Job opening: Development Director

General Overview
The Development Director is a member of the SANCA’S leadership team and reports to the Executive Director.
The position is responsible for implementing the fundraising and development initiatives as set in collaboration
with the Executive Director, Development Committee, and SANCA Board of Directors.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following
representative duties, knowledge, and skills. The list is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Development Planning: Create and implement a development plan to support the organization’s needs
    and meet annual fundraising goals
  • Donor Management: Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential individual donors,
    conduct activities to attract new donors, and handle donor acknowledgment, record keeping, gift
    matching, and database
  • Sponsorship: Develop and execute SANCA’s sponsorship program.
    Grant Writing and Management: Direct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit,
    manage, and track grant proposals to and subsequent grant awards from the foundation, corporate, and government sources
  • Teamwork: Work closely with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and the Executive
    Director to develop strategies to initiate and meet fundraising goals, and work collaboratively with
    SANCA leadership and staff to achieve larger organization-wide objectives
  • Development Reporting: Create Development Reports for internal and external purposes as necessary
  • Event Planning: Collaborate with SANCA leadership to plan and produce fundraising events
  • Communications: Craft content for fundraising communications for SANCA newsletters, the Annual
    Report, website, emails, and social media, and represent SANCA at donor events, receptions, and
  • Other Duties: Handle other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

The ideal candidate will have five or more years of experience working in development, focused on sponsors,
fundraising events, donor cultivation, and grant writing for a non-profit organization.
The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication skills, experience with public speaking,
and strong ambition for networking and connecting with people through their passion for SANCA’s mission.
They will bring an enthusiastic approach to collaborative work environments and a team-oriented mindset to
the position. They will be open to new and different ideas, with a willingness to celebrate the successes of
their team members. They are also able to work independently when necessary.

This position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, and bending in the performance
of daily activities. The position also requires grasping and repetitive hand movement using a
computer keyboard. The position requires near and far vision in reading correspondence, using a
computer, and in the safe supervision of staff and students. The ability to communicate is required
when providing phone and personal service. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.


This position is full-time and salaried with quarterly incentives. The salary range for the position is
$57,500 – $73,500. Benefits include paid vacation time, sick/safe leave, paid holidays, free circus
classes for staff, free and/or discounted circus classes for the direct family of staff, and free use of
SANCA’s gym for training and fitness. At this time, SANCA does not provide health insurance.
However, there is a working plan to provide that benefit to full-time staff in the future.


Please email your cover letter and resume to
Position is open until filled. Questions may be asked by email only to

Meet SANCA’s new Outreach Coordinator

Today we announce that Coach Julia has accepted the role of Outreach and Events Coordinator here at SANCA! Julia was born and raised in Seattle and has called this city home as long as she has known. Starting out in the theater as a kid, they stumbled upon circus arts when doing a one-act play that required “something circus-y.” She has since gone on to specialize in Aerial Fabric and Lyra (Aerial Hoop). Julia has been at SANCA for a year now and is excited to be stepping into this new position! They bring to this role experience working with both public and private schools in the Greater Seattle area, coordination, and production experience while working on volunteer film projects, and a background in theater and circus arts. When not at SANCA, they can most likely be found at home, hibernating with a cup of coffee and cuddling with their roommate’s dog.

SASS is back!

We’re bringing our circus magic back to Broadway Performance Hall.
SASS is returning December 2nd-4th!


Tickets are on sale now!


What is SASS?

SASS is SANCA’S Annual Showcase Spectacular!! Every year SANCA presents a showcase of unique circus performances featuring students, alumni, staff, and community members. This showcase is for one weekend only. We hold four shows, each featuring a different lineup of spectacular local and internationally renowned circus performers alongside SANCA’s tremendously talented student performers.

At its core, SASS is a community showcase displaying all of the hard work our students and staff put into their art. Which we want to celebrate! Audiences will be treated to daring displays of acrobatics, high-flying aerials, juggling, and much more! Trust us, you DON’T want to miss out!

Adult tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Youth tickets (17 and under) will be $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Doors open 30 mins before showtime. 

Buy tickets!

Every year SANCA presents a showcase of unique circus performances featuring students, alumni, staff, and community members. This showcase is for one weekend only. We hold four shows, each featuring a different lineup of spectacular local and internationally renowned circus performers alongside SANCA’s tremendously talented student performers. Audience members are asked to remain masked at all times unless actively eating or drinking.

