Strategic Initiatives & Governance Manager

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 are seeking an individual to join our over fifty member 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 the About Us section.

What’s the Opportunity?

Do you desire to commit to the vision, mission and values of Seattle Foundation? Are you excited about making a difference in your community (however you define it), and being a part of a community-based, philanthropic organization? Do you have passion to work in an organization that values racial equity? If your answers are YES then continue reading.

The Strategic Initiatives & Governance Manager position is part of the President & CEO’s executive office, and reports to the Chief of Staff. As a member of the CEO’s team, you will collaborate directly with the CEO, serve as Corporate Secretary for the Board of Trustees, and will be responsible for managing all activities of the Board. You will also work directly with the Chief of Staff on strategic initiatives related to the organization’s performance management systems, organizational culture, talent development, and commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion. The Strategic Initiatives & Governance Manager is a role developed to enhance the executive office’s capabilities. Our goal with this role is to effectively cultivate and manage relationships, manage projects to deepen and broaden our impact, while leveraging existing partnerships, ultimately ensuring that SeaFdn, our CEO, and the Board reach our goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Your Role In Board Governance:

  • You will serve as Corporate Secretary of Seattle Foundation’s Board, providing strategic leadership and guidance on all matters related to board governance.
  • Drive the creation of job descriptions for board members and committee chairs. You will collaborate with the Leadership Team on this work, ensuring clarity on expectations and deadlines.
  • Provide analysis and effectiveness of the Board structure and recommend process improvement to the CEO and Chief of Staff.
  • Support the Chief of Staff and CEO in evaluating current and projected composition of the Board, identify gaps to enable growth and create a pipeline of prospective members.
  • Directly support the Board, Executive Committee and Nominations Committee, including taking minutes and tracking the rhythm of their business.
  • Oversee planning, preparation, implementation and follow up for business meetings of the Board.
  • Flag actions which need to be elevated for full Board approval, and provide deeper context for the governance matters, and prepare relevant materials for Board meetings.

Your Role In Communications:

  • You ensure the Board and committee work follows the calendar of annual activities to fulfill governance responsibilities, by documenting and archiving activities as appropriate.
  • Communicate regularly with the Board and staff liaisons, so they are kept informed and up to date on all governance activities.
  • Prepare and maintain the Board calendar to track specific actions. Follow up for timeliness and completion of activities.

Your Role In Organizational Performance Management and Strategic Initiatives:

  • You manage and support executive-level, strategic initiatives that contribute to the organization’s overall success.
  • Manage short and long-term special projects focused on improving our organizational systems (i.e. the Foundation’s scorecard, strategic goals, and organizational performance management processes).
  • Prepare for and follow up on strategic internal and external meetings.
  • Provide research and project management support to the Chief of Staff for key projects and trends related to organizational excellence/development; performance and project management tools and processes; diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the workplace; global philanthropy and other relevant topics.

What Are We Looking For?

Your Key Attributes:

  • Consistently drive for results in an ambiguous environment
  • Skilled in relationship building internally and externally to the organization
  • Work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, evolving work environment
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills, including attention to detail
  • Demonstrated poise, diplomacy, and good judgment
  • You prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously with tight deadlines
  • Produce high-quality work with strong attention to detail
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Highly collaborative (both internally and externally) team player with strong emotional intelligence
  • Impeccable communication skills both verbal and written
  • You recognize and anticipate business challenges to prioritize and solve them

What experience or knowledge do you have?

  • Bachelor’s degree OR comparable education and experience in a related field
  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant work experience
  • Prefer a minimum two (2) years direct experience working with nonprofit board of directors and committees
  • Preferred experience in a nonprofit or Foundation. We also welcome candidates seeking to transition from another sector into the social impact sector - you are encouraged to apply.
  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information
  • Expert experience related to the oversight of a broad range of projects, events and meeting
  • Ability to anticipate business challenges
  • Proficiency with computer/technology skills including managing databases and web portals

What Can You Expect?

A collaborative work environment that supports your professional development and growth. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package, which includes health insurances (medical, dental, vision and long-term disability); a generous retirement plan match and vacation/sick paid time off.

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: with “Strategic Initiatives & Governance Manager" in the subject line. The position is open until filled.