Public Policy & Advocacy Manager

Philanthropy Northwest | Seattle, Washington


Philanthropy Northwest is the philanthropy network for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We envision vibrant, healthy Northwest communities – each with its own unique history, culture and traditions – connected to the natural environment and facing the future with optimism. Founded in 1976, we partner with family funds, foundations and corporate giving programs through professional development, networking, research, publications, public policy work and consulting.

Our work includes three core programs: 1) The Learning Network, a regional community providing opportunities for emerging and established philanthropy leaders to connect, learn and grow; 2) The Giving Practice, a national consulting team bringing customized solutions, deep regional relationships and national expertise to support organizations navigating philanthropy's changing landscape; 3) An incubation platform for innovative philanthropic projects, including: Democracy Northwest, Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project and Community Democracy Workshop.


  • 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 diversity, equity 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.

Job Summary

The public policy & advocacy manager is a full-time staff position that is responsible for leading the organization's growing commitment to public policy, advocacy and government relations to advance the philanthropic field. The position will leverage existing relationships and develop new strategic partnerships with local, state and federal policy makers and interest groups; catalyze and empower funders around advocacy, and develop and facilitate briefings, programs and advisory groups. This position will also help support democracy strengthening activities, specifically the Democracy Northwest initiative alongside Philanthropy Northwest's policy and advocacy fellow and program staff.


  • Build a well-connected network of public and private funders who can work together to strengthen communities in the six-state region and pursue public policy issues of mutual interest.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with federal, state and local policy makers across the region.
  • Support and lead a board committee that provides general direction and support for all of Philanthropy Northwest's public policy efforts and programs.
  • Monitor, analyze and communicate key policy issues and legislation relevant to Philanthropy Northwest member interests and the field of philanthropy.
  • Develop and deliver programs that strengthen our members' knowledge and practice in matters of public policy and issue advocacy.
  • Shepherd and project manage newly launched Democracy Northwest initiative activities.
  • Actively participate as a member of the Philanthropy Northwest staff to identify, create and lead existing programs and new opportunities that inspire, inform and engage our members in advocacy and public policy — including Foundations on the Hill, sessions at the Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference, blog contributions, policy and advocacy tools, white papers and online communications.


  • Enthusiasm and understanding of public policy issues, governmental relations and advocacy strategies in philanthropy and/or the nonprofit sector with 5-7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with groups to advance public policy work. Experience engaging or working directly with policy makers, or serving in local, state or federal government.
  • Exemplary oral, written and online communication skills. Experience writing policy proposals/briefings as part of an advocacy organization or in government is advantageous.
  • Experience leading programming for constituents around public policy issues, including organizing policy roundtables, meetings and policy briefings.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage key public policy relationships with diplomacy, including a keen ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and ability to translate complex subjects into approachable concepts.
  • Solid organizational and project management skills.
  • Comfort with event planning, including logistics, marketing and speaker coordination for meetings.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility and adapting to shifting priorities and plans.
  • Ability to travel throughout the region and occasionally to Washington DC.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.


The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes a package of benefits consisting of medical, dental, pre-tax savings accounts for medical/transportation/childcare, fixed retirement contribution by employer (6% of salary), professional development, flexible schedule and promotion of work-life balance. Salary range is 60,000 - $70,000 depending on experience.

How to Apply

Due to the high volume of applicants please no phone calls. To apply please submit a writing sample, resume and cover letter indicating 1) why you would be a good fit, 2) your salary requirement, and 3) what value you would bring to Philanthropy Northwest, to including YOUR NAME + "Public Policy and Advocacy Manager" in the subject line by July 10. This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate.

Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace. We value, encourage and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status and other characteristics. 

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