SANCA is hiring 

Administrative Assistant

School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts

Reports to: Director of Student Services
Description: The Administrative Assistant (AA) is a member of the Office Staff and 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 15-20 hours per week.
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 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 to register 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 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 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
– Flying Trapeze Registration: Communicate with FT Director regarding changes/updates, Manage class closures
– Various projects and tasks as assigned
Qualifications:
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. www.sancaseattle.org

Previous administrative experience preferred.

Compensation: $17/hr

To apply, a resume and cover letter should be sent to recruiter@sancaseattle.org

COVID FAQ: January 6, 2021

FAQ: How is SANCA Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Dated: January 6, 2021 (new text is in RED)

Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee announced that SANCA can reopen beginning January 12, 2021, based on new Healthy Washington guidelines. 

When will SANCA start offering classes again?

In order to give students time to enroll, SANCA will open classes beginning Sunday, January 17, 2021. Classes will be offered in a four-week session. Students must enroll in all four weeks of a class. Please see our updated COVID Policy page for details about how we are complying with state COVID guidelines. 

When can we enroll in Winter Session classes?

SANCA will open enrollment beginning Friday, January 8, at 10:00 A.M. Students can enroll online at sancaseattle.org or by calling (206) 652-4433. This four-week session will run from January 17 through February 13, 2021. Online classes will continue to be available throughout.

Will SANCA survive this latest closure and the uncertain future?

Despite the many challenges the pandemic and closures have caused SANCA, the short answer is YES, we will survive. In 2020, the SANCA community has stepped up generously with record-breaking levels of giving. Individual giving has doubled from 2019 levels ($184,109) to nearly $400,000 this year. Overall, contributed income – which includes COVID relief grants, foundation giving, employer matches, and the federal government’s PPP loan (forgiven) – has reached nearly $1 million. That’s up from $466,088 in 2019. 

This is incredible! SANCA’s supporters and students – all of YOU – have made it possible for SANCA to survive the pandemic’s closures and reduced operations. Not only is SANCA able to survive to now, it has built a reserve that will help us weather the storm even if pandemic restrictions continue for all of 2021. We are so grateful for this generous, loving community!

We still have work to do, though. SANCA’s earned revenue losses exceed $900,000 in total, and will likely continue to grow. So the overall losses are greater than the increased giving, but we have also done everything we can to reduce and eliminate expenses. SANCA will end 2020, somewhat miraculously, with a surplus.

SANCA still needs your help. Our Fall Appeal is ongoing through December 31. Your gift before the end of the year will support SANCA in this time of need, help us continue to offer online classes and limited in-person classes (when permitted and safe), provide scholarships to low-income youth, and support our incredible staff. You can support circus classes for our community at www.sancaseattle.org/give.

Since this last update, our year-end appeal has continued this level of success as SANCA supporters like you helped us reach a $15,000 match. We also have been approved for a grant from the State of Washington specifically for COVID relief of $12,500. We will have final numbers on all 2020 giving later in the winter.

What is the plan for the Up With a Twist event?

SANCA’s big glamorous fundraiser usually occurs in February each year. The 2020 event was a huge hit! Due to the pandemic, Twist is postponed to late summer or early fall 2021. SANCA leadership is waiting until later in the Winter or early Spring to make a determination if the event will be held in-person like always, or if it will be conducted as an online streaming show. 

What safety measures are in place when the gym reopens?

To ensure the safety of our students, staff, and surrounding community, and in consideration of public health, SANCA has developed and continually updated new policies and procedures in regards to sanitation and social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are required. No one will be admitted to SANCA without a mask that covers the nose and mouth. Masks must be worn inside the facility, even when working out.

Learn about all of SANCA’s safety procedures during the COVID pandemic.

What else is SANCA doing to recover lost revenue?

SANCA’s leadership has been incredibly busy, even during full closures, as they seek out and apply for relief grants and other means of support. We have monitored and applied for just about every available avenue of support and relief funding, including the State of Washington’s recent offering to support restaurants and fitness centers shutdown by the recent closure.

If you are aware of other sources of support that SANCA should approach, please let us know by emailing Development Director Jeff Deveaux at jeff@sancaseattle.org.

