Watershed is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a culture of diversity, equity, accessibility,  inclusion and accessibility to foster a vibrant workplace and artist residency culture. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for the open positions at our organization. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of perspectives, experiences, and identities. Our organization values the unique contributions that individuals from different lived experiences bring to the table, and we strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels heard, valued, and empowered.

Studio Coordinator

Watershed’s Studio Coordinator works closely with the Studio & Facilities Manager and administrative staff to provide a welcoming, accommodating experience for program participants. They collaborate with the studio team to ensure that artists have the materials and support necessary to explore creative practice in clay during residencies, workshops, and other studio-based programs. Additionally, they perform key duties to help maintain cleanliness and working operations of the studio and surrounding grounds and assist with special events. 

This position is part-time (20 hours/week) and year-round.

Responsibilities Summary

  • Collaborate with the Studio & Facilities Manager to maintain routine operations and general upkeep of the studio
  • Assist with preparation for workshops, residencies, and educational programs by ordering and preparing materials, creating schedules, and communicating and collaborating with guest artists
  • Facilitate a positive experience and provide technical support for guest artists, resident artists, and workshop participants prior to and during on-campus programs 
  • Collaborate with the Studio & Facilities Manager to manage and facilitate group kiln firings
  • Maintain materials inventory and order supplies; manage clay production, as needed
  • Assist with equipment maintenance and conduct day-to-day cleaning and maintenance of the Windgate Studio, including equipment, surfaces, and restrooms
  • In collaboration with other staff, orient artists-in-residence to studio facilities and operations, and Watershed’s campus
  • Collaborate on the cleaning and preparation of the campus facilities before the residential season and afterward in preparation for winter
  • Assist with special projects and events including the annual Salad Days fundraiser, Salad Days Artist selection process, Maine Craft Weekend, and exhibitions
  • In the Studio & Facilities Manager’s absence, oversee the safe operation of the studio and supervise the seasonal Studio Assistant
  • Assist Studio & Facilities Manager in routine facility maintenance of the campus buildings and grounds, including landscaping, snow removal, and repairs
  • Assist Studio & Facilities Manager with the organization and supervision of volunteers and work assistants, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

General / Other

  • Participate in ongoing short-term and long-term strategic planning with the organization, providing a perspective from a studio & programs lens.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of ceramic studio equipment, materials, practices and safety, clay and glaze chemistry, and common ceramics techniques such as throwing, handbuilding, and slip casting
  • Proficiency in firing gas, wood & electric kilns
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Record of successful project management and customer service experience
  • Experience with scheduling, organizing information, and communicating with necessary parties to facilitate smooth operation of programs
  • Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team while tackling a diverse range of tasks
  • Experience with wood and metal shop fabrication, power tools and equipment use, safety and repair, desired
  • Administrative skill set: proficiency using MacOS, Dropbox, and Google Suite (Mail, Calendar, Drive, etc)
  • A valid driver’s license

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

Work is most often stationary and performed at a computer in an office environment, but requires event-related work outdoors and the ability to stand, walk, and lift up to 25 lbs. Some remote work is available to be coordinated with the Executive Director, but this is considered an on-site position which benefits from regular collaboration, communication and connection with coworkers. 

Details, Compensation & Benefits

  • Rate of pay: $20/hour 
  • Dedicated studio space
  • Materials and kiln firing allowance
  • Lunch provided on days worked during residency periods (currently most days during the summer residencies)
  • Accrual of Earned Paid Leave per Maine law (1 hour per 40 hours worked)

Application Details & Hiring Schedule

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter detailing experience relevant to the Studio Coordinator role to admin@watershedceramics.org. Preference will be given to applications received by March 11, 2024. Watershed is targeting a May 1 start date for the role.

Mission & Culture

  • Promote and embody Watershed as a welcoming and inclusive organization, where all people are valued and respected.
  • Support the values and purpose of Watershed as expressed in the mission statement and other guiding documents.
  • Uphold the reputation of Watershed and support strong relationships with and among Watershed founders, staff, board, residency artists, local supporters and individuals and foundations making major gifts.

A Note About Qualifications & Experience

We understand that talent comes in various forms, and we encourage applicants with a diverse range of skills and experiences to submit their applications. We recognize the breadth of skills & responsibilities in the job description is vast and that candidates may not possess every skill or have extensive experience in all areas listed, but we believe in the potential for growth and learning. All applicants will be thoroughly considered for the role based on their unique strengths and potential contributions to our organization. Join us in shaping the future of ceramic arts and community engagement at Watershed.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Watershed is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a culture of diversity, equity, accessibility,  inclusion and accessibility to foster a vibrant workplace and artist residency culture. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for the open positions at our organization. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of perspectives, experiences, and identities. Our organization values the unique contributions that individuals from different lived experiences bring to the table, and we strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels heard, valued, and empowered.