Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, The Seattle Foundation

Seattle, Washington, United States Full-time

Who Are We?

The heart and science of philanthropy

Greater Seattle is changing and growing, and so is Seattle Foundation. “The heart and science of philanthropy” is the intersection of passion and discipline to create lasting change. As the community’s foundation, our mission is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. We work with more than 1,200 individuals, families, and corporations to strategically invest their philanthropic resources in ways that inspire continued giving. We also partner with philanthropic institutions, government agencies, community organizations and businesses to catalyze positive change in our community across a range of issues.


Our organizational culture is one of engaged teamwork, where we support one another in reaching our collective and individual goals while constantly learning along the way. Our office is located in the downtown core of Seattle, however our reach is much broader than that – we focus on Greater Seattle and the Eastside and also support donor interests across the country and around the globe. We seek individuals to join our 40+ (and growing!) team who are committed to our vision of a stronger, more vibrant community for all; collaboratively finding solutions; continually improving; and going the extra mile in service of our philanthropic partners and the broader community. We’re in the midst of an exciting evolution in our work. More information about Seattle Foundation can be found at


What’s the Opportunity?

This is an exciting senior position reporting to the Vice President of Philanthropic Services. The primary responsibility is to build innovative partnerships to encourage individuals, families and businesses to establish charitable giving plans with Seattle Foundation. You will cultivate new philanthropic prospects and deepen relationships with professional advisors to identify and attract new and significant contributions to the Foundation to support our mission. Our philanthropists cover the spectrum in terms of age and interests, from the established family philanthropist to younger, “new wealth” families eager to learn and grow in their giving.


Specific responsibilities & duties:

  • Cultivate our network of Professional Advisors (i.e., estate planning attorneys, accountants, wealth management advisors, investment advisors, CPA’s and trust officers) to increase quantity and quality of referrals to secure outright and deferred gifts to the Foundation.
  • Implement business development strategies that will dramatically impact the Foundation’s growth model, including the creation of internal systems and models to track progress.
  • Design and implement a new Premier Partnership model for a select group of wealth management, financial advisors and CPA firms.
  • Collaborate with the Foundation’s Leadership Team to develop new and improve existing products, services and strategies, including Corporate Philanthropy and Impact Investing offerings.
  • Manage the Foundation’s Professional Advisors Council.
  • Design and oversee special events for professional advisors, including educational workshops on topics that qualify for CLE credits.
  • Actively network with existing and new professional organizations to stay current with latest trends in philanthropy and generational wealth transfer.
  • Collaborate with Legal Counsel to manage and facilitate acceptance of new gifts and complex assets.
  • Collaborate with senior management and cross-departmental workgroups to develop effective marketing and communications strategies (e.g. special events, publications, website, and printed materials).
  • Serve as spokesperson to raise awareness of the Foundation within the greater Seattle region. Seek new opportunities to increase the Foundation’s visibility with prospective philanthropists, advisors and companies seeking to create effective social impact.


What Are We Looking For?


Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and demonstrated experience in:


  • BA/BS; Master degree preferred, combined with continuing professional development in the area of financial and wealth advising; advanced degree a plus.
  • Minimum of ten years successful professional work experience in estate planning and/or financial services industry or major gift fundraising experience preferred.
  • Minimum of five years people management experience.
  • Experience with cultivation and prospecting tools, sales and marketing.
  • Relationship management and philanthropic service work with high-net worth individuals.
  • Knowledge of investment concepts and a familiarity with various asset types (closely held stock, real estate etc.).
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with a high-quality customer-service orientation.
  • Charitable giving and planned giving strategies and tools (e.g. donor advised funds, bequests, charitable trusts, etc.)
  • Stewardship of major gifts, grantwriting and procurement of sponsorships.
  • Best practices in organizational development and people management.
  • Familiarity with the non-profit sector and a strong commitment to the health and vibrancy of the greater Seattle area, specifically our commitment to racial equity and economic opportunity.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in major gift fundraising, donor stewardship, philanthropic advisory services preferred
  • Professional or volunteer work in the non-profit sector; in the greater Seattle area, a plus
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to work both independently and with a team in a fast-paced, ever-evolving work environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Proficiency in Relational Databases; Blackbaud’s Raiser's Edge a plus


We are also looking for a leader with the ability to:

  • Manage and train a diverse group of people
  • Cultivate relationships that result in referrals and an increase in investments in Seattle Foundation’s strategies
  • Manage projects and relationships
  • Develop and implement marketing and strategic plans
  • Develop and deliver speeches to large and small groups
  • Work under the pressure of tight deadlines
  • Work early mornings and/or late evenings (e.g. events or donor briefings)
  • Make decisions about how to manage and organize one’s workload
  • Mature interpersonal style; ability to interact well with a diverse range of people
  • Develop and implement strategic and marketing plans in partnership with our Marketing & Communications department
  • Maintain confidentiality of data and customer relationships


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 upload a resume and a cover letter detailing how your background and experience meet the position requirements to the following URL:

The position will remain open until filled but preference will be granted to applications received by March 26, 2018.