Who Are We?
The heart and science of philanthropy
Greater Seattle is changing and growing, and so is Seattle Foundation. “The heart and science of philanthropy” is the intersection of passion and discipline to create lasting change. As the community’s foundation, our mission is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. We work with more than 1,200 individuals, families, and corporations to strategically invest their philanthropic resources in ways that inspire continued giving. We also partner with philanthropic institutions, government agencies, community organizations and businesses to catalyze positive change in our community across a range of issues.
Our organizational culture is one of engaged teamwork, where we support one another in reaching our collective and individual goals while constantly learning along the way. Our office is located in the downtown core of Seattle, however our reach is much broader than that – we focus on Greater Seattle and the Eastside and also support donor interests across the country and around the globe. We seek individuals to join our 40+ (and growing!) team who are committed to our vision of a stronger, more vibrant community for all; collaboratively finding solutions; continually improving; and going the extra mile in service of our philanthropic partners and the broader community. We’re in the midst of an exciting evolution in our work. More information about Seattle Foundation can be found in the About Us section.
What’s the Opportunity?
The Community Programs team strives to address racial and economic inequities through four key strategies: Advance Knowledge, Invest in Communities, Leverage Knowledge, and Demonstrate Leadership. As a member of the Community Programs team, the Program Officer identifies, assesses, and responds to the Greater Seattle community’s needs utilizing The Healthy Community Framework and supporting the Foundation in advancing racial and economic equity. With the guidance of the Director of Community Programs, the Program Officer works with the Directors and Senior Program Officer to effectively implement the Foundation’s grantmaking and programs, gather and share knowledge of community needs and build relationships with nonprofits, community partners and philanthropists as well as support team cohesion and coordination.
Administer Grantmaking Programs:
- Manage one or more of Seattle Foundation’s grant programs (e.g. Communities of Opportunity, Vibrant Democracy Initiative, Medical Fund, Hardgrove Foundation), collaborative funds and/or fiscal sponsorships
- Review grant proposals, conduct site visits, prepare written summaries and analysis of grant requests to aid in evaluation and final grant recommendations
- Drive execution of Community Programs grantmaking, convening and community leadership efforts
- In collaboration with Community Programs Vice President, Directors and Senior Program Officer, design, implement and lead new grant programs as needed
- Stay current of grant making best practices
Deepen issue area knowledge in support of foundation knowledge management:
- Guide strategy for work within one (or more) elements within our Healthy Community Framework. Serve as the Element Lead for these elements
- Build relationships that enhance the Foundation’s knowledge, partnerships and pulse within these elements
- Gather knowledge of relevant trends, issues and opportunities for potential Foundation investments
- Provide expertise to support Foundation’s philanthropic advising and assist in development of special projects on behalf of donors
- Provide content to Seattle Foundation’s communications (blogs, Heart & Science, etc)
Establish strong external relationships and partnerships:
- Increase visibility of Foundation by serving on community committees, attending and facilitating community meetings
- Develop and maintain relationships with nonprofits, funders, Foundation philanthropists and other key community stakeholders
- Enter NPO relationship information in the database to maintain accurate and current information about SeaFdn relationships
Manage and support strategic projects:
- Implement one (or more) of Foundation’s projects and initiatives, including program management partnership development, and research
- In collaboration with Community Programs Vice President, Directors and Senior Program Officer, support execution of emerging Foundation projects and initiatives
- Participate in communication, planning, strategy development and implementation
Support team cohesion and coordination:
- Submit bi-weekly project/program updates to the Operations Lead
- Model the behaviors and values of Seattle Foundation
- Attend and participate in all Seattle Foundation meetings (e.g., check ins, monthly team meetings, All Hands)
- Respond to Seattle Foundation colleague’s needs as questions, support or coverage are needed
What Are We Looking For?
Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and demonstrated experience in:
- Bachelor’s degree in public affairs/administration, social work, community development or related field, or equivalent relevant experience in the field
- At least 5 additional years of experience in community engagement at nonprofit agency, community-based organization or local government
- Goal-oriented pro-active self-starter with ability to work independently and approach challenges with a high degree of adaptability
- Critical thinker with ability to understand root causes of problems and envision systemic changes to advance racial and economic equity; an inquisitive nature
- Demonstrated ability to interact respectfully and cultivate relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, styles and cultures
- Ability to effectively collaborate and engage with a wide range of stakeholders
- 3 or more years’ experience in managing or implementing programs that address community needs
- Experience in developing and managing program budgets of $100,000 or more
We are also looking for:
- Existing connections to community-based organizations in the Greater Seattle area
- Track-record as an effective communicator with experience informing and persuading others, and facilitating organizational change
- High degree of personal and professional integrity with ability to work with confidential information
- Ability to attend and participate in activities outside core business hours (early morning, evening, occasional weekends)
What Can You Expect?
A collegial work environment; a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including health insurances (medical, dental, vision and long-term disability); a generous retirement plan match; and vacation/sick leave.
How Do I Apply?
As an equal opportunity employer, Seattle Foundation is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Seattle Foundation does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.