Learning Strategy Director

Philanthropy Northwest is the regional network of foundations, corporations, collectives and individuals dedicated to cross-sector collaboration to build resilient, equitable and inclusive communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. For more information visit www.philanthropynw.org.


  • 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.


We seek an energetic and strategic leader to steward the learning practice at Philanthropy Northwest. Using The Learning Network’s platform as a regional learning community which provides opportunities for community investors to connect, learn, build capacity and grow, the successful candidate will work across our organization and our network of philanthropists to develop and manage innovative learning experiences that are relevant and provide value and thought partnership to our members.

The position will oversee the strategy, design and implementation of new and existing programs and experiences that meet the learning, networking and professional development needs of a broad spectrum of philanthropists. The Learning Strategy Director will work across the organization to ensure cross-collaboration, integration and the institutionalization of our collective learning. The position will also be responsible for developing and managing annual budgets.

This position is ideal for an organized, adaptive and collaborative leader with an understanding of adult learning practices, and a high-level ability to balance program strategy and implementation. Cross-sector (philanthropy, nonprofit and private sector) experience is a plus. This position reports to the Vice President.


  • Oversee the design and implementation of new and existing programs and experiences that meet the learning, networking and professional development needs of a broad spectrum of philanthropists.
  • Lead and/or curate skills-based trainings to meet the most relevant and in-demand professional skills of emerging and established leaders.
  • Co-create and/or curate customized, intimate experiences for well-established leaders and C- suite executives to reflect deeply on their personal work and/or specific institutional or sectoral issues.
  • Facilitate, launch and/or manage formal, structured peer learning experiences – at scale.
  • Connect and support members of our network as they engage peers and cross-sector organizations around issues that have broad appeal.
  • Build partnerships to deliver innovative and responsive programming.
  • Mentor peers and manage a team.
  • Develop and manage the budget for learning programs, which generate revenue for the enterprise.
  • Overall coordination and preparation of speakers and presenters including training preparation (train-the-trainer), scheduling and logistical management.
  • Coordination of material development in a style consistent with organization brand.
  • Oversee coordination of venues, audio/visual and catering arrangements.


  • Strategic thinker, finds connections to bigger picture and drives valuable experiences and conversations with members.
  • Knowledge of and experience in delivering current adult learning principles and practices.
  • Excellent facilitation skills and comfortable speaking in front of small and large groups.
  • Experience in developing and delivering training curriculum.
  • Proven experience as an adaptive and collaborative leader, willing to take on new projects and support initiatives that build an enterprise.
  • A sense-maker: able to perceive emerging industry trends and translate them into content and/or experiences for members.
  • Experience with building trust and buy-in across all levels of an enterprise.
  • Passionate about people; demonstrated relationship management experience, strong networking and interpersonal skills.
  • Team-player – willing to both lead and be led, motivated to contribute to other’s success.
  • Self-motivated and results oriented.
  • Significant demonstrated project management experience, excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Openness to new ideas; a creative and innovative mind energetically searching for new solutions.
  • Inquisitive, flexible with entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • A passion for learning and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrates solid judgment and problem-solving skills with proven attention to detail, accuracy and quality.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in a professional setting. Direct experience in philanthropy and/or nonprofits a plus.


The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes a package of benefits including medical, vision, dental, Flex-Plan and retirement. Salary range is dependent upon experience.


Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating 1) why you would be a good fit, 2) your salary requirement, and 3) what value you would bring to Philanthropy Northwest, to [email protected] including YOUR NAME + “Director, Learning Strategy” in the subject line by April 22, 2016. This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate. We’ll ask for references if you make it to the final round.

Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status and other characteristics.

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