Managing Director, Finance & Operations

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 at

What’s the Opportunity?

The Managing Director, Finance & Operations (MD, F&O) is at the intersection of project management, finance, and operations supporting the Seattle Foundation’s (SeaFnd) strategic goals.  You also will bring strategic direction and operational excellence to SeaFdn and its partner organizations while driving process improvements and enhancing financial reporting.  This work is at the heart of our business operations. Do you want to use your deep knowledge of finance, reporting, and process improvement to make a positive impact in the greater Seattle region? You can contribute to the greater good in your role as MD, F&O serving as an organizational leader supporting our economic success and revenue growth.  This role will support the F&O team’s bold ambition to implement Lean management principles across a range of operational processes.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Process Improvement
    • Drive a culture of continuous improvement; provide functional leadership in process improvement techniques such as Lean, that meet the rapid growth of the organization
    • Partner with cross functional teams to standardize, streamline, and prioritize improvements by balancing the foundation’s needs versus technical and process constraints
    • Challenge the status quo, anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, propose solutions and facilitate change management that support our ability to expand our impact
    • Manage and monitor project progress; create and define metrics that will drive success measures
  2. Finance
    • Manage key financial processes including forecasting, budgeting, reporting, and others
    • In conjunction with SeaFdn leadership, develop business intelligence metrics, reports, and analysis that guide management in the areas of operational efficiencies, operational excellence, quality, and other Key Performance Indicators
    • Apply an analytical approach to influence strategic decision-making that support the operating model
    • Partner with outside investment consultant(s) and legal counsel on investment due diligence and maintain updated documentation
    • Manage and improve outside investment partners process
  3. Risk Management
    • In collaboration with the Managing Director, Controller, develop internal control policies, practices, and procedures across the foundation
    • Perform regular reviews for contract management, fiscal sponsors and supporting organizations, and identify and monitor other areas of risk in partnership with outside counsel and CFOO
  4. Operations
    • Partner with facilities team on office space management, purchasing, and leasing 
    • Actively participate in the foundation’s Managing Director cohort to promote cooperation, communication, and collaboration in accomplishing SeaFnd’s strategic goals
    • Be a strategic partner and collaborative thinker to help optimize focus on goals and long-term mission, working closely with the CFOO and other leaders
    • Supervise and provide guidance to staff in their performance; assist with staff development activities and events that meet the needs of the team and support the goals of the foundation

What Are We Looking For?

What experience or knowledge do you have? Preference will be given to the following:

  • Experience with project management and related methodologies including: scoping, issue and risk identification, general project management, tracking dependencies, and communication of overall project status
  • Understanding and experience with internal controls framework to include design and operational execution of controls
  • Experience working in highly visible roles providing thought partnership to executive leaders 
  • 10+ years of financial management experience with increasing responsibility  
  • 5+ years direct management experience leading and developing high performing teams
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or similar area of study or equivalent experience
  • People management experience, aptitude and interest

What else are we looking for? You have the following skills, experiences and qualities:

  • Excellent communication skills including written, verbal and presentation; with the ability to present complex ideas and processes clearly and in an engaging and audience relevant manner
  • Experience with interfacing with personnel at all levels throughout the organization; collaborate, engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience with merger and acquisition activity, due diligence, and private placements strongly preferred
  • CPA certification or equivalent experience
  • Non-profit experience preferred, but not required

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. 

What are the Physical Demands and Working Conditions?

The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Normally, this position works in an office, and the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, i.e. copier toner. Currently, in 2020, all of our staff is working remotely until further notice.


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.

Please send cover letter and resume to: The position is open until filled.