Seattle, WA

Chief Impact Officer, Seattle Foundation

The Organization

As one of the 25 largest community foundations in the country, Seattle Foundation manages nearly $1 billion in charitable assets and award more than $100 million annually to nonprofit organizations in the region.

Position Overview

The Opportunity

The Chief Impact Officer (CIO) is a newly imagined position that reports directly to the CEO and plays a critical leadership role both internally and externally. The CIO will represent the Foundation, engage regularly with the Board of Trustees, collaborate as a peer on the Leadership Team and manage the Community Programs team.

We believe that greater racial and economic equity across cultural and geographic communities is critical to our region’s vibrancy; the opportunity in front of our new Chief Impact Officer is to drive scale and impact around the program strategies aligned with our Theory of Change.

To learn more, view the full position profile on our website here.


To be Considered

  • A minimum of 15 years of senior executive leadership, preferably in a foundation or similar philanthropic enterprise is required
  • A demonstrated commitment to, and track record advancing explicit racial equity and systems change work is essential
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and the facility to be an effective and inspiring advocate for the Foundation on a range of topics in front of a variety of audiences, is crucial
  • Previous experience managing a diverse team and harnessing their passion in support of the organization’s broader goals is essential
  • While knowledge of community needs in the greater Seattle region is preferred, an understanding of how the public, private and nonprofit sectors can work together to change systems to increase racial and economic equity in a city or region of a similar size to Seattle would be an asset
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required; an advanced degree in business, public administration or public policy is preferred

How To Apply

As an equal opportunity employer, Seattle Foundation is committed to a diverse, multicultural 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.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. A current resume and thoughtful cover letter that articulates your passion for Seattle Foundation’s mission and fit for the role should be submitted for consideration through Waldron’s candidate web portal. Letters may be addressed to Sarah Meyer.

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