Program Manager, Community Investment



Program Manager, Community Investment

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA


$57,500 to $62,500

Application Contact:

Mike Quinn -

Job Description:

Mission & Vision
Social Venture Partners is a philanthropic organization, but we do more than give away money. We connect people who want to give back and the nonprofits that make change possible – cultivating effective philanthropists and strong organizations that deliver greater impact, together.  We believe that a strong social sector is vital to building a region where everyone thrives regardless of income or race. To accomplish this goal, we will lead the next generation of philanthropists to address racial inequities through an evolved approach to philanthropy and nonprofit capacity building.

Over nearly two decades, SVP has worked with more than a thousand philanthropists – transforming how they give and creating ripple effects across our community as more than 70% increase their giving and volunteerism. SVP has supported 100 nonprofits, providing $16 million and more than 35,000 skilled volunteer hours to strengthen these organizations and accelerate collective action. 

Organizational Culture & Office Environment

At our core SVP is committed to unleashing the potential of people and organizations striving to make our world a better place. We lead with questions – knowing we don’t have all the answers. We are keen connectors among people and organizations that share common causes. And above all, we believe that we can make a greater impact together.

Our staff is a small, tight-knit team that is driven by a shared passion for achieving our mission and vision. We are highly adaptive, fun, collaborative, and always willing to “roll up our sleeves” to get stuff done – whether it’s a strategic initiative or cleaning out the fridge. 

We value an environment where every voice counts and staff are empowered to be open and to share their opinions. Differences are honored, and constructive criticism is welcome as we collectively strive to learn and improve. There are times when the work environment is intense, but the tension is easily broken with a good laugh and affectionate ribbing.

Job Description & Key Responsibilities

The responsibility of the Program Manager, Community Investment is to work with and support a team of volunteers to successfully execute the Fast Pitch program, including providing logistical support to volunteers and innovators (participating organizations), project management of volunteer teams, and outreach and selection of innovators, culminating in a large public facing event. In addition, this position is responsible for core capacity building volunteer management with SVP’s Investees and Partners, and will support the rest of the community investment team with other investee capacity building strategies and various Partner training/education sessions. 

SVP Fast Pitch is an intensive, five-month program for a cohort of nonprofit and for-profit social innovators that pairs selected applicants with volunteer coaches to build their capacity to articulate their story and impact in a compelling pitch.  The SVP Fast Pitch program culminates in large “Final Showdown” event where grants and prizes are awarded. Throughout the course of the program, over 80 volunteers and over 40 innovators are engaged at various levels.

Fast Pitch Program (50%)

  • Manage and support the Fast Pitch Program Committee, which oversees all aspects of the program.
  • Recruit, support and project manage program volunteers and subcommittees to execute multiple work streams simultaneously.
  • Produce event documentation, including creating project plans, workbooks, templates, etc.
  • Be the face of SVP Fast Pitch in the community, representing SVP’s values, culture and community investment philosophies.
  • Support the Director of Partner Engagement with corporate sponsorship acquisition.
  • Successfully execute a series of events and convening’s, managing event logistics and details such as venue, catering, registration, nametags, material preparation, etc.
  • Successfully execute the program side of the Final Showdown, working with partner engagement and communications staff on event logistics including venue, catering, registration, program and presentations, sponsorship recognition, innovator displays, speakers, and post-event follow-up and closeout activities.
  • Manage a variety of technology tools and online platforms for document sharing, communications and material submission.
  • Perform a post-event analysis to analyze program success and identify opportunities for future years
  • Support volunteers and partner engagement and communications staff with implementing social media and other communications strategies.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for innovators, supporting them to successfully submit their application, get oriented to the program, receive key communications, program updates, and timely feedback, and have a successful and satisfying experience 

Investee Capacity Building (30%)

  • Serve as main point of contact for and coordinator of SVP volunteers, collaborating with community investment and partner engagement staff to:
    • Prepare and engage Partners in strategic volunteering roles with local nonprofit organizations.
    • Track Partners‘ skills, experience, learning goals and developmental needs
  • Provide volunteer management of Partners through proactive, consistent contact and support
  • Lead and provide support to Communities of Practice (volunteer groups focused on specific organizational capacity areas) and advise on development of best practices, recruitment of new members, and deployment of volunteers.
  • Manage knowledge sharing, documenting and disseminating best practices for investees, volunteers, and staff.

Partner Education (20%)

  • As part of the Community Investment Team, help plan and execute Partner education sessions grounded in a philanthropic development framework and addressing areas like exploring personal philanthropic values and goals, funding issue areas, nonprofit capacity building, the philanthropic sector, among others.
  • Support the design and implementation of high-profile SVP events, including the bi-annual Partner meetings.

Perform other duties as required or assigned

Required Qualifications & Success Factors  

Candidates for the Program Manager, Community investment should meet the following criteria.

Qualifications Required:

• GED/high school diploma plus 5-8 years of relevant work experience OR undergraduate degree plus 4-6 years of relevant work experience.
• Relevant work experience includes non-profit/public administration, group facilitation/teaching (particularly adult learners), event planning and management, social innovation and entrepreneurship.
• Previous experience working with and supporting skills-based volunteers and donors
• Previous experience and/or understanding of non-profit organizational development and capacity building
• Program and project management and managing teams
• Experience managing to pre-determined budgets
• Event management and execution experience
• Comfortable with MS Office Suite, relationship management software and with learning/using new software
• Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
• Flexibility to attend regular evening meetings and events
•  Ability to communicate easily and clearly in English
•  Must be able to legally work for any employer in the United States of America.

Qualifications Desired:

• Previous experience in managing large scale events with numerous stakeholders
• Local knowledge of the startup social enterprise, social innovation or impact investing a plus
• Annual and long-term budgeting and financial planning experience
• Salesforce relationship management software experience

Success Factors & Job Competencies

• Commitment to the values, mission, model, and work of Social Venture Partners
• Customer service mentality to work with a wide range of personalities in addition to understanding nonprofit organizations
• Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, including facilitation and contact management
• Consulting perspective-ability to listen, to assess, and to identify resources and implement solutions
• Ability and confidence to function in a volunteer-driven environment, understanding how to manage up to volunteers while leading the program forward
• High aptitude for being in a coaching and support role, a desire to learn from and help others learn, and to follow the servant leadership model
• Ability to manage multiple work streams and stakeholder groups with competing priorities and timelines
• Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
• Flexible team player able to work in an environment with overlapping program areas and staff responsibilities
• Actively pursues continuous learning and growth in areas relevant to success in this role

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

• Physical Demands- Majority of the time (about 60%) spent in the office, working on the computer/keyboard and/or on the phone.  Remaining time walking around office, assisting coworkers, attending internal meetings; reach with hands or arms; balance; stoop/bend; talk and hear; may lift to 20lbs

• Work Environment- Well lit, minimal noise level when in open office, carpeted floors, shared hallway, with some natural light; various modes of transportation required, with travel locally to attend work related events; some exposure to different environmental conditions when travelling.

Compensation and Benefits

This is an exempt position with an annual salary range of $57,500 to 62,500.
Excellent employer paid benefits include 403(B) with 5% employer match, plus medical/dental/vision coverage with disability insurance. 
We also offer a generous vacation package that includes three weeks of paid vacation, plus two personal days, standard holidays, and a week off between December 25 and January 1.

To Apply
As an equal opportunity employer, SVP is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment.  SVP 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 submit your cover letter and resume as a single PDF to Mike Quinn at with the subject line “SVP Program Manager, Community Investment”. Applications received by May 31st will receive priority.

Social Venture Partners Seattle
220 2nd Ave S. #300
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206-374-8757

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