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Opening: Business Director

Publication date: 
May, 2021

Position: Business Director
Organization: The Giving Practice
Location: Seattle, WA or possible remote

Organizational Overview

The Giving Practice is a national consulting firm that that blends customized support to foundations and corporations to help them achieve their goals. In addition to working with individual foundations and philanthropic entities in the Northwest and nationally, The Giving Practice is equally committed to facilitating collaborative efforts and sharing knowledge to improve the field. We prioritize developing authentic relationships with our clients and we believe in joyful, rigorous, meaningful and effective work. We celebrate philanthropy that is diverse and inclusive as we work to create and sustain strong, equitable and healthy communities.

Our Culture

We elevate the field of philanthropy by identifying opportunities, taking smart risks, challenging our assumptions, experimenting creatively, listening actively, engaging in deep conversations and learning through action and reflection. Strong relationships power our work at every level; we build them with care and nurture them attentively. We embrace and encourage racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in our community and continuously seek to bring new perspectives into our organization and our networks. We are a learning organization that invests in supporting the ongoing growth of our individuals, our team and our community. We value high quality work that is grounded in deep mutual respect, healthy work/life balance, clear communication, humor and joy.


The Giving Practice is based at Philanthropy Northwest, a regional network of philanthropic funders across six states in the Northwest. Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace and encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply. We value and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, language, national origin, political affiliation, socio-economic status, and veteran status. The Giving Practice team and office is based in Seattle, but we are open to candidates in other locations as long as office hours are conducted on Pacific time zone hours.

Role Responsibilities

Manage TGP Business Operations

  • Coordinate creation of annual budget and strategic business objectives
  • Develop and monitor quarterly financial reports and key metrics
  • Manage TGP’s project pipeline and assure timely advance of potential projects through the prospect-to-contract process
  • Manage contracts full cycle: develop the contract document including a clear scope of work in consultation with consultants; assure execution; set up the project with consultants and in the TGP project management system; oversee the contract budget; and close out finished contracts 
  • Manage TGP grants and grant reports, assuring that deliverables are met within budget on time
  • Oversee monthly billing process including entry of billable hours from all consultants into 10,000 Feet software, and timely transmittal of billing data to PNW accounting team
  • Develop and implement a systematic assessment of client satisfaction
  • Oversee maintenance of TGP’s resource and file library
  • Use Salesforce to document and track key TGP business activities and to create TGP financial dashboards
  • Manage contracts for independent contractors 
  • In partnership with TGP leadership, identify staffing and capacity needs
    Participate in interviewing new consultants and manage onboarding of new consultants and staff

Support TGP Marketing and Business Development

  • Lead the production of RFPs and submission process
  • Support development of written scopes and proposals for client engagements.
  • Coordinate with Communications team and TGP staff and consultants as needed on business development activities

Coordinate with PNW Finance Team on TGP Financial Management

  • Coordinate with PNW on TGP’s monthly billing process and grants management
  • Review monthly financial reports and communicate with TGP leadership on status
  • Support the translation of PNW’s financial reports to useful TGP data and information
  • Establish and maintain good working relationship with PNW CFO and accounting staff
  • Develop written quarterly reports for PNW board

Maintain TGP Technical Infrastructure

  • Assure TGP has adequate technical infrastructure and support team use of: Salesforce, 10K billing software, Office365, and other software
  • Assess adequacy, train staff and consultants as needed; provide technical support where needed

Candidate Qualifications

Ideal Qualifications 

  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in the nonprofit, public or private sector and an understanding of TGP’s philanthropy client and stakeholder environment 
  • Familiarity with the philanthropic and/or nonprofit sector, and experience with using racial equity as a lens in this work
  • Experience managing a business office or significant business processes
  • Excellent technical skills, including strong skills in Excel, Word, and familiarity with databases and/or ability to learn new tools quickly
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent financial management skills and an eagle eye for the detail
  • Adept at solving complex problems autonomously
  • Curiosity and eagerness to learn about consulting in the field of philanthropy
  • Proactive communicator with strong abilities to communicate to diverse stakeholders
  • Positive, optimistic and can-do attitude with ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Superb interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills
  • Motivation for TGP values, approach and mission which includes a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Salary and Benefits

The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes medical-vision-dental coverage, short and long term disability, Flex-Plan, 6% retirement contribution, generous vacation and sick time, flexible work schedule, and professional development. Salary range is $90,000 - $110,000.

How to Apply

Application Contact: 

tgpsearch@philanthropynw.org

Application Deadline: 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until hired.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit a resume and cover letter to TGP search@philanthropynw.org and include your NAME + TGP BUSINESS DIRECTOR in the subject line. In the cover letter please indicate 1) why you would be a good match for this position, and 2) your salary requirement. We will screen applications as they come in and this position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate. Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage candidates of color and other underrepresented groups to apply. We value and encourage a culture of diversity and celebrate our employees’ multiple identities, including age, race and ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and veteran status.

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