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Chief Philanthropy Officer

Seattle, WA

Relocation expenses: Paid

Full time
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 16 Nov 2022

Expires on 31 Dec 2022

Chief Philanthropy Officer

United Way United Way of King County is committed to working for a racially just community where all people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. We believe that having staff, volunteers, and supporters that represent diverse backgrounds will allow us to better accomplish our mission. We continue to work diligently to ensure that the field of philanthropy is welcoming to diverse communities. We strive to have a diverse staff and particularly encourage Black and Indigenous people, and people of color to apply and be part of our team.

Our culture fosters collaboration, teamwork, open communication, leadership, integrity, and accountability. 

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Job Summary:

The Chief Philanthropy Officer is responsible for the development and execution of comprehensive long-range strategic plans focused on annual revenue generation and donor engagement.

The person in this role manages and directs teams that are directly responsible for leadership giving, annual fund effort, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, affinity group engagement, and development operations.

The Chief Philanthropy Officer works on building relationships with high-level donors and volunteers to raise money to meet or exceed annual fundraising goals. It is the expectation that year after year, funds will be raised from existing community resources, while also having focused and aggressive strategies for exploring new revenue sources. The person in this role is a member of the organization’s senior leadership team and reports to the CEO.

In alignment with the organization’s goals and strategies for 2023, the Chief Impact Officer will have the opportunity for impact by:

  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities to increase resources that will strengthen the organization’s ability support community impact.
  • Being a visible leader in systems change work focused on racial justice; internally and externally.
  • Leveraging the expertise and talent of the organization to follow through on the organization’s commitment to racial justice.
  • Growing and supporting opportunities for BIPOC organizations to direct work
  • A thought leader who stays abreast of major policy issues related to community impact.
  • Creating opportunities to strengthening organizational culture and improve employee experience.
  • Actively contributes to capacity building and fostering a culture of trust that advances racial equity.

This is a full-time exempt position with a target starting annual salary range of $150,000 - $220,000. This position is open until filled.

The United Way of King County offers a generous benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending account, EAP, 403(b), short-and-long term disability and ORCA transportation.

Essential Duties:

  • Provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for a fundraising team of 30+ staff
  • Applies a growth mindset to the development and implementation of new ideas, initiatives, and processes
  • Creates annual projections regarding the financial and human resources needed to effectively deliver the revenue needed to sustain and grow the United Way.
  • Leads the strategic effort to develop and enhance mutually beneficial relationships with existing donors and potential new donors
  • Sets team priorities and initiates strategic and operational plans for accomplishing long and short-term organizational fundraising goals
  • Provides professional leadership to volunteers engaged in critical fundraising committees and campaigns including members of the Board of Directors.
  • Represents United Way in building long-term effective relationships with the business community, foundations, and others to develop partnerships.
  • Stays aware of external environmental factors that influence fundraising.
  • Manages relationships with high-stakes relationships in multiple sectors
  • Utilizes the organizations Racial Equity Theory of Change framework to evaluate current practices and programing which may result in the redesign, creation, or sunsetting of programs that do not share power and center community voice.

Supervisory Responsibility:

Provides leadership, oversight, and coaching for three managerial staff: Director of Major Gifts, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, and Director of Donor Services to enhance their success in meeting goals and objectives.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated understanding of social and racial justice and equity, with a proven commitment to apply racial and economic justice lenses in both personal and workplace contexts.
  • Lived experience and/or demonstrated professional skills working within a diverse work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead strategic development efforts with the ability to develop and deliver a clear vision/plan.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and developing major fundraising initiatives with quantifiable results that meet or exceed objectives and goals.
  • Proven strong change leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated success in people and organizational development skills, management techniques and practices, including coaching, change management, diversity and equity awareness, and inclusive management styles.
  • Proven relationship management and cultivation skills, up-to-date knowledge of non-profit industry trends, negotiation, public speaking, and volunteer management skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and lead cross-team collaboration and to build strong partnerships across the organization.
  • Proven planning, budgeting, and forecasting, and evaluation skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally or in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and manage priorities in accordance with team and organizational priorities.
  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office suite; CRM experience a plus.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Non-Profit Leadership, Sales, Marketing, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of ten years’ demonstrated successful experience in fundraising or sales in an organization of similar size and complexity as UWKC, plus seven years’ leadership experience.

UWKC is an equal employment opportunity employer, and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.  United Way of King County values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to apply.

We are an Employer of National Service: AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Job Conditions:

The position works under frequent time requirements/constraints and performs extensive close work using a computer. Work requires a flexible work schedule and may require shift extensions or weekend work to meet specific work objectives. United Way of King County operates a hybrid workplace with most employees working schedules that combine remote and on-site components. A record of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for this role.

Additional Information:

United Way of King County is an exceptional workplace that can provide you with:

  • Opportunities to work with smart, passionate, and enthusiastic team members and volunteers
  • Ongoing collaboration with diverse staff and other constituents
  • A desirable culture of high-performance expectations and accountability
  • Exciting and challenging work
  • Opportunities to help solve the community's toughest problems
  • Competitive pay that is commensurate with demonstrated successful performance and experience
  • Many other benefits that we are happy to discuss with you.

Application Procedures:

Send your resume to

Questions regarding this opportunity are welcome and can be directed to Nicole Leckband.

Diversity Recruiters is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants who are interested in this role. Please contact Nicole Leckband if you are in need of an accommodation.

COVID-19 Update:

United Way King County operates a hybrid workplace with all employees able to work a combination of remote, on-site, and off-site. Full COVID-19 vaccination is required for this role.