Program Director

Social Venture Partners Seattle (SVP Seattle) seeks a Program Director to join our team. The Program Director will collaborate with our dynamic Partnership to advance racial equity and justice through the practice of philanthropy. 

Position Summary: The Program Director serves as a key member of the team, shaping, executing, and overseeing SVP Seattle’s external and internal programming. This includes managing grantmaking committees, leading SVP’s skilled volunteering programs, managing Partner training and education sessions, recruiting people to participate in SVP’s program, identifying new programmatic and business opportunities, and working with Partners to cultivate meaningful experiences. 

About SVP Seattle: SVP Seattle is a community of people and organizations working together to advance racial justice through philanthropy and advocacy. We support and invest in community-led solutions that are powered by people doing the work. This includes connecting individuals who want to give their time, talent, and treasure to make their communities stronger, and amplifying the work of nonprofits through our capacity building, grantmaking, advocacy, and skilled volunteering. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: 

  • Managing SVP Seattle’s grantmaking process 
    • Working with the Executive Director to develop the content
    • Recruiting committee members
    • Managing the calendar and content for the committees 
    • Supporting the Chair and committee members
  • Leading SVP’s Skilled Volunteering Program 
    • Support SVP Lead Partners who serve as liaisons to our grantees
    • Connecting our grantees with Lead Partners and connecting Partners with volunteer activities
    • Develop and lead grantee support cohorts
    • Oversee and manage the database of Partners’ skills and talents for volunteer opportunities
  • Connecting SVP Seattle’s Partners, grantees, and community members 
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships in communities and with organizations across the Puget Sound region
    • Represent SVP at various community and grantee events, and facilitate SVP Seattle events that bring together our broader community
  • Supporting the development of our Partners 
    • Plan and execute Partner Education Sessions, including sessions that deepen Partners’ engagement around racial justice
    • Support our Communities of Practice and participate in the design and implementation of SVP Seattle events such as our All-Partner Meeting
  • Participate in organizational strategy, support, and business development 
    • Participate in recruitment and engagement activities with Partners, grantees, and other key stakeholders as needed
    • Work with the staff and Board of Directors to develop and implement organizational strategy in line with SVP’s Reimagined Vision
    • Identify and secure new business partnerships and opportunities
    • Provide administrative support as needed and perform other duties as assigned or required. 

Success Factors/Job Competencies: 

  • Commitment to the values, mission, model, and work of Social Venture Partners Seattle 
  • Eagerness to work with a wide range of volunteer/Partner personalities in addition to understanding nonprofit organizations 
  • A spirit of self-motivation, ownership, and collaborative initiative – ability to thrive independently and with a team, taking a project successfully from beginning to end 
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skill set, including facilitation and contact management. 
  • Demonstrated ability to listen, assess, and identify resources, and  implement solutions 
  • Ability and confidence to function in a volunteer-driven environment, understanding how to manage volunteers while leading the program forward 
  • High aptitude for being in a coaching and support role, with a desire to learn from and help others learn, and to follow the servant leadership model 
  • Ability to manage multiple workstreams and stakeholder groups with competing priorities and timelines 
  • Excellent attention to detail, with strong organization skills 
  • Flexible team player mindset: able to work in an environment with overlapping program areas and staff responsibilities 
  • Actively pursues continuous learning and growth in area of expertise 

Qualifications Required: 

  • 6 to 8 years of relevant combined education/work experience, including work with non-profit/public administration, group facilitation/teaching, program development and implementation, event planning and management, social innovation, and entrepreneurship 
  • Experience directing, supervising, and managing employees/personnel or teams, including goal setting, performance reviews, mentoring, and professional development 
  • Strong commitment and demonstrated application of racial equity 
  • Excellent written and oral communication/presentation skills 
  • Previous experience working with and supporting skills-based volunteers 
  • Proven track record of building trusting relationships and working effectively across different settings, communities, and issues with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and culture 
  • Experience leading and managing projects, including budgets and timelines/program management and excellence in project management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives 
  • Comfortable with MS Office Suite, Teams, and ability to quickly learn and use new software 

Qualifications Desired: 

  • 8 to 10 years of relevant combined education/work experience, including work with non-profit/public administration, group facilitation/teaching, event planning and management, social innovation and entrepreneurship 
  • Previous experience in non-profit organizational development and capacity building 
  • Previous experience in managing large-scale events with numerous stakeholders 
  • Salesforce relationship management software experience 

Other requirements: 

  • Willingness to accommodate community-based scheduling needs, such as evening and weekend meetings 
  • Access to reliable transportation is required. Frequent local travel and occasional national travel will be required 
  • Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law 

SVP Seattle recognizes that not all candidates will meet all criteria in this job description. We encourage individuals who are able to fulfill the majority of our qualifications to apply. 

Compensation and location: 
Salary commensurate with lived and professional experience and will range from $95,000-$110,000 a year. 
A benefits package includes: 

  • 100% employer-paid health coverage, including dental and vision, life insurance and LTD/ADD 
  • 15 vacation days, 2 personal days, 8 paid holidays plus December 25 – January 1, annually 
  • 403(b) retirement match of 5% after 6 months 
  • Utilities stipend to offset remote office use 
  • A membership to The Cloud Room Coworking 
  • SVP Seattle operates on a hybrid basis, working twice a week at The Cloud Room Coworking and all staff are asked to be available for in-person work in the King County region. 


To Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references (2 of which need to be current or former supervisors) as a single PDF to with the subject line: Program Director. No calls, please. The deadline for applications is January 27th, 2023. 

As an equal-opportunity employer, SVP Seattle does not discriminate in employment based on age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. BIPOC individuals, members of the LGBTQI+ community and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.