Program Officer

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 on our About Us page.

What’s the Opportunity?

Are you passionate about addressing racial and economic inequities? We are hiring a Program Officer to join our Community Program's team. In this role you will address inequities by utilizing these four key strategies: Advance Knowledge, Invest in Communities, Leverage Knowledge, and Demonstrate Leadership. As a member of this cohesive team, you will identify, assess, and responds to the Greater Seattle community’s needs. You will use the Healthy Community Framework to advance the mission of the Seattle Foundation. You will also work under the guidance of the Director and team members to effectively implement programs and grantmaking. You will also collect and share knowledge of community needs and build lasting relationships with nonprofits, community partners and philanthropists.

Administer grantmaking programs:



  • Manage and support one or more of Seattle Foundation’s grant programs (e.g. Communities of Opportunity, Vibrant Democracy Initiative, Capacity Building), collaborative funds and/or fiscal sponsorships
  • Review grant proposals, conduct site visits, prepare written summaries and analysis of grant requests to aid in the evaluation and final grant recommendations
  • Work with the team to implement community programs grantmaking, convening and community leadership efforts
  • Collaboration with team members to design, implement and lead new grant programs as needed
  • Stay current on grantmaking standard methodologies

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 a member and/or lead of an Element Hub
  • Establish relationships that improve the Foundation’s knowledge, partnerships and pulse within these elements
  • Gather knowledge of pertinent trends, issues and opportunities for potential Foundation investments
  • Provide expertise to support the Foundation’s philanthropic advising and donor engagement and assist in the development of special projects on behalf of donors
  • Craft content that will be featured in the Seattle Foundation’s communications (blogs, Heart & Science, etc) Support strong external relationships and partnerships:
  • Increase the presence of the Foundation by attending and facilitating community meetings
  • Cultivate relationships with funders, nonprofits, Foundation philanthropists and other key community partners
  • Enter NPO relationship information in the database to maintain accurate and current information about SeaFdn relationships

Lead 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 Directors and Chief Impact 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 individuals with knowledge and demonstrated experience in:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public affairs/administration, social work, community development or related field, or equivalent experience in the field
  • At least 5 additional years of experience in community engagement at a nonprofit agency, community- based organization or local government
  • Goal-oriented dedicated self-starter that can work independently and approach challenges with a high degree of adaptability
  • Critical thinker who is able to understand the root causes of problems and envision systemic changes to advance racial and economic equity; in 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 partners
  • 3 or more years’ of experience leading or implementing programs that address community needs

We are also looking for:

  • Existing connections to community-based organizations in the Seattle area
  • Track-record as an effective communicator with experience informing and persuading others, and facilitating organizational change
  • Experience in managing program budgets of $100,000 or more
  • High degree of personal and professional integrity with the 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.

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.

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.

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: hr@seattlefoundation.org. The position is open until filled.