Director, Philanthropic Services



Director, Philanthropic Services

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA

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Job Description:

The Director, Philanthropic Services is an important leadership role for the Foundation that reports to the Vice President of Philanthropic Services. The Director leads the strategy, systems and team that ensures philanthropists receive a personal approach to impact-driven philanthropy. You will manage the Philanthropic Advisors’ outreach, education and engagement processes. You will be responsible for development and implementation of strategies to ensure the objectives of philanthropists are met and their knowledge of the community is broadened. You will assess philanthropists’ interest and align with the overall impact strategies of Seattle Foundation's mission.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage and support the Philanthropic Services advisors and associate advisors to provide timely, accurate and high quality services to all philanthropists.
  • Serve as a personal contact to assigned funds, assuring they receive high-quality service in grantmaking, consulting and any other inquiries. 
  • Design and implement regular surveying tools to assess satisfaction level of philanthropists
  • Develop, implement and evaluate strategies for engaging philanthropists in Foundation grantmaking, events and activities.
  • Provide training and support to Philanthropic Advisors specifically related to grant making consultation, family philanthropy and personalized strategic consulting around their philanthropic strategy.
  • Design and manage educational opportunities and programs for philanthropists to learn more about the needs of the community, tools for their philanthropy and other topics in philanthropy.
  • Responsible for partnering with our Marketing & Communications team to strategically position the Foundation as a leader in philanthropy, through engaging content on our website, blogs and social media.
  • Participate in and contribute to the communications strategies for philanthropists, including reports, newsletters, donor education briefings, other publications and new technology systems.
  • In collaboration with other staff, design and implement technology strategies to provide user-friendly and effective donor service and information.
  • Maintain a broad understanding of the community, especially the most marginalized, and use this knowledge to build and maintain relationships with philanthropists and prospective philanthropists.
  • In alignment with our organizational values of equity and opportunity for all, support staff and philanthropists in deepening their understanding of equity, specifically racial equity, and imbuing that ethic throughout our work.
  • Actively work on Philanthropic Services team development goals, including meeting with potential donors and professional advisors as appropriate.
  • Direct and manage the successful implementation of our expanded services to Families to accelerate their philanthropy, such as Youth Grantmaking Board and Next Generation Philanthropy programs.
  • Lead the Foundation’s focus on corporate philanthropy and effective workforce engagement strategies.
What Are We Looking For?      
What experience or knowledge do you have? Preference will be given to the following qualities:
·         Best practices in organizational development and people management
·         Relationship management and philanthropic service work with HNW individuals
·         Familiarity with the non-profit sector and a strong commitment to the health and vibrancy of the greater Seattle area, and our commitment to racial equity and economic opportunity.
·         Advising philanthropists on community issues
·         Charitable giving and planned giving strategies and tools (e.g. donor advised funds, bequests, charitable trusts, etc.)
·         Stewardship of major gifts, grantwriting and procurement of sponsorships
You have the ability to:
·         Manage and train a diverse group of people
·         Manage projects and relationships
·         Develop and implement marketing & strategic plans
·         Develop and deliver speeches to large and small groups
·         Work under the pressure of tight deadlines
·         Work early mornings and/or late evenings (e.g. events or donor briefings)
·         Make decisions about how to manage and organize one’s workload
·         Mature interpersonal style; ability to interact well with a diverse range of people
·         Professional maturity
A combination of the experience, education, and training listed below which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of this position.
Desired Experience, Education and Training:
·         BA/BS; Master degree preferred
·         Customer service experience required
·         Min of 5 years experience: major gift fundraising, donor stewardship, philanthropic advisory services preferred
·         Min of 5 years experience: direct supervision and management required
·         Professional or volunteer work in the nonprofit sector, particularly in the greater Seattle area, a plus
·         Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills
·         Ability to work both independently and with a team in a fast-paced, ever-evolving work environment
·         Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
·         Proficiency in Relational Databases; Blackbaud’s Raiser's Edge a plus
We’re Also Looking For:
§  Commitment to the vision, mission and values of Seattle Foundation.
§  Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with a high-quality customer-service orientation.
§  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
§  Strong organizational and project management skills including attention to detail.
§  Ability to listen, assess, and identify appropriate resources and implement solutions.
§  Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team in a fast-paced, evolving work environment.
§  Takes initiative and is continually looking for ways to improve.
§  A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and be composed under pressure.
·         Maintains confidentiality of data and customer relationships.
What Can You Expect?
A collegial and fun work environment; a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, 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:, with Philanthropic Services, Director in the subject line. Position will be open until filled.
Seattle Foundation
1601 Fifth Avenue Suite 1900
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206-522-2294

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