Seattle, WA or CA (Bay area or Southern California)

Program Officer, Satterberg Foundation

The Organization


The Satterberg Foundation is a private family foundation headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Working to fulfill its mission for over 30 years, Satterberg strengthens communities by promoting a just society and a sustainable environment. With primary grantmaking regions in Washington and California, the Foundation centers equity, community, and trust-based philanthropy in its work while also deepening the interconnection of the family. Within the last decade, Satterberg’s annual grant disbursements have grown from $400,000 to over $30,000,000 and the Foundation continues to expand and refine its programs and infrastructure. With a strong and dedicated staff in place, Satterberg looks to increase its team and expand Foundation relationships with nonprofit organizations, community partners, and the Satterberg family. Engaging in philanthropic work through authentic interconnection and by co-creating a path forward together with community, Satterberg aspires to promote transformative relationships and systemic change. For more information, please visit our website at

Mission: The Satterberg Foundation strengthens our communities by promoting a just society and a sustainable environment. Doing this work deepens the interconnection of our family.

Vision: The Satterberg Foundation envisions a world in balance with vibrant communities in which all people enjoy the opportunity to grow and thrive.

Elements of a Just Society

●      Access to housing, food, health care, education, and employment

●      Empowerment to have one’s voice heard

●      Advocacy and policy/systems change

Elements of a Sustainable Environment

●      Environmental resilience, conservation, preservation, and protection

●      Pollution reduction and avoidance

●      Education and stewardship

●      Advocacy and policy/systems change

 Commitment to Equity: Satterberg is committed to equitable, trust-based philanthropy for a just society and a sustainable environment. We believe that when we center and trust communities who are most impacted by environmental destruction and systems of racism, gender-based violence, occupation, and poverty; we create a sustainable environment where humanity and the natural world are in balance. In order to thrive, individuals need a safe place to sleep at night, adequate food to eat, access to health care, access to education, access to clean air and environment, and the opportunity for economic stability. We need to have all voices heard, and to have hope.

Values: In order to be transparent, trustworthy stewards of the Satterberg Foundation’s resources we state and affirm the following values:

●      Integrity in action is alignment of principles and deeds.

●      Community in action is collaboration and mutual support.

●      Joy in action is including humor and a light hearted spirit in one’s work.

●      Compassion in action is treating oneself and others with caring, acceptance, and fairness.

●      Respect in action is trusting each person and community to discover and use their own tools and          inner wisdom.

●      Responsibility in action is doing one’s best at all times, thereby supporting the common good.

●      Life Long Learning in action is investing in one’s personal growth by choosing to learn every                day, creating opportunities of personal or professional development, and consistently renewing              one’s mindset and attitude.

●      Moral Courage is the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse                      consequences. Courage is required to take action when one has doubts or fears about the                      consequences. Moral courage therefore involves deliberation or careful thought.

Position Overview

Program Officers work as part of a creative team to foster and maintain relationships with communities and grantees, charged with shaping and implementing strategy that advances the Satterberg Foundation’s key areas of interest. They will be responsible for working closely with grantees, the nonprofit community-at-large and other funders to effectively support the foundation’s mission. The Program Officer will have continuous engagement with leadership and our team around the strategic direction and implementation of our goals that support a just society and sustainable environment while also contributing to family interconnectedness. This role includes prospecting, and building and managing a portfolio of grantees.  They will be a leader at times and a partner always in carrying the message of the Satterberg Foundation portfolio and advocating on behalf of the populations and community we serve.

Additional responsibilities include portfolio oversight and alignment to strategy, developing and managing the grants pipeline, understanding program budget implications, advising team on complex funding arrangements and grantee relations. Working closely with the foundation staff and board, the Program Officer will be influential in sharing the promising programs and learning distilled from grantees to inform the field of practice locally and nationally. S/he is a self-starter who is inspired by the mission of the Foundation and the opportunity to work in an open, collaborative culture.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position located in Seattle, WA or CA (Bay area or Southern California). Priority will be given to applicants who both live in and have a deep connection to Satterberg’s grantmaking regions.

Periodic early morning, evening, and weekend hours will be required, as well as occasional multi-state travel. Employees participate in meetings and retreats, which may require travel and overnight stays.


