The Opportunity

We believe that greater racial and economic equity across cultural and geographic communities is critical to our region’s vibrancy; the opportunity in front of our new Chief Impact Officer is to drive scale and impact around the program strategies aligned with our Theory of Change.

The Chief Impact Officer (CIO) is a newly imagined position that reports directly to the CEO and plays a critical leadership role both internally and externally. The CIO will represent the Foundation, engage regularly with the Board of Trustees, collaborate as a peer on the Leadership Team and manage the Community Programs team.

Central to this role is leading existing philanthropic and programmatic initiatives, as well as aligning the team around new strategies and innovative approaches to deepen and accelerate Seattle Foundation’s impact. As a member of the Leadership Team, the CIO will work in close collaboration with the President & CEO, and other senior leaders, to evangelize Seattle Foundation’s strategies and programs in the community through compelling opportunities to learn about our work, as well as to partner and co-invest in game-changing efforts to drive positive outcomes for our community.


  • A minimum of 15 years of senior executive leadership, preferably in a foundation or similar philanthropic enterprise is required
  • A demonstrated commitment to, and track record advancing explicit racial equity and systems change work is essential
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and the facility to be an effective and inspiring advocate for the Foundation on a range of topics in front of a variety of audiences, is crucial
  • Previous experience managing a diverse team and harnessing their passion in support of the organization’s broader goals is essential
  • While knowledge of community needs in the greater Seattle region is preferred, an understanding of how the public, private and nonprofit sectors can work together to change systems to increase racial and economic equity in a city or region of a similar size to Seattle would be an asset
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required; an advanced degree in business, public administration or public policy is preferred