For all positions, please send resume and cover letter/email introduction to jobs (at) fremontabbey.org no spaces with “ABBEYJOB” in the subject line, all one word.
Before applying we recommend you read a bit about us online and if possible stop by the Abbey to experience a concert or event in real life. This may help you better understand the organizational style and what we are about (plus volunteering gets you in free). We are not your typical arts nonprofit. We’re a “lean & limber” music & arts venue operating in more of a small business style so working here will not likely be equivalent to larger nonprofits or corporations.
Abbey Arts is looking for people with positive energy and a strong worth ethic to help make the world a more creative & connected place. Applicants should love to learn while doing, enjoy tackling creative challenges, thinking quickly, solving problems with limited resources, and helping people of all ages and incomes experience life changing arts & community events.
All Abbey Staff have the opportunity to contribute to and/or lead select creative projects such as curating a show, helping design a poster or ad, contributing to program development, managing arts & music events, etc.
Most positions here require typing speeds of at least 55wpm, familiarity with Google docs, ability to lift objects such as chairs/tables, setup event spaces, help with building reset, etc.
Our Respect Policy is available on our About page. Abbey Arts is an equal opportunity employer.
Note: Due to the volume of inquiries we usually cannot reply to everyone but we appreciate you taking the time to apply.
Please do not call or stop by the building outside of public event hours for hiring related matters. If you are unsure if your resume got through via email please feel free to resend and maybe change the subject line.
We also have many volunteer opportunities which is a great way to meet staff & volunteers and get some training on how to produce events and concerts. We do encourage people to come by for a show, volunteer, or otherwise get to know the Abbey experience and staff in real life.
Part time for select events including weekends, $14/hr to start, $16/hr after 5 successful events, plus tips share at select events when a bar is operating. Opportunity to move up to $17-20/hr after full training & 10+ successful events. Minimum commitment is 6 months. Most house managers work 2-6 events per month.
Ideal applicant traits:
Further Details: House Managers at Abbey Arts typically have to do lots of hands on work with setup (such as tables & chairs), not just coordinating volunteers/caterers/clients. Experience managing volunteers and other assistants is key to be able to delegate in a efficient manner and keep the event moving along in a timely manner.
Must have experience managing events, working with people in a complex fast paced and sometimes stressful environment. Must be assertive, outgoing, kind, polite and welcoming usually all at the same time. Must be able to take constructive feedback while on the job and improve systems and setup on the fly.
Often the job becomes a mix of managing artists/clients, attendees, and equipment in a specific but often changing timeline. Some events will have “down time” in which House Managers will do other projects around the building while checking in on the event occasionally. Taking the opportunity to relax and enjoy the music/art for a bit is always encouraged during house manager shifts.
Other important experience & skills:
Attention to detail; professional, friendly & assertive communication style; quick on your feet; good visual memory; reliable; able to multi-task efficiently; heavy lifting typically required (tables, chairs, equipment) up to 50 pounds.
Good at on the spot problem solving with a limited budget.
Must know what “clean” means. This job does involve some cleanup up after events, sometimes with assistance and sometimes without. It isn’t an ‘easy’ job, but it is a fantastic one!
For sustainability and employee health, we do not typically allow staff to work another morning job and then work at the Abbey for a late shift.
Technical knowledge very helpful — simple sound, projector, lights, computer skills, etc.
PT position, no benefits. Position does include Abbey Perks.
The Abbey Production Manager will oversee and implement events, concerts, rentals, and more. Some tech experience needed. See House Manager description for duties that apply to managing events.
Strong organizational skills required. Can start out half time and phase in to full time. $15-18/hr depending on experience for office/daytime work, $17-20/hr for event management work once trained (usually evenings, mostly onsite at Fremont Abbey with some events at Ballard and Capitol Hill). Reliable transportation required, travel stipend usually paid for offsite events.
Qualities needed: good with people and details, flexibility and willingness to learn, strong attention to detail, ability to move quickly amidst multiple tasks, ability to stay calm and work well under pressure or short timelines, great visual memory, ability to be clear with communication & exhibit excellent interpersonal skills.
Must be a good organizer both in spreadsheets & equipment closets, and event spaces.
Must be well versed in administrative duties such as preparing documents, scanning, filing, organizational processes and good phone and in person communication. Assertive & detail oriented, but also being fast & efficient is key.
Familiarity with Google Docs, Slack, Word, PDF creation, editing forms is required. Fast typing is expected (at least 60+ WPM).
Benefits & perks include Abbey wellness program, use of the building for private rehearsals/etc., organic produce weekly, tickets to select events at The Paramount and other venues, and much more.
Hours are typically late morning/afternoons for Admin work and evenings/nights for Event Managing itself. Admin is about half time and events would fill in the remaining hours if full time work is desired. For sustainability and employee health, we do not typically allow staff to work a morning job and then work at the Abbey for a late shift.
Sponsorship & fundraising focused position to increase support for Abbey Arts events & programs serving people of all ages & incomes. We are looking for an energetic, outgoing and positive minded person to work with the team to help us grow further (Abbey Arts has been growing by approx 10-23% per year recently).
This is a half-time position to start (office hours typically 11a-7p but flexible). Combined with Event Management work (select evenings), the position can grow into full time quickly and varies seasonally with Fundraising events.