If you have additional questions about SANCA’s financial status or wish to see financial reports, please contact Executive Director John Tannous at johnt@sancaseattle.org.

Dated: January 6, 2021. This FAQ will be updated regularly.

We Are Filled with Gratitude

We are simply stunned.

The generosity of our students, families, and supporters in 2020 has been amazing! Thank you so very much to everyone who contributed to keep SANCA going through the pandemic and the fall/winter business closure.

Our Fall Appeal succeeded beyond all our hopes. Including matching giving, SANCA raised $160,119 to support the school through the winter pandemic closure, continue online Circus at Home classes, maintain sanitation and safety measures, and when possible, safely re-open for in-person classes.

Your gifts of support also enabled us to launch a new BIPOC Youth Scholarship for 2021, stave off further employee furloughs and lay-offs, and continue to retain our reduced facility after the loss of our north annex gym space. Thank you so much for your support.

In the final weeks of December, SANCA also received new COVID relief support grants, including:

  • $2,572.50 from the Amazon in the Community fund
  • $8,000 from The Morgan Fund at Seattle Foundation
  • $8,269 from ArtsWA ― the Washington State Arts Commission
  • $10,000 from 4Culture’s Cultural Relief Fund
  • $12,500 from the Working Washington Round 3/WA State Department of Commerce

All of us at SANCA are deeply grateful for the support of our community, local businesses, foundations, and government agencies that have made SANCA’s survival possible during this time.

Sincerely,

Jeff Deveaux
Development Director

COVID FAQ: January 5, 2021

FAQ: How is SANCA Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Dated: January 5, 2021

When will SANCA start offering classes again?
Governor Jay Inslee has announced that SANCA cannot offer classes until at least January 12, 2021. As
a result, SANCA will remain closed until then. His first order had us closed through December 14. It
was extended to January 4, and most recently extended to January 11.

When can we enroll in Winter Session classes?
There is no set date for when SANCA will open enrollment for Winter Session. It is necessary for us to
know that we can open before we begin taking students, so it’s possible that we may not be able to
announce enrollment until very close to the end of the current shut down.

It will take about one week from the time we know we can open until we host our first class. Partly,
this is necessary for us to update all class listings to fit the new opening date. Additional time will be
needed to promote to our student base (and beyond) that enrollment is open, and then give our
students time to actually enroll in classes. After all, if we reopen but students haven’t had time to
enroll in classes, that won’t work!

As of today, we are hopeful that SANCA can reopen on January 17 at the latest. If the Governor
makes an announcement before January 11 that we can reopen on January 12, we may be able to
open earlier.

Will SANCA survive this latest closure and the uncertain future?
Despite the many challenges the pandemic and closures have caused SANCA, the short answer is YES,
we will survive. In 2020, the SANCA community has stepped up generously with record-breaking
levels of giving. Individual giving has doubled from 2019 levels ($184,109) to nearly $400,000 this
year. Overall, contributed income – which includes COVID relief grants, foundation giving, employer
matches, and the federal government’s PPP loan (forgiven) – are near $1 million. That’s up from
$466,088 in 2019.

This is incredible! SANCA’s supporters and students – all of YOU – have made it possible for SANCA to
survive the pandemic’s closures and reduced operations. Not only is SANCA able to survive to now, it
has built up a reserve that will help us weather the storm even if pandemic restrictions continue for
all of 2021. We are so grateful for this generous, loving community!

We still have work to do, though. SANCA’s earned revenue losses exceed $900,000 in total, and will
likely continue to grow. So the overall losses are greater than the increased giving, but we have also done everything we can to reduce and eliminate expenses. SANCA will end 2020, somewhat
miraculously, with a surplus.

SANCA still needs your help. Our Fall Appeal is ongoing through December 31. Your gift before the
end of the year will support SANCA in this time of need, help us continue to offer online classes and
limited in-person classes (when permitted and safe), provide scholarships to low-income youth, and
support our incredible staff.

Since this last update, our year-end appeal has continued this level of success as SANCA supporters like you helped us reach a $15,000 match. We also have been approved for a grant from the State of Washington specifically for COVID relief of $12,500. We will have final numbers on all 2020 giving later in the winter.

