Director of Programs (PF)

About the Opportunity

Pride Foundation seeks an experienced professional to lead our programmatic work who brings a strong background and analysis in program design and implementation, has a deep understanding of philanthropy and grantmaking, and is experienced in integrating intersectional justice into programs and across organizational systems. The Director of Programs (DOP) is a critical member of our senior leadership team who manages and implements our community grants, scholarships, and other key initiatives.

As part of our current strategic vision and plan, the DOP will support shifting our approach to our programmatic work to be more responsive to regionally diverse community needs and opportunities, to reflect our racial justice values and practices, to develop and refine our theory of change, and to more effectively utilize the breadth of Pride Foundation’s resources and capacities to bring about change for LGBTQ+ communities. As part of the key responsibilities of this position, the DOP will lead the process to evaluate, research, develop, and implement these programmatic changes over the next 2-3 years, and continue to proactively adjust and refine them as needed thereafter.

This role is based at our headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and will involve occasional travel to the 5 state region we serve. The DOP reports to the CEO.

About Pride Foundation

Pride Foundation fuels transformational movements to advance equity and justice for LGBTQ+ people in all communities across the Northwest. We envision a world in which all LGBTQ+ people live safely and openly as our whole selves in the communities we call home.

Founded in 1985, we are the only LGBTQ+ community foundation in the Northwest, and have invested more than $72 million in nonprofit organizations, local leaders, and student scholars through our grants, scholarships, and initiatives.

Pride Foundation has a $4 million operating budget with 17 full-time employees. There are 11 staff members located at our headquarters in Seattle, WA, and 6 staff members located outside of Western Washington, with one person in each of the states in which we work (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Central/Eastern Washington) and two people in Oregon. Pride Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors with 19 members from across the five-state region with diverse professional and personal backgrounds.

Primary Responsibilities

The Director of Programs provides strategic vision and leadership for Pride Foundation’s programmatic efforts throughout the Northwest. The DOP will oversee our community grants and scholarship programs, as well as develop strategies for special initiatives, convenings, and technical assistance opportunities across the five state region. The Director of Programs brings a creative and thoughtful approach to program development while maintaining an appreciation of Pride Foundation’s history, legacy, and commitment to social justice philanthropy.

This position directly supervises the Volunteer Manager and jointly supervises the Programs Administrator/Office Manager with the CEO.


  • Manage and coordinate all programmatic activities, policies, and practices related to scholarships and grantmaking, including community grants program, special initiatives, and sponsorships.
  • Lead strategic development of programs, including evaluation, research, program design, and implementation of community grants program, scholarship program, and initiatives.
  • Develop, manage, and implement new initiatives, convenings, and technical assistance opportunities as part of the revamping of programs to increase organizational impact for communities across the region.
  • Manage the scholarship and community grant review processes, including coordinating proposal review, site visits, and docket preparation, in collaboration with regional officers.
  • Participate in scholarship and grant proposal reviews.
  • Collaborate with staff, board, and other stakeholders to develop and implement programmatic changes and new initiatives.
  • Track best practices for philanthropic efforts and integrate them as relevant.

Internal Support

  • Work with Volunteer Manager to implement programs-related responsibilities across the region.
  • Collaborate with Director of Community Engagement to provide advice and support to Donor Advised Fundholders in their grantmaking recommendations and considerations.
  • Collaborate with Regional Philanthropy Officers to develop and implement state and issue-specific initiatives, goals, and activities.
  • Serve as a member of Pride Foundation’s management team.
  • Develop and monitor project work plans and budgets.

Community Engagement

  • Maintain a visible community profile through serving on committees, engaging in professional development, and attending community events.
  • Work with Regional Philanthropy Officer in Washington to develop and maintain robust relationships with partner organizations throughout Washington State.
  • Support Regional Officers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon to build and develop their portfolio of community partner relationships.
  • Convene and participate in meetings and other efforts with community partners and grantees, in collaboration with Regional Officers.
  • Cultivate and support a strong network of donors, volunteers, and community members to inform and educate Pride Foundation’s community giving model and achievements.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the philanthropic community and community partners.


  • Commit to taking initiative to expand understanding of racial equity principles and practice and incorporate throughout work at Pride Foundation.
  • Contribute to developing a culture of philanthropy at Pride Foundation.
  • Participate in shaping the organizational culture at Pride Foundation to be mission-focused, equitable, inclusive, and engaged.

Skills and Experience

Ideal candidates will have these skills and competencies

  • Pride Foundation is committed to building a racially just, equitable, and inclusive environment through all levels of the organization. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated understanding and experience working on issues related to racial, LGTBQ+, gender, economic, and reproductive justice, and working in communities comprised of diverse people.
  • At least 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in program management, design, and implementation.

Ideal candidates will have these characteristics

  • Demonstrated commitment to Pride Foundation’s mission and racial justice.
  • Experience with and robust understanding of philanthropy and grantmaking practices.
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and creative skills to apply to our unique model and circumstances.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple deadlines and priorities.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Passion, a strong work ethic, and self-motivated drive.
  • A commitment to providing quality stewardship to all Pride Foundation constituents, and the ability to develop a positive working relationship with staff, volunteers, board members, community partners, and grantees.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings, weekends, and occasionally travel.


  • Experience working with LGBTQ+ communities and issues.
  • Experience working within the nonprofit or foundation community in the Northwest.
  • Experience working within philanthropy.

Salary and Benefits

Pride Foundation determines its staff salaries using the Washington Nonprofit Wage & Benefit Annual Survey. Each salary is based on the average of similar positions in organizations of comparable size and are competitive for the field. For this position, the salary range is $80,000-$89,000, depending on experience.

Excellent employer-paid benefits: medical (includes coverage of gender-confirming health services and procedures), dental, and vision coverage along with disability insurance, employer retirement account contribution, and option for employee to invest in an individual retirement account.

To Apply

Pride Foundation is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive work environment and to building a team that reflects the rich diversity of our community. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities who are underrepresented in the field of philanthropy are encouraged to apply.

Send letter of interest and resume to: Katie Carter at [email protected]. Please include “Director of Programs” in the subject line of your email.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by Wednesday, July 31st for early consideration. You are welcome to submit an application after the deadline, as the position will remain open until filled so that we can be sure to find the best candidate for this critical role on our team. However, late applications will only be moved forward on a case-by-case basis. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found, as the position is available immediately.

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