Sales and/or fundraising experience preferred. Good writing & verbal communication skills a must. Typing speed is important, 60WPM minimum.
Compensation is hourly at $15-17/hr depending on experience plus Abbey Perks and benefits.
($15-20/hr DOE, usually 4-6 hour shifts)
Events are typically on Friday or Saturday nights, sometimes til 1am or 2am. Work includes light security duties, managing crowds, cleaning, bussing, reset, moving tables, sweep/mop, etc. Must be good with people and friendly but assertive and able to keep people inside, following appropriate rules, etc. Tech experience helpful (sound/video). Must know how to work hard, move quickly, clean well, and lift heavy objects like old 8′ metal tables at least 50 pounds.
Ongoing ($12/hr + tips)
Good with people, friendly, etc. as per normal bartender roles. Typically just serving beer/wine and one or two mixed drinks at events so no fancy mixologist stuff needed. Must be able to handle fast paced environment as most events have intermission with a rush of people all at once. Tips share partial with House Manager and assistant when applicable.
Setup & cleanup also involved in this job. Heavy lifting required, at least 50 pounds. Efficient and fast operation, ability to work on your own as needed. MAST Permit required. Most bartender shifts are approx 5 or 6p start to around midnight. Some offsite events require a vehicle.
Independent Live sound audio engineer for on-call gigs when primary Abbey sound techs are not available.
Must be of sufficient experience level to mix live for a band or acoustic group, usually with opening acts and fast changeovers. 16-24 channels typically on Allen & Heath 16ch analog or Behringer X32 digital.
Includes setup & testing of PA in many locations. Concert spaces are typically very live acoustically and need full EQ each show. Tech must also be able to work nicely with artists & staff, keep sound checks on time, and problem solve quickly on the fly. Basic lighting work involved as well. May need vehicle depending on event location. Equipment typically provided. ($17-30/hr depending on experience & event complexity/location, $20/hr is common rate for most of our techs)
Work Study or Unpaid Internships. *Students must qualify for WA State Work Study or be interested in an unpaid internship with supervision for credit. 10 hours per week minimum, typically 12-19 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week in summer.
Some prior work experience required. Generally suitable for Sophomore-Senior level students or grad students, some exceptions may apply for exceptional applicants. Minimum 6 month commitment typically required except with special projects.
(Now Hiring) – Film & edit live shows, develop promo videos, shoot takeaway shows, etc. Edit audio from live performances such as The Round, iTunes podcast editing & publishing, bandcamp audio, etc. Publish & promote media and videos to promote the arts & community events.
(Now Hiring) – Create posters, flyers, and other designs for concerts and events to be used in print & web. Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. preferred (at least proficient in one). Understanding of marketing and design concepts helpful. Attention to detail, ability to write, proof read, etc. very important.
(Now Hiring) – Assist with booking concerts & arts events. Paid internship with room to grow.WORK STUDY ONLY
(Now Hiring) – Sound tech setup & operation for concerts and events. Assist sound & lighting techs with live events. Learn from professional technicians.
Intern also may work on creating and promoting video and audio media while helping to grow the reputation of quality eye opening arts experiences for all ages & incomes in King County. May include podcast, live concert video shooting & editing, promotional videos, and more.
(Now Hiring) – To assist Public Relations/Marketing Director and Abbey staff in telling Seattle and the world about amazing concerts, creative arts events, education & community programs. Good writing skills and attention to detail are a major requirement. Experience with technology tools, marketing, social media, and creative promotions very helpful. Attention to detail and fast typing skills are critical for this job which involves proof reading and sending Press Releases to media outlets, updating event listings, website, etc. PR Assistant works alongside graphic design & media interns. WORK STUDY ONLY
Gain experience in Art Education, Art Curating and Administrative work at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center.
The Arts & Education Internship is a great opportunity to use your talents and passions to see things come to life in this thriving arts community. You will have opportunities to curate your own Gallery Show, teach and promote arts classes around Seattle, and help keep the Fremont Abbey running creatively.
A passion for creativity and community is very helpful for this position. You will also help run our new program called ArtsConnect, which gives people of all incomes an opportunity to enjoy the Abbey’s programs. ArtsConnect reaches out to other non-profits in Seattle and donates free tickets to their clients, volunteers, and workers so that they can engage in the arts.
WA State Work Study only please. Unpaid internships may exist as well if you don’t qualify for Work Study.
The Abbey is an equal opportunity employer and we ask that you read our About page including the respect policy. Some jobs do involve heavy lifting and other physical requirements. Fremont Abbey is ADA on both levels but does not have automatic doors.
(Contract) Want to create & promote a new class at the Abbey? All it usually takes is 4-6 paid students to activate your class. Teachers are paid $30-60/hr depending on experience and class enrollment. Note that you’ll be primarily responsible for creating, promoting and filling the class to minimum enrollment levels though we certainly do our best to help out as well. Best fit for dance, visual arts, literary, culinary, and some music, film, theatre, etc. Daytime hours are usually mostly available M-F and Saturday mornings at the Abbey or Homestead. Homestead has more weekday evenings available. Email us your class proposal and feel free to followup in a week or two.