Business Partner (Business and Operations Manager), The Giving Practice



Business Partner (Business and Operations Manager), The Giving Practice

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA



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Job Description:

About The Giving Practice
The Giving Practice provides consulting that blends customized support and expertise to support donors, families, foundations and corporations to meet the changing landscape of today’s philanthropy. We work with foundations and corporate giving programs in the Northwest and nationally. In addition to working with individual foundations and philanthropic entities, The Giving Practice is equally committed to facilitating collaborative efforts and knowledge sharing in order to improve the field of philanthropy. We develop authentic relationships with our clients that allow them to experience joyful, meaningful and effective work. We celebrate philanthropy that is diverse and inclusive as we work to create and sustain strong, equitable and healthy communities.

About Philanthropy Northwest
The Giving Practice is a program of Philanthropy Northwest, and this position is a full-time staff position within the Philanthropy Northwest team. Philanthropy Northwest is the philanthropy network for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Our work revolves around 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; 3) An incubation platform for innovative philanthropic projects, including: Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project and Community Democracy Workshop. Our mission and vision is to promote, support and drive collaborative action by philanthropic organizations to strengthen communities in our region.

Our Culture
  • 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.
The Opportunity
This is a critical role that serves as the glue for our dynamic team of consultants working on a wide range of projects in areas such as strategic planning, facilitation, collaborative work, and organizational development. We are looking for a master project and business manager to lead the day to day operations of our consulting business. A successful candidate will have excitement and passion for managing budgets and finances, developing scopes of work and managing contracts, tracking new business opportunities, and finding opportunities to improve business and operational processes. The ideal candidate will have superb interpersonal skills to partner with our consultants and clients, and proactively find ways to support the team.

We are also looking for personal qualities and attributes that are rooted in the organization and consulting team’s culture: a strong sense of curiosity, initiative, motivation to continually learn and adapt to the changing environment inherent in consulting work and our growing practice, a willingness to pitch in wherever needed, a warm and caring attitude, and a good sense of humor. We are a racially and culturally diverse team, and we encourage people of color and other diverse candidates to apply.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
1. Manage all aspects of the firm’s business office
  • Contract management: Manage full life cycle of contracts and grants, from tracking opportunities and creating scopes of work, to ensuring consultant is on time with delivery, invoicing, and closing out of the contract
  • Budgeting: Develop and manage annual operating budget in collaboration with senior leadership
  • Scope development: In partnership with consultants, craft customized proposals for clients
  • Project support: Work with consultants one on one to support their consulting needs
  • Operational efficiencies: Make recommendations for efficiencies and improvements to our business operations and model
  • Trends and analysis: Manage the project pipeline, track trends in the business, and share financial projections with leadership
2. Manage the production and delivery of published tools, reports, and products
  • Partner with consultants around content development
  • Drive projects to meet timelines and delivery deadlines
  • Manage and liaise with vendors for graphic design, layout, and production
  • Collaborate with communications team to promote and market
3. Collaborate with the senior leadership to develop team meetings
  • Co-design agendas that promote reflective practices, specifically around insights and dilemmas from client engagements
  • Support execution of meetings, including all logistics
  • Lead trainings around business operations and processes
4. Manage talent acquisition and onboarding of new consultants
  • In partnership with senior leadership, identify staffing and capacity needs
  • Support process for interviewing new, prospective consultants
  • Conduct onboarding for new consultants
Ideal Qualifications
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in the nonprofit, public or private sector and an understanding of the client/stakeholder environment
  • Familiarity with the philanthropic and/or nonprofit sector, and experience with using racial equity as a lens in this work
  • Experience managing a business office or significant business processes
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Comfort managing finances and an eagle eye for the detail
  • Experience managing multiple large and small contracts at the same time
  • Adept at solving complex problems autonomously
  • Curiosity and eagerness to learn about consulting in the field of philanthropy
  • Proactive communicator with strong abilities to communicate to diverse stakeholders
  • Positive, optimistic and can-do attitude with ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Superb interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interest and alignment with The Giving Practice’s approach
  • Motivation for Philanthropy Northwest values and mission which includes a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusio
Salary and Benefits
The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes medical-vision-dental coverage, short and long term disability, Flex-Plan, 6% retirement contribution, generous vacation and sick time, flexible work schedule, and professional development. Salary range is $70,000 – $80,000.

Application Process
Please submit a resume and cover letter to and include your NAME + TGP BUSINESS PARTNER in the subject. In the cover letter please indicate: 1) what you are looking for in your career, and 2) how your skills and talents are aligned with this position and our organization. We will screen applications as they come in and this position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate.

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, 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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