Public Policy and Advocacy Manager, Philanthropy Northwest



Public Policy and Advocacy Manager, Philanthropy Northwest

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA


$60,000 - $65,000

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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.

The Public Policy and Advocacy Manager is a full-time staff position that is responsible for managing the day to day activities of Philanthropy Northwest’s growing public policy department. This position will manage Philanthropy Northwest’s Census 2020 work in Washington State, including serving as primary coordinator of a pooled-fund partnership, collaborating with funders and nonprofits on policy advocacy, and developing new and existing partnerships with state and local policy makers. Additionally, this position will work with The Learning Network team to develop and coordinate policy and advocacy-related programming for our members, including webinars, policy briefings, and support for the Democracy Northwest initiative. This position will report to the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. 

1. Manage Philanthropy Northwest’s Census 2020 work in Washington State, including:
• Coordinate a Census 2020 pooled-fund partnership and collaborate with the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, CEO, and other key stakeholders on strategy development.
• Develop new and existing relationships with stakeholders from frontline communities, nonprofits, and policy makers working across Washington State on Census 2020 issues.
• Support census education and advocacy opportunities for PNW members.
2. Partner with The Learning Network team to develop new and existing programs and events related to policy and advocacy for members. Specific duties include:
• Develop and deliver programs that strengthen our members’ knowledge and practice in matters of public policy and issue advocacy.
• Coordinate logistics for member programs and events, including registration, speakers, catering, AV, etc.
• Support the Democracy Northwest initiative through program coordination and content development, including for Philanthropy Northwest’s ongoing Democracy Lens project.
• Coordinate Philanthropy Northwest’s delegation to Foundations on the Hill, an annual legislative advocacy day in Washington, DC.
3. Develop content and coordinate policy and advocacy communications, including:
• Monitor, analyze and communicate key policy issues and legislation relevant to Philanthropy Northwest member interests and the field of philanthropy through policy briefs, e-bulletins, blog posts, or other online communications.
• Partner with the communications team to strategically market policy programs and events.

• Enthusiasm and understanding of public policy issues, governmental relations and advocacy strategies in philanthropy and/or the nonprofit sector with 5-7 years of relevant work experience.
• Demonstrated experience working with coalitions and cross-sector groups to advance public policy work. Experience working on or leading an advocacy campaign a plus.
• Exemplary oral, written and online communication skills. Must have experience writing policy proposals/briefings as part of an advocacy organization or in government.
• Experience leading programming for constituents around public policy issues, including organizing policy roundtables, meetings, and policy briefings.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage key public policy relationships with diplomacy, including a keen ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.
• Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills and ability to translate complex subjects into approachable concepts.
• Solid project management skills.
• Comfort with event planning, including logistics, marketing and speaker coordination for meetings.
• Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility and adapting to shifting priorities and plans, including on tight deadlines.
• Ability to travel throughout the region and occasionally to Washington D.C.
• 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/vision insurance, pre-tax savings accounts for medical/transportation/childcare, vacation and sick time, retirement contribution by employer (6% of salary), ample professional development, and flexible schedule. Salary range is $60,000 – $65,000 depending on experience.

Due to the high volume of applicants please no phone calls. To apply please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to including YOUR NAME + “Public Policy and Advocacy Manager” in the subject line by November 30. This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate.

Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace. We value, encourage, and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, language, national origin, political affiliation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other underrepresented identities. 
Philanthropy Northwest
2101 Fourth Ave. Suite 650
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206-443-8430

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