Director, Development and Membership

  • Full-Time
  • Seattle, WA
  • Applications have closed

Philanthropy Northwest


Philanthropy Northwest is a network of philanthropic organizations of all types working in six northwest states – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We are a thriving network of funders dedicated to supporting more equitable and just outcomes for all communities.

We are also home to The Giving Practice, a national consultancy committed to advancing more equity-centered philanthropy. As a division of Philanthropy Northwest, The Giving Practice provides high-quality and affordable consulting services to support greater funder impact through customized solutions, and a deep knowledge of an evolving sector.

Philanthropy Northwest’s mission is to grow philanthropy’s capacity to do transformative work toward redistributing resources and power to underinvested communities in the Northwest. We serve equity-committed philanthropic funders and practitioners serving communities across our six-state region and consulting clients across the nation.

We work with philanthropic partners who share a commitment to transforming philanthropic practices to advance greater equity & racial justice for communities by:

(1) Cultivating learning, connections & relationships, professional development and thought partnership for practitioners in the field.

(2) Providing value-aligned & equity-centered consultative support and thought leadership for philanthropic organizations.

(3) Pooling, managing and equitably distributing resources to the field on behalf of philanthropic and public sector funders.

(4) Advocating for structural shifts through public policy and advocacy.


Philanthropy Northwest is seeking an innovative, strategic and driven Director, Development and Membership to spearhead fundraising, membership recruitment/retention and member engagement strategies in alignment with our mission. This pivotal role requires an outstanding results-driven leader, creative mindset, exceptional communication skills and a proven ability to cultivate and manage exceptional relationships with funders, partners and members across diverse organizations.

The Director will collaborate closely with PNW’s CEO to implement a strategic multi-year and targeted fundraising campaign focused on increasing general operating support. Additionally, they will play a key role in executing our new strategic plan, which emphasizes deeper member engagement across our six-state region. This includes developing and leading strategies to enhance member recruitment, retention and engagement with PNW initiatives.

The successful candidate will have a track record of translating strategic objectives into actionable goals, with demonstrated experience in innovative network engagement and fundraising approaches. We are seeking a leader passionate about advancing our mission to grow the philanthropic sector’s capacity to distribute more resources and power to underinvested communities in the Northwest. Candidates with a demonstrated track record in developing and executing successful fund development campaigns and/or building member-based organizations are encouraged to apply.


  • 10+ overall experience with 5+ years of experience in development with a successful track record independently and collaboratively managing foundation and corporate grants identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, and/or managing membership campaigns or member-affiliated programs.
  • 3+ years of experience leading and managing direct reports, demonstrating effective management, empathy, and collaboration.
  • 5+ years of experience in resource development, including securing grants and sponsorships, major gift solicitation and special events.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write compelling donor communications and appeals materials.
  • Proven experience in developing and maintaining systems to track development, communications and member involvement. Proficiency in
  • Salesforce or similar CRM databases, including database maintenance and data analysis.
  • Ability to periodically travel throughout PNW’s six-state region and nationally.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to work effectively and manage relationships with integrity and effectiveness across diverse communities.
  • Strong commitment to advancing equity and/or racial justice within a team, organization, or community.


The annual compensation for a full-time position includes a package of benefits consisting of medical, dental, retirement contribution by employer (6% of salary and additional up to 2% dollar to dollar match (upto $1,800/year) to employee contribution), professional development paid holidays and generous vacation policy, and flexible schedule. Annual salary range is $120,000-$140,000 depending on experience.


Philanthropy Northwest strives to create an inclusive and equitable workplace and we encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply. Some candidates may see a long list of job requirements and feel discouraged because they don’t match every single bullet point – we suggest that you please apply anyway.

To apply for this position please visit the following link:

Please provide a resume with a cover letter that tells us how your skills, experience and background meet our needs and why this position is of interest to you.

Application Deadline: April 23, 2024


Please direct question about this opportunity to:

Jedidiah Chavez (he/him), Search Consultant, Nonprofit Professionals Now:

Equal Employment Opportunity 

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.

Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation. It is our commitment to assess our current systems and create more opportunities for access and inclusion. To request accommodation or support, please email the Human Resources Team at

**COVID-19 vaccinations are mandated at Philanthropy Northwest. We will reasonably accommodate those individuals with medical conditions and/or religious beliefs that prevent them from obtaining the vaccine.