Program Director at Social Justice Fund

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000.00
Maximum: $65,000.00
Details: with room for growth



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



United States


Social Justice Fund NW is a member-funded foundation that supports the creation of a just society through fundraising, grant making, and member involvement. The foundation provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.

This is a unique job in a unique organization. (Read outgoing Program Director Yasmeen Perez’s note here.)

Are you looking for a way to bring together your skills in organizing, program planning/management, and facilitation to build a stronger social justice movement for the long haul? Would you welcome a steady stream of good news and inspiration in your work life? Do you enjoy working in teams and moving multiple projects toward an exciting goal? Are you an energetic, curious, relational, values-driven problem-solver?

Social Justice Fund NW seeks a Program Director to lead, plan, implement, and evaluate all aspects of SJF’s programs. You’d be supporting passionate, courageous volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds as they learn to put their values into action and transform themselves in the process. At the same time, you’d be learning about and directly supporting some of the most amazing grassroots organizing in our region, as your program would move millions of dollars to movement organizations across the Northwest.

As Program Director, you’d be leading one of the most innovative funding models in the country. Our Giving Project model brings together multiracial, cross-class cohorts of volunteers to engage in a six-month process of political education, collective giving, grassroots fundraising, and democratic grantmaking. The results are more accountable and flexible funding for social justice movements, and skilled and educated donor organizers to resource those movements for years to come. Learn more about Giving Projects.

Since its first pilot in 2010, the Giving Project model has proven successful. We now run six or seven Giving Projects a year in Seattle and Portland, and last year our Giving Projects granted over $1 million. Five other funds around the country are now replicating this model with their own successes and innovations. Learn more about replication and lessons learned.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in our Seattle office, reporting to the Executive Director. This is not a new position, but it has recently been restructured.

Working at SJF:

  • You’d work with an amazing team of smart, dedicated, and fun individuals.
  • We strive to live our organizational values of anti-racism, democracy, and transparency everyday.
  • Our organizational culture is collaborative, relational, and flexible, and we are always learning and improving upon our work.
  • We offer a generous benefits package, including 100% employer-paid health and dental insurance, some dependent coverage, and vacation and sick leave.
  • Family-friendly workplace and benefits.
  • Support for professional development.

Qualifications and Qualities


  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice issues and a strong social justice analysis.
  • Minimum 1 year supervision experience – demonstrated ability to train, manage, and support multiple staff.
  • Minimum 1 year involvement (either paid or volunteer) in an organization that uses community organizing as its primary strategy.
  • Program planning experience: demonstrated ability to create and execute a program that meets expectations, devise and implement systems, evaluate and improve, and coordinate with other departments.
  • Project management experience: demonstrated ability to coordinate a team of people, who are working on multiple projects in different stages, to meet programmatic goals.
  • Facilitation skills, including working with people from diverse backgrounds and working with medium to large groups.
  • Ability to quickly build strong relationships with members and grantees.
  • Ability to motivate and engage volunteers and build a strong, functional team.
  • Fearlessness about asking – for money, time, etc.
  • Self-motivated, effective problem-solver.
  • Strong communication skills, including active listening, receiving and giving feedback, and communicating across teams.
  • Willingness to work frequent evenings and weekends and travel occasionally.
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office and databases (eTapestry a plus).
  • Sense of humor.


  • One-on-one grassroots fundraising experience.
  • Community organizing experience.
  • Experience with SJF members and/or grantees.
  • Experience developing and leading workshops and trainings, preferably with an anti-oppression focus.
  • Experience with curriculum development, popular education, adult learning, or facilitation of diverse learning styles.
  • Experience in fundraising from major donors, foundations, or businesses.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.
  • Expertise in any of the required qualifications, with the ability to train others in those areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

Training and Supervision:

  • Supervise five full-time staff who implement the program in Seattle and Portland.
  • Identify and respond to staff training needs.

Program Planning and Implementation:

  • Direct all programs, including six to seven Giving Projects and two major events a year.
  • Evaluate, improve, and design Giving Projects and other programs.
  • Work with staff and volunteer leaders to develop and implement Giving Projects.
  • Take responsibility for Giving Projects reaching their goals (quantitative and qualitative).
  • Identify prospects and recruit volunteers for Giving Projects.
  • Support other program staff with management of grant cycles and grantee relationships.


  • Participate in the national Giving Project Learning Community, and in other social justice and philanthropy networks when possible.
  • Represent SJF at events in the community.
  • Help program staff with recruitment for Giving Projects and outreach to prospective grantees.


  • Coordinate with other Directors to collaborate across departments.
  • Contribute to project-specific foundation prospecting and grantwriting.
  • Other related tasks as identified by the Executive Director.


Full benefits package available, including paid vacation and sick leave, medical and dental coverage, and more.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to 

In your cover letter, explain why you believe it’s important to fund community organizing strategies, and what particular strengths you’d bring to that effort.

Ideal start date is late June or early July.