Scholarships Program Independent Contractor

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. More information about Seattle Foundation can be found at

What’s the Opportunity?

We are searching for a self-motivated Independent Contractor (1099) to support the delivery of our scholarships program. The duration of the assignment is plan to start immediately and may run through December 2020, though the period could be shortened or extended. This is an important administrative and programmatic role, reporting to the Director of Donor Stewardship & Engagement. As the Scholarships Program Contractor, you would support the day-to-day operations of more than 50 scholarship funds: tracking and processing scholarships, corresponding with students, schools and donors, and ensuring key milestones are met in the overall delivery of the program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct outreach by email and phone to students and school representatives for targeted scholarships to ensure ample candidate pools
  • Respond to student and staff questions in regards to financial aid distribution, application status, and enrollment changes
  • Correspond with philanthropists and committee members to support planning and scheduling of annual scholarship cycles
  • Prepare materials for committee review: monitor online application portals; organize, redact, contact students for missing materials, scan/copy; develop rating matrixes, and draft committee cover letters
  • Facilitate meetings and decision-making processes when needed 
  • Send student notifications for recipients and denials
  • Track and process all scholarship awards in database (Blackbaud Raisers Edge/Granted Edge) 
  • Support the further development of Standard Operating Procedures for the scholarships program
  • Other support duties as needed to advance the scholarships program

What Are We Looking For?

Preference will be given to contractor candidates with knowledge and demonstrated experience in:

  • Demonstration of producing a high-quality product by maintaining integrity with attention to detail 
  • Experience with project management and coordinating multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including comfort with communicating by phone
  • Being self-directed to ensure tasks are initiated and completed with high standards
  • Intermediate-level database use. Best practices around ensuring confidentiality of data
  • Development principals and donor relations management
  • Familiarity and experience in communicating and conveying complex information with internal/external constituents

We are also looking for:

  • Microsoft Office Suite proficiency and relational databases; Blackbaud Raiser's Edge highly preferred
  • BA/BS preferred; minimum of three years’ experience providing administrative and donor support services, including intermediate level database use
  • Experience working in higher education and/or managing scholarship programs is highly preferred
  • Ability to listen, assess, and identify appropriate resources and implement solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with a high-quality customer-service orientation
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team in a fast-paced, evolving work environment
  • A demonstrated ability of taking initiative and proactively and continually looking for ways to improve
  • A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and be composed under pressure

What Can You Expect?

This is a full-time contractor position (maintaining a 40 hours per week work schedule) with a rate of $25 per hour. The duration of the assignment is targeted for three to six months starting in late July 2020. However, the start and end dates may change. Seattle Foundation will provide equipment (laptop, etc.)

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 contractor 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 contractor 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.

Seattle Foundation is currently operating remotely and the contractor must provide their own space suitable for working.  When in the office, the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

As an equal opportunity organization, Seattle Foundation is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment.  Seattle Foundation does not discriminate in employment or selection of vendors or contractors 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. 

How Do I Apply?

Please send cover letter and resume to: with Scholarships Contractor in the subject line.