Community Engagement Specialist

Community Engagement Specialist

CATEGORY: Administrative

The 5th Avenue Theatre
Seattle, WA 98101


Akia Squitieri

Job Details


The 5th Avenue Theatre is seeking a Community Engagement Specialist to join its administrative team.  

About The 5th Avenue Theatre
The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America's leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theater company and our region's largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state. Each year, we reach more than 75,000 young people through our nationally acclaimed education programs. Programs designed to develop new musicals ensure that the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow's audiences. On the national stage, we are a leading voice for the power of this American art form to lift the human spirit.   For more information about The 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit  

Land Acknowledgement The 5th Avenue Theatre and the communities we serve are on the land and waterways of the Coast Salish people who have continuously inhabited our region since time immemorial. They are the original storytellers and theater-makers of this place we call home. We also acknowledge and honor the Tribal nations across Washington State and the many Indigenous peoples from across the country who also live and work in the Seattle area. As we step into this new period of The 5th's history, we hope to honor their legacies and bring greater attention to their continuing fight for equity and recognition.   At The 5th Avenue Theatre, we are actively working towards goals as an anti-racist organization, you can learn more about our work and statement here:  

Position Summary: The Community Engagement Specialist helps to ensure that The 5th’s community engagement initiatives are making the greatest impact possible and that projects, partnerships, and activities adhere to current best practices in regard to equity, social justice, and The 5th’s goals towards being an anti-racist organization.   The incumbent will support the maintenance and cultivation of strong and equitable relationships with community partners and will assist in the communication of current community engagement theory and best practices throughout the organization. In addition, the incumbent will assist with creating communications regarding community engagement initiatives, partner programs, and community engagement events through social media, e-mail communications, and phone correspondence. Through these responsibilities, the Community Engagement Coordinator helps to weave sustainable connections between The 5th Avenue Theatre and the communities we serve.    Day to day functions will also include phone coverage, scheduling and planning, drafting correspondence, filing and performing general clerical duties as needed.   

• Serve as the conduit of information to The 5th Avenue Theatre staff regarding relevant community engagement and assist in the development and maintenance of all digital and print content related to community programs.
• Resolve and troubleshoot community partner issues or complaints. 
• Support The 5th Avenue Theatre's goals towards being an anti-racist organization and culture. This position will help to achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion goals at The 5th Avenue Theatre by developing and implementing anti-racist practices and policies throughout all community engagement initiatives. 
• Work collaboratively with Marketing & Communications to ensure appropriate representation and messaging of community engagement events, invites, press releases and e-mail communications.
• Assist with day-to-day administrative needs of key community engagement programs and initiatives as described above. 
• Draft, track, and organize all “Memorandum of Understanding” documentation created with community partners.
• Through the execution of all duties listed, support the cultivation of an anti-racist culture within the organization—aspiring toward the joyful inclusion of all students, families, and patrons into the work and mission of The 5th and wholehearted celebration of our surrounding community and its talents, traditions, and stories.

Qualifications & Requirements:
• Prior knowledge of or demonstrated ability to become well-versed in sociocultural histories, socioeconomic landscapes, and/or social and cultural geographies of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound Region. 
• A deep knowledge of and/or passion for the musical theater art form
• The ability to accommodate a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays (corresponding to the schedule of productions and Education and Engagement activities.)
• Experience in and knowledge of equitable and anti-racist community engagement approaches and strategies.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
• The individual in this role must demonstrate a positive “can do” attitude, exercise sound decision making, demonstrate effective problem-solving skills, and have exemplary attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills
• Analytical decision making, curiosity, creativity, and the ability to imagine unconventional solutions for challenges and obstacles.
• Skills to maintain confidentiality as warranted and to exercise tact and discretion.
• Motivated, detail-oriented and personable individual with excellent follow-up skills.
• Strong planning, project-management, and strategic thinking skills. A sense of humor is a plus.
• Adept at positive and solution-based communication styles for internal and external collaborators
• Ability to identify critical issues and create strategies that affect positive results
• Prior experience with Tessitura is helpful, but not required. Reports To: This position reports to the Associate Artistic Director: Community Engagement  

Currently the Theatre is planning for a partial return to office in early to mid-October, with a partial remote work plan this is subject to change, working with the needs of the Theatre, individual departments and will follow Federal, State & City safety requirements and recommendations.  

Compensation & Benefits: The full-time annual salary is $51,000.    This is a Full Time Exempt position. Given that this position requires employee’s flexibility for Nights, Weekends, Holidays and long hours during production weeks, we encourage a work/life balance and there will be some schedule flexibility to honor and offset hours worked when this additional work is required.   The 5th Avenue Theatre offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes 100% Employer covered Medical, Dental & Vision package, Sick, Personal & Vacation time, commuter benefits (Orca Card and reduced-price parking), Life Insurance, AD&D & Long-term Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending or Health Savings Account, Complimentary Tickets, and Company Paid Holidays. 401K retirement plan after eligibility requirements are met.  

Application information & Timeline: Applications from those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the theatrical industry and those from the global majority are strongly encouraged. We are striving for our staff to be representative of a diverse and vibrant community that includes multiple identities, ages, abilities, perspectives & influences.   To apply, please send materials to Please include in Subject line: Community Engagement Specialist   To ensure that this process is equitable and attempts to remove barriers, we welcome any combination of the following application materials for our review & consideration:
• Written cover letter (Word or PDF Format) OR Up to a 5-minute self-tape video that introduces you, your work and interest in this job. (Video submissions should be compatible for PC viewing/download)
• All candidates should provide a resume & 2 work related references.
• Any supplemental materials, samples or portfolios that candidates feel best represent their work and skills in addition to or in lieu of a traditional resume

Priority for interviews will be given to those who submit by October 15th 2021,  however we will continue to interview and review materials until the position has been filled. This will be an intentional search, and we hope to fill this position as soon as possible.    A background check will be required prior to offer of position. The 5th Avenue Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The 5th Avenue will be requiring Covid-19 Vaccinations for all employees as of October, 4th 2021, with considerations for Medical & Religious exemptions.

Work Location:  When not working remotely, the work location is The 5th Avenue Theatre, located in the Skinner Building at 1326 5th Avenue, in downtown Seattle   





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