Seattle International Foundation - Executive Director

Seattle, Washington, United States | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


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Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was founded in 2008 as a supporting organization to Seattle Foundation for the dual mission of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy and development from the Pacific Northwest, as well as alleviating poverty in Central America. SIF managed that dual mission, including its Central America program, until 2018, when the organization refined its strategy to focus 100% of its work on the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras), Mexico and Nicaragua – countries with growing political, social and economic interdependence with the US. This strategic shift has ultimately allowed SIF to increase the efficiency, impact, and sustainability of its efforts.


Since its inception, SIF has granted more than $24 million to 243 high impact organizations in 81 countries. SIF’s current grantmaking strategy includes three primary programs: Independent Journalism Fund, Anti-Impunity Fund, and the Central America and Mexico Youth Fund. In addition to its grantmaking programs, SIF implements key initiatives in the region, including the Central America Donors Forum, Donor Roundtable, Centroamérica Adelante leadership program, intermediary Donor Services, and activities through its Central America in Washington, D.C. program.



The Executive Director (ED) leads SIF’s efforts to further its vision and meet its goals for building a more just and equitable Central America.  The ED works closely with the Board of Directors and the Foundation’s talented staff (located in the US, Mexico, and Central America) to fulfill the Foundation’s mission and build upon four strategic priorities across its programs. The ED also works to build partnerships and engage donors to co-invest in critical change initiatives across the region.


As the external face of the Foundation, the ED represents SIF’s work with civil society change-makers, business leaders, the media, other donor partners, and at convenings locally, nationally, and internationally.  The ED engages in public dialogue with opinion shapers and policy makers to influence the prevailing narratives about democracy and rule of law, migration, equity, and the role of civil society in Central America. 


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Setting the vision and strategic direction for SIF
  • Leading the staff and team management
  • Forging strategic partnerships and fundraising for key programs
  • Modeling and inspiring effective philanthropy in Central America
  • Organizing and conducting convenings
  • Overseeing Board relations
  • Budgeting and fiscal management


The ED has direct supervisory responsibility for a Management Team of four (4) directors and a Change Team of four (4) with a roster of seventeen (17) budgeted staff positions currently. SIF’s 2020 total grant-making and operating budget was approximately $4.5M. The position can be filled in Seattle or in other locales.



Annual salary range is $155,000 - $185,500 in US Dollars or equivalent value if based outside the United States, DOE, plus benefits.


Recruitment Process:

The priority deadline to submit application materials is May 17, 2021. Candidate materials will be reviewed on an on-going basis with interviews with Valtas beginning by mid April.


Please upload your resume and a cover letter in one combined DOC or PDF file by May 17, 2021

SIF provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SIF complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.