Director of Communications

Who Are We?

The heart and science of philanthropy

Greater Seattle is changing and growing, and so is Seattle Foundation. “The heart and science of philanthropy” is the intersection of passion and discipline to create lasting change. As the community’s foundation, our mission is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. We work with more than 1,200 individuals, families, and corporations to strategically invest their philanthropic resources in ways that inspire continued giving. We also partner with philanthropic institutions, government agencies, community organizations and businesses to catalyze positive change in our community across a range of issues.

Our organizational culture is one of engaged teamwork, where we support one another in reaching our collective and individual goals while constantly learning along the way. Our office is located in the downtown core of Seattle, however our reach is much broader than that – we focus on Greater Seattle and the Eastside and also support donor interests across the country and around the globe. We seek individuals to join our 40+ (and growing!) team who are committed to our vision of a stronger, more vibrant community for all; collaboratively finding solutions; continually improving; and going the extra mile in service of our philanthropic partners and the broader community. We’re in the midst of an exciting evolution in our work. More information about Seattle Foundation can be found at

What’s the Opportunity?

The Director of Communications utilizes seasoned communications and public relations expertise and judgement to advance the Foundation’s leadership role and the ideals of equity and opportunity in Greater Seattle. Serving as social media editor, magazine editor, organizational spokesperson and executive communications advisor, the Director of Communications will help shape and articulate SeaFdn’s voice to all stakeholders, including philanthropists, elected officials, civic leaders, nonprofit organization leaders and other community partners. This position reports to the Vice President, Marketing and Communications and works closely with the Leadership Team.


External Communications:
Develops and leads media relationships and external partnerships to increase visibility for Seattle Foundation and supports VP/Marketing and Communications in providing executive communications support to CEO and Leadership Team.

  • In partnership with VP/Marketing & Communications provide communications support to ensure the CEO and Leadership Team members have excellent speaking support in the form of speeches, talking points, Power Point presentations, etc. Proactively secure speaking opportunities, research and write talking points, develop accompanying visual presentation and ensure follow-up that provides for maximum visibility and effectively leverages content in multiple communications channels.
  • Serve as the Foundation public relations liaison with external media by pitching stories, responding to media inquiries and providing general PR support using tools such as news releases in print and social media. Proactively cultivate relationships with key reporters. Prepares for interviews and develops appropriate background and messaging for spokespersons. Proactively identify activities, community and philanthropic needs and trends connected to Seattle Foundation and leverage them into media coverage for the organization.
  • Develop an ongoing media strategy to advance the Foundation’s community impact agenda to advance equity and opportunity. Write blogs, op-eds, position papers and executive summaries based on Foundation activities, positions and research.
  • Collaborate with Community Programs to develop and implement strategies that bring visibility to the Foundation’s community impact and civic leadership roles, including sponsorships, media partnerships, speaking engagements, partnerships with private foundations and outreach campaigns.
  • Build and track editorial calendars and monitor media coverage.
Magazine Editor
  • Serve as editor and oversees design and production Heart & Science (magazine), working with Community Programs to develop compelling content that presents SeaFdn's community knowledge and point of view on community needs and solutions. Responsible for strategic visioning of Heart & Science, creative and content development, management of outside writers, overseeing design and production and distribution.
Social Media and Web Content Editor
  • In partnership with our Director of Marketing, define our content strategy and maintain content calendar. Oversee content management operations with department liaisons and develop blog content, including CEO’s blog.
  • Define our social strategy to deliver a balance of marketing, thought leadership and personality to our friends, fans and followers.  Provide strategic thought leadership to cross-functional teams and ensure that all social media efforts and campaigns are coherent as a whole and align with overall goals.  
  • Serve as lead social media editor (i.e. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In), monitoring on-going traffic, responding as needed and providing new content and curating external content to achieve aggressive fan/follower acquisition, positive engagement with Seattle Foundation brand, and traffic/conversions to our web site.

What Are We Looking For?

Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and demonstrated experience in:

    • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or related field required.
    • Web site content management experience. Sitecore experience strongly preferred.
    • Minimum 10 years of experience in public relations, with strong experience in media relations.
    • Well-established network of media relationships and understanding of media relations strategies and practices with local media and trade media.
    • Excellent writing skills in storytelling, marketing communications and opinion/persuasion.
    • Experience writing and developing presentations and content for executives.
    • Demonstrated experience with the management of projects.
    • Demonstrated experience managing external consultants and contractors.
    • Deep experience in brand development and brand compliance.
    • Proven experience in the effective utilization of social media to drive results in support of business goals.
    • Superior communication skills, oral and written, with continuous attention to detail in composing and proofing materials.
    • Demonstrated speed and agility in generating excellent copy that achieves objectives, with minimal editing and revision.
    • Ability to articulate technical concepts in an understandable way to a non-technical audience.
    • Good decision-making skills, tactful, excellent listener, willingness to seek answers, and an ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions.
    • Must be self-starter, self-motivated, deadline focused and have strong skills in multi-tasking.
    • Sincerely commits to working collaboratively with diverse individuals who have a variety of work and communication styles including staff, board, volunteers, donors, program participants and other supporters.
    • Ability to adapt quickly in a rapid, changing environment.

    What Can You Expect?

    A collegial work environment; a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including health insurances (medical, dental, vision and long-term disability); a generous retirement plan match; and vacation/sick leave.

    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 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?

    As an equal opportunity employer, Seattle Foundation is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Seattle Foundation does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations are encouraged to apply. 

    Please send cover letter and resume to: This position is open until 4 p.m. February 17.