Program Manager, The Learning Network (PNW)

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 three core programs: 1) The Learning Network, a regional community providing opportunities for emerging and established philanthropy leaders to connect, learn and grow; 2) The Giving Practice, a national consulting team bringing customized solutions, deep regional relationships and national expertise to support organizations navigating philanthropy’s changing landscape; 3) An incubation platform for innovative philanthropic projects, including: Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project, Hmong Giving Circle and Community Democracy Workshop. 

Employment Type: Full time

Location: Seattle, WA

Salary: $55,000-$70,000

Application Contact: [email protected]


  • 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 are looking for a motivated professional who is passionate and skilled in program management, facilitation and evaluation, to develop and implement learning experiences for our network of philanthropic professionals from foundations across our six-state region. This position will engage frequently with Philanthropy Northwest members and other key stakeholders to develop, coordinate and facilitate programming that is relevant, timely and supportive of effective philanthropy in the Pacific Northwest.


  • Work in partnership with the learning network team to support the design and implementation of new and existing programs that meet the learning, networking and professional development needs of a broad spectrum of professionals in philanthropy.
  • Develop and facilitate skills-based trainings, cohort learning experiences, funder tables, and other in-person and web-based workshops, meetings, or convenings to meet the most relevant professional skills for emerging and established leaders in philanthropy.
  • Coordinate programming logistics, speakers and presenters, scheduling and logistical management such as audio/visual, supplies and catering.
  • Develop and incorporate evaluation methodology into all programs.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with members and key stakeholder organizations (public sector, NGOs and other philanthropy serving organizations).
  • Actively participate as a member of the Philanthropy Northwest staff to identify, create and leverage existing programs and new opportunities that inspire, inform and engage our members in variety of areas including democracy, diversity-equity- inclusion and other areas where members seek to build capacity.
  • Participate in staff wide meetings, retreats, trainings and other learning and development activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and knowledge of the philanthropic and/or the nonprofit sector and understanding of key areas including diversity-equity-inclusion, capacity building and program evaluation.
  • Minimum of 3-4 years of experience managing projects or programs in the nonprofit or philanthropic sector, and facilitating high profile programs, trainings, workshops and/or other learning experiences.
  • Understanding of adult learning design and facilitation.
  • Experience working with native or tribal communities and/or rural communities.
  • Exemplary oral, written and online communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage relationships with integrity and consistency, including a keen ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.
  • Comfort with event planning, including logistics, marketing, speaker curation and coordination for meetings.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility and adapting to shifting priorities and plans.
  • Strong bias for action and comfort with taking thoughtful risks.
  • Ability to travel occasionally throughout the six-state region.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Openness and desire to be coached and give/receive feedback.
  • Team player able to collaborate with others, communicate effectively and support team members.


The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes a package of benefits consisting of medical/dental/vision insurance, pre-tax savings accounts for medical/transportation/childcare, vacation and sick time, retirement contribution by employer (6% of salary), transportation stipend, budget for professional development and flexible schedule. Salary range is $55,000-$70,000 depending on 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 + “Program Manager, The Learning Network” in the subject line by May 12, 2019. This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate.

Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace and encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply. We value and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, language, national origin, political affiliation, socio-economic status and veteran status.

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