Consultant Opportunity: Seattle Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Program

What’s the Opportunity?

We seek a consultant to support and sustain relationships with diverse communities, the N2N Advisory Committee and Seattle Foundation (SeaFdn) as a whole. Experience and relationships in one or more of our focus communities (Kent, White Center or South Seattle) is preferred. We are looking for an experienced project manager who is a team player and also has the ability to work independently, including remotely, in various locations.  Successful candidates must be experienced in applying an equity analysis to support community-led efforts and advance racial and economic equity. We seek to engage someone with a breadth of expertise and experience, ideally with the some or all of following skills and qualifications:

Scope of Work

Grant making/Technical Assistance (about 65% of time)

N2N Strategy #1 LISTEN AND LEARN:  Build relationships with existing and potential grantees. Reflect on emerging needs and trends. Modify strategies as needed.

  • Gather information on grantees and other grassroots communities on an ongoing basis from activities such as attending community meetings, trainings and events 
  • Share and discuss learnings with N2N advisory committee and other colleagues

N2N Strategy #2 INVEST:  Help potential grantees with application process. Support advisory board in making small grants to community-based organizations in South Seattle, White Center and Kent.

  • Provide potential grantees with extensive technical assistance during the application process
  • Plan, prepare for and conduct site visits with grantees and advisory committee members
  • Prepare quarterly dockets with SeaFdn staff
  • Plan and facilitate quarterly advisory committee meetings and the funding recommendation process

N2N Strategy #3 CONNECT:  Strengthen grantee organizations by connecting them with other funding, training/resources, potential partners and larger policy change initiatives. Create opportunities for grantees to promote their work and learn from each other.

  • Connect grantees to each other and to other nonprofits
  • Connect grantees to resources and larger neighborhood and regional initiatives
  • Support interested N2N grantees to participate in GiveBig
  • Oversee planning and implementation of annual grantee convening
  • Provide current, former and potential grantees other technical assistance as needed

Working with Seattle Foundation, Neighbor to Neighbor advisory members and other funders and policy makers (about 35% of time)


N2N Strategy 4: ADVOCATE:  Raise awareness of community needs, strengths, and what’s working. Advocate among funders to increase and coordinate resources in low-income communities and communities of color. Advocate for needed systems and policy changes

  • Write grant proposals, reports and other documents to support N2N funding
  • Conduct evaluation, documentation and research to track N2N outcomes
  • Conduct long and short term planning for N2N with advisory committee and SeaFdn staff
  • Engage, manage and support N2N advisory committee
  • Participate as needed with SeaFdn and other funders and policy makers to ensure integration and alignment, share best practices, and overall increase resources to, and recognition of, N2N grantees and communities

What Are We Looking For?

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 4 years of experience:
    • Working in and/or with low income communities and communities of color
    • Working in and/or with small nonprofit organizations with few or no paid staff 
    • Providing technical assistance, coaching and/ or capacity building

  • Demonstrated experience:
    • Grant making and evaluation  
    • Grant writing, budgeting and financial statements
    • Community building and/or organizing
    • Knowledge of, and experience with, applying an equity analysis

Desired Skills, Strengths and Qualifications:

  • Commitment to supporting Seattle Foundation’s mission and N2N’s purpose
  • Experience communicating across cultures comfortably and respectfully
  • Experience working with a committee or board and with a consensus decision making process
  • Experience collaborating and building bridges across differences 
  • Strong listening skills, humility and commitment to “listening and learning” from the community
  • Experience advocating for community needs
  • Knowledge of the local philanthropic community and funding opportunities
  • Knowledge of the local nonprofit community
  • Adaptable and able to think outside the box
  • Exemplary organizational skills, including the ability to manage several projects at once and respond to grantees and funders in a timely manner
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information thoughtfully
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including text, email and social media
  • Proficiency in word, excel, and on line programs such as google drive
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including many evening and weekend meetings
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License and applicable business licenses.

Community members living and/or working in Kent, White Center, South Seattle or South King County and who are members of diverse communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


N2N Background

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) supports grassroots efforts that increase the engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities. N2N began in 1991 as a grant and technical assistance program and continues as a key strategy of SeaFnd’s Center for Community Partnerships. Working with smaller community-based organizations in South Seattle, White Center and Kent, N2N plays a crucial role in supporting SeaFnd’s mission: to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

N2N is a multi-sector funding collaborative. N2N’s advisory committee members include contributing funders, policy makers and representatives of our partner neighborhoods. N2N supports grassroots organizations in efforts to engage and mobilize their communities, build relationships and networks within and among communities, and work to influence systems, practices, programs and policies to achieve greater equity.

N2N is staffed by a contracted consultant who receives direction and support from SeaFdn staff.  The consultant works closely with the N2N advisory committee, Seattle Foundation staff, grantees and partners in our three focus neighborhoods of South Seattle, Kent, and White Center. The consultant serves as a bridge between the organizations, the committee, SeaFdn and other funding partners and manages the quarterly grants program. The position requires travel and a flexible schedule in order to meet with grass roots community organizations at their convenience.

What are the Physical Demands and Working Conditions?

The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

This position works in an office and out in the community, and the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, i.e. copier toner.


How Do I Apply?

This job listing is now closed. For questions, please contact Judy de Barros (judydebarros@comcast.net or 206 234-2456).