Director of Programs and Operations (SVPI)

Social Venture Partners International seeks an entrepreneurial, strategic, relationship-builder to join our senior leadership team as the Director of Programs and Operations. This position offers the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the field of philanthropy by engaging donors around the world and overseeing the operations of a growth-oriented and ambitious organization.

Applications will be accepted through March 17; early applications are encouraged.

About Social Venture Partners International

Social Venture Partners (SVP) is the largest global network of engaged philanthropists and social innovators in the world, Founded in 1997 in Seattle, SVP now includes 41 SVP affiliates (independent, city-based member organizations that share the SVP mission and brand) in 9 countries, creating a combined network of more than 3,200 engaged donor Partners. At its core, SVP fosters collaborative solutions to critical social challenges. By pooling time, talent, and resources, SVP Partners work directly with nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations to extend their reach and impact. As individuals we make a difference, but together we change the world.

Social Venture Partners International (SVPI) provides the “hidden backbone” that makes SVP’s growth possible: helping new affiliates get up and running, providing resources to grow and strengthen each affiliate, and bringing the global community together through conferences, leadership retreats, and virtual forums.  SVPI provides each of the 41 affiliates with innovative tools, extensive resources, outcomes data, and opportunities for engagement and learning all with the goal of unleashing the potential of stakeholders to solve problems they care about in their own communities. In addition to its work supporting affiliates, SVPI works to amplify the SVP movement as a whole in order to facilitate broader and deeper impact worldwide.

SVPI operates as an independent nonprofit with a staff team of 7.5 FTEs and an annual budget of approximately $1.2 million.  Affiliates pay dues to SVPI which make up about 40% of its revenue, with the remainder coming from individual contributions, foundation grants, and sponsorships.  SVPI has a dynamic and growing team led by new CEO Tim Schottman, and has recently made new investments in its development and communications functions in order to accelerate SVP’s local and global impact.

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The Opportunity

SVP is at the forefront of a significant change in the way we address the most pressing problems in our communities.

Nonprofits are embracing the challenge to grow, thrive and measure their impact. More and more businesses are investors looking for both financial and social returns. With government resources strained at every level, there is an urgent need for social entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions and create new forms of collaboration among government, business, and nonprofits.

As the largest network of engaged donors in the world, SVP has the opportunity to greatly influence the social sector by building a more generous, effective, and civically-involved philanthropic community. 

The Director of Programs and Operations will play a pivotal role in amplifying the network’s impact.  This position offers a seasoned professional the opportunity to be involved in transformational philanthropy that engages thousands of individuals each year in the work of solving some of our most entrenched social and environmental problems. 

The Position

The Director of Programs and Operations will have primary responsibility for developing and overseeing the delivery of SVPI’s programs and operations. To execute its mission, SVPI has five core strategies, and this position will be engaged in planning and operationalizing all of them:

  1. Strengthen the health of SVP affiliates, helping them achieve maximum impact in their communities. This has been the traditional role of SVPI and remains its highest priority.
  2. Help to develop effective and highly engaged partners, primarily through a set of curriculum known as the Philanthropy Development Initiative
  3. Connect the network to accelerate the exchange of best practices and great ideas, thereby amplifying impact in our communities.
  4. Grow the network, both through launching new affiliates and assisting SVPs to recruit new partners.
  5. Advance and expand SVP’s emerging role as an actor on the international stage, using SVP’s growing influence on people, organizations, and policy to achieve impact on a broad scale.

Because the CEO spends significant time away from the office meeting with affiliates and partners, the Director of Programs and Operations must be able to “run the show” independently, as well as act as a strategic thought partner to the CEO.  He or she will also be tasked with accurately monitoring SVPI’s financial health and ensuring the effective and efficient operations of the SVPI team.

Key Responsibilities

The Director of Programs and Operations will report to the CEO and supervise 3 direct reports.  Specific  responsibilities are as follows:

Lead and Develop the SVPI Program Team

  • Lead and develop the programs team, consisting of the knowledge manager and program manager, and ensure high quality of SVPI’s suite of programs
  • Work with CEO and programs team to develop suite of tools, services and resources SVPI provides to the SVP network

Develop and Implement Program Services for the Network

  • Serve as relationship manager to a portfolio of ten affiliates, responding to their requests for resources and support
  • Manage the development and deployment of the partner development curriculum, a suite of 30+ modules designed to equip philanthropists to give and engage effectively
  • Help design the content and oversee the overall production of SVP network conferences and trainings
  • Create opportunities for learning and action around equity and social justice for partners and affiliate staff

Ensure the effective and efficient operations of the SVPI team

  • Work with the CEO to ensure that all of the organization’s functions (programs, operations, communications, and development) are aligned for greatest efficiency, effectiveness and impact, and that the SVPI team is cohesive and highly functioning
  • Work with the CEO to develop an annual work plan and budget in line with strategic plan
  • Establish program budgets and participate in producing monthly cash flow forecasts and financial reports
  • Supervise and develop the Operations Manager

Ideal Candidate Experience and Skills

The ideal candidate is inspired by SVPI’s mission to build powerful relationships among people and organizations that are out to make the world a better place.  Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years of senior management or executive experience, including primary responsibility for effectively managing the operations, budget, and staff of a significant program or organization. 

We desire candidates with the interpersonal and communication skills necessary to motivate and manage a team of professionals to achieve results, and who have a track record of successful project management, including developing and overseeing budgets of $500,000 or more.  It is important candidates bring expertise in building relationships and working effectively with a diversity of stakeholders, both virtually and in-person, ideally in a network setting. Candidates should feel comfortable speaking in front of small and large groups. The international and cross-cultural nature of our work requires skill, ability and genuine interest in engaging with and learning about cultural competency and equity issues.

We seek candidates with some past experience in organizational capacity building and insight into the needs of small nonprofits, including an understanding of how to effectively guide and support boards and volunteers.  Familiarity with the design and delivery of trainings for adult learners, particularly in a conference and event setting, as well as online and in-person facilitation skills, are a huge asset. Facility with information technology in effective program delivery and efficient organizational administration, including the Microsoft Office Suite (and ideally Salesforce) is required, as SVPI is a lean team and this position will not have dedicated administrative support.   

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends, and the ability to travel domestically (and possibly internationally) as necessary, estimated at 10% of the time.  The expected salary range is between $75,000-$90,000 depending on experience and skills. 

SVPI offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance, and 15 days of paid vacation and 14 paid holidays, including the days between Christmas and New Year’s.  Employees are eligible to participate in SVPI’s Simple IRA plan, which will match up to 3% of salary contributed to the plan.

SVPI’s offices are located at the Impact Hub in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The Impact Hub is a vibrant community of social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and businesses who share this unique reclaimed building, all with a focus on promoting social good. Moreover, SVPI’s office is located across the hall from SVP Seattle, providing lots of opportunity for collaboration and comradery with the largest SVP affiliate in the network.

To Apply

Please apply online by emailing a cover letter and resume as a single PDF with your name in the file name to  In your submission, please describe how your interests, skills, and experience are a fit with the goals for the position as described in this document. All applications will be acknowledged within 2 business days via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the hiring committee.

Applications will be accepted until March 17. Serious consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received, and interviewing will begin in early March. We encourage early applications.

If you have questions regarding this opportunity you may e-mail or call Emily Anthony of Emily Anthony Consulting, the search consultant facilitating this search. ½ Phone: 206-355-9132

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