●      Develop, individually and with other team members, the approaches and grant recommendations, other written materials, and verbal presentations for the Executive Director and Board of Directors to make informed decisions

●      Develop with foundation team a strategy work plan, staff proposal recommendations to ensure relevant analysis, strategic and budget alignment, and effective grantee and portfolio management

●      Manage grantmaking process, program budget, portfolio of grants, grantee relationships, grant progress and expenditures, and review grantee status reports

●      Consult with prospective grantees and assist nonprofit organizations in their interactions with the foundation in order to maximize their understanding of the focus areas and the grantmaking process

●      Develop and participate in learning opportunities for family members, non-profits and greater grantmaking community

●      Identify and engage thought leaders, technical experts, and consultants to support strategy and grant development

●      Analyze and assist in the development and evaluation of program strategies and make recommendations to improve grantmaking and to contribute to the team’s learning and evaluation efforts

●      Represent the foundation professionally by serving on funder collaboratives and attending foundation, community, and grantee events as appropriate

●      Collaborate on developing effective communication and story-telling on behalf of the foundation and its core strategies and values

●      Assist with the development of operational infrastructure such as, foundation process and improvement and facilitation of agreements with consultants and other external vendors

●      Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities as appropriate

●      Contribute to and manage special projects, as requested

●      Contribute one’s own ideas, perspectives, and lived experiences to the emerging culture of the Foundation


●      Reflect the family foundation’s core values of Integrity, Community, Joy, Compassion, Respect and Responsibility, Life-Long Learning, and Moral Courage

●      Deep commitment to equity and social justice with an understanding of the role that racism, ableism, sexism, and other forms of bias and oppression play in perpetuating inequity

●      Commitment to growth mindset, collaborative leadership, and a learning-based philosophy

●      Humility, sense of humor, comfort with ambiguity, and servant leadership appropriate to representing a family and family foundation as well as the Satterberg Foundation 3rd mission priority of “family interconnectedness”

●      Respect that grantee partners and communities have the front-line expertise and experience essential in pursuing a just society and sustainable environment. As a funder we seek to support solutions that are self-determined by those impacted, respecting they are experts and balancing lived experience with data-informed practices

●      Comfort with emergence, growth and rapid change similar to a start-up

●      Ability to weave and work within all three Satterberg mission areas: environment sustainability, just society, and family interconnectedness

●      Contributing to an organization that fosters opportunities for groups and relationships to self-determine and more fully engage as a form of leadership and a valued accomplishment

●      Willingness and comfort to engage with evolving and shifting portfolio of job duties


●      Minimum of 3 years of experience in a field requiring skills similar to those below

●      Experience in philanthropy or nonprofits is preferred, but not required

●      Enthusiasm for leading and developing others

●      Exhibit professional maturity and initiative to lead and innovate

●      Outstanding written and oral communication skills

●      Commitment to the Foundation’s values, service and compassion

●      Keen conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills; an inquisitive nature

●      Ability to build strong relationships with grantees and other community partners; interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures

●      High degree of initiative to perform a variety of grantmaking activities

●      Ability to work in an open and collaborative work environment

●      Self-starter who is adaptable and comfortable taking chances and learning from mistakes

●      Strong organizational, and detail skills with attention to accuracy and deadlines

●      Results-oriented with the ability to set and follow realistic goals and objectives

●      Flexibility to adapt when faced with changing needs and priorities

●      Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint), and ability to adapt  to new technology

●      Ability to travel 10-15% of time, balancing time in the field with internal needs


In addition to a positive and flexible work culture, we attract, retain, and motivate exceptional people with an equitable and competitive compensation package. The anticipated starting salary range for this position is $102,000-$130,000 depending on experience.  A compensation enhancement is provided to employees with indigenous or advanced language proficiency (in a second language) that they utilize to advance the Foundation’s work in diverse communities. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision for the employee and dependent children (covered at 100%), a 15% retirement contribution, generous and flexible paid time off, paid parental leave, professional development opportunities, and other benefits.

How To Apply

Please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your specific interests through our application portal/recruiter. Priority will be given to applications submitted by Friday, March 12. You will receive an automatic acknowledgment of your application once you submit your materials, and you can expect updates from the Foundation every two to three weeks once the priority deadline has passed.

We are committed to creating conditions where all candidates are able to fully express their talents and potential and invite you to let us know if there are any accommodations that we can provide to support you in your pursuit of this role.

Thank you for your interest in joining Satterberg Foundation!


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