Seattle, WA

Chief Engagement Officer, Seattle Foundation

The Organization

Greater Seattle is changing and growing, and so is Seattle Foundation (SeaFdn). “The heart and science of philanthropy” is the intersection of philanthropic passion and data-driven solutions 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 to the community. As a leader among over 750 community foundations nationwide, we distributed $136 million grants in 2019. We also partner with philanthropic institutions, government agencies, community organizations, and businesses to catalyze positive change in our community across a range of issues. Over past decades, we have been evolving to become a more active regional civic leader committed to community impact. While the Seattle region is undergoing major economic growth, systemic failures across sectors continue to leave Black, Indigenous, and communities of color behind, placing the Seattle community as a whole at risk. We plan to continue our evolution by articulating an exciting path for philanthropy in a new, ambitious Blueprint for Impact, embarking on a unified, regional vision to engage a wide range of stakeholders on an approach to addressing racial and economic inequities.

Position Overview

A newly created role, the Chief Engagement Officer, a bold, confident, visionary, and energetic strategist, will positively impact the lives of thousands of Seattle-area individuals and families. The Chief Engagement Officer builds, leads, and manages an organization-wide strategic integration of philanthropy, donor engagement, business development, marketing, and communications. The Chief Engagement Officer reports directly to SeaFdn’s President & CEO and serves as an essential member of the Leadership Team. An accomplished accelerator of seven- and eight-figure charitable gifts, the Chief Engagement Officer leads a dedicated and highly talented staff of approximately 18 philanthropic and gift planning advisors, donor engagement, and marketing professionals, and will also be expected to hire and build additional positions in preparation for any future fundraising campaigns.
The ideal candidate must bring a passionate commitment to SeaFdn’s vision, mission, and strategic initiatives to drive greater racial equity and economic opportunity across the Greater Seattle region with a least 10 to 15 years of senior-level leadership managing comprehensive philanthropy, donor marketing, and digital communications programs. Proven experience in raising significant philanthropic gifts with an ability to hire, supervise, motivate, and retain large diverse teams will be important. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, or equivalent professional experience is desired.

How To Apply

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