Philanthropy Northwest promotes, facilitates, and drivescollaborative action by philanthropic organizations to strengthen communitiesacross the region. Comprised of philanthropic organizations across a six-stateregion – Alaska, Idaho,Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming – and with members in Hawai’i– PNW’s 148 paid organizational members span a wide range of issues,grantmaking practices, size, and scope, and collectively represent nearly 50percent of the region’s philanthropic assets.
Philanthropy Northwest is a thriving community of regionalgrantmakers dedicated to strong communities through collective learning,centering equity, and investing in innovation. PNW supports and offers core programs to itsmembers to Strengthen Philanthropy,Center DEI, and advance Policy &Advocacy, in addition to consultingservices throughThe GivingPractice (TGP). TheGiving Practice, a national consulting practice thatis committed to joyful, effective, and equitable philanthropy and focused onadvancing knowledge and action in philanthropy, is unique to PNW. Since 2000,TGP’s work has expanded from a resource for PNW members to a clientele basethat now spans across the country, including the Northwest. The PNW and TGPteams collaborate on programming and supportto members, and partner on field-facingthought leadership. This unique partnership distinguishes PNW among its philanthropy-serving organization (PSO) peers, providing nationally recognizedconsultants with regional connections that are values aligned and embedded in PNW’s organizational structure.
2020 was anunprecedented year with tremendous challenges. The organization pivoted quicklyat the onset of the pandemic to provide responsiveprogramming to members, including weekly COVID-19 Northwest funderscalls that incorporated conversations related to the national reckoning withsystemic racism and the 2020 elections. PNW answered the call to respond to thepandemic in the region by taking on major initiatives like the WA Food Fund and Washington Department ofCommerce CARES Act funding.
2021 will mark an important inflection point for theorganization, explicitly naming racial equity as the center of its work andcore vision. PNW is committed toapplying its values of accountability and transparency along with racial equityto internal practices and focusing on learning among the network toward a transformedsector.
The next CEO willhave the unique opportunity to deepen strategy development toward PhilanthropyNorthwest’s bold vision of a transforming sector. S/He/They will be chargedwith examining and reimagining PNW’s business model and relationship with thefield to ensure it continues to build resilient, equitable, and inclusive communities in the Northwest. Specifically, the next CEO will bring leadership in thefollowing areas:
ChartingVision and Organizational Alignment
In this time of change and growth, the CEO will workcollaboratively to create and implement a bold vision for philanthropy in theregion that advances race equity by centering and learning with community andexamining power and inclusive grant-making practices. This includes a visionand operational framework to fully integrate and leverage TGP’sconsulting work in support of PNW’s vision and programs that hold a shared purpose and mission at the center. The CEO willre-imagine the traditional membership dues PSO business model to operationalizea nimbler, values-centered network committed to ensuring field impact,sustainability, and future growth through new partnerships, fundraising, and revenue streams.
OrganizationalManagement and Fundraising
The CEO will energize, inspire, and lead a diverse andtalented team of 20 PNW staff and 10 TGP consultants and a budget ofapproximately $7M by fostering a culture of collaboration, learning, sharedvalues, and commitment to innovation. The CEO will play an important role insetting internal priorities, continuing to operationalize equity, and bridgingand integrating the work of PNW and TGP. The CEO will expand fundraising anddiversify revenue streams that push beyond the traditional membership model andleverage values aligned partnerships for field impact. They will ensure thatinternal infrastructure reflects PNW’s core equity values and responsiblefiscal management of the organization. The CEO will foster clear communication,active listening, and a learning culture, and will understand the importance ofseeking counsel and information while making thoughtful and timely decisions.
As the PNW network expands, the CEO will creatively buildand nurture relationships across the west with philanthropic organizations andpotential partners. They will listen and lead critical conversations incommunities, within member cohorts, and across PNW convenings that advance racial equity and a transforming sector. TheCEO will articulate the unique value proposition PNW brings to organizationsregardless of asset size, location, or issue focus, strengthening relationshipswith existing members and creating opportunities to engage with potential newmembers.
Together with the board, the CEO will strategize on thenext phase of the organization’s journey and align the resources necessary toactualize the vision. They will leveragethe relationships, knowledge, and experience of the board to drive PNW’smission and advance collaboration across the philanthropic sector. The CEO willmaintain a positive and transparent working relationship with the boardensuring a strong governance relationship and organizational effectiveness.
PNW’S NEXT CEO
Philanthropy Northwest is open to a diversity ofcandidates from a broad range of sectors and backgrounds and welcomes interestfrom candidates with a vision for PNW’s mission and organizational evolution.The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional andpersonal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
Values andMission Alignment
· Vision for how to move change in anetwork committed to raceequity and community level transformation, with a sophisticated understandingof how power, influence, and resources shape that dynamic. Keen understandingof current trends in philanthropy and with a demonstrated learning orientationand ability to adapt and innovate.
· Proven experience leadinginclusive equity driven approaches in programs, grantmaking, and/orinstitutions; combined lived and professional experience moving organizationstoward equitable practice and authentic community connection.
· Experience building community orcreating a dynamic space that invites others in for learning and collaboration;ability to maximize opportunities for collective impact and partnership.
· Ability to build authentic,lasting relationships with members, communities, and collaborators; strong relational skills, emotionalintelligence, and cultural awareness.
· Connection to and/or experiencewith the communities, cultures, and issues that make the multi-state region ofPNW unique.
- Bold and innovative design thinking required to transform traditional organizational models for a new era; experience raising funds and diversifying revenue streams in support of emerging business models; business savvy to balance multiple bottom lines in support of a unified mission.
- Values-oriented leader who clearly sets priorities and direction with the ability to bring clarity and articulate a path forward; demonstrated experience supporting an organization during a time of organizational change.
- Sophisticated relationship builder that connects current and potential members to PNW’s bold vision; entrepreneurial and collaborative orientation that naturally brings partners together for innovation and investment.
- Strategic fundraising orientation to effectively nurture and sustain relationships with mission aligned funders and partners, and the ability to leverage creative approaches to fundraising and developing high-impact, meaningful partnerships.
- Experienced team leader with the ability to move people toward a shared vision and lead from shared values; ability to see possibility and common purpose among diverse partners and to bring direction, systems, and structures to support impact.
- Thoughtful manager who builds a culture of cross-team collaboration, supports, and elevates staff as leaders, and practices clear and transparent communications; ability to value diverse input and make intentional and timely decisions.
- Experience leading organizations of similar size and complexity including budgetary oversight and staff size; experience leading consulting engagements and familiarity with business practices and revenue modeling in consulting firms desired.
- At least ten years of progressive leadership experience in a philanthropic, nonprofit organization, government, grantmaking entity, social impact consulting practice, or other entity supporting innovative systems change.
- Passion for the region Philanthropy Northwest serves and a willingness to engage and connect with membership and community in person across the six-state region when safe to travel.
More information about PhilanthropyNorthwest may be found at: philanthropynw.org
The salary for this position is $250,000 to $285,000 and includes a comprehensivebenefits package.
This search is being led by Carolyn Ho and CatherineSeneviratne of NPAG.Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest andqualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
Philanthropy Northwest isan equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitableworkplace and encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply. Wevalue and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, ability, race,ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, language, nationalorigin, political affiliation, socio-economic status, and veteran status.Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of thisposition satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation.