Director/Senior Manager of Communications



Director/Senior Manager of Communications

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA


$70,000 - $100,000

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Job Description:

Philanthropy Northwest is the philanthropy network for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We envision vibrant, healthy Northwest communities – each with its own unique history, culture and traditions – connected to the natural environment and facing the future with optimism. Founded in 1976, we partner with family funds, foundations and corporate giving programs through professional development, networking, research, publications, public policy work and consulting.

Our work includes three core programs: 1) The Learning Network, a regional community providing opportunities for emerging and established philanthropy leaders to connect, learn and grow; 2) The Giving Practice, a national consulting team bringing customized solutions, deep regional relationships and national expertise to support organizations navigating philanthropy’s changing landscape; 3) An incubation platform for innovative philanthropic projects, including: Democracy Northwest, Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project and Community Democracy Workshop.

  • We elevate the field of philanthropy by identifying opportunities, taking smart risks, challenging our assumptions, experimenting creatively, listening actively, engaging in deep conversations and learning through action and reflection.
  • Strong relationships power our work at every level; we build them with care and nurture them attentively.
  • We embrace and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in our community and continuously seek to bring new perspectives into our organization and our networks.
  • We are a learning organization that invests in supporting the ongoing growth of our individuals, our team and our community.
  • We value high quality work that is grounded in deep mutual respect, healthy work/life balance, clear communication, humor and joy.

We seek a talented and energetic communications professional to lead the strategy and development of Philanthropy Northwest’s communications. This includes our existing platforms such as social media, newsletters, blog posts, print/electronic collateral and our website, and also developing strategic media relations and thought leadership around communications in the philanthropic sector. The Communications Director/Senior Manager will report to either the CEO or the Director of Membership and Donor Relations.

  • Work with CEO and the management team to advance the strategic goals of the enterprise through effective communications.
  • Develop and execute a transparent and effective communications strategy that highlights and promotes our members’ work, our organization and the role of philanthropy.
  • Oversee all written communications coming from Philanthropy Northwest, including issue-related/policy briefings, program announcements, press releases, blogs and website content.
  • Oversee the website and work with consultants/contractors to continuously improve and keep relevant.
  • Develop and manage on-line knowledge sharing strategies that engage members, build on the different business lines and their brands, and inspire collaboration and partnership amongst funders in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Supervise communications staff and consultants as necessary.
  • Develop a strategic presence for all business lines through social media management.
  • Responsible for production of electronic and print collateral.
  • Develop and manage media relations to promote the organization and the network.
  • Proactively seek philanthropy-related news to share with members and partners.
  • Stay abreast of emerging communications tools, strategies and opportunities.
  • Manage a communications community of practice.
  • An excellent writer and tactful editor. 
  • A diplomatic communicator for multiple audiences, including a wide spectrum of Philanthropy Northwest members, partners and clients. 
  • A creative strategist with a proven track record of developing communications and marketing strategy for nonprofits or philanthropic organizations. 
  • A thought leader and activator around organizational storytelling. 
  • A self-starter who values a collaborative team environment. 
  • A confident and curious experimenter of new ideas.
  • Seven years (manager level) to 10 years (director level) of experience in strategic communications, brand management, online media management, multi-platform integration in the nonprofit or philanthropic space.
  • Thoughtful, collaborative management style. Interested in and being coached and coaching others to be successful. 
  • Experience leading the development of online content and managing a dynamic, content rich website. 
  • Knowledge of AP Style and excellent writing and editing skills. 
  • Experience working with Salesforce and Drupal.
  • Ability to analyze information and discern key issues of interest to Philanthropy Northwest’s audiences, and communicate clearly and concisely. This includes experience producing website analytics and using those analytics to create new strategies to engage audiences.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage key stakeholders including a keen ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and ability to translate complex subjects into approachable concepts.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility and adapting to shifting priorities and plans.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.

The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes a package of benefits consisting of medical, dental, pre-tax savings accounts for medical/transportation/childcare, fixed retirement contribution by employer (6% of salary), professional development, flexible schedule and promotion of work-life balance. Salary range is $70,000 – $100,000, depending on experience.


Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating 1) why you would be a good fit, 2) your salary requirement, and 3) what value you would bring to Philanthropy Northwest, to including YOUR NAME + “Communications” in the subject line. Candidates will be screened as applications come in and our ideal start date for the position is September.

Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status and other characteristics.
Philanthropy Northwest
2101 Fourth Ave. Suite 650
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206-443-8430

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