Grants & Contracts Director (part time)

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Position Summary: School’s Out Washington is seeking a collaborative leader, a strategic and systems thinker, and a strong communicator to drive our revenue strategies, with a focus on public and private institutional giving and service contracts. This is a part time position (24 hours/week) for a senior leader who enjoys flexibility around their work and schedule yet seeks to make a long-term impact as part of a leading systems-change organization. The Director will participate as a member of the SOWA Leadership Team. 

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer 

Location: Remote from anywhere in Washington state, or from our Tukwila, Washington office 


  • Develop and implement annual institutional fundraising plan in partnership with CEO & Board, building short- and long-term strategies to meet identified goals. 
  • Identify and uncover new prospective contract opportunities. 
  • Cultivate and steward strategic partnerships with funders and government contractors. 
  • Support board and staff with cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding institutional donors through strategies outlined in the development plan. 
  • Oversee the drafting of proposals and reports for government and foundation grants and contracts, working with our contract grant writer, the CEO, the Finance and Administration Director, and program staff as relevant. 
  • Develop and implement grants and grant-related policies and procedures. 
  • Evaluate progress toward goals, prepare periodic reports for the board and recommend changes or additions to the plans, as needed. 
  • Develop and manage the fund development budget on an annual basis, which primarily consists of grant and contract revenue-generating strategies. 
  • Work collaboratively with the data systems team to track grant related information in the organization’s donor management system and ensure accurate and timely information-sharing. 
  • Serve as lead staff liaison to the Board Fund Development Committee. 
  • Contribute to the overall organizational strategy and alignment as a member of SOWA’s Leadership Team. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Minimum 5 years of nonprofit development experience required, including at least two years of leadership experience in securing grants and contracts from institutional donors and public agencies. 
  • Excellent ability to identify strategic opportunities and plan out the tactics needed to achieve them.
  • Thoughtful orientation toward risk-taking which relies on data and input from others to foresee possible threats or unintended consequences from decisions. 
  • Success developing outstanding relationships with foundation program officers and public funding agencies; pre-existing relationships with local funders and public agencies preferred. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity, including experience in learning and engaging in challenging conversations around racism with colleagues and partners. 
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communications skills, including comfort networking and proactively building relationships with a broad set of stakeholders internal and external to the organization. 
  • Strong ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to plan, prioritize, and delegate tasks and responsibilities. 
  • Demonstrated leadership in a team setting working with staff, volunteers, and others to accomplish fundraising objectives.
  • Participatory management and leadership style that cultivates relationships and models the values of initiative, openness, and collaboration. 
  • A tolerance for ambiguity and ability to manage and lead change. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, maintain self-motivation and persist in the face of obstacles. 
  • Proficiency with donor database software required and experience with Salesforce a plus. 
  • Strong computer literacy skills, particularly in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and Zoom. 

Salary, Hours, and Benefits

Hiring Salary Range: This is a part-time position, and the starting salary range is $54K-$65K for a 24-hour work week (Full time equivalent would be $90K – $108K) based on relevant experience for the role. Over time, the employee in this role may earn up to $76K per year ($126K would be the full-time equivalent) with additional years of service. 

Part-time, 24 hours/week (final schedule to be arranged but must include at least 4 hours on Mondays for team meetings). Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Exempt 

Benefit package including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, retirement, and Paid Time Off. 

Our Equity Commitment: School’s Out Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. School’s Out Washington has a commitment to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices and a commitment to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism. Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply 

Interested candidates should send their resumes and cover letters as one document to with the subject line “Grants & Contracts Director.” Applications without cover letters will not be considered. 

Cover letters should be no more than 2 pages and should outline how your professional background, experience, interests, and passions specifically correlate to the position and SOWA’s mission and work. 

Applications received by 5:00 PM (PST) November 12th, 2023 will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date. However, preferential consideration is given to those submitted by November 12th, 2023. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.