Communications Associate



Communications Associate

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA


$50,000 - $55,000 DOE

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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 ready to execute relevant and compelling communications to our member and partner network. This includes managing and coordinating our existing platforms and channels, such as social media, newsletters, blog posts, and our website. This position is a key enterprise role and will partner closely with: 1) The Learning Network, to curate content to market and amplify programs; 2) the membership manager, to promote member engagement benefits; and 3) The Giving Practice, to edit and proofread publications and promote their brand and services.

  • Curate, write, and edit content, including issue-related member memos and briefings, program announcements, press releases, blogs, social (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) and website content
  • Coordinate, design, and write copy for regional newsletters
  • Proofread publications and other digital and print media
  • Support the planning and coordination of marketing for the annual conference, our largest regional gathering of foundations
  • Proactively seek philanthropy-related news to share with members and partners
  • Assist with brand management and coordinate style guidelines
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Three to six years of experience in nonprofit, philanthropy or policy communications, or a combination of relevant sector experience
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to manage deadlines and multiple tasks with strong organizational skills
  • Strong analytical skills, judgment and attention to detail
  • Strong comfort working with technology and maintaining a website; familiarity with Salesforce a plus
  • Experience providing technical support to end users
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders and different business units
  • Comfort and ability to work effectively, respectfully and diplomatically with diverse people and communities
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, and flexible schedule. Salary range is $50,000 - $55,000 depending on experience.

Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating why you would be a good fit and what value you would bring to Philanthropy Northwest, to and include YOUR NAME + “Communications Associate” in the subject line. Candidates will be screened as applications are received and our ideal start date for the position is May 2018.

Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage candidates of color and other underrepresented groups to apply. We value and encourage a culture of diversity and celebrate our employees’ multiple identities, including age, color, race and ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and veteran status.
Philanthropy Northwest
2101 Fourth Ave. Suite 650
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206-443-8430

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