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Rectangular image with ombre red to yellow background with a light white check pattern. Cutout photos of seven SJF staff are across the bottom. The SJF logo is in the top right. Text reads Now hiring. SJF is seeking an Interim Executive Director. Could that person be you.

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 organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.

Employment Type: Full time,Temporary Exempt, (also accepting co-applicants with two folks applying up to 2 FTE)

Salary: $80K-$100K salaried plus benefits, including health and dental insurance (partial coverage for dependents), long term disability & life insurance.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Location: currently remote (but will will require in-person time primarily in Seattle with travel to Portland once a vaccine is made accessible to everyone and an equitable return-to-work policy is established)

Application Deadline: rolling applicants interviewed, initial deadline to apply 9am June 14th, open until filled

Start Date: TBD (target offer date July 1st)

Tenure: 12 to 18 months from start date

Social Justice Fund works on the frontlines of social change. Our mission is moving money to movement work in the Northwest U.S, primarily through grantmaking to grassroots social justice organizations. Last year, we granted $3.6 million and our Giving Project model is now being used by 9 other organizations around the country.

We’re seeking an Interim Executive Director (or team of Directors) who can work with us at a moment of significant organizational transition. Not only are we searching for new leadership (and new leadership structures), but we are seeking to eradicate anti-Black racism in our organization. Above all, your work to help us transition will set us up to support our grantees, staff, and extended community for the long term.

If you are looking to take on a unique leadership role, leverage your skills in service of organizational transformation, and have a lasting impact on Social Justice Fund NW and on grassroots organizing in the Northwest — don’t hesitate to apply!

Position Summary 

Working with the staff and Board of Directors, the Interim Executive Director will perform executive administrative functions and supervisory support for SJF as the organization transitions to a more long-term leadership structure. This includes leading personnel policy development, hiring processes and direct supervision of staff to ensure the organization carries out its mission. This is a short term position intended to provide capacity and support for staff in this time of organizational transition.

Duties and Responsibilities:

General Organizational Management (40%)

  • Implement organizational decision making processes
  • Lead and support continual improvement in all aspects of organizational management.
  • Ensure the timely development and implementation of the strategic plan in collaboration with the Transition Team, organizational calendars, and organizational work plans.
  • Ensure personnel policies and procedures are faithfully executed in coordination with

Operations staff Leadership and Supervision: (30%)

  • Support Grantmaking, Program and Development staff to faithfully execute their work plans
  • Maintain a multi-racial, multi-gender-identity workplace that values different perspectives, fosters respect, practices clear communication, and demonstrates mutual support.
  • Provide administrative and supervisory support to SJF staff directors

Grantmaking Program Support (10%)

  • Provide leadership to the Program and Grantmaking Directors to create and implement strategies and plans for Giving Projects and other grantmaking programs.
  • Ensure there are clear goals and work plans that continually improve SJF’s grantmaking practices.

Financial Management (10%)

  • Support Operations/Finance team to ensure SJF’s financial health and adherence to employment laws and best practices
  • Work with staff, Finance Committee, and Board to prepare and implement a comprehensive budget.
  • Provide regular financial reports to the staff, Finance Committee and Board.
  • Ensure SJF is in full legal and fiscal compliance with laws governing philanthropic public charities of 501c3(9) status and the organization’s bylaws.

Governance (10%)

  • Maintain strong communication between the board and staff
  • Support the board in effectively governing the organization.
  • Coordinate with board co-chairs and Executive Committee (EC) on board and executive committee meetings
  • Work with the board to attract, recruit, orient, and engage new board members.
  • Provide support for the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and assist as requested in developing board meeting agendas and implementing board-related work.
  • Work with board to update organizational bylaws

Required Qualifications:

  • Executive Director or Staff Management experience; at least 5-10 years
  • HR/Operations experience
  • Deep understanding of racial justice, Black liberation
  • Experience facilitating hiring and search committee processes
  • Demonstrated analysis of anti-Black racism and other systems of oppression
  • Experienced supervisor with a demonstrated ability to train, manage, and support multiple staff; experience with creating and maintaining accountability structures and supporting team morale.
  • Brings a social justice approach to supervision and an anti-oppression analysis to employee management
  • Experience with strategic planning; demonstrated ability to develop, manage and support programs, devise and implement infrastructure, evaluate and improve systems
  • Strong communication skills, including active listening, receiving and giving feedback, and communicating across teams
  • Excellent facilitation skills, including working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with cross-departmental coordination, including reporting, budgeting, and board communication
  • Computer skills including Google Drive, Microsoft Office and databases (CRM and grant management)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with staff evaluation, conflict resolution, grievance procedures
  • Experience with trauma-informed supervisory practices and/or restorative justice practices
  • Experience with SJF giving projects, giving circles or other grantmaking experience

To Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume(s) to We are interviewing applicants on a rolling basis and understand the impact of COVID-19 on applicants’ lives and will continue to review proposals until we have a full candidate pool. In your cover letter, be sure to explain why you would like to work with the Social Justice Fund and what qualifies you for this particular position.

Social Justice Fund NW is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black people, indigenous people, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. We actively recruit, and support the retention and advancement of, persons of diverse backgrounds within the organization. We believe that having a board, staff, and membership with diverse identities and backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates a vibrant environment where individuals can learn, grow and thrive. To that end, we are committed to fostering a workplace culture where all employees are equally included, valued, and supported.