Communications Manager (TGP)


The Giving Practice provides consulting that blends customized support and expertise to donors, families, foundations and corporations to meet the changing landscape of today’s philanthropy. In addition to working with individual foundations and philanthropic entities in the Northwest and nationally, The Giving Practice is equally committed to facilitating collaborative efforts and knowledge sharing to improve the field of philanthropy. We develop authentic relationships with our clients that allow them to experience joyful, meaningful and effective work. We celebrate philanthropy that is diverse and inclusive as we work to create and sustain strong, equitable and healthy communities. 



For more than 40 years, Philanthropy Northwest has served as a leader, collaborator, and partner, working side-by-side with our members and partners in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, to show the power and potential of philanthropy. Through collaboration and partnership, we test new and innovative ideas around policy, advocacy, community philanthropy, and impact investing. We bring our members and partners together to learn, grow, and become stronger and more united through convenings, events, cohorts, collaboratives, and civil discourse.   

Philanthropy Northwest is the philanthropy network for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We envision vibrant, healthy Northwest communities – each with its own unique history, culture and traditions – connected to the natural environment and facing the future with optimism. Founded in 1976, we partner with family funds, foundations and corporate giving programs through professional development, networking, research, publications, public policy work and consulting.  
Our work includes threefour core programs: 1) The Learning Network, a regional community providing opportunities for emerging and established philanthropy leaders to connect, learn and grow; 2) Democracy and advocacy, a team focused on public policy issues impacting the communities we serve and promoting democracy within the philanthropic sector and beyond; 3)  The Giving Practice, a national consulting team bringing customized solutions, deep regional relationships and national expertise to support organizations navigating philanthropy’s changing landscape; 43) An incubation platform for innovative philanthropic projects, including: Hmong Impact Giving Network and a growing number of issue area funder tables. 


  • We elevate the field of philanthropy by identifying opportunities, taking smart risks, challenging our assumptions, experimenting creatively, listening actively, engaging in deep conversations and learning through action and reflection.  

  • Strong relationships power our work at every level; we build them with care and nurture them attentively. 

  • We embrace and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in our community and continuously seek to bring new perspectives into our organization and our networks.  

  • We are a learning organization that invests in supporting the ongoing growth of our individuals, our team and our community.  

  • We value high quality work that is grounded in deep mutual respect, healthy work/life balance, clear communication, humor and joy.  


The Giving Practice is an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage candidates of color and other underrepresented groups to apply. We value and encourage a culture of diversity and celebrate our employees’ multiple identities, including age, color, race and ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and veteran status.  

Role Responsibilities: 


The Giving Practice is seeking an experienced communications manager to join our growing team. This person will assist in developing and implementing communications strategies that advance our work by helping us to reach and engage our audiences across the U.S. This new role will support outreach campaigns and manage and inform internal and external communications efforts, including digital and social media content. The communications manager will also track relevant metrics to help ensure we are successfully reaching and engaging our key audiences. The successful candidate will work with teams across the organization to help inform and support The Giving Practice’s communications efforts, with a focus on engaging new and existing clients, and elevating The Giving Practice’s profile among - and sharing resources with - a diverse range of key audiences. We’re looking for a creative, experienced and energetic self-starter with strong written, digital and verbal communications skills. The successful candidate will be someone who is comfortable straddling multiple projects at once, can seek and synthesize input from multiple internal stakeholders, and is able to identify the best path forward when there are differences of opinion to ensure the best outcomes.  



  • Lead implementation of The Giving Practice’s communications strategy, and work with leadership to update the strategy as needed. 

  • Assist with developing and implementing outreach strategies and tactics to inform The Giving Practice brand and advance our key efforts and offerings. 

  • Ensure active, consistent and meaningful communications with clients and stakeholders through online and print communication. 

  • Develop and manage an editorial calendar; manage, curate, edit and produce content for newsletter, blog, social media, guides, resources and website.  

  • Manage and enhance all media platforms (including social and digital). 

  • Proactively manage email distribution lists and create client segmentation to leverage communications. 

  • Maintain a consistent look and feel for all communications by supporting brand style standards while capturing The Giving Practice’s voice and tone in all outreach.  

  • Manage communications vendors for design and graphics. 

  • Support TGP consultants in delivering key messages and communications through trainings and educational sessions.  

  • Work collaboratively with Philanthropy Northwest’s communications team to elevate shared messaging. 



  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience managing marketing and communications activities 

  • Strong written and editing skills; knowledge of AP style  

  • Strong skills with utilizing communication technology platforms, including Salesforce, Mail Chimp, Google Analytics; bonus points for experience with Drupal  

  • Advanced experience in social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn 

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills 

  • Detail oriented and strong project management  

  • Flexibility, agility, and be able to manage multiple priorities 

  • Interested in being coached and in coaching others  

  • Strong interest in the social impact sector and in philanthropy-serving organizations  

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, and a sense of humor 

  • Ability to work in a less structured environment, proactive self-starter 

  • The ability to work at an efficient pace and to turn around deliverables quickly 

  • Strong skills in Microsoft Suite 

  • Knowledge of Adobe programs, including Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat 

  • Graphic design skills a plus 



The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes a package of benefits consisting of medical, dental, pre-tax savings accounts for medical/transportation/childcare, retirement contribution by employer, professional development, remote work and flexible schedule. Salary range is $65,000 - $85,000 depending on experience.  

How to Apply

Application Contact: 
Application Deadline: 
November 13, 2020
Application Instructions: 
APPLICATION PROCESS Please submit the following: 1- Resume tailored for this position 2- Cover letter indicating why you would be a good fit and what value you would bring to The Giving Practice as the communications manager 3- One writing sample of content you have written for an organization’s communications department Send these materials in ONE PDF to [email protected] no later than November 13 and include “Your first and last name + TGP Communications Manager” in the subject line. Candidates will be screened as applications are received and our ideal start date for the position is January of 2021.

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  • Reed Young
    published this page in Job Board 2020-10-21 10:10:44 -0400