What is the plan for the Up With a Twist event?
SANCA’s big glamorous fundraiser usually occurs in February each year. The 2020 event was a huge
hit! Due to the pandemic, Twist is postponed to late summer or early fall 2021. SANCA leadership is
waiting until later in the Winter or early Spring to make a determination if that event will be held in-
person like always, or if it will be conducted as an online streaming show.

What safety measures are in place when the gym reopens?
To ensure the safety of our students, staff, and surrounding community, and in consideration of
public health, SANCA has developed and continually updated new policies and procedures in regards
to sanitation and social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are required. No one will be admitted entry to SANCA without a mask that covers nose and
mouth. Masks must be worn inside the facility, even when working out.

Learn about all of SANCA’s safety procedures during the COVID pandemic.

What else is SANCA doing to recover lost revenue?
SANCA’s leadership has been incredibly busy, even during full closures, as they seek out and apply for
relief grants and other means of support. We have monitored just about every available avenue of
support and relief funding, including the State of Washington’s recent offering to support restaurants
and fitness centers shutdown by the recent closure.

If you are aware of other sources of support that SANCA should approach, please let us know by
emailing Development Director Jeff Deveaux at jeff@sancaseattle.org.

If you have additional questions about SANCA’s financial status or wish to see financial reports,
please contact Executive Director John Tannous at johnt@sancaseattle.org.

Dated: December 9, 2020. This FAQ will be updated regularly.

DONATE TODAY TO SUPPORT SANCA

THANK YOU!

2020 has been a year. It’s been a year filled with challenges and crises: a pandemic and business shutdowns, devastating smoke and forest fires, and social injustices that by far disproportionally affect our BIPOC communities.

Reflecting on all that happened in 2020, I find myself filled with gratitude and a deep appreciation for our community of circus families, artists, and supporters. 2020 could have been the year that forced SANCA to close.

But that didn’t happen, because of you.

You provided the support SANCA needed to survive a harrowing year. Your trust and love of SANCA stood fast and helped us survive. Overwhelmingly, families in our community donated their tuition back to SANCA and made other gifts of support to help our circus community through the pandemic closures. Thank you.

You joined us online for Circus at Home classes and welcomed us into your homes with all the circus we could bring to you over the Internet, and some of you even shared your home performances with us during our spring Quarantine Cabaret — one of SANCA’s first online shows. Thank you.

So many of you volunteered on short notice to help SANCA as we scrambled to refit our facility with COVID-safety measures and practices. You helped us with the move out of our North Annex so that we could save expenses by optimizing our footprint in a smaller facility. You brought beauty and magic to SANCA with the painting of wonderful new murals to enliven the gym and bring smiles to the faces of our students. Thank you.

When we were granted permission to re-open for Summer Camps and classes, it was your trust in SANCA’s safety measures that made our re-opening a success. Many families were able to take classes and send kids to camps to safely take part in the healthy, creative, confidence-building, and fun circus arts classes that SANCA is known for because of you. Thank you.

Your gifts of support even allowed us to continue scholarships for youth in financial need and commit new resources to a dedicated BIPOC Youth Scholarship that guarantees added support for families that have been historically marginalized. Thank you.

2020 could have been the last year for SANCA, but instead it was a banner year of support. You kept us going through the toughest year of our history, and it’s brought us to the point where we can now see light at the end of the tunnel, with a vaccine on the way. The coming months will still be a challenge, but SANCA will make it through, and it won’t be long before we can be together again in the circus classes and shows we all love so much. And that’s because of you.

Thank you,

Jeff Deveaux

Development Director

SANCA Board Opportunity

SANCA Board Opportunity

The SANCA Board of Directors is actively seeking passionate, diverse, and experienced board members to help guide our nonprofit organization as it transforms itself to become more inclusive and meet the challenges of COVID. We at SANCA are especially interested in adding more diversity to the board. Black, Indigenous, and people of color, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities are very welcome.

Our Mission

SANCA’s mission is to improve the mental, emotional, and physical health of children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities by engaging them in the joyous creativity of acrobatics and circus arts.

