A New Opportunity with Chandler Foundation

September 17, 2021

Job Opening: Director of Communications & Effective Philanthropy 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Application: Send CV and cover letter to hrinbox@chandlerfoundation.org by Oct 25 

About Chandler Foundation

The Chandler Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Seattle and focused on building the foundations for a growing and broadening prosperity in the Global South. It accomplishes this through financial and non-financial support to organizations that are helping to build the foundations for a shared prosperity and through participating in a movement to make global development philanthropy more effective.

At the Chandler Foundation, we imagine a world in which nations are well governed, principled businesses drive economic growth, and all people have the opportunity to flourish. Through patient, long-term, system-changing support of trusted partners, we contribute to this vision.

Based in Seattle, Washington the Foundation is led by CEO Tim Hanstad, under the direction of Richard Chandler. For more information, visit www.chandlerfoundation.org.

The Opportunity

The Director of Communications & Effective Philanthropy serves as a key leader on the Chandler Foundation team reporting to Tim Hanstad, CEO.

Preferably based in Seattle, Washington, the Director of Communications & Effective Philanthropy oversees the development and execution of the Chandler Foundation’s external communications efforts and its work to help make global development philanthropy more effective.

This leader helps design and takes a lead role in executing advocacy strategies, thought leadership plans, brand stewardship, and other communication efforts, as well as overseeing the foundation’s work and granting in making philanthropy more effective.

Core responsibilities include:
  • Conceive of, plan, and implement influence and advocacy strategies and opportunities to elevate the Foundation’s goals, grantees, and program partners in strategic events/initiatives.
  • Develop strategic, topic and creative influence and communication plans with colleagues that support the overarching impact goals of the grants and wider mission objectives.
  • Work with CEO, Social Investment Director, Chairman, and other senior leaders as deemed appropriate on their thought leadership development, to advance the Foundation’s key messages and elevate its program partners and priority issues.
  • Serve as the Managing Editor for the Chandler Foundation’s annual magazine Social Investor.
  • Actively lead a portfolio of grants and relationships connected to the Chandler Foundation’s work on effective philanthropy.
  • Work with other senior leaders including writing consultants, designers and others to ensure the institutional and program messages and brand are in alignment.
  • Develop and steward relationships with partner organizations relevant to position portfolio.
  • Oversee/Curate the development, research and writing of briefs and materials for external events.
  • Write or collaborate on writing of talking points, blog posts, news releases and other material related to program partnerships, milestones or other news.
  • Curate and/or support staffing and content for events/convenings held by partners.
  • Coordinate or lead media or public speaking training where needed.
  • Provide support and counsel to grantees/partners as needed.
  • Represent the Foundation externally to advance thought leadership of Foundation stakeholders and grantees.
  • Recommend and advise on grants, contracts and partnerships for the foundation, as requested.
  • Select and manage budget and relationships (research, public affairs, communications, creative, partners, grantees) as it relates to advocacy and communications to influence the adoption/investment in the Prosperity Model.
Candidate Profile

You are a good fit for this role if:

  • You are excited to work with a small, nimble, highly expert and dedicated team to create measurable social change.
  • You are eager to work with and serve as a thought partner to advance approaches for building and broadening shared prosperity in the Global South with public and private sector audiences.
  • You have at least 10 years of experience in a leadership role, preferably at the executive leadership level.
  • You have strong networks in the global philanthropy community.
  • You understand and support the need for philanthropy to be more systems-minded in its efforts to support social change.
  • You are mission-driven, entrepreneurial’ and believe in the power of good governance, upward social mobility, and vibrant, inclusive marketplaces to allow people to prosper.
  • You take accountability for and ownership of both strategy and execution.
  • You have a sense of urgency commensurate with the speed of today’s news cycles and policy changes.
  • You are at ease navigating between all sectors – not-for-profit, government, and corporate in the United States and globally.
  • You are a thoughtful leader who manages and inspires people and works with integrity, always with a focus on the Chandler Foundation’s mission to ensure the door of opportunity towards prosperity is open to every person.

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal skills, qualities and characteristics:

Strategic and Creative Leadership

The Director of Communications & Effective Philanthropy thinks strategically, analyzes critically, and translates ideas and insights into action through coherent and viable programs and plans.  They possess the ability to see the opportunities and design innovative approaches backed by strong analysis, planning and experience. They bring a strong sense for messaging, themes and techniques that resonate with key audiences and the media.

They thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and fast-paced environment, and bring knowledge in the Foundation’s areas of focus (global development). They are goal-oriented, embrace the Foundation’s strategic focus and approaches new ideas with a ‘can-do’ attitude.  They possess the ability to evaluate risks and opportunities, using analytical and strong problem-solving skills to manage complexities with ease and creatively overcome obstacles to achieve goals.

Leading and Executing for Results

The Director of Communications & Effective Philanthropy possesses the curiosity and drive to stay ahead of the trends in the public affairs and communications field, with special emphasis on influencer cultivation and outreach in order to serve the Foundation’s mission.  The Director of Communications & Effective Philanthropy executes for results with high degrees of leadership, responsiveness and motivation.  They conceptualize and analyze solutions in a proactive, constructive and creative manner.  They foster a sense of responsibility and accountability by both building and executing on plans.  They are experienced at working in client services setting and skilled at project planning, management, and managing budgets and deadlines. They are calm and collected under pressure. They consistently drive toward clarity. They can effectively cope with change, shift gears comfortably, decide and act without having the total picture, and both understand and handle risk and uncertainty.  They have a proven track record in both advocacy and communications efforts that require effective communication across multiple stakeholders, in the United States and globally.

Ambassadorship, Partnership & Relationship Building

The Director of Communications & Effective Philanthropy understands the importance of professional representation of the Foundation both internally and externally.  They have exceptional communication, advocacy, listening and writing skills.  They are flexible, energetic, poised and confident, and accomplished at communicating and influencing others. They are a media savvy communicator who brings passion for the Foundation’s mission as a representative and spokesperson.  They exemplify leadership and inspires trust and confidence across a diverse range of stakeholders.  They are an interpersonal relationship builder with the desire and interest to build strategic partnerships on behalf of the organization.  They are highly articulate and a deft communicator, able to quickly establish rapport and cultivate relationships internally and across the relevant sectors – nonprofit, government and business. They embrace a best practices approach to advocacy and communications.  They foster trust and collaboration internally and externally. They are politically astute and attuned with a sophisticated personal presence.

Passion for Mission & Values Alignment

The Director of Communications & Effective Philanthropy will demonstrate a sincere passion for the mission of The Chandler Foundation, especially as it seeks to advance the Foundation’s approaches for building and broadening prosperity in the Global South and advocating for more effective philanthropy. They will bring an understanding of global development, philanthropy, public affairs, and the mission and will be deeply committed to the Foundation’s reach and impact. They are motivated by achieving outsized social impact in building and broadening prosperity for all people, particularly those who lack opportunity. They have sound, mature judgement, make excellence a daily responsibility, and take pride in succeeding, along with their team, at the highest levels.  They demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, respect, servant-leadership, honest self-reflection, appropriate humility, and have broad organizational interests. They treat others with respect, inspire others through the excellence of their work and interactions with others and stay true to the values of the Foundation.  Moreover, the ideal candidate is an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values, someone who can be trusted whole-heartedly and without reservation.

  • Ranging from $110k to $160k DOE
  • Competitive benefits package