Performers by day:

Friday, December 2nd | 7 pm

  • Cirrus Circus – Group Acro
  • Janience Jenkins – Fabric
  • Alex P & Maggie L (Stratus Circus) – Recess Acrobatics
  • Angela Jewett – Centripetal Motion
  • Nimbus Circus – Jump Rope Party
  • Hollis Hamilton – Flight of Icarus
  • Ryan A & Caroline AB – Picnic on the Hillside
  • Kevin Ruddell – You Don’t Say
  • Kalinda Pride – Wheelflight
  • Christina Pinho – This is Me
  • Cirrus Circus – Contortion
  • Brian Crawford – Wind of Change
  • Celestial Circus – Breakfast
  • Arne Bystrom – Plastic
  • Vertical Axis – Bond Girls Smash the Patriarchy

Saturday, December 3rd | 3 pm

  • Stratus Circus – Ribbons by the Ocean
  • Kyla Helgeland Alexander – Trapeze
  • Liz Young – The Bells of Montserrat
  • The Harden Family Acrobats
  • Devin Helton – Revival
  • Maiya, Miranda, & Amaranta (Nimbus Circus) – Fabric
  • Nina, Rose, Ali, & Ava (Cirrus Circus) – Happiness Does Not Wait
  • Lola Rosenblum – Happy Together
  • Esme King-Bagley – Esme on Silks
  • Dani Burke – Ultraluminary
  • Terry Crane – Drama and Dramamine

Saturday, December 3rd | 7 pm

  • Ryan, Caroline, Morrision, Leah (Cirrus Circus) – Train Stop Juggling
  • Christine Denker – Ouroboros
  • Little Ls – Round 1
  • Julia Schoemig – L’Enfer
  • Adrian Hillyer – Paralyzed
  • Duo Bijoux – Count on Me
  • Mia, Paloma, Dia, and Avery (Nimbus Circus) – First Light
  • Celestial Circus – Before Alice
  • Stratus Circus – Aerial Ladder
  • Laura Sposato Smitten Kitten
  • Morrison Helton – 998 Good Bricks
  • Adrian H & Jessie W – Someone, Something or Somewhere
  • Maya Shahani – A Day in the Life of a Hobbit
  • Emma Cady – Piece of My Heart
  • Drew Drummond – Disco Revival
  • Duo Avocado – State Lines

Sunday, December 4th | 3 pm

  • Alena & Elisha (Nimbus Circus) – Victory
  • Jasmine Meyer – Misty Clouds
  • Valentina Zackrone – Siren’s Dream
  • Cirrus Circus – Club Passing
  • Hannah Lindell-Smith – BomBom
  • Kira Meyer – Water Spirit
  • Kyla & Thomas Alexander – Crashing
  • Nina Lovre – Amanecer
  • Tara Adams – Elysian
  • Caroline, Ryan, Yona, & Elisha – Puddles
  • Windward Duo – Skirmish at Sea


We’re Hiring! Administrative Assistant – Front Office

Administrative Assistant
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts

Reports to: Front Office Manager

Description: The Administrative Assistant (AA) is a member of the Office Staff and is responsible for providing
administrative and office support to the Office Manager. The AA position is currently part-time and hours will
fluctuate depending on specific events occurring within the organization. Hours currently estimated at 15-24 hours per week with the majority of hours falling on weekday evenings.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
– Responsible for daily office operations and must be knowledgeable about SANCA’s programs and policies
– Interacts with students, parents, vendors, and visitors and show new students/families around the gym
– Responsible for answering the phone, voice mail, and email inquiries about SANCA and transfer to appropriate
staff member when necessary
– Responsible for registering students for classes and/or assisting students in registering themselves
– Open, sort, and distribute incoming correspondence, including faxes and email; sign for and distribute UPS/
FedEx or similarly delivered packages.
– Perform general clerical duties to include, but are not limited to, data entry, copying, faxing, mailing, and filing.
– Create and modify documents using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and/or other presentation software
– Help maintain inventory of office equipment and supplies
– May supervise volunteers and other support personnel
– Assist with special events, such as fundraising activities and productions
– Assist with the overall maintenance of the organization and its offices
– Maintain student database
– Attendance: Record attendance during check-in, Follow-up with no-shows
– Inform students/families who are ready to advance their class level
– Flying Trapeze Registration: Communicate with FT Director regarding changes/updates, Manage class closures
– Various projects and tasks as assigned

The ideal candidate would have the
– Ability to operate standard office equipment, including but not limited to, computers, telephone systems,
calculators, copiers, and facsimile machines.
– Good writing, analytical and problem-solving skills.
– Knowledge of principles & practices of organization, planning, records management & general administration.
– Ability to communicate effectively and professionally
– Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
– Ability to work well alone and as part of a team
-Familiarity with Google Suite
SANCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Previous administrative experience preferred.
Compensation: $20/hr

To apply, a resume and cover letter should be sent to

Meet SANCA’s new Artist-in-Residency Coordinator

Today we announce that the talented circus artist Terry Crane has accepted the role of AIR Coordinator here at SANCA! Terry loves to perform and facilitate the performance of live circus. He currently resides at Equinox Studios, where he is a proud plant parent. Born and raised in the foothills of the cascades, he has been a climber and a ham since his earliest days. He specializes in vertical rope, trapeze, Cyr wheel, partner acrobatics, and slack rope. As founder of two circus companies, Circus Syzygy and Acrobatic Conundrum, he has made it his mission to further expression and ensemble work in contemporary circus in the Pacific Northwest. He brings his acumen as a producer, director, and performer to the role of Artist in Residency Coordinator at SANCA. His favorite color is green. He sometimes glazes over in conversation as he is concocting his next pun. As A.I.R. coordinator, his goal is to bring the circus community a breath of fresh air.

