Senior Manager, Programs

Senior Manager, Programs

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Philanthropy Northwest
United States

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
Salary range is $65,000-$85,000, depending on experience
Job Category: 
Program Management
Organizational Overview: 

For more than 40 years, Philanthropy Northwest has served as a leader, collaborator, and partner, working side-by-side with our members and partners in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, to show the power and potential of philanthropy. Through collaboration and partnership, we test new and innovative ideas around policy, advocacy, community philanthropy, and impact investing. We bring our members and partners together to learn, grow, and become stronger and more united through convenings, events, cohorts, collaboratives, and civil discourse.

Our work includes four core programs: 1) The Learning Network, a regional community providing opportunities for emerging and established philanthropy leaders to connect, learn and grow; 2) Democracy and advocacy, a team focused on public policy issues impacting the communities we serve and promoting democracy within the philanthropic sector and beyond; 3) The Giving Practice, a national consulting team bringing customized solutions, deep regional relationships and national expertise to support organizations navigating philanthropy’s changing landscape; 4) An incubation platform for innovative philanthropic projects.


  • We elevate the field of philanthropy by identifying opportunities, taking smart risks, challenging our assumptions, experimenting creatively, listening actively, engaging in conversations and learning through action and reflection.
  • Strong relationships power our work at every level; we build them with care and nurture them attentively.
  • We embrace and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in our community and continuously seek to bring new perspectives into our organization and our networks.
  • We are a learning organization that invests in supporting the ongoing growth of our individuals, our team and our community.
  • We value high quality work that is grounded in deep mutual respect, healthy work/life balance, clear communication, humor and joy.
Role Responsibilities: 


We are looking for a skillful facilitator, instructional designer and project manager to develop and implement programs for a broad spectrum of philanthropy professionals across the region. This position will also lead our annual conference, the largest gathering of grant makers in the Northwest. This position is ideal for a self-starter and someone with strong relational skills who thinks strategically and also has an eye for logistical execution. This position will report to the director of learning strategies.


  • Design and implement new and existing programs that meet the learning, networking and professional development needs of diverse professionals in philanthropy.
  • Develop and facilitate skills-based trainings to meet the needs of emerging and established philanthropy professionals, and lead funder tables and affinity-based cohorts for learning and collective action.
  • Serve as in-house virtual facilitation consultant to support the team with these needed skills.
  • Project manage and serve as the lead for the annual conference, from conception to implementation.
  • Outreach to recruit speakers and trainers for programs and collaborate with partners and key stakeholders on the annual conference.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with members and key stakeholder organizations (public sector, NGOs and other philanthropy serving organizations).
  • Collaborate with marketing and communications team to develop program copy and materials consistent with Philanthropy Northwest brand.
  • Collaborate with other internal staff public to support programming.
  • Actively participate as a member of the Philanthropy Northwest staff to identify, create and leverage existing programs and new opportunities that inspire, inform and engage our members in variety of areas including but not limited to democracy, diversity-equity- inclusion, transparency and learning, and other areas where members seek to build capacity.
  • Participate in staff wide meetings, retreats, trainings and other learning and development activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Candidate Qualifications: 


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing programs or projects in foundations and/or nonprofits.
  • Experience and knowledge in the philanthropy and/or nonprofit sector with a nuanced understanding of the issues in    philanthropy, including but not limited to advancing racial equity and social justice, grantmaking, partnering with    community, public policy and advocacy, program evaluation and learning.
  • Strong skills and proven success in project management with a high level of organization and strong attention to detail.
  • Highly skilled in facilitation, both in person and virtual.
  • Strong oral, written and online communication skills.
  • Comfort with event planning, including logistics, speaker curation and coordination; experience with virtual conference planning is a plus.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and complete projects on time.
  • Experience with tools such as Trello, Google Docs, SharePoint, Outlook and Salesforce is a plus.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility and adapting to shifting priorities and plans.
  • Ability to travel occasionally throughout the six-state region (once there is a widely distributed Covid-19 vaccination).
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Openness and desire to be coached and give/receive feedback.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a wide range of diverse stakeholders.
  • Inquisitive and curious orientation, flexible with a get-it-done spirit and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with many moving parts.


The annual compensation for a full-time position includes a package of benefits consisting of medical, dental, pre-tax savings accounts for medical, transportation and childcare, fixed retirement contribution by employer (6% of salary), professional development and flexible schedule. Salary range is $65,000-$85,000, depending on experience.

Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace and encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply. We value and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, language, national origin, political affiliation, socio-economic status and veteran status.

How to Apply

Application Contact:
Application Deadline: 
January 6, 2020
Application Instructions: 
Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating: 1) how you are uniquely qualified for this role and the organization; 2) your salary requirement; and 3) what value you would bring to Philanthropy Northwest, to, including YOUR NAME + “Senior Manager, Programs” in the subject line by January 6, 2020. Candidates will be screened as they come in and may be advanced before the application deadline. This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate.