Now Hiring: Program Associate

Program Associate - Job Announcement

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

Position Summary

Employment Type:  Full-time hourly (40 hours/week), non-exempt

Compensation: $19-$22 hourly, DOE, plus full benefits, including health and dental insurance, vacation, sick leave, retirement plan

Reports to:  Program Director

Location:  Seattle, WA

Application Deadline:  April 28, 2017

We envision our staff as a fully collaborative team in service to our mission. This position is an integral part of serving our members and grantees. The Program Associate will increase Social Justice Fund’s donor organizing, fundraising, and grantmaking by providing administrative support to the Program Team (a team of six based in Seattle and Portland).

Social Justice Fund’s program consists of Giving Projects – a participatory, community-based approach to fundraising and grantmaking. Please read about our unique Giving Project model here:

This position is a unique blend of grants administration, systems management, and program support.

50% Program Support: The program support role includes ongoing administrative work related to our Giving Projects and other programs such as tracking gifts as they come in, maintaining and updating our donor and grant databases, coordinating event and meeting logistics, and scheduling site visits. The Program Associate is also responsible for planning and coordinating our Annual Grantee Summit in Seattle, an event that brings together over 150 members to learn from our grantee organizations; and the Grantee Fair at our Annual Dinner fundraising event.

25% Grants Administration: The Program Associate works closely with the Program Director and the Operations Director to manage the administrative aspects of our grantmaking, including: processing grant agreements, year end report tracking, and being the primary point of communication for grantees when they need help using our online application portal.  

25% Systems Management: The Program Associate works closely with the Program Team to develop and maintain systems that help our Programs function efficiently and effectively. Systems can range from data management and tracking to creating trainings for staff to improve organizational practices. This position also manages our custom grants database and coordinates a volunteer team of software programmers responsible for the software’s maintenance and updates.

Qualifications and Qualities

The ideal candidate is someone who is tech savvy, detail oriented and loves to see their details fitting into a bigger picture, who likes playing a support role, who enjoys coordinating data, deadlines, and people in equal measure, who's always eager to learn new systems and think about ways to improve them for the whole team, and who isn’t afraid to ask for help but can also think critically on their own and adapt to new situations quickly. If that sounds like you, then you’ve got a chance to join an incredible team of mission-focused people who work hard and have a lot of fun doing it.


  • Administrative experience in a non-profit setting
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail
  • Critical thinking and ability to adapt to new situations
  • Computer and tech skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office and database management (eTapestry a plus)
  • Ability to troubleshoot when technology fails
  • Experience providing great service to members or constituents
  • Ability to work with a team on a variety of tasks
  • Excellent phone and written communication skills
  • Event coordination and event planning skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice issues
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Sense of humor


  • Experience with SJF members and/or grantees
  • Experience using project management software
  • Experience with Grants administration
  • Experience with Wordpress-based website Content Management Systems
  • Experience with Constant Contact or similar Email Management Systems
  • Grassroots fundraising experience

To Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to by April 28, 2017. In your cover letter, please be sure to explain why you would like to work at Social Justice Fund NW and why in this specific position. You can also direct questions to the same email. The projected start date for this position is June 19, 2017.

Social Justice Fund is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.