Philanthropic Services Advisor



Philanthropic Services Advisor

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA

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Job Description:

This is an exciting position bridging the interests and passions of generous philanthropists and critical community needs and opportunities. By building relationships and making strategic connections within and outside the Foundation, the Philanthropic Services Advisor is a trusted partner for local philanthropists. Our philanthropists cover the spectrum in terms of age and interests, from the established family philanthropist to younger, “new wealth” families who are eager to learn and grow in their giving.  Reporting to the Director of Philanthropic Services, this role is responsible for supporting an array of funds (individuals, couples, mutigenerational families, non-profit agency endowments and businesses) to ensure they receive a personal approach to philanthropy. While roles may shift and change as our organization evolves, following are the key responsibilities:
  • Serve as a personal contact to an assigned portfolio of funds, providing world-class philanthropic advising, timely and accurate service and fund administration.
  • Offer personalized consulting to assigned funds to achieve their philanthropic goals.
  • Manage as part of a team and/or independently multiple projects in Donor services, fund development and outreach to prospective donors and professional advisors.
  • Increase the funds available for the Foundation's activities and discretionary Grantmaking through targeted solicitations and unrestricted gifts to Seattle Foundation’s Grantmaking programs.
  • Facilitate philanthropist education workshops, like Giving with Impact ™, and plan and participate in other events to raise funds for the community and/or build awareness for the Foundation.
  • Represent the Foundation in the community at speaking engagements, professional organizations, conferences and other community events.
  • Stay current in philanthropic trends and community issues, and be knowledgeable in the full spectrum of Community Leadership initiatives of the Foundation.
  • Support the Foundation's branding and external communication efforts
  • Provide support for special events and other donor related special engagements.
  • Attend regularly scheduled Philanthropic Services, cross department and foundation-wide staff meetings. Participate in task force groups for special projects.
  • Given the nature of the work, the role requires flexibility for evening meetings and events.
What Are We Looking For?
  • Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and demonstrated experience in:
  • The philanthropy sector and nonprofit community of King County.
  • Advising donors on philanthropic trends and opportunities.
  • Stewardship of major donors.
  • Working with high net worth individuals and multi-generational families.
  • Corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.
  • Experience with Major Gift fundraising and Planned Giving.
We are also looking for:
  • Commitment to the vision, mission and values of Seattle Foundation.
  • BA/BS preferred; minimum of seven years’ experience including: work at a community organization in development, leadership, and or program related work; work with families; major gift fundraising; and corporate giving.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with a high-quality customer-service orientation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including confidence in public speaking.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills including attention to detail.
  • Ability to listen, assess, and identify appropriate resources and implement solutions. Active Listening training a plus.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Relational Databases; Blackbaud’s Raiser's Edge a plus.
What Can You Expect?
A collegial work environment; a competitive salary and excellent benefits, 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: The position is open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received by March 26th.
Seattle Foundation
1601 5th Avenue, Ste 1900
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206.622.2294

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