Our Values

The SANCA community embraces these core values in the work we do, the circus we learn, and the relationships we build:

  • Inclusivity: We create a welcoming community that fosters trust, cooperation, and a sense of belonging. We provide access for all to experience the joy of circus arts, whether as active participants, as engaged spectators, or as patrons of circus arts.
  • Play: We delight in the joy of creative play, laughter, and having fun. Circus gives us opportunities to grow our minds, grow our bodies, and grow our hearts.
  • Respect: We believe mutual respect is the bedrock of a healthy community. We treat ourselves and others with integrity and compassion in our words and deeds.
  • Excellence: We hold ourselves and each other to the highest personal and safety standards. Understanding that failure and humility are integral to success and growth, we encourage persistence in the face of challenges.
  • Creativity: We create opportunities that ignite our imaginations and cultivate wonder in our community.

Our Programs

  • Youth Companies is a unique Art Experience for Youth in Circus. It is an immersive, multi-year program for three distinct age groupings: Stratus Circus (ages5to8), Nimbus Circus (ages8to12), and Cirrus Circus (ages 12 to 18).
  • Social Circus cultivates powerful personal and social transformation through educational programs, performance, and the therapeutic process.
    • Every Body’s Circus offers opportunities that benefit children and adults who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access circus or exercise.
    • Celestial Circus is a Social Circus performance troupe that serves teens with marginalized identities.
  •  Classes for the general public – Flying Trapeze, aerial, juggling, tight wire, etc.

For additional information on our vision, staff, classes, camps and more, please visit our web site

What Makes SANCA Unique

SANCA is recognized nationally as a leader in youth circus arts education, safety, and instructor training. We offer experiences that are physically challenging and socially enriching, and teach physical literacy to people of all ages. Our services to the community include recreational classes and day camps to provide youth with a safe, social, constructive environment for physical arts. SANCA’s programs broaden community engagement, reach diverse audiences, and encourage participation in the arts; the programs for youth reach those with the least access and opportunity to participate in healthy, creative, physical activities.

An Honor to Serve on the Board

SANCA board members have the privilege of working collaboratively to direct and support a circus school for children of all ages. We have seen first-hand the power of circus to transform lives. SANCA shows people that through hard work they can accomplish what they never thought possible.

SANCA Needs YOU if …

  • You are excited about helping direct a national leader in youth circus arts education
  • You have the time and energy to spend 10 hours a month doing board work: attending board meetings, participating in committee work, and supporting SANCA as an ambassador in your community
  • You could grow passionate about circus arts

    We’re especially interested in talking with you if:

    • You are an experienced fundraiser and enthusiastic about sharing your skills
    • You have expertise in finance or accounting
    • You have a background or experience with Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Justice efforts

Next Steps

SANCA wants to bring on a few new board members to serve two-year terms. Our initial review of applicants will be on January 15, 2021, with the goal of adding members to our board in February 2021. Additional appointments will be made throughout 2021, and applications will be accepted throughout the year.
If you are interested in joining the SANCA Board of Directors, please email boardcandidates@sancaseattle.org.

 

Sanca is getting Sassy

Anne Robbinson, mother of a former SANCA student, and our Coach Leila are very excited to share SANCA’s latest mural piece:
– Sanca is getting Sassy –
Here at SANCA, PNW only non-profit circus school, we want to bring you an experience that is out of this world! Although our space as gotten smaller; we still believe that we can go to new heights with the arts. Above the clouds, beyond the summit’s, and across the universe we go!
I felt honored to be able to help in the creation of the new mural. I have such fond memories of bringing my daughter to SANCA as a child. It is truly a magical place and an essential part of our community!” – Anne Robinson –

COVID FAQ: December 9, 2020

FAQ: How is SANCA Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Dated: December 9, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee announced that SANCA cannot offer classes until at least January 4, 2021. As a result, all SANCA classes and camps are cancelled until then.  

Will SANCA survive this latest closure and the uncertain future?

Despite the many challenges the pandemic and closures have caused SANCA, the short answer is YES, we will survive. In 2020, the SANCA community has stepped up generously with record-breaking levels of giving. Individual giving has doubled from 2019 levels ($184,109) to nearly $400,000 this year. Overall, contributed income – which includes COVID relief grants, foundation giving, employer matches, and the federal government’s PPP loan (forgiven) – has reached nearly $1 million. That’s up from $466,088 in 2019.

