Executive Director

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The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) supports worldwide poverty alleviation efforts through grant-making and other strategic activities, with a deliberate focus on the region of Central America.

Seattle philanthropists Bill and Paula Clapp founded the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) to act upon their long-term interest in improving the prospects of marginalized and impoverished communities throughout Central America. The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was created as a supporting organization to the Seattle Foundation (the region’s largest community foundation) to increase and enhance international philanthropy and serve as a useful resource to the local philanthropic community. The Seattle International Foundation supports systemic change by working with local change agents and key decision makers from across sectors (civil society, government, business, and philanthropy) to convene, mobilize, and train leaders and promote progressive policy in and toward the region. The Central America Donor Forum is convened by the Foundation and is a key networking and learning opportunity for this work. SIF also acts as a channel for other funders to support local organizations in the region.

Learn more about SIF’s work here: http://www.seaif.org/


SIF seeks an Executive Director (ED) to build upon the successful foundation created over the past decade, and substantially contribute to the Foundation’s goals and ideas for the future of the organization. The ED will lead efforts to expand opportunities to support systemic change in Central America to create a region that is less violent, more prosperous and equitable for all. The new Executive Director will help develop and build programs to identify, train and connect emerging and experienced change makers throughout Central America. As the external face of the Foundation, the ED will represent SIF’s work with civil society change makers, business leaders, the media, other donor partners, and at convenings locally, nationally, and internationally. Responsible for fully developing the philanthropic initiatives of the Foundation and implementing them through grant making as well as other tactics, the ED will also establish and articulate public policy positions as a way of achieving the Foundation’s goals.

The ED will provide organizational management and leadership to a team of six based in Seattle and staff across Mexico and Central America.

Learn more about the ideal candidate profile here: http://waldronhr.com/searches/seattle-international-foundation


We seek candidates with 7-10 years of organizational leadership and management experience, preferably in a philanthropic, government, or non-profit organization where grant making has been a central mechanism. Experience in multiple sectors and work in cross-sector roles is a plus; a successful track record of fundraising is highly desirable. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, and an advanced degree is preferred.

Oral and written fluency in Spanish is required, as is both domestic and international travel. The position is based in Seattle.


Seattle International Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply via Waldron’s candidate web portal: https://waldron.secure.force.com/CandidatePortal/ Cover letters should be addressed to Melissa Merritt and be thoughtfully crafted to articulate your interest in the position and fit for the role.

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