Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, generous employer contribution to retirement plan beginning at end of first year, three weeks’ paid vacation and sick leave.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
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The Glaser Progress Foundation
Director, Climate Advocacy & Democracy Reform
About the Foundation
Glaser Progress Foundation (GPF) is a family foundation based in Seattle, Washington, created in 1994 by Rob Glaser, Founder and CEO of RealNetworks, Inc., the company that pioneered the delivery of audio and video content over the Internet. The Foundation implements the founder’s progressive agenda through leveraged backing of social causes and programs that reflect his intense activism and his personal and professional focus on continuous progress. Rob Glaser is the sole Trustee of the Foundation which also has a three-member advisory board and currently, an Executive Director and an Office Manager.
Rob’s original vision for the Foundation was to work towards building a better future by improving our understanding and measurement of human progress. Underlying much of the Foundation’s work methodologically are core competencies in broadly defining appropriate measurements of human progress (e.g., alternatives to Gross Domestic Product), and emphasizing strategic communications and overall metrics in each investment area. To achieve its mission of creating a more just, sustainable, and equitable future, the Foundation has focused recently on four program areas: Health and Climate Change, Democracy Reform, Independent Media, and Measuring Progress. Program areas and resulting initiatives necessarily evolve based on the Trustee’s focused interest and strategy. The Foundation’s geographic emphasis is national and international.
The Foundation employs two strategic investment approaches to achieve impact. The Foundation’s primary strategy takes the non-conventional approach of identifying gaps in sectors or organizational capacity and attempts to close those deficits through the development of its own independent, highly leveraged initiatives, strategies, and projects, including working with appropriate partners to achieve its goals. Some key examples include: The Nonmarket Accounts Program; the Access Project; the Progressive Branding Project; and the Health and Climate Change Initiative.
The Foundation’s second, more traditional approach to philanthropic investment funds individual nonprofit organizations which have submitted proposals for general support or project grants. Examples of these include: Democracy Now!; Mother Jones; and B92. Since 1994, the Foundation has invested over $35 million in both nonprofit organizations and Foundation initiatives, with an average of $1.5 million in grants each year. The Foundation has an operating budget between $350K - $400K annually.
The Foundation has remained small and nimble, with no more than three employees at a time, complemented by expert consulting support over the years, particularly assisting in development and implementation of the primary strategic investment approach. The small staff is responsible for researching, evaluating, implementing, and realizing the Trustee’s vision. This includes program work, asset management, grant evaluation, addressing legal issues, and the management of relationships with grantees, partners, consultants, and other donors.
As the Foundation continues to take on critical issues of societal and global significance, the Foundation expects to continue to take direction and draw from the Trustee’s personal and professional expertise and relationships, with ongoing support from partners and outside experts, to iterate and develop deep understanding of critical areas where its investment can be highly leveraged to make a difference in assuring that our future is just, sustainable and equitable. The Foundation expects deep focus on Health and Climate Change and Democracy Reform as urgent and contemporary issues in the next few years.
For more information about the Glaser Progress Foundation, see website here.
About the Position
The new role of Director, Climate Advocacy & Democracy Reform is based at the Foundation’s Seattle office and will serve a critical function in supporting the Trustee’s vision. The Director will work closely with the Trustee and the Executive Director to develop long- and short-term direction, goals, and objectives to guide the Foundation. The Director will also play a substantive role in managing daily operations. As a part of a small team, the Director will have internally and externally facing responsibilities, driving analysis of unsolicited and solicited grant proposals, performing research, engaging with partners and in public settings, bringing intellectual prowess to strategy discussions, and directly engaging with the Trustee to gauge his direction, thinking and approaches. The right candidate will thrive and grow, continuing the Foundation’s catalytic approaches, and will be the leading candidate for Executive Director succession.
The job scope of the Director, Climate Advocacy & Democracy Reform will span topical issues, methodologies, and approaches, responding to opportunities identified by the Trustee, as well as themselves identifying or clarifying opportunities, particularly to strengthen the focus and outcomes in Health and Climate Change and Democracy Reform and is expected to play a vital thought partnership role in these initiatives to develop independent, highly leveraged initiatives and projects.
The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director and work directly with the Trustee and Executive Director on specific projects and initiatives. In the first 18-24 months, the top priorities for the position include:
Work with Trustee and Executive Director to develop long and short-term goals and strategic plans across the Foundation and each program area, including conducting research, landscape analysis and gap analysis for independent projects and initiatives proposed by the Trustee and Executive Director.
Play a leadership role in conceiving, owning, and driving strategy, management, and operations, especially for the Health and Climate Change, and Democracy Reform program areas, catalyzing the Foundation’s approaches, partnerships, and impacts.
Stay current on conditions and trends in program areas as they relate to the Foundation’s initiatives, objectives, and program goals.
Prepare thorough and concise analyses of proposed grants, nonprofit organizations and NGOs, and independent initiatives and projects, including financial analyses. Receive, review, analyze, and prioritize all grant proposals, inquiries, and submissions for Trustee and Managing Board consideration.
Evaluate and prepare reports regarding the progress, outcomes and impacts of grants, programs, projects, and initiatives.
Play a leading role in helping to create, develop and strengthen Foundation communications and marketing, including launch of new website for the Foundation and social media outreach.
Represent the Foundation to the general public, grantees, consultants, other funders and Foundation partners. Help conduct outreach to potential funding and program partners.
Demonstrated passion for and commitment to social justice, equity and fairness with significant experience leveraging impact in a diversity of focus areas.
Knowledge and experience with one or more of the Foundation’s program areas, most importantly at the intersection of Climate Change and Health, and/or Democracy Reform.
10+ years of experience in the private or nonprofit sectors, with increasing management responsibility.
Experience creating, developing, and leading projects, initiatives, or organizations. Entrepreneurial, with demonstrated initiative and capacity to work independently.
Effective public speaker and writer for and to different audiences, including media and the general public. Demonstrated understanding of how to leverage communications experts, strategies, and tactics to achieve impact.
Must be able to think, communicate, and act strategically and with resolve. Intellectually curious.
Must be able and capable of working collegially with others while maintaining focus on the Foundation’s program goals and objectives.
Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and function of a family foundation, including working effectively with a Trustee, and directed grant-making and initiatives.
Demonstrated knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, software skills, etc.
Bachelor’s degree in economics, law, non-profit management, communications, or similar field or a field related to one or more of the Foundation’s program areas.
Ability to travel as needed, locally, nationally and/or internationally.
Must be able to pass criminal background check.
The Glaser Progress Foundation has retained Jan Glick & Associates, LLC to facilitate this search on their behalf. To apply, interested candidates should e-mail their cover letter and resume to: programdirGPF@janglick.com
E-mail applications with a cover letter are required. The position is open until filled.
The Glaser Progress Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and values diversity and its role in building a more inclusive culture and ultimately a more capable organization. The Glaser Progress Foundation embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.