Associate Advisor

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Company Name Seattle Foundation
Location Seattle, Washington
Date Posted June 14, 2017
Category Other
Job Type Paid Position
Enable online application? No
Experience Level Needed Entry Level (0-5 years)


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 Associate Advisor, Philanthropic Services is an important administrative, customer service and programmatic role for the Foundation that reports to the Director of Family Philanthropy. The Associate Advisor is a key contributor in ensuring we fulfill our commitment of effective philanthropic advising with our philanthropists and in particular with our Family Foundation philanthropists. The Associate Advisor provides technical and administrative support, including processing transactions and interpreting and explaining our fund and grant policies, processes, and regulations to philanthropists and grant recipients. While roles may shift and change as our organization evolves, following are the key responsibilities:
Provide high quality customer service to philanthropists, prospective new donors, community partners and other external audiences.
Support senior philanthropic advisor team members with advising and research projects, donor correspondence, corporate and family philanthropy sessions and donor requests.
Schedule site visits with philanthropists and community organizations, process funding applications for philanthropist giving cycles.
Family Philanthropy Sessions - Includes scheduling and staffing philanthropist meetings, preparing notes, attending advising sessions and compiling meeting materials.
Participate in continued learning opportunities for family philanthropy and corporate philanthropy.
Support and cultivate an assigned portfolio of philanthropists
Work collaboratively with the community programs team to support new and/or growing initiatives, such as the Center for Community Partnerships, Neighbor to Neighbor and fundraising for these high-impact community initiatives.
Represent our philanthropists interests related to the Foundation’s Youth Grantmaking Board (YGB).Serve in a staffing role with YGB by organizing meeting logistics and communicating with youth and their families. Coordinate annual celebration and site visit logistics. Support the communication and social media outreach to youth alumni network.
Work across teams by playing a key role in tracking advising requests through completion, delivering on world-class community research reports for philanthropic partners.
Provide general clerical and support tasks as needed to support Director of Family Philanthropy and balance workloads, meet program and transaction deadlines, and general support the Philanthropic Services team.
What Are We Looking For?
Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and demonstrated experience in:
Strong customer service experience and orientation.
Demonstration of producing a high-quality product by maintaining integrity with attention to detail
Being self-directed and proactive to ensure tasks are initiated and completed with high standards and efficient due diligence.
Minimum of three years experience providing administrative and customer support services, including intermediate level database use.
Experience with project management and coordinating multiple tasks with competing deadlines.
Experience working with donors or experience with nonprofits a plus.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Relational Databases; Blackbaud’s Raiser's Edge highly preferred.
High school diploma or GED is required. Some college coursework in general business administration or related field is preferred.
We are also looking for:
Commitment to the vision, mission and values of Seattle Foundation.
Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with a high-quality customer-service orientation.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong organizational and project management skills including attention to detail.
Ability to listen, assess, and identify appropriate resources and implement solutions.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team in a fast-paced, evolving work environment.
Takes initiative and is continually looking for ways to improve.
A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and be composed under pressure.
Maintains confidentiality of data and customer relationships.
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: with “PS Associate Advisor” in the subject line. While the position will be open until filled, preference will be given to applications received by June 26th, 2017.

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