Foundations and Philanthropy, Human Resources, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Chief, People & Culture

  • Seattle Foundation
  • Seattle, WA
About Seattle Foundation

Founded in 1946, Seattle Foundation (The Foundation) uses their philanthropic expertise, deep roots in the community and network of partners, to develop targeted strategies to quicken the pace of progress toward a stronger community for all.

Over the past 20 years, the Greater Seattle region has experienced some of the greatest wealth creation in recent history, while disparities have deepened and widened. Now, as we find a way forward from a global pandemic and respond to ongoing calls for racial justice, we must continue to coalesce around a shared vision for Seattle – one where every child in the community has access to an equitable, safe, and joyful future.

As an anchor institution, Seattle Foundation utilizes a guiding framework – their Blueprint for Impact – to outline a series of strategies for advancing racial equity, shared prosperity, belonging, and justice. The Foundation’s role as a community foundation is to support – through resources, positional power, and access – those on the frontlines of racial and social justice efforts. They are also reimagining the role of community philanthropy and actively engaging with thousands of institutional funders and individual donors to join them in this reimagination.

Please visit the Seattle Foundation website to learn more about the organization.

The Opportunity

Seattle Foundation will only be as strong as the people who work there. Developing a people and culture strategy that is truly “people-first” and ensuring that the team is supported and well positioned for success, especially as the Foundation navigates further change, will be important for the Foundation’s long-term success. Ensuring this work is centered in equity, inclusion, and belonging is essential to the Foundation living their values as an organization. The hiring of a new Chief, People & Culture is central to this work. The Chief, People & Culture will oversee the integration of the Foundation’s equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice work – bringing the work together into a cohesive strategy across the organization. The Foundation will also shift the current human resources team from Finance & Operations to work in partnership with this new leader.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary range for
this position is approximately $180,000–$200,000 with an attractive benefits


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alex Corvin and Maleka Pensky of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here, or email Alex and Maleka directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Read and download the Position Profile here.

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