Did you know that Terry also runs Acrobatic Conundrum, Seattle’s premier contemporary circus arts company? Check out the amazing shows he produces and see what’s upcoming here.

Meet Kira, SANCA’s new intern!

SANCA has a new intern! Meet Kira, a SANCA student immersing herself in the world of circus in class and in the office. During her internship, she will learn various skills ranging from coaching to the administrative work that goes into making a circus school like ours run.

Kira comes from Highline Big Picture School where they use internships, apprenticeships, and rigorous, interest-based projects to immerse students in work they are passionate about to develop the skills, habits, and knowledge to succeed in higher education, overcome obstacles to their well-being, and contribute positively to their communities. You can read more about the work they do in the link below.

Can we all give Kira a warm SANCA welcome

Congrats Ivanna!

Today we announce that our talented Coach Ivanna has accepted the role of Aerial Coordinator!

Ivanna started out in a career dancing with various companies in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles and was introduced to aerial arts along the way. She has always found a deep sense of freedom and connection within movement. The ability to simultaneously tune in and get lost inside the expressiveness of moving is glorious. She was delighted to find that same sense of expressiveness in aerial, just with a different set of boundaries. She currently performs on various apparatus and sees each as a different dance partner to get to know and discover how to create with. In addition to performing, Ivanna is also an instructor in multiple studios in Seattle. She started at SANCA in 2017 and is excited to now step into the Aerial Coordinator position. She previously held the Lead Instructor position at Art Flying Aerial in Los Angeles and Aerial Director at Emerald City Trapeze Arts here in Seattle. Her teaching style is heavily influenced by her work as a Pilates instructor and bodyworker and her fascination with anatomy and biomechanics. We are overjoyed that she accepted this new position, please join us in congratulating her!

Job opening – Program Manager / Head Coach

Program Manager, Head Coach 


The Program Manager and Head Coach is a key role at SANCA, responsible for leading, evaluating, and training the recreational circus coaching staff. The Program Manager reports to the Program Advisor.


Annual Salary: $42,000 – $57,500 – Exempt position. Benefits: Benefits include free circus classes for staff, free and/or discounted circus classes for the direct family of staff, and free use of SANCA’s gym for training and fitness.


  • Leads and manages all recreational coaches, in collaboration with the strategic direction set by the
    Program Advisor.
  • Spends a portion of their work time coaching every week at varied times in order to have a strong leadership presence in the gym
  • Responsible for the recruitment, training, and evaluation of new/current coaches
  •  Responsible for taking the lead in communicating administrative policies and procedures to coaches.
  • Works collaboratively across departments to ensure efficient program operations daily.
  • Works in collaboration with the Program Advisor and Program Administrator, and across department lines to develop class offerings for each new session.
  • Works in collaboration with the Program Advisor and Aerial Coordinator to establish and implement
    appropriate curriculum for all recreation classes.
  • Works in collaboration with the Program Advisor and Aerial Coordinator to establish minimum coaching standards for all general circus disciplines and plan coaches’ education programs to achieve these standards.
  • Works generally in collaboration with the Manager of the Flying Trapeze program, but is not responsible for Flying Trapeze coach management.
  • Works in collaboration with the Manager, Marketing, and Outreach to provide assets/material for
    marketing campaigns.
  • Responds to recreational coach complaints from students, families, and other staff.
  • Responsible for orienting new workshop coaches interested in utilizing the SANCA facility.
  • Leads the coaches in developing an enthusiastic, intentional, and collaborative workspace and culture.
  • Works with and communicates effectively with other SANCA staff to support a positive environment.
  • Handles other duties as assigned by the Program Advisor


The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge base in acrobatic technique and general circus arts, a background in coaching and coaches education, and very good communication and leadership skills. They will work well with others and have a strong ability to foster a creative, open-minded work environment; they will be open to new and different ideas, with a willingness to celebrate the successes of their team members. They are also able to work independently when necessary. Strong work experience in a related position would reflect a candidate likely to hit the ground running and be successful in this role. We will also consider candidates whose experiences and learning have come through nontraditional paths.

TO APPLY: Please email your cover letter and resume to The position is open until filled. Questions may be asked by email only to

Congrats Nick! -SANCA’s Youth Company Administrator

Meet Nick!

Nick Harden started working at SANCA on January 1, 2009. Today we announce his position of Youth Company Administrator! Nick is a circus performer and coach. He performs acrobatics and unicycle internationally with his wife and circus partner Wendy. He has performed with many companies including Cirque Mechanics, Flynn Creek Circus, Venardos Circus, Zoppe Circus, and Acrobatic Conundrum. He has shared his knowledge and love of circus with youth at many organizations around the US, including six seasons with Circus Smirkus. In addition to his work in Y-Co here at SANCA he has also worked with other youth circuses, including Circus Smirkus in Vermont, Circus Harmony in St Louis, and Circadium in Philadelphia. Nick & Wendy live here in Seattle with their two young children who love to climb on their papa! We are proud to have Nick in this position and invite you to join us in giving him congratulations!