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(Application Deadline: April 15, 2019)

Program Associate Job Announcement

Social Justice Fund NW 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.

Working at SJF

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by bad news these days, this job would bring you a steady stream of good news and inspiration. You’d be supporting passionate staff and volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds as they put their values into action. At the same time, you’d be learning about and supporting some of the most amazing grassroots organizing in our region, as you will have the opportunity to use your skills to support the critical work of resourcing community organizing and the broad social justice movement.

  • 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.
  • Our organizational culture is collaborative, relational, and flexible, and we are always learning and improving upon our work.
  • Competitive benefits package (see below for more info)
  • Family-friendly workplace (including flexible work arrangements and schedules, within reason)
  • Support for professional development

Position Summary

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

Compensation: $19-$23 hourly, DOE, plus full benefits, including health and dental insurance (partial coverage for dependents), long term disability & life insurance, vacation, sick leave, retirement plan, and transit pass

Reports to: Grantmaking Director

Location: Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Ideal start date: mid to late May 2019

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.

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.

Program Support (60%): 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; this will require communication by phone as well as email.

Grants Administration (30%): 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, by phone as well as email, when they need help using our online application portal.  

Systems Management (10%): 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 grants database.

Qualifications and Qualities

The ideal candidate is someone who is tech savvy, detail oriented, loves planning ahead, and loves to see their details fitting into a bigger picture. They like playing a support role, and enjoy coordinating data, managing multiple deadlines, and people in equal measure.  They’re always eager to learn new systems and think about ways to improve them for the whole team, and aren’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 have 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
  • Interest in systematization of processes
  • Computer and tech skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and database management (Raiser’s Edge 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
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice issues
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds


  • Experience with SJF members and/or grantees
  • Event coordination and event planning skills
  • Experience using project management software
  • Experience with grants administration

To Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume as a single document to by April 15, 2019. 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 mid to late May 2019.

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.