About the Partnership for Working Families


Interim Executive Director

Position Summary

The Puget Sound Sage Interim-Executive Director reports to the Board President to ensure the overall success and integration of programs and operations. The Interim-Executive Director is the lead role in the organization and supports the work and success of the staff, board, and organization as a whole.

Reports to: Board President

Position Type: exempt, regular, full-time


Fund Development and Fiscal Management:

  • Oversee development plan in order to provide a stable funding base for Puget Sound Sage.
  • Apply for and track existing and new grants (major donors, private foundations, and government contracts) during Development Director’s absence. Then work with Development Director to ensure success.
  • Create and maintain relationships with current funders.
  • Inspire prospective funders with confidence in Sage.
  • Help develop and monitor Sage budgets and financial plans with the Development Director and Sage Board.
  • Oversee and administer budget, financial reporting, record-keeping, and other systems.
  • Approve all spending; meet Board-approved budget requirements.

Organizational Development and Management (OOM):

  • Inspire and help develop a strong, motivated, and focused staff team.
  • Ensure Puget Sound Sage’s compliance with state and federal laws for taxation, corporate status, etc.
  • Oversee recruitment and execute hiring of new staff according to Sage personnel policies.
  • Oversee training, supervision and evaluation of staff; ensure and support staff professional development.
  • Work with staff and board to adjust, as needed, and implement personnel policies and procedures.
  • Work with staff to develop a work plan for 2017 and periodic assessment mechanism to monitor progress on organizational and campaign objectives.
  • Develop collaborative projects, when appropriate, with progressive think tanks, community based organizations, and academia that align with our strategic plan, theory of change, and funded work.
  • Work with staff to develop highly credible policy positions that advance Sage’s agenda.
  • Work with staff to organize strategic, winning campaigns that combine lobbying, research, and mobilization to achieve policy outcomes.
  • Ensure that Sage is using our synergistic program elements effectively to create a powerful local movement grounded in sound policy ideas, and notable for its concrete community victories.
  • Hire and manage consultants as needed.

Board Development

  • Facilitate strong board and staff alignment around revisions to organizational structure, annual and long range programmatic and financial goals, and hiring of the permanent Executive Director position.
  • Facilitate the hiring of a consultant to draft a process to hire a permanent Executive Director based in our Theory of Change.
  • Assist the Board in achieving its annual and long-range programmatic and financial goals.
  • Provide periodic updates to the Board on organizational, programmatic, and financial objectives.
  • Assist the Board in recruiting and preparing new members to Sage’s Board.

Work with Board and staff to develop new campaigns or consider public positions on political initiatives Community and Public Relations

  • Work with program staff to develop and maintain effective relationships with labor partners, community partners, and political allies.
  • Participate in the Partnership for Working Families (PWF) Board and coordinate with PWF as needed to stay abreast of best practices and share in the growth of an emerging movement.
  • Represent Puget Sound Sage, as needed, at events, in the media, and in other venues to maintain Sage’s reputation and project Sage’s theory of change.
  • Initiate new relationships with relevant institutions and negotiate with decision-makers when appropriate.

Criteria for Ideal Candidates

  • Believes in Puget Sound Sage’s Theory of Change
  • Strong racial, gender, and economic justice analysis
  • Familiarity with Sage’s program work and ally organizations
  • Has a history of community and coalition organizing especially in underrepresented communities (immigrant/refugee, LGBTQI, POC, low-income, etc)
  • Can bring some personal relationships to current or prospective funders and/or community partners
  • Extensive experience in nonprofit organizational development and financial management
  • Experience with similarly sized nonprofits
  • Strong writing skills: grant writing, program reports, etc.
  • Strong facilitation skills and experience working with diverse stakeholders and coalitions.

Term This is a 6 to 12-month temporary position (with leadership evaluations at 3 and 6 months) running from mid-January 2017 to December 2017. After the 6 month leadership evaluation, there may be possibility for the interim director to apply for the permanent director position.

Salary Annual Salary $70,000-$90,000 depending on experience. Sage offers competitive benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement and paid time off.

This position is open immediately and is based in Seattle, WA.


Qualified applicants should email a resume cover letter explaining what specifically interests you in the Interim Executive Director Position and an explanation of the connections, experiences and networks you might bring to Puget Sound Sage (500 words) in PDF format.Please write Interim-Executive Director and YOUR NAME as the subject line of the email and send to info[at]pugetsoundsage.org, or mail to:

Puget Sound Sage, Attn: Search Committee
1032 S. Jackson St. #203
Seattle, WA 98104

No phone calls please. Only applicants who are offered interviews will receive a response.

Seattle, Washington