Job Announcement: Program Director


About Washington Nonprofits

Washington Nonprofits is the state association for all nonprofits in Washington.  At Washington Nonprofits, we believe in the power of strong nonprofits to strengthen their communities. Our mission is to make sure nonprofits have what they need to succeed. Washington Nonprofits has three main goals: deliver high impact learning opportunities for nonprofits of all sizes, be a voice for nonprofits in public policy, and convene nonprofits in ways that strengthen their impact.  We achieve these goals with a strong commitment to equity, inclusion, and respect for regional differences.  Our organizational culture is fast-paced, entrepreneurial and results-oriented.  We value and support learning and professional growth and offer flexible hours and telecommuting options.


Washington Nonprofits is 10 years old, and learning has grown to be a very visible aspect of the organization and the largest revenue stream of funding from contracts, grants, and fees for services. There is local, regional and national recognition of Washington Nonprofits’ learning offerings, which include excellent curriculum, in-person workshops, webinars and just-in-time online learning via the Washington Nonprofit Institute website.  This position is key to maintaining the momentum and reach that we have achieved.  Future goals include increasing relationships and relevance for communities of color, remaining nimble and delivering timely information and ideas, and staying accountable to our members and the greater nonprofit community.

Position Summary

This position is an integral member of the Washington Nonprofits leadership team. The Program Director leads our learning and membership programs, ensuring that Washington Nonprofits delivers high-quality programs that are relevant and accessible to nonprofits across Washington. The department consists of the Program Director supervising a Director of eLearning, a Membership Manager and an administrative professional.  Washington Nonprofits prides itself on delivering creative, engaging programs that are timely and responsive to the needs of the nonprofit sector.


The learning team is hands-on.  The person in this position will spend approximately one-third of their time preparing and presenting learning workshops. Another third of their time is devoted to creating and maintaining strategic programs and partnerships, including fundraising. The remaining third is reporting, leading and participating in team meetings, and coaching and mentoring staff.

Duties and Responsibilities


Strategy development

  • Develop learning strategy for Washington Nonprofits
  • Develop annual plans for a mix of learning events that meets the needs of nonprofits as well as funder requirements


Innovation and curriculum development

·         In collaboration with content and training experts, develop new curriculum and toolkits

·         Create new offerings to enhance learning, e.g. videos, micro-learning, boosting content, etc.

·         Support development of new learning programs, including affinity groups, an executive program, advanced learning opportunities and convenings.


Implementation of learning programs

·         Develop systems to support the delivery of learning workshops and webinars.

·         Identify and support a cadre of trainers to deliver learning offerings, including keeping presenters updated on current information and trends in adult education to maintain quality.

·         Lead the team on all aspects of planning and implementation for two annual conferences

·         Create and implement an evaluation system for all learning programs.

·         Provide oversight for the Washington Nonprofit Institute website.


Membership program

·         Provide oversight to Washington Nonprofits’ membership program

  • Develop overall strategy to recruit and retain members and meet membership goals.
  • Ensure excellent customer service.
  • Ensure that data is managed effectively to maintain relationships and increase engagement
  • Share responsibility for developing and implementing engagement strategies and networking opportunities for members.


Staff supervision

·         Lead the learning team

·         Hire and supervise learning staff members


Fundraising and financial management

  • Work with Operations Manager to manage finances and administration of learning programs.
  • Write grant and contract proposals related to learning.
  • Ensure data collection to meet reporting requirements.
  • Initiate and steward relevant partnerships and sponsorships.


Contribute to a strong organization

  • Participate in the organization’s leadership team.
  • Contribute to the visibility of the organization by representing WN at events.
  • Bring ideas from events, meetings, etc. back to the organization to contribute to our on-going effort to understand and support nonprofits in Washington.

Desired Qualifications

If you possess some of the qualifications below and have a strong interest in learning about the other areas of the job, we encourage you to apply.

·         Passion for and knowledge about adult learning

·         Experience designing and managing programs

·         Experience leading teams and managing people

·         Demonstrated commitment to racial equity

·         Strong networking and relationship management skills

·         Comfort using technology and designing systems, including cloud-based apps and software. 

·         Experience raising funds, writing grants and managing contracts

·         Experience working in nonprofit sector preferred

·         Familiarity with Washington state communities, especially communities of color and/or rural communities

·         Valid driver’s license and access to a car or ability to rent a car as needed for travel


General Skills and Requirements for all Washington Nonprofit Staff

·         Commitment to our mission.

·         Excellent customer service skills.

·         Outstanding verbal/written communication skills.

·         Proficiency in Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) is required.  Experience with membership databases, MailChimp, and Salesforce preferred.

·         Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects, and priorities effectively and professionally.

·         Ability to travel within state.

·         Some moderate lifting (up to 25 pounds) may be required on an occasional basis.


Additional Information

Location:                           Seattle Office or work from home from another Washington State location

                                                Some travel required, primarily within Washington State

FLSA Classification:          Full-time, Exempt

Compensation:                 $65,000-80,000 annual salary, dependent on experience,

     plus benefits including paid time off and health insurance. 

Position Reports to:          Executive Director


How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter. We will accept and review applications until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by June 10th.

Washington Nonprofits is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace.  We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. 


Washington Nonprofits Equity Statement 

As part of our commitment to revolutionize nonprofits' place in our state and world, Washington Nonprofits is committed to be a champion and a leader in the quest for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit sector. For us, this means using a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in all the work we do, including looking at ourselves as a nonprofit. We know this means constant learning. If we err, we ask for grace and further discussion, so we can hold ourselves accountable to communities of color, rural communities and others who have been marginalized, and can continue learning and being challenged. We welcome the greater discussion, so we can make the strongest decisions for the issues that affect our membership and become a leader in learning and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion for our state’s non-profit organizations. 

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