Program Officer - Satterberg


For over 20 years, the Satterberg Foundation has worked to strengthen our communities by promoting a just society and a sustainable environment; doing this work deepens the interconnection of our family. The Satterberg Foundation is a family foundation headquartered in Seattle, Washington, making grants to Washington and California nonprofits. Over the past two years we have embarked on a new growth phase with annual grantmaking growing from $400,000 to $20,000,000. We are looking to increase our team to support these relationships with nonprofits, community partners, and family members that we see as deepening the authentic interconnection needed to promote changed systems by co-sensing and co-creating the way forward together.

Vision: The Satterberg Foundation envisions a world in balance with vibrant communities in which all people enjoy the opportunity to grow and thrive.

In order to thrive, individuals need a safe place to sleep at night, adequate food to eat, access to health care, access to education, and the opportunity for economic stability. We need to have our voices heard, and to have hope. A just society aims to ensure, through programs, or through advocacy and policy change, that all individuals have these elements in their lives.

The Satterberg Foundation envisions a sustainable environment where humanity and the natural world are in balance, with each supporting the other. We express this balance by conserving and protecting natural resources, by avoiding practices and activities which pollute, and by educating and advocating for environmental stewardship.


Just Society

Elements of a Just Society - how we describe the term Just Society

  • Access to housing
  • Access to food
  • Access to health care
  • Access to education
  • Access to employment
  • Empowerment to have one's voice heard
  • Advocacy and policy/systems change

Sustainable Environment

Elements of a Sustainable Environment - how we describe the term Sustainable Environment

  • Environmental resilience
  • Environmental conservation
  • Nature preservation and protection
  • Pollution reduction and avoidance/Clean policies
  • Education about environmental stewardship
  • Advocacy and policy/systems change


Program Officers work as part of a creative team charged with shaping and implementing strategy that advances the Satterberg Foundation’s key areas of interest. S/he will be responsible for working closely with grantees, the nonprofit community-at-large and other funders to effectively support the foundation’s mission. The program officer will have continuous engagement with leadership and our team around the strategic direction and implementation of our goals that support a just society and sustainable environment while also contributing to family interconnection. This role includes prospecting, building, and managing a portfolio of grantees. S/he will be a leader at times and a partner always in carrying the message of the Satterberg Foundation portfolio and advocating on behalf of the populations and communities we serve.

Additional responsibilities include portfolio oversight and alignment to strategy, developing and managing the grants pipeline, understanding program budget implications, advising team on complex funding arrangements and grantee relations. Working closely with the foundation staff and board, the program officer will be influential in sharing the promising programs and learning distilled from grantees to inform the field of practice locally and nationally. S/he is a self-starter who is inspired by the mission of the Foundation and the opportunity to work in an open, collaborative culture.


Ideal candidates will reflect the family foundation’s core values of Integrity, Community, Joy, Compassion, Respect and Responsibility.

  • Commitment to growth mindset, collaborative leadership, learning organization philosophy
  • Humility, sense of humor, comfort with ambiguity, and servant leadership appropriate to representing a family and family foundation as well as the Satterberg Foundation 3rd mission priority of “family interconnection”
  • Respect that grantees and communities have the front-line expertise and experience essential is pursuing a just society and sustainable environment. As a funder we seek to support solutions that are self-determined by those impacted, respecting they are experts and balancing lived experience with evidence-based practice
  • Comfort with emergence, growth and rapid change similar to a start-up
  • Philanthropic generalists able to weave together and work within all three mission areas: environment sustainability, just society, and family interconnection
  • Contributing to an organization that fosters opportunities for groups and relationships to self- determine and more fully engage as a form of leadership and a valued accomplishment
  • Willingness and comfort to engage with evolving and shifting portfolio of job duties


  • Develop, individually and with other team members, the approaches and grant recommendations, other written materials, and verbal presentations for the Executive Director and Board of Directors to make informed decisions
  • Develop with foundation team a strategy work plan, staff proposal recommendations to ensure relevant analysis, strategic and budget alignment, and effective grantee and portfolio management
  • Manage grantmaking process, program budget, grants portfolio, grantee relationships, grant progress and expenditures, and review grantee status reports
  • Consult with prospective grantees and assist nonprofit organizations in their interactions with the foundation in order to maximize their understanding of the focus areas and the grantmaking process
  • Develop and participate in learning opportunities for family members, non-profits and greater grantmaking community
  • Identify and engage thought leaders, technical experts, and consultants to support strategy and grant development
  • Analyze and assist in the development and evaluation of program strategies and make recommendations to improve grantmaking and to contribute to the team’s learning and evaluation efforts
  • Represent the foundation professionally by serving on funder collaboratives and attending foundation, community, and grantee events as appropriate
  • Collaborate on developing effective communication and storytelling on behalf of the foundation and its core strategies and values
  • Assist with the development of operational infrastructure such as foundation process improvements and facilitation of agreements with consultants and other external vendors
  • Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities as appropriate
  • Contribute to and manage special projects, as requested


  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a field requiring skills similar to those above
  • Experience in philanthropy or nonprofits is preferred, but not required
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to the Foundation’s values, service and compassion
  • Keen conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills; an inquisitive nature
  • Ability to build strong relationships with grantees and other community partners; interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures
  • High degree of initiative to perform a variety of grantmaking activities
  • Ability to work in an open and collaborative work environment
  • Self-starter who is adaptable and comfortable taking chances and learning from mistakes
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented with attention to accuracy and deadlines
  • Results-oriented with the ability to set and follow realistic goals and objectives
  • Flexibility to adapt when faced with changing needs and priorities
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and comfort with technology
  • Ability to travel 10-15% of time, balancing time in the field with internal needs

Reports to: Executive Director


Position is based in Seattle, Washington and will occasionally require travel. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


Please send a resume and cover letter to:

[email protected]

Subject line should include your last name and position title as “PO”

Example: Smith PO

Submission deadline: January 8, 2016


Satterberg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check.

Satterberg Foundation has retained the services of The Giving Practice to conduct this search. Inquiries may be directed in confidence to:

Ted Lord, Senior Partner

[email protected]

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