Seattle International Foundation - Research Fellow

Who Are We?

The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) supports worldwide poverty alleviation efforts through grant-making and other activities, with a strategic focus on Central America.Since 2008, SIF has granted more than $20 million to 219 high impact organizations in 71 countries, including $12 million in grants to Central America. SIF is a supporting organization to the Seattle Foundation.

SIF's core approach includes developing individuals' leadership skills, strengthening the capacity of organizations working in key development areas, and building networks of agents of change with the ability to transform economies, communities and societies. SIF also recognizes partnerships and local county leadership as critical elements to successful development efforts.

What’s the Opportunity?

Seattle International Foundation (SIF) seeks a motivated, resourceful and highly organized Philanthropy Research Fellow with superlative organizational, design, project management, communications and Spanish-language skills to support research efforts for key SIF publications focused on philanthropy in Central America. The Fellow will be responsible for direct outreach and information/data collection from relevant philanthropic and recipient NGO organizations, and conducting secondary research to support related SIF publications and communications related to philanthropy and development in Central America. The Fellow will work closely with SIF staff, designers and publishers to produce compelling, high quality research that will be delivered via print, web and other media.

Job Responsibilities:

Research & Data Collection (75%)  Collect, organize, and analyze data and information needed to produce SIF’s annual Central America Philanthropy Guide, and other SIF publications/communications:
• Conduct outreach to public and private philanthropic organizations, in the U.S. and abroad, to collect current information and data on their philanthropic activity in the region. 
• Manage communications with external information sources.
• Effectively organize and track information to ensure timely follow-up communications with information sources.
• Manage project deadlines.
• Manage project against budget.
• Report regularly to manager on project status, challenges, support needs.
• Analyze research data, and work with SIF staff to generate statistics and data visualizations for analysis and publication.

Design and Publishing (20%)
• Work directly with print designer on design, organization and layout of print publications.
• Work directly with web designers on technical requirements, design, organization and UX for web-based versions of publications.
• Drive design and publishing processes according to project timelines and budgets.

Other Administration and Office Support (5%)
• Provide occasional support for SIF’s general administration, communications, and events, as needed.


•Bachelor's degree required. Equivalent experience may substitute for degree requirement.
• Minimum of 2 years of experience in research and production of print and web publications. 
• Strong written and oral communication skills. 
• Highly service-oriented with excellent customer service skills and ability to work across diverse constituents and stakeholders.
• Proven ability to perform tasks independently with a high degree of accuracy and superlative attention to detail. • Demonstrated ability to stay organized and manage deadlines in fast-paced work environment.
• Positive attitude, good sense of humor and interest in joining a small, but high-impact and amiable team.
• Knowledgeable on international development and social issues and policies. 
• Excellent Spanish (written and verbal proficiency) is critical to the job and is highly preferred. 
• Must be US citizen or have legal authority to work in US.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a part-time (20 hours a week), non-exempt (hourly) position located in Seattle, WA. Compensation will be approximately $1,500 a month; this position is not eligible for SIF benefits.

How Do I Apply?

Submit a resume and cover letter in English to; preference given to applications received by April 25, 2017. Include your full name and the title of this position in the subject line of your email (i.e. “Jane Doe – Research Fellow”). Accepting applications until filled.