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Rectangular image with crimson background. Yellow and white text on top of light red sunburst reads Were hiring. Program director. Learn more and apply.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 Staff, Exempt

Salary: $65,000-$75,000 plus full benefits, including health and dental insurance (partial coverage for dependents), long term disability & life insurance, vacation, sick leave, retirement plan after one year, and transit pass

Location: currently remote (but will based in Seattle or Portland once a vaccine is made accessible to everyone and an equitable return-to-work policy is established)

Application Deadline: position open until filled

Start Date: TBD

Position Summary 

Working with the rest of the Social Justice Fund Program team in a leadership capacity, you will plan, develop, and supervise the management of our grantmaking programs. This includes training, onboarding and supervising Project Managers, working with the Grantmaking Director to align programming with grant cycles, cross departmental collaboration and communication, networking and connecting with others in the world of philanthropy, and ongoing work to confront and eradicate anti-Blackness and other forms of systemic oppression both organizationally and specifically within programming.

Qualifications and Qualities

The ideal candidate is someone with long term, lived experience in communities most impacted by the work of our grantees. We are looking for a compassionate yet assertive supervisor who has experience managing a powerful team consisting of people experiencing multiple layers of systemic oppression. Our team and organization are in the midst of transformation, and we are excited to add an adaptive, innovative, and flexible person to our growing team!


  • 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
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining a well-nurtured workforce that sticks around, produces ideas, innovates and grows its skills
  • Experience with program planning; demonstrated ability to develop, manage and support programs, devise and implement infrastructure, evaluate and improve systems
  • Experience with program management; demonstrated ability to coordinate a team of people to meet programmatic goals
  • Experience with curriculum development, popular and political education, adult learning, or facilitation of diverse learning styles
  • Strong communication skills, including active listening, receiving and giving feedback, and communicating across teams
  • Community organizing experience (paid or unpaid)
  • Excellent facilitation skills, including working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with cross-departmental coordination, including reporting, budgeting, and board communication
  • Ability to build and maintain accountable relationships with SJF members and grantees
  • Skilled at asking supporters, members, and others for donations of money and time
  • Self-motivated, effective problem-solver
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends with regional travel
  • Computer skills including Google Drive, Microsoft Office and databases (CRM and grant management)


  • Grassroots fundraising and/or donor organizing experience.
  • Experience with and understanding of organizing and the political landscape in our 5-state funding region
  • Experience with SJF grantees and members
  • Experience with foundations and a critical analysis of mainstream philanthropy
  • Public speaking experience
  • Conflict resolution, mediation and/or collaborative decision-making experience

Duties and Responsibilities

Training and Supervision (approximately 45%)

  • Supervision of 4-6 staff across our 5 state region. We currently have four staff members who implement our programs in Seattle and Portland.
  • Identify and respond to staff hiring, onboarding, and training needs

Program Planning and Implementation (approximately 25%)

  • Guide and bottom-line Giving Project planning which includes:
    • Advising on and supporting implementation of several Giving Projects per year
    • Working with staff, grantees and SJF members to evaluate and improve Giving Projects and other programming
    • Supporting development and updating curriculum for Giving Projects
  • Coordinate reporting, tracking and budgeting for the Project Management team

Outreach (approximately 10%)

  • Participate in the Giving Project Network committees, and in other social justice and philanthropy networks when possible
  • Represent SJF at community events
  • Support Project Managers staff with recruitment for Giving Projects and outreach to prospective grantees
  • Support Program staff with management of grant cycles and grantee relationships

Strategic Leadership and general Cross departmental work (approximately 10%)

  • Collaborate with other directors across departments, especially relating to scheduling, budgeting, hiring, reporting, etc.
  • Contribute to project-specific foundation prospecting and grant writing
  • Participate in the organization’s leadership team and foster a culture that encourages diversity, equity, inclusion, collaboration, accountability, and transparency.
  • Contribute to the organization’s overall success and sustainability.
  • Other related tasks as identified by the board of  directors and/or leadership team

Collective organizational work (approximately 10%)

  • Share facilitation of bi-monthly Program meetings, curriculum development retreats, and other meetings
  • Participate in Black or non-Black caucus and with Black liberation consultant trainings
  • Participate in meetings, retreats, and collective work on organizational structure & Black liberation

Social Justice Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black Indigenous People of Color, LGBTQIA+ people, and differently abled members in our community are strongly encouraged to apply. We are working towards establishing values to 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. 

How to Apply:

Please fill out this form, and submit a single pdf document including the following:

  • Two paragraphs or less explaining why you want this position and what makes you a strong candidate (please prioritize content over formality)
  • Resume
  • Three references (we will reach out to you first before contacting them)

Please reach out to with any questions.