This is incredible! SANCA’s supporters and students – all of YOU – have made it possible for SANCA to survive the pandemic’s closures and reduced operations. Not only is SANCA able to survive to now, it has built a reserve that will help us weather the storm even if pandemic restrictions continue for all of 2021. We are so grateful for this generous, loving community!

We still have work to do, though. SANCA’s earned revenue losses exceed $900,000 in total, and will likely continue to grow. So the overall losses are greater than the increased giving, but we have also done everything we can to reduce and eliminate expenses. SANCA will end 2020, somewhat miraculously, with a surplus.

SANCA still needs your help. Our Fall Appeal is ongoing through December 31. Your gift before the end of the year will support SANCA in this time of need, help us continue to offer online classes and limited in-person classes (when permitted and safe), provide scholarships to low-income youth, and support our incredible staff. You can support circus classes for our community at www.sancaseattle.org/give.

When will SANCA start offering classes again?

Governor Jay Inslee has announced that SANCA cannot offer classes until at least January 4, 2021. As a result, SANCA will remain closed until then. SANCA does offer a variety of online classes so you can stay fit during the closure. 

When can we enroll in Winter Session classes?

There is no set date for when SANCA will open enrollment for Winter Session. It is necessary for us to know that we can open before we start enrolling students, so it’s possible that we may not be able to announce enrollment until very close to the end of the current shut down.

What is the plan for the Up With a Twist event?

SANCA’s big glamorous fundraiser usually occurs in February each year. The 2020 event was a huge hit! Due to the pandemic, Twist is postponed to late summer or early fall 2021. SANCA leadership is waiting until later in the Winter or early Spring to make a determination if the event will be held in-person like always, or if it will be conducted as an online streaming show.

What safety measures are in place when the gym reopens?

To ensure the safety of our students, staff, and surrounding community, and in consideration of public health, SANCA has developed and continually updated new policies and procedures in regards to sanitation and social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are required. No one will be admitted to SANCA without a mask that covers the nose and mouth. Masks must be worn inside the facility, even when working out. 

Learn about all of SANCA’s safety procedures during the COVID pandemic.

What else is SANCA doing to recover lost revenue?

SANCA’s leadership has been incredibly busy, even during full closures, as they seek out and apply for relief grants and other means of support. We have monitored and applied for just about every available avenue of support and relief funding, including the State of Washington’s recent offering to support restaurants and fitness centers shutdown by the recent closure.

If you are aware of other sources of support that SANCA should approach, please let us know by emailing Development Director Jeff Deveaux at jeff@sancaseattle.org.

If you have additional questions about SANCA’s financial status or wish to see financial reports, please contact Executive Director John Tannous at johnt@sancaseattle.org.

Dated: December 9, 2020. This FAQ will be updated regularly.

BIPOC Youth Scholarship Fund

BIPOC Youth Scholarship Fund

For Giving Tuesday on December 1, SANCA is asking for donations to support a new scholarship for BIPOC Youth. All donations received on December 1 up to $6,000 will go exclusively to this fund that provides circus classes and training to BIPOC youth in our area.

SANCA is committed to the idea that circus is for everybody. We have given over $2 million worth of scholarships to underserved youth in our communities in our history. Recently, the COVID pandemic has forced SANCA to limit scholarships for the first time ever. But with your help, we can turn that around as we head into the new year.

 

The BIPOC Youth Scholarship Fund will provide full and partial scholarships to promising young individuals who want to learn and grow in circus. The Fund will provide classes to BIPOC Youth, as well as access to the youth performance troupe, Celestial Circus.

If the Fund is filled to the maximum at $6,000, you will help us provide scholarships to 5-10 BIPOC students for an entire year of circus. Please consider making a gift on December 1 to support this important initiative at SANCA.

Thank you!

 

 

 

“Training at SANCA has helped me improve my circus skills. It has also helped me to make friends who are diverse like me, find amazing coaches, find a place where people are nice to me, and accept me. SANCA is a place that feels like home!”